"Dr. Phibes Rises Again" should have (in a perfect world), brought ROBERT QUARRY to the very threshold of stardom, since he was being groomed by Sam Arkoff as the next Vincent Price-like horror star at American International Pictures and yet this did not come to pass that along the dream of a trilogy for Dr. Phibes, the hope of which died with the lackluster box office for the sequel that was rushed into production without a well developed script. I came to know Robert Quarry in the early 80's as he struggled as a working actor in a town where movie roles were few and far between. Bob depended more and more on episodic television work on shows like Battlestar Galactica or Jim Garner mysteries to pay the bills. Robert was at that time living near Universal in a comfortable apt that he shared with his mother Mimi who had a separate living space but close enough for him to look in on her if need be. Robert Quarry was a dependable actor who had been working in the business nearly 30 years when Count Yorga came along giving him one last chance to shine in a spotlight long denied him by circumstance. Bob told me about his other "lost opportunity" when he was chosen to play a recurring role in the reboot of The Millionaire. This was a show from the early 60's whose premise every week was a person received a million dollars from an unknown benefactor and what they did after the fact. Robert had the role that Marvin Miller played for several seasons and so it followed that this would at last bring Robert a paycheck and finally some security in an industry that rarely provides any. Bob explained how based on filming the pilot he went out and brought a brand new Cadillac to celebrate, when the pilot was then not picked up for more episodes he returned the car and was back to square one.
|Robert Quarry and Vincent Price on the set|
|Price, Cushing, and Quarry|