75 (passed away Jun. 24th, 1997)
Nov. 14th, 1921
Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
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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.
- Was offered the role of Deke Thornton in _The Wild Bunch (1969)_ (qv), but turned it down, because he was under contract working on _"Family Affair" (1966)_ (qv).
- Best remembered on TV for his starring role as Uncle Bill Davis on _"Family Affair" (1966)_ (qv).
- Father, with 'Victoria Young (I)' (qv), of 'Daisy Keith' (qv).
- He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
- Beat out three other actors for the role of the title character in _"Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983)_ (qv).
- His hobbies included: partying, golfing, swimming, spending time with family, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
- Though he started acting at age three, he wasn't in films until he was 31.
- Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
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