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.

  • 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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