Brian Keith

Brian Keith

75 (passed away Jun. 24th, 1997)
Nov. 14th, 1921
Born in
Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
6' 1"

Brian Keith's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Hardcastle & McCormick TV Show
Hardcastle & McCormick
Family Affair (1966) TV Show
Family Affair (1966)
Tales of Tomorrow TV Show
Tales of Tomorrow
Centennial TV Show
The Westerner TV Show
The Westerner
Archer (1975) TV Show
Archer (1975)
Heartland (1989) TV Show
Heartland (1989)
Target: The Corruptors TV Show
Target: The Corruptors
The Zoo Gang (UK) TV Show
The Zoo Gang (UK)

Main Movie Roles

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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.

  • His mother, Helena Shipman, died on October 26, 1983.
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
  • His third wife 'Victoria Young (I)' (qv) co-starred with him on _"The Brian Keith Show" (1972)_ (qv), she played a nurse.
  • Father, with 'Victoria Young (I)' (qv), of 'Daisy Keith' (qv).
  • At the time of his death, he was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer, as well as mourning the recent gunshot suicide of his 27-year-old daughter, 'Daisy Keith' (qv), only ten weeks prior. His own suicide happened after he returned from a stay at a hospital.
  • His hobbies included: partying, golfing, swimming, spending time with family, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
  • Before he was a successful actor, he began acting in stock productions and on radio.
  • Beat out three other actors for the role of the title character in _"Hardcastle and McCormick" (1983)_ (qv).

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