James Keane

Steadily working since the '70s in both film and television, James Keane has earned a reputation as a reliable character actor. Early in his career he landed a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War ... Read more »
Born: 09/26/1952

Filmography

Actor (77)

Rules Don't Apply 2016 (Movie)

Tom (Actor)

Betrayal 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Meadows 2014 (Movie)

Father Peter (Actor)

Raising Hope 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry's Law 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Protector 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Water for Elephants 2011 (Movie)

Chaplain (Actor)

Crazy Heart 2009 (Movie)

Manager (Actor)

A Gunfighter's Pledge 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Boston Legal 2007 (Tv Show)

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Mad Men 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bill's Gun Shop 2005 (Movie)

balding man (Actor)

Close to Home 2005 (Tv Show)

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Everybody Hates Chris 2005 (Tv Show)

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7th Heaven 2000 - 2001, 2004 (Tv Show)

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Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

Whitey (Actor)

Seabiscuit 2003 (Movie)

Car Customer (Actor)

Diagnosis Murder 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Don't Let Go 2002 (Movie)

Wes (Actor)

NYPD Blue 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2002 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 2001 (Tv Show)

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M.Y.O.B. 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Promised Land 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1996, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

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Todd McFarlane's Spawn 1996 - 1999 (TV Show)

Voice

Bulworth 1998 (Movie)

American Politics Director (Actor)

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Pleasantville 1998 (Movie)

Police Chief Dan (Actor)

Spicy City 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Voice

Timecop 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Murphy Brown 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Phenomenon 1996 (Movie)

Pete (Actor)

Designing Women 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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ER 1995 (Tv Show)

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Evening Shade 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Hardball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Jack's Place 1986 - 1987, 1990 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Love & War 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1992, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

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Murder in the First 1995 (Movie)

Alcatraz Guard (Actor)

The Fall of Saigon 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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The Watcher 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Coneheads 1993 (Movie)

Harv (Actor)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

Detective Keene (Actor)

Talent for the Game 1991 (Movie)

Ray Coffey (Actor)

The Last Boy Scout 1991 (Movie)

Garage Patrolman (Actor)

Dick Tracy 1990 (Movie)

Pat Patton (Actor)

New York Stories 1989 (Movie)

Jimmy (Actor)

Hard Copy 1986 - 1987 (Tv Show)

Actor

Let's Get Harry 1986 (Movie)

Al King (Actor)

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Across the 8th Dimension 1984 (Movie)

Duck Hunter Bubba (Actor)

The Paper Chase: The Second Year 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

10 to Midnight 1983 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

48 HRS. 1982 (Movie)

Vanzant (Actor)

Cannery Row 1982 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

In Security 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Brubaker 1980 (Movie)

Pinky (Actor)

Apocalypse Now 1979 (Movie)

Kilgore's Gunner (Actor)

Ike 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Love and Bullets 1979 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

The Paper Chase 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Intimate Strangers 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

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The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)

Close Encounters of the Third Kind 1977 (Movie)

Radio Telescope Team Member (Actor)

Uncle Joe Shannon 1977 (Movie)

Jeels (Actor)

Annie's Point (TV Show)

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Don King: Only in America (TV Show)

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Here Come the Munsters (TV Show)

Actor

Hidden Places (TV Show)

Actor

Letter to My Killer (TV Show)

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Life on the Mississippi (TV Show)

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Night Cries (TV Show)

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Pray TV (TV Show)

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Roots: The Next Generations (TV Show)

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Sunshine Christmas (TV Show)

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The Ambush Murders (TV Show)

Actor
Music (1)

Beautiful Creatures 2001 (Movie)

music copyist (Music)

Biography

Steadily working since the '70s in both film and television, James Keane has earned a reputation as a reliable character actor. Early in his career he landed a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War masterpiece, "Apocalypse Now." He could not have known that his one line would be a key part of what is the film's most iconic sequence, as the gunner on Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore's (Robert Duvall) helicopter just before Kilgore carries out a magnificent assault on a village to secure a section of beach ideal for surfing, all set to the rousing soundtrack of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries." Keane's only other significant role was on the law school drama "The Paper Chase," a CBS (and later Showtime) television series based on a novel and film of the same title. He portrayed Willis Bell, a slovenly member of the lead character's study group, and appeared in nearly every episode of the show's four-season run. Fans of the series will remember him as the guy who regularly wore Buffalo, New York, T-shirts, Keane's personal homage to his home town.

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