Brian Keith (born Robert Alba Keith, November 14, 1921 – June 24, 1997) was an American film, television and stage actor who in his six-decade-long career gained recognition for his work in movies such as the Disney family film The Parent Trap (1961), the comedy The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming (1966), and the adventure saga The Wind and the Lion (1975), in which he portrayed ...
Brian Keith, Actor: The Parent Trap. Son of character actor Robert Keith 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 ...
Actor Brian Keith dies in apparent suicide JENNIFER BOWLES June 25, 1997 GMT MALIBU, Calif. (AP) _ Brian Keith, the burly actor best known as Uncle Bill on the TV sitcom ``Family Affair,″ did not want to wait in a hospital for cancer to take his life.
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Keith's third wife and widow, artist Victoria Young, was almost 23 years his junior. A native of Hawaii, she guest-starred with him on two episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). On The Brian Keith Show (1972), she played a nurse.
Brian Keith, the burly, gruff film and TV performer who gained his greatest fame in the 1960s sitcom classic "Family Affair," shot and killed himself Tuesday in the wake of a series of medical and ...
Brian Keith was born Robert Alba Keith, on November 14, 1921, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His father, Robert Keith, was a well-known actor. His mother, Helena Shipman, was a talented stage actress. Keith’s parents divorced when he was very young. His father remarried Broadway actress Peg Entwistle.
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Brian Keith, who became known to millions of Americans in the late '60s as Uncle Bill, was born on November 14, 1921, in Bayonne, New Jersey. The son of Robert Keith and Helena Shipman, Keith eventually went on to work with such film industry greats as John Huston, Peter Bogdanovich, Bette Davis, Marlon Brando and Sebastian Cabot. Although he started acting at the tender age of 3, it wasn't until he was well into his forties that Keith found his primary claim to fame as everybody's favorite sitcom uncle to child actors Anissa Jones and Johnny Whitaker on television's Family Affair.
Keith served in the U.S. Marine corps during World War II but resumed his acting career upon his return to the States after the war's end. Following a Broadway hit in 1946 and again in '48, Keith went on to be in such films as Arrowhead and Five Against the House.
Many more TV and film appearances, including The Parent Trap, and The Wind and the Lion, lead up to his most successful foray into the acting world, the long running and award winning television series, Family Affair. Keith played opposite Sebastian Cabot as a Manhattan bachelor and guardian to Buffy, Jody, and Sissy, played by Anissa Jones, Johnny Whitaker, and Kathy Garver respectively. The highly successful series ran on CBS from 1966-1971 and was a ratings blockbuster at the time, placing in the top five of all shows in its three-year run. Keith was nominated for no less than 3 Emmys for his role as Uncle Bill.
After the cancellation of the series following the '71 season, Keith continued his television and film career with numerous bit roles until 1983 when he garnered the lead role in another television series, Hardcastle and McCormick, which ran from 1983-86. Keith played retired judge Milton Hardcastle who, accompanied by his last defendant, follows up on cases that where dismissed due to technicalities.
Keith continued acting throughout the '80s and '90s, making bit appearances on such shows as Touched By an Angel and Walker, Texas Ranger. But by 1997, Keith's life had begun to unravel. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema, despite having quit his smoking habit more than ten years earlier. Brutal chemotherapy treatments began to take an emotional toll on Keith. In April of 1997 his daughter, Daisy, committed suicide in her Hollywood Hills home and reports had Keith suffering financial problems for the last few years. His daughter's death would be too much for the actor to overcome.
Keith's remains are interred above those of his daughter Daisy in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
Jun 18, 2020 · The New Jersey native became known for his role in the classic 1960s sitcom “Family Affair,” and the original Disney version of “The Parent Trap,” but for all his fame Brian Keith remained “a grounded human being” through his long career in Hollywood.