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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 »

Known For

The Stupids
The Stupids Charles Sender
(1996)
Captain Kangaroo
Captain Kangaroo Captain Kangaroo / Himself - Host / Himself - Captain Kangaroo
(1955-1984)
The Howdy Doody Show
The Howdy Doody Show Clarabell the Clown (1948-1953)
(1947)
CBS Storybreak
(1985)

Filmography

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 1998 Hercules (TV Series)
Aesop
- 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)
Host
 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 3 April 1965 (1965) ... Mister Mayor
- Episode dated 16 January 1965 (1965) ... 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)
Show Show Producer (3 credits)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Guest on the TV news program "Live on Five". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Captain Kangaroo | Bob Keeshan | Bob Keeshen
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Personal Quote:

Just as actors are afraid of child audiences because they're so honest, I would be scared stiff of going before the big folks. See more »

Trivia:

He was the first host/performer of WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 NYC's "Time For Fun" / "The Johnny Jellybean Show". Keeshan MC'd the show as "Corney The Clown" weekday afternoons from Monday September 21, 1953 to Friday July 29, 1955. He co-created, nco-produced and hosted "Tinker's Workshop" with Jack Miller on WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 in NYC weekday mornings from Monday November 15, 1954 to Friday September 9,1955... See more »

Trademark:

Known as Captain Kanganoo See more »

Nickname:

Bob

Star Sign:

Cancer

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