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Brian Keith

Juge Milton C. Hardcastle in Hardcastle and McCormick, Bill Davis in Family Affair

Photos Brian Keith Birth name: Robert Keith Richey Jr
Birth date: 1921/11/14
Date of death : 1997/06/24 (76 years old)
Birth place : Bayone (USA)
Height: 1.85 m

French Traduire

Biography for Brian Keith

Son of character actor Robert Keith and actress Helen Shipman. Grew up on the road with his parents, who toured in plays. 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 into television and film. Worked as an extra in several films before achieving speaking roles and subsequent stardom.

Brian Keith was born in Bayone, New Jersey, November 14, 1921. He often played in westerns, then in several TV series, including "A Family Affair", "Michner's Centennial", then "The judge and the pilot" .

1997 is a bad year for him: at the age of 75, he suffered from lung cancer, he knows big financial concerns, and must face the suicide of his daughter (it was his only child, Because he had a son who died very young).

Brian Keith committed suicide by shooting himself in his head to his domicile of Malibu, the same year.

Brian Keith was an American actor known for his roles in films, television series and plays. He was born on November 14, 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey, and died on June 24, 1997 in Malibu, California.

Brian Keith began his career in the 1940s by playing in plays in Broadway. He became famous thanks to his roles in films like "Le Kid de Cincinnati" (1950), "Le Oath des Braves" (1956) and "Hatari!" (1962), in which he played strong and virile characters.

He also played in many television series, notably in "Le Fusilier de la Marine" (1953-1954), "Le Virginien" (1962-1971) and "A formidable family" (1971-1976), where he played the Character of Bill Davis, a single father who raises his children alone after the death of his wife.

In addition to his acting career, Brian Keith was also a producer and director. He produced and produced several episodes of "a great family" and also produced the television series "Le Virginien".

Apart from his acting career, Brian Keith was also passionate about fishing and hunting. He spent a lot of time in the mountains of Idaho and Africa, where he chased the big game.

Despite his success as an actor, Brian Keith has experienced difficult times in his personal life. He suffered from depression and tried to end his life several times. He died in 1997 at the age of 75 of a heart attack.

Brian Keith was a talented and respected actor who left a lasting imprint in the entertainment industry. His career has inspired many actors and he is still considered one of the big names in Hollywood.


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Title Role
Follow Your Heart (1998)
Spider-Man (1994) Serie TV (voice) Uncle Ben Parker #1 (1997)
Walking Thunder (1997) (voice) Narrator
Rough Riders (1997) (TV) President William McKinley
Second Civil War, The (1997) (TV) Gen. Buford
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story (1996) Cardinal
Picture Windows (1995) (mini) Serie TV Tappan (Episode: Lightning)
Favorite Deadly Sins (1995) (TV) 'Noble Hart'/Himself
Return of Hunter, The (1995) (TV) Pete Morgan
Under a Killing Moon (1994) (VG) The Colonel
Wind Dancer (1993) Truman Richards
Secrets of Lake Success, The (1993) (mini) Serie TV P. Stuart Atkins III
Walter & Emily (1991) Serie TV Walter Collins
Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, The (1991) (TV) The Westerner
After the Rain (1990)
Lady in the Corner (1989) (TV) David Henderson
Welcome Home (1989) Harry Robins
Heartland (1989) Serie TV B.L. McCutcheon
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson (1989) (TV) Frank Wellman Sr.
Young Guns (1988) Buckshot Roberts
Pursuit of Happiness (1987) Serie TV Prof. Roland G. Duncan
Death Before Dishonor (1987) Col. Halloran
Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory, The (1987) (TV) Col. David 'Davey' Crockett
B.R.A.T. Patrol, The (1986) (TV) Gen. Newmeyer
Murder of Sherlock Holmes, The (1984) (TV) Caleb McCallum
Hardcastle and McCormick (1983) Serie TV Judge Milton C. 'Hardcase' Hardcastle
Cry for the Strangers (1982) (TV) Chief Whalen
World War III (1982) (TV) Secretary General Gorny
Sharky's Machine (1981) Papa
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981) Police Chief Baxter
Mountain Men, The (1980) Henry Frapp
Silent Lovers, The (1980) (TV) Mauritz Stiller
Power (1980) (TV) Charles Kandell
Seekers, The (1979) (mini) Serie TV Elijah Weatherby
Meteor (1979) Dr. Alexei Dubov
Chisholms, The (1979) (mini) Serie TV Andrew Blake
Centennial (1978) (mini) Serie TV Sheriff Axel Dumire
Hooper (1978) Jocko Doyle
How the West Was Won (1978) (mini) Serie TV Gen. Stonecipher (episodes 1-3)
Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer, The (1977) (TV) Prosecuting Attorney
In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan (1977) (TV) Joe Quinlan
Nickelodeon (1976) H.H. Cobb
Loneliest Runner, The (1976) (TV) Arnold Curtis
Joe Panther (1976) Capt. Harper
Quest, The (1976) (TV) Tank Logan
Wind and the Lion, The (1975) Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
Yakuza, The (1975) George Tanner
Archer (1975) Serie TV Lew Archer
Zoo Gang, The (1974) Serie TV Stephen 'The Fox' Halliday
Brian Keith Show, The (1972) Serie TV Dr. Sean Jamison
Second Chance (1972) (TV) Geoff Smith
Bull of the West, The (1971) (TV) Johnny Wade
Scandalous John (1971) John McCanless
Something Big (1971) Colonel Morgan
McKenzie Break, The (1970) Capt. Jack Connor
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? (1970) Officer Michael M. Nace
Gaily, Gaily (1969) Francis X. Sullivan
Krakatoa, East of Java (1969) Connerly
With Six You Get Eggroll (1968) Jake Iverson
Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) Lt. Col. Morris Langdon
Family Affair (1966) Serie TV Uncle Bill Davis (1966-1971)
Way... Way Out (1966) Gen. 'Howling Bull' Hallenby
Nevada Smith (1966) Jonas Cord
Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The (1966) Police Chief Link Mattocks
Rare Breed, The (1966) Alexander Bowen
Hallelujah Trail, The (1965) Frank Wallingham
Those Calloways (1965) Cam Calloway
Pleasure Seekers, The (1964) Paul Barton
Tenderfoot, The (1964) (TV) Mose Carson
Raiders, The (1964) John G. McElroy
Tiger Walks, A (1964) Sheriff Pete Williams
Bristle Face (1964) (TV) Lue Swank
Savage Sam (1963) Uncle Beck Coates
Johnny Shiloh (1963) (TV) Sgt. Gabe Trotter
Moon Pilot (1962) Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
Deadly Companions, The (1961) Yellowleg
Parent Trap, The (1961) Mitch Evers
Ten Who Dared (1960) William 'Bill' Dunn
Westerner, The (1960) Serie TV Dave Blasingame
Young Philadelphians, The (1959) Mike Flanagan
Appointment with a Shadow (1959) Lt. Spencer
Nine Lives of Elfego Baca, The (1958) (TV) Shadrach O'Reilly
Villa! (1958) Bill Harmon
Violent Road (1958) Mitch Barton
Sierra Baron (1958) Jack McCracken
Desert Hell (1958) Capt. Edwards
Fort Dobbs (1958) Clett
Hell Canyon Outlaws (1957) Gang Leader Happy
Chicago Confidential (1957) Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont
Run of the Arrow (1957) Capt. Clark USA Engineers
Dino (1957) Larry Sheridan
Nightfall (1957) John
Storm Center (1956) Paul Duncan
Crusader (1955) Serie TV Matt Anders
5 Against the House (1955) Brick
Tight Spot (1955) Vince Striker
Violent Men, The (1955) Cole Wilkison
Bamboo Prison, The (1954) Cpl. Brady
Jivaro (1954) Tony
Alaska Seas (1954) Jim Kimmerly
Arrowhead (1953) Captain Bill North
Fourteen Hours (1951) Extra
Portrait of Jennie (1948) Ice-skating extra
Boomerang! (1947) Extra
Knute Rockne All American (1940) Student at Train Station
Other Kind of Love, The (1924)
Pied Piper Malone (1924) Little boy


Suffered from emphysema and had lung cancer. His apparent suicide happened after he returned from a stay at a hospital.

Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

At the time of his death, he was dealing with terminal respiratory illness and the recent suicide (gunshot) of his daughter, Daisy, only ten weeks prior.


Spouse : Victoria Young (1970 - 24 June 1997) (his death) 2 children, Judy Landon (1955 - ?) (divorced) 2 children 3 adopted children, Frances Helm (? - 1955) (divorced).

His first son died in childhood.

Son of Robert Keith and Helen Shipman.

Father, with Victoria Young, of Daisy Keith.

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  • Creation date: 01/07/2003 by stals
  • Last update: 21/11/2011 by PLOQUIN

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