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Robert Keeshan (1927–2004)

Television producer and host Robert James Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York. As a young man he served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. Starting as a page at the National Broadcasting Company, Keeshan later began his on-air career as the original "Clarabell, the Clown" for the NBC The Howdy Doody Show (1947) (aka "The Howdy Doody ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 7 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
- Hercules and the Kids (1998) ... Aesop (voice)
 1998 Muppets Tonight (TV Series)
Captain Kangaroo
- Andie MacDowell (1998) ... Captain Kangaroo (as Bob Keeshan)
 1996 The Stupids
Charles Sender (as Bob Keeshan)
 1994 Breakfast Time (TV Series)
Bob Keeshan
 1988 Day by Day (TV Series)
Captain Kangeroo
- Trading Places (1988) ... Captain Kangeroo (as Bob Keeshan)
 1986 Kideo TV (TV Series)
Host - 'Know Your Body' (1986-1988)
 1985 CBS Storybreak (TV Series)
 1970-1971 Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (TV Series)
Captain Kangaroo
- 1162 (1971) ... Captain Kangaroo
- 1126 (1970) ... Captain Kangaroo
 1964-1965 Mister Mayor (TV Series)
Mister Mayor
- Episode dated 18 September 1965 (1965) ... Mister Mayor
- Episode dated 26 June 1965 (1965) ... Mister Mayor
- Episode dated 10 April 1965 (1965) ... Mister Mayor
- Episode dated 16 January 1965 (1965) ... Mister Mayor
- Episode #1.1 (1964) ... Mister Mayor
 1954 Tinker's Workshop (TV Series)
Tinker the Toymaker
 1953 Time for Fun (TV Series)
Corny The Clown
 1951 Howdy Doody's Christmas (Short)
Clarabell the Clown (uncredited)
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Other Works:

Appeared on the daytime talk show "Midday" also guesting were Bob McAllister and Mason Reese. See more »

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1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Captain Kangaroo | Bob Keeshan | Bob Keeshen

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Personal Quote:

One of the big secrets of finding time is not to watch television. See more »


His acting debut, was on Saturday, January 3rd, 1948. See more »


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