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BRIAN KEITH BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:

Brian Keith was born on November 14th, 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey with the birth name Robert Keith Richey Jr.  His father was a character actor, Robert Keith and his mother, Helena Shipman was a stage actress.  As his parents traveled touring in various plays, he spent his toddler years on the road with them. 
 
At the young age of three, he first appeared on screen in the silent film, "Pied Piper Malone" (1924) along side his father.  His parents divorced when he was only four years old.  He was raised by his grandmother in Long Island, New York and graduated from High School at East Rockaway High School in New York in 1939. Prior to World War II he was already acting in radio programs and on stage productions.  During the war he briefly stopped acting, joined the Marine Corps and worked as a machine gunner. 
 
After the war he returned to the Broadway stage and then began to get involved with television and more film.  He made his debut on three episodes of the television series, "Tales of Tomorrow" (1952).  From this role he was successful in getting quite a bit of work such as roles on, "Police Story" (1952), "The United States Steel Hour" (1953), "Robert Montgomery Presents" (1953) "The Motorola Television Hour" (1953), "Campbell Playhouse" (1954), "The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse" (1955) and "Jane Wyman Presents: The Fireside Theatre" (1955), "Climax!" (1957), "Zane Grey Theatre" (1959-1960), "The Beverly Hillbillies" (1965) plus many others guest roles on various television programs.
 
Keith won a decent amount of praise and respect for his starring role on the series, "The Westerner" (1960) and when he played a widowed uncle on the sitcom, "Family Affair" (1960) co-starring Sebastian Cabot, which earned him three Emmy nominations.  He also did film work such as his role playing the father of twins on the film, "Parent Trap" (1961) starring with Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara, Charlie Ruggles, Una Merkel and Leo G. Carroll.  Brian also earned respect from critics for his role in the 1966 comedy, "The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming" featurng an all-star cast including Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Theodore Bikel, Jonathan Winters, and in his film debut, Alan Arkin and in his portrayal on a traveling gunsmith opposite Steve McQueen in "Nevada Smith" (1966) also featuring Martin Landau, Karl Malden, Suzanne Pleshette, Arthur Kennedy, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix and Pat Hingle
 
In the 1970's Keith worked in Hawaii filming a NBC sitcom called, "The Brian Keith Show" which was cancelled after two seasons.  He is very well known for his role from the series television show, "Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983) where he portrayed a unhappy irritable judge. 

Keith was a very talented actor who's trademark was his gruff voice and  he also spoke fluent Russian which helped him to take on two roles in the film, "World War III" (1982) starring with Rock Hudson, Cathy Lee Crosby and David Soul and the science fiction disaster film "Meteor" (1979) starring alongside Sean Connery, Natalie Wood, Henry Fonda, Karl Malden, Martin Landau, Trevor Howard, Joseph Campanella and Richard Dysart.  His final film role was in, "Rough Riders" (1997) where he portrayed President William McKinley and also starring Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Chris Noth, George Hamilton, Geoffrey Lewis and Illeana Douglas, granddaughter of actor Melvyn Douglas.
 
Brian Keith married three times.  First to Frances Helm on January 3rd, 1948 and divorced in June 1954.  His second marriage was to Judith Landon in June 1954 to April 1969 when they too divorced.  He had five children with his second wife.  His third and final marriage was to Victoria Young in 1970 and they remained together until he passed way.  The couple had another two children together.  Not all of his children were biological, only four were and the other three were adopted.  

Brian Keith passed away on June 24th, 1997 in Malibu California by committing suicide and was buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.  He had been suffering from emphysema and lung cancer and was also mourning the loss of his daughter, Daisy at the age of twenty seven who died from committing suicide with a gunshot.  
 
For his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  
Filmography
 
1999   Follow Your Heart 
1995-1998  Spider-Man
1997   Rough Riders 
1997   Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 
1997   The Second Civil War
1997   Walking Thunder  
1996   Touched by an Angel  
1996   Walker, Texas Ranger 
1996   Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story  
1996   Pacific Blue  
1996   Cybill 
1995   Favorite Deadly Sins
1995   Picture Windows
1995   The Marshal 
1995   The Return of Hunter
1994   The Commish
1994   Burke's Law
1994   Under a Killing Moon
1993   The Secrets of Lake Success
1993   Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 
1993   Wind Dancer 
1992   Major Dad
1991-1992  Walter & Emily
1992   T.V.
1991   The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw
1991   Evening Shade
1990   The Young Riders 
1989   Lady in the Corner
1989   Welcome Home
1989   Heartland
1989   Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson
1988   After the Rain
1988   Young Guns
1987-1988  Pursuit of Happiness 
1987   Death Before Dishonor
1987   The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory
1986   The B.R.A.T. Patrol
1983-1986  Hardcastle and McCormick
1984   The Murder of Sherlock Holmes
1984   Murder, She Wrote
1982   Cry for the Strangers
1982   World War III
1981   Sharky's Machine  
1981   Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen  
1980   The Mountain Men  
1980   The Silent Lovers
1980   Power
1979   The Seekers
1979   Meteor  
1979   The Chisholms
1978-1979  Centennial 
1978   Hooper  
1978   How the West Was Won
1977   Hallmark Hall of Fame
1977   In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan
1976   Nickelodeon  
1976   The Loneliest Runner
1976   Joe Panther  
1976   The Quest
1975   The Wind and the Lion 
1975   Archer
1974   The Yakuza 
1974   The Zoo Gang
1972-1974  The Brian Keith Show 
1972   Second Chance
1971   Something Big  
1971   Scandalous John  
1966-1971  Family Affair 
1970   The McKenzie Break  
1970   Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?  
1969   Gaily, Gaily 
1969   Krakatoa: East of Java
1968   With Six You Get Eggroll  
1960-1968  Insight 
1967   Reflections in a Golden Eye  
1966   Way... Way Out  
1966   Nevada Smith  
1966   The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming  
1966   The Rare Breed  
1965   The Hallelujah Trail  
1965   Those Calloways  
1964   The Pleasure Seekers  
1964   Profiles in Courage
1959-1964  Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 
1964  The Great Adventure 
1964   Kraft Suspense Theatre  
1964   A Tiger Walks
1963   The Raiders
1963   77 Sunset Strip 
1963   Wagon Train
1963   The Fugitive 
1963   Savage Sam  
1963   Dr. Kildare
1963   Sam Benedict 
1963   The Virginian 
1962   The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 
1962   Target: The Corruptors
1959-1962  Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1962   Moon Pilot  
1962   Follow the Sun
1961-1962  Outlaws
1961   Alcoa Premiere
1961   Frontier Circus
1961   The Parent Trap  
1961   The Deadly Companions
1961   The Americans
1961   The Untouchables 
1960   The Westerner
1960   Ten Who Dared
1959   Laramie
1959   Rawhide 
1959   The Young Philadelphians 
1959   Zane Grey Theatre
1958   Villa!!  
1958   Sierra Baron  
1958   Desert Hell  
1958   Violent Road  
1958   Fort Dobbs  
1957   Climax!
1957   Hell Canyon Outlaws 
1957   I Appointment with a Shadow  
1957   Wire Service 
1957   Chicago Confidential  
1957   Dino  
1957   Run of the Arrow
1955-1957  The Ford Television Theatre 
1957   The Brothers
1953-1957  Lux Video Theatre 
1957   Nightfall  
1955-1956  Crusader  
1956   Storm Center  
1956   Strange Stories
1955   Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 
1954-1955  Studio 57 
1955   Mystery Is My Business
1955   The Elgin Hour 
1955   5 Against the House 
1955   The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 
1955   Tight Spot
1955   The Violent Men
1954   The Bamboo Prison  
1954   The Mask 
1954   Campbell Summer Soundstage 
1954   Jivaro  
1954   Alaska Seas  
1953   The Motorola Television Hour 
1953   Robert Montgomery Presents 
1953   The United States Steel Hour 
1953   Arrowhead 
1953   Eye Witness
1952   Suspense 
1952   Police Story
1952   Tales of Tomorrow
1951   Shadow of the Cloak
1951   Fourteen Hours 
1948   Portrait of Jennie
1947   Boomerang
1940   Knute Rockne All American
1924   The Other Kind of Love 
1924   Pied Piper Malone     





Matinee Classics - 5 Against the House starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews and William Conrad
Matinee Classics - 5 Against the House starring Guy Madison, Kim Novak, Brian Keith, Alvy Moore, Kerwin Mathews and William Conrad
Matinee Classics - Family Affair starring Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Johnny Whitaker
Matinee Classics - Family Affair starring Brian Keith, Sebastian Cabot, Johnny Whitaker
Matinee Classics - The Young Philadelphians starring Paul Newman, Barbara Rush, Alexis Smith, Brian Keith, Diane Brewster, Billie Burke, John Williams, Robert Vaughn, Otto Kruger, Paul Picerni, Robert Douglas, Frank Conroy, Adam West, Anthony Eisley and Richard Deacon
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Nevada Smith starring Steve McQueen, Karl Malden, Brian Keith, Martin Landau, Arthur Kennedy, Suzanne Pleshette, Raf Vallone, Janet Margolin, Pat Hingle, Howard Da Silva, Paul Fix, Iron Eyes Cody, James Breden, Gene Evans, Josephine Hutchinson, John Doucette and Val Avery
Matinee Classics - Run of the Arrow starring Rod Steiger, Sara Montiel, Brian Keith, Ralph Meeker, Jay C. Flippen, Charles Bronson, Olive Carey, H.M. Wynant, Neyle Morrow, Tim McCoy, Frank DeKova, Stuart Randall, Frank Warner, Billy Miller and Chuck Hayward
Matinee Classics - Storm Center starring Bette Davis, Brian Keith, Kim Hunter, Paul Kelly, Joe Mantell, Edward Platt, Kathryn Grant and Kevin Coughlin


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