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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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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 Mister Mayor (TV Series)
Mister Mayor / The Town Clown (as Bob Keeshan)
 1954 Tinker's Workshop (TV Series)
Tinker the Toymaker
 1953 Time for Fun (TV Series)
Corny The Clown
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Was Clarabelle the Clown on the original "Howdy Doody Show." See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 6 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Captain Kangaroo | Bob Keeshan | Bob Keeshen
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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

Trivia:

Served as a Marine near the end of the second World War. Accounts that he was a platoon sergeant on Iwo Jima are incorrect. Keeshan was only 17 during Iwo Jima and could not have made platoon sergeant in any way. As for being over Lee Marvin, that is also false, as Marvin and Keeshan did not serve in the same battles. See more »

Trademark:

Bright red jacket See more »

Nickname:

Bob

Star Sign:

Cancer

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