Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Stacy Keach Sr., a theatre director, drama teacher, and actor with dozens of television and theatrical film credits billed as "Stacy Keach." His brother James Keach is an actor and television director.
Stacy Keach has played to grand success a constellation of the classic and contemporary stage's greatest roles, and he is considered a pre-eminent American interpreter of Shakespeare.
On July 31, actor Stacy Keach will be honored with the 2,668th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be dedicated in the category of television at 1628 Vine St., near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, at 11:30 a.m.
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His latest television series, Lights Out (2011), on the FX network is a major new mid-season dramatic show, taking him back to the world of boxing which has been a rich setting for him before, notably in Huston's Fat City (1972) which ignited Keach's career as a film star. The alternative to a career like Bogart's is television. He had a success as a hardboiled private eye in the series The New Mike Hammer (1984) from 1984 to 1987. However, the momentum of Keach's success on series TV was impeded after he was arrested at Heathrow Airport when customs officials found cocaine in a hollowed-out shaving cream container. He was convicted of smuggling cocaine into the United Kingdom and spent six months in prison. Keach's contrition attracted sympathy, including that of First Lady Nancy Reagan, and he eventually returned to the show. For his 1988 TV portrayal of Hemingway (1988), he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination as Best Actor. He also played the role of Ken Titus' father in the TV series Titus (2000), which introduced him to a new generation of fans and helped boost his career into the 21st Century. Television also uses his well-trained voice frequent as a narrator, most notably for \\"Nova,\\" \\"National Geographic\\" and \\"The Discovery Channel.\\"
An accomplished pianist and composer, Mr. Keach composed the music for the film, Imbued (2009), directed by Rob Nilssen, a celebrated film festival favorite, in which Keach also starred. He has also completed composing the music for the Mike Hammer audio radio series, \\"Encore For Murder\\", written by Max Collins, directed by Carl Amari, and produced by Blackstone Audio.
Mr. Keach began his film career in the late 1960's with _The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter_, followed by _The New Centurions_ with George C. Scott; Doc Holiday with Faye Dunaway in the film 'Doc' (1971); an over-the-hill boxer,Billy Tully in Fat City (1972); directed by John Huston, and The Long Riders (1980), which he co-produced and co-wrote with his brother, James Keach, directed by Walter Hill. On the lighter side, his characterization of Sgt. Stedenko in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke (1978), and the sequel, Nice Dreams (1981), gave a whole new generation a taste of Mr. Keach's comedic flair, which he also demonstrated in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970), playing the oldest living lecherous Wright Brother; and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) where he played a crazed albino out to kill Paul Newman.
Historical roles have always attracted him. In movies he has played roles ranging from Martin Luther to Frank James. On television he has been Napoleon, Wilbur Wright, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Barabbas, Sam Houston, and Ernest Hemingway, for which he won a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a mini-series and was nominated for an Emmy in the same category. He played an eccentric painter, Mistral, in the Judith Krantz classic, Mistral's Daughter (1984), a northern spy in the civil war special, The Blue and the Gray (1982), more recently as the pirate Benjamin Hornigold in the Hallmark epic Blackbeard (2006). Mr. Keach's Broadway credits include his Broadway debut, Indians, where he played Buffalo Bill and was nominated for a Tony award as Best Actor. He starred in Ira Levin's Deathtrap, the Pulitzer Prize winning Kentucky Cycle (for which he won his first Helen Hayes award as Best Actor), the Rupert Holmes one-man thriller, Solitary Confinement, where Mr. Keach played no less than six roles, all unbeknownst to the audience until the end of the play. In the musical theatre, he starred in the national tour of Barnum, played the King in Camelot for Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, and the King in The King and I, which he also toured in Japan. He starred in the Jon Robin Baitz play, Ten Unknowns, at the Mark Taper Forum in 2003. The LA Times said: \\"And then there's Keach. What a performance! How many actors can manage such thunder and such sweet pain. He's been away from the LA stage too long. Welcome back.\\"
As a director, his production of Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy (1973) for PBS was, according to Mr. Miller in his autobiography, Timebends, \\"the most expressive production of that play he had seen.\\" He won a Cine Golden Eagle Award for his work on the dramatic documentary, The Repeater, in which he starred and also wrote and directed.
But it is perhaps the live theatre where Mr. Keach shines brightest. He began his professional career with the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1964, doubling as Marcellus and the Player King in a production of Hamlet directed by Joseph Papp and which featured Julie Harris as Ophelia. He rose to prominence in 1967 in the Off-Broadway political satire, MacBird, where the title role was a cross between Lyndon Johnson and Macbeth and for which he received the first of his three Obie awards. He played the title roles in Henry 5, Hamlet (which he played 3 times), Richard 3, Macbeth, and most recently as King Lear in Robert Falls' modern adaptation at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, which Charles Isherwood of the NY Times called \\"terrific\\" and \\"a blistering modern-dress production that brings alive the morally disordered universe of the play with a ferocity unmatched by any other production I've seen.\\" Mr. Keach's stage portrayals of Peer Gynt, Falstaff and Cyrano de Bergerac, and Hamlet caused the New York Times to dub him \\"the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore.\\"
As a narrator his voice has been heard in countless documentaries; as the host for the Twilight Zone radio series; numerous books on tape, including the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. In the year 2000, he recorded a CD of all of Shakespeare's Sonnets. He recently recorded the voice of St. Paul for a new audio version of The New Testament:, The Word of Promise and Job for the Old Testament edition. He is the narrator on CNBC's new hit show, American Greed (2007), and recently narrated the award-winning documentary, The Pixar Story (2007). He has also reprised his role as Mike Hammer in the Blackstone audio series, the most recent being \\"Encore for Murder\\". A charter-member of LA Theatre Works, Mr. Keach recently played the title role in Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, recorded both for radio and CD. He was seen on CBS's hit show Two and a Half Men (2003) as the gay Dad of Charlie's fiance.
Stacy Keach also believes strongly in 'giving back' and has been the Honorary Chair for the Cleft Palate Foundation for the past twenty-five years. He is also the national spokesman for the World Craniofacial organization. He has served on the Artist's Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors for two decades, is on the board of directors for Genesis at the Crossroads, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to bringing peoples of combatant cultures together through the shared artistic expressions of the visual and culinary arts, music, dance, and theater. He also serves on the artistic board for Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre National Council, where he was also honored in 2000 with their prestigious Millennium Award for his contribution to classical theatre. Some years ago Hollywood honored him with a Celebrity Outreach Award for his work with charitable organizations.
Of his many accomplishments, Mr. Keach claims that his greatest accomplishment is his family. He has been married to his beautiful wife Malgosia for twenty-five years, and they have two wonderful children, Shannon Keach (1988), and daughter Karolina Keach (1990).
He followed up Fat City with a starring turn in the film adaptation of The New Centurions (1972), based on a novel by the then very-hot Joseph Wambaugh and starring the even hotter George C. Scott, who had ensured that he would be an acting legend by turning down a Best Actor Oscar for Patton (1970).
He was born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. in Savannah, Georgia on June 2, 1941. His father, Stacy Keach Sr., was a contract player as a character actor at Universal Pictures in the 1940s and later worked as a producer for R.K.O. before returning to acting in television. Stacy, Jr. was born with a cleft lip, a facial birth defect, but it was repaired and did not hinder his dream of becoming an actor. After graduating from Van Nuys High School, he entered the University of California, Berkeley in 1959, then continued his studies at the Yale University School of Drama. Keach won a Fulbright Scholarship and used it to further his craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
By the time he gave his searing performance in \\"Fat City\\" in 1972, Stacy Keach apparently had arrived as the next Great American Actor. Alas, that was not to be. His career in films sputtered out by the mid-1970s and he was reduced to playing a caricature in Cheech and Chong movies.
Stacy Keach, Sr., has been a successful actor, producer, writer and director for over fifty years. He created, produced and directed the legendary “Tales of the Texas Rangers” for NBC Radio in the early 1950’s. The show still airs on KNX 1070 on Thursday nights.
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Walter Stacy Keach Sr. (May 29, 1914 – February 13, 2003), known professionally as Stacy Keach Sr. was an American actor whose screen career spanned over five decades.
Stacy Keach, born as Walter Stacy Keach Jr., is an American actor mainly known for playing dramatic roles throughout his career, such as a private detective or law enforcement officer.
Jan 02, 2021 · Stacy Keach Jr. is a famous American voice actor and actor who has played a role in several dramas. One of his famous roles is Mike Hammer, who played this role in several TV films and series during the 1990s. In the year 1984, he got a role in GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD nominations. He has worked in movies like THE NINTH CONFIGURATION and FAT CITY.
Feb 18, 2020 · To the left were twins John Stacy Keach, and Kristopher Steven Keach, both 24. Seymour shares the boys with actor James Keach. The pair were married from 1993 to 2015.
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