Keene Curtis

Actor, Stage manager
Keene Curtis was an award-winning character actor, best known for his work on the stage, but he also starred in numerous television programs in bit parts and did a sprinkling of big-screen work. Known for his urbane ... Read more »
Born: 02/15/1923 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Filmography

Actor (49)

Adventures From the Book of Virtues 1996 - 2002 (TV Show)

Voice

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Stargate SG-1 1997, 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brotherly Love 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cracker 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Full House 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Men Behaving Badly 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Party of Five 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Drew Carey Show 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jeff Foxworthy Show 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Single Guy 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Richie Rich's Christmas Wish 1997 (Movie)

Cadbury (Actor)

Sex and the Silver Screen 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Narrator

I.Q. 1994 (Movie)

Eisenhower (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Gus Hale (Actor)

The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda 1990 - 1992 (TV Show)

Voice

Lambada 1990 (Movie)

Principal Singleton (Actor)

Empire 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Amanda's 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Modesty Blaise 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

There Goes the Neighborhood 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Space Stars 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Narrator

Unit 4 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

One in a Million 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fantastic Funnies 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

American Hot Wax 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

Heaven Can Wait 1978 (Movie)

Oppenheim (Actor)

Rabbit Test 1978 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Magnificent Magnet of Santa Mesa 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Magician 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Blade 1972 (Movie)

Steiner (Actor)

Macbeth 1948 (Movie)

Lennox (Actor)

Gypsy (TV Show)

Actor

Legalese (TV Show)

Actor

Stowaway to the Moon (TV Show)

Actor

Strange New World (TV Show)

Actor

The Missiles of October (TV Show)

Actor

The Royal Family (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Keene Curtis was an award-winning character actor, best known for his work on the stage, but he also starred in numerous television programs in bit parts and did a sprinkling of big-screen work. Known for his urbane sense of style and sometimes haughty vocal delivery, the charismatic actor shined in several Broadway productions, including "The School for Scandal", "The Cherry Orchard", and "The Rothschilds", for which he performed four roles and won a Tony Award. Two of the actor's most notable stage roles, though, were playing Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and Albin in "La Cage aux Folles". Although his non-stage work is not as notable, his imperious persona frequently served him well and easily made him stand out. He was discovered by Orson Welles in 1947 and cast as Lennox in the director's heavily expressionistic version of "Macbeth", released a year later. Curtis spent the following years working first as a stage manager and actor before returning to the screen in 1970 for an episode of the gothic daytime soap "Dark Shadows". He is probably most familiar to television viewers for his role as dandyish John Allen Hill, a neighboring restaurant owner, on the sitcom "Cheers". Some of his other notable work for television and film include playing Max Pomeroy on the short-lived Bill Bixby series "The Magician", "One in a Million", and the made-for-television movie "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish".

EDUCATION

University of Utah

Utah
was a student actor and a cheerleader

Milestones

1998

Co-starred as Herbert Cadbury in the family comedy "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish"

1998

Endowed a scholarship at the Universityof Utah actors launch their careers

1978

Cast in the musical drama "American Hot Wax," which featured actors Jay Leno, Fran Drescher and Tim McIntire

1973

Made television debut on the dram-turn-television series "The Magician"

1973

Made feature debut in "Blade"

1949

Worked as a stage manager for Martha Graham Dance Company, Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintock

1948

Launched his career by portraying the character Lennox in "Macbeth"

1947

Was discovered by Orsen Wells on college campus

Protrayed the argumentative character John Allen Hill in "Cheers"

Spent three years in the Navy

Bonus Trivia

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Curtis donated his Tony Award and 48 boxes of theater memorabilia and personal papers (including a 1961 letter from Nowel Coward) to the University of Utah

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