75 (passed away Jun. 24th, 1997)
Nov. 14th, 1921
Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
Brian Keith's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1988 - Young Guns
1981 - Sharky's Machine
1979 - Meteor
1978 - Hooper
1975 - The Wind and the Lion
1970 - The McKenzie Break
1967 - Reflections in a Golden Eye
1966 - The Rare Breed
1966 - The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming
1966 - Nevada Smith
1965 - The Hallelujah Trail
1965 - Those Calloways
1961 - The Deadly Companions
1961 - The Parent Trap
1959 - The Young Philadelphians
1957 - Nightfall
1957 - Chicago Confidential
1957 - Run of the Arrow
1956 - Storm Center
1955 - 5 Against the House
1947 - Boomerang!
1940 - Knute Rockne All American
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Sean Jamison
William 'Bill' Dunn
Uncle Ben Parker (Voiced)
First Sgt. Gault
Son of character actor Robert Keith (I) and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and served as a machine gunner. Returned to Broadway stage after the war and branched out into television and film. Worked as an extra in several films before achieving speaking roles and subsequent stardom.
- Plays the role of a historical president of the United States in both of 'John Milius' (qv)'s films about 'Theodore Roosevelt' (qv). In _The Wind and the Lion (1975)_ (qv) he co-starred as Roosevelt himself. In the prequel, _Rough Riders (1997) (TV)_ (qv), he had a bit part as TR's predecessor, 'William McKinley (I)' (qv) (at a time when Roosevelt was President McKinley's Assistant Secretary of the Navy).
- He graduated from East Rockaway High School in East Rockaway, New York, in 1939.
- At the time of his death, he was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer, as well as mourning the recent gunshot suicide of his 27-year-old daughter, 'Daisy Keith' (qv), only ten weeks prior. His own suicide happened after he returned from a stay at a hospital.
- Though he started acting at age three, he wasn't in films until he was 31.
- Son of 'Robert Keith (I)' (qv) and Helena Shipman.
- Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
- His hobbies included: partying, golfing, swimming, spending time with family, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
- His mother, Helena Shipman, died on October 26, 1983.
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