Brian Keith

Actor
A handsome, burly character actor with a distinctive, gruff voice, Brian Keith established a reputation early in his career with tough guy roles. He was so effective at playing various shady types in Westerns and crime ... Read more »
Born: 11/13/1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (110)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Commish 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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The Second Civil War 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Walker, Texas Ranger 1984 - 1985, 1990 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Burke's Law 1990 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Cybill 1990 - 1993, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Follow Your Heart 1996 (Movie)

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Picture Windows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Monroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Return of Hunter 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Evening Shade 1990 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Major Dad 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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Wind Dancer 1993 (Movie)

Truman Richards (Actor)

The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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The Streets of Beverly Hills 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Walter and Emily 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Heartland 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Welcome Home 1989 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

After the Rain 1988 (Movie)

Byron Monroe (Actor)

All-Star Party For Joan Collins 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Young Guns 1988 (Movie)

Buckshot Roberts (Actor)

All Star Party For Clint Eastwood 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Death Before Dishonor 1987 (Movie)

Colonel Halloran (Actor)

The Alamo: 13 Days to Glory 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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The B.R.A.T. Patrol 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Hardcastle and McCormick 1983 - 1986 (TV Show)

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The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

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Ernest Hemingway's "The Sun Also Rises" 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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Sharky's Machine 1981 (Movie)

Papa (Actor)

Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1980 (Movie)

Police Chief (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1976 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Meteor 1979 (Movie)

Dubov (Actor)

Moonraker 1979 (Movie)

US Shuttle Captain (Actor)

The Mountain Men 1979 (Movie)

Henry Frapp (Actor)

Hooper 1978 (Movie)

Jocko (Actor)

Nickelodeon 1976 (Movie)

H H Cobb (Actor)

The Quest 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Archer 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Joe Panther 1975 (Movie)

Captain Harper (Actor)

The Zoo Gang 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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The Little People 1972 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Wind and the Lion 1974 (Movie)

Theodore Roosevelt (Actor)

The Yakuza 1974 (Movie)

George Tanner (Actor)

Second Chance 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Family Affair 1966 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Scandalous John 1971 (Movie)

John McCanless (Actor)

Something Big 1971 (Movie)

Colonel Morgan (Actor)

Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 (Movie)

Nace (Actor)

Gaily, Gaily 1969 (Movie)

Francis X Sullivan (Actor)

Krakatoa, East of Java 1969 (Movie)

Connerly (Actor)

The McKenzie Break 1969 (Movie)

Capt. Jack Connor (Actor)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Jake Iverson (Actor)

Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 (Movie)

Lieutenant Colonel Morris Langdon (Actor)

Nevada Smith 1965 (Movie)

Jonas Cord (Actor)

Profiles in Courage 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

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The Rare Breed 1965 (Movie)

Bowen (Actor)

The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming 1965 (Movie)

Link Mattocks (Actor)

Way... Way Out 1965 (Movie)

General Hallenby (Actor)

The Hallelujah Trail 1964 (Movie)

Frank Wallingham (Actor)

A Tiger Walks 1963 (Movie)

Sheriff Pete Williams (Actor)

The Pleasure Seekers 1963 (Movie)

Paul Barton (Actor)

The United States Steel Hour 1953 - 1963 (TV Show)

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Those Calloways 1963 (Movie)

Cam Calloway (Actor)

The Raiders 1962 (Movie)

John G McElroy (Actor)

Zane Grey Theater 1956 - 1962 (TV Show)

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Moon Pilot 1961 (Movie)

Maj General John Vanneman (Actor)

The Deadly Companions 1961 (Movie)

Yellowleg (Actor)

The Parent Trap 1961 (Movie)

Mitch Evans (Actor)

Ten Who Dared 1960 (Movie)

William Dunn (Actor)

The Lux Video Theater 1950 - 1960 (TV Show)

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Sierra Baron 1958 (Movie)

Jack McCracken (Actor)

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

Mike Flanagan (Actor)

Undercurrent 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

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Villa! 1958 (Movie)

Bill Harmon (Actor)

Violent Road 1958 (Movie)

Mitch (Actor)

Chicago Confidential 1957 (Movie)

Jim Fremont (Actor)

Dino 1957 (Movie)

Sheridan (Actor)

Nightfall 1957 (Movie)

John (Actor)

Run of the Arrow 1957 (Movie)

Captain Clark (Actor)

Storm Center 1956 (Movie)

Paul Duncan (Actor)

Five Against the House 1955 (Movie)

Brick (Actor)

Tight Spot 1955 (Movie)

Vince Striker (Actor)

Jivaro 1954 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

The Bamboo Prison 1954 (Movie)

Corporal Brady (Actor)

The Violent Men 1954 (Movie)

Cole Wilkison (Actor)

Alaska Seas 1953 (Movie)

Jim Kimmerly (Actor)

Arrowhead 1953 (Movie)

Capt North (Actor)

Boomerang 1947 (Movie)

Demonstrator (Actor)

Bristle Face (TV Show)

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Centennial (TV Show)

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Climax! (TV Show)

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Cry For the Strangers (TV Show)

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Lady in a Corner (TV Show)

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Moviola: The Silent Lovers (TV Show)

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Rough Riders (TV Show)

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The Chisholms (TV Show)

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The Loneliest Runner (TV Show)

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The Pursuit of Happiness (TV Show)

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The Secrets of Lake Success (TV Show)

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The Seekers (TV Show)

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The Wild West (TV Show)

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World War III (TV Show)

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Biography

A handsome, burly character actor with a distinctive, gruff voice, Brian Keith established a reputation early in his career with tough guy roles. He was so effective at playing various shady types in Westerns and crime thrillers, it was to his credit as a performer that he was also able to portray characters of warmth and humor with equal aplomb. After some stage work, Keith earned secondary assignments in genre pictures as either he-men or villains, but leading roles would come mostly later in his career when he was hired by the Walt Disney Company. After the huge success of "The Parent Trap" (1961) helped to give him a softer image, Keith was cast on "Family Affair" (CBS, 1966-71) as a bachelor forced by circumstance to take care of a teenager and a pair of young children. While it generally did not offer him many challenges, Keith projected warmth and approachability on the series and "Uncle Bill" was one of his best loved characters. The actor claimed that he did not have any particular goal in mind for his career and accepted what was available to him. Nonetheless, Keith was offered a good variety of parts over his career and made an impression whether he was playing a loving parental figure or essaying colorful characters in fare like "The Russians are Coming! The Russians are Coming!" (1966) and "The Wind and the Lion" (1975).

Relationships

Victoria Lei Aloha Young

Wife
married 1968 survived him

Mimi Keith

Daughter

Michael Keith

Son

Robert Keith

Father

Helena Keith

Mother

Daisy Keith

Daughter
born c. 1969 shot herself on April 16, 1997 and died April 17, 1997

Robert Keith

Son

EDUCATION

attended public schools in Long Island, New York

Milestones

1989

Played a lovable bigot on "Heartland" (CBS)

1987

Returned to sitcoms on "Pursuit of Happiness" (ABC)

1980

Played Mauritz Stiller in "Moviola: The Silent Lovers" (NBC)

1978

Returned to Broadway in the title role of "Da"

1977

Played General Stonecipher in the ABC miniseries "How the West Was Won"

1975

Returned to series TV in "Archer" (NBC)

1975

Played Theodore Roosevelt in the feature "The Wind and the Lion"

1972

Made TV-movie debut in "Second Chance" (ABC)

1960

Starred on NBC in "The Westerner" series

1959

Played Mike Flanagan in feature "The Young Philadelphians"

1953

Made feature film debut as adult, "Arrowhead"

1948

Made Broadway debut, "Mister Roberts"

1946

Made stage debut, "Heyday", in New Haven, CT

1941

Was aerial gunner in the Marine Corps.

Appeared in three silent films as a child actor including "The Pied Piper of Malone" (1925)

Starred on TV as "The Crusader" (CBS)

Played a grandpa hubby to Cloris Leachman on "Walter & Emily" (NBC)

Played a pediatrician on "The Little People/The Brian Keith Show" (NBC)

Played 'Uncle Bill' to Cissy, Buffy and Jody on "Family Affair" (CBS)

Was macho Judge Hardcastle on "Hardcastle & McCormick" (ABC)

Bonus Trivia

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Keith's Honolulu-based company, Miguel Productions, is not just involved in TV production, but has extensive real estate, mineral and agricultural holdings as well.

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