Dec. 1st, 1950
Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Richard Keith's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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Little Ricky Ricardo
Johnny Paul Jason
Keith Thibodeaux, billed as "Richard Keith" in "I Love Lucy" (1951) episodes, started playing drums at the age of two in Lafayette, Louisiana. He began touring the United States at the tender age of three and ended up in Hollywood, California auditioning for Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball's popular comedy "I Love Lucy". Along with "I Love Lucy", Keith had various acting stints on television, including "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), "Route 66" (1960), "Shirley Temple's Storybook" (1958), and "Hazel" (1961).
While attending the University of Louisiana, Keith joined a mainstream rock band, "David and the Giants" as a drummer, singer, and songwriter. He left the band several years later but after Keith became a Christian, the band regrouped under the same name and went on to become one of the nation's top contemporary Christian bands. Keith and the band toured the world, recording more than a dozen albums before he left in 1989 to pursue other interests.
In January of 1991, he joined his wife Kathy, a professional ballet dancer and silver medalist in the 1982 International Ballet Competition, in their Christian ballet company and ballet school, Ballet Magnificat! In 1993, he became executive director of the national touring company. In addition to his responsibilities at Ballet Magnificat!, Keith still plays the drums and records.
Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux have one daughter, Tara.
- One daughter: Tara
- 'Desi Arnaz' (qv) gave him the stage name Richard Keith.
- Briefly attended Saint Jane Frances DeChantel school in North Hollywood, California and Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California.
- Is one of the last surviving cast members of _"I Love Lucy" (1951)_ (qv), along with 'Doris Singleton' (qv) (Carolyn Applebee) and the actor who played her son Little Stevie.
- Before _"I Love Lucy" (1951)_ (qv), he was a professional drummer since age 3. He never had any professional training with drumming.
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