Howard Keel (1919–2004)


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Howard Keel was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, the 6'4" brawny baritone Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over a decade in what were some of the finest musical films ever produced. Born Harry (or Harold) Clifford Keel ... See full bio »

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Known For

(1954)
Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler
(1950)
Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal
(1951)
Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok
(1953)

Filmography

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 2002 My Father's House
Roy Mardis
 1995 Walker, Texas Ranger (TV Series)
D. L. Dade
- Blue Movies (1995) ... D. L. Dade
 1994 Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is (TV Movie)
Capt. Quentin "Jack" Jackson
 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Larry Thorson
- A Killing in Vegas (1991) ... Larry Thorson
 1991 Good Sports (TV Series)
Sonny Gordon
- The Return of Nick (1991) ... Sonny Gordon
- Bobby and Gayle Go on a Date (1991) ... Sonny Gordon
 1981-1991 Dallas (TV Series)
Clayton Farlow
- Conundrum (1991) ... Clayton Farlow (credit only)
- The Decline and Fall of the Ewing Empire (1991) ... Clayton Farlow (credit only)
- Some Leave, Some Get Carried Out (1991) ... Clayton Farlow
- Farewell, My Lovely (1991) ... Clayton Farlow
- Those Darned Ewings (1991) ... Clayton Farlow (credit only)
 1981-1983 The Love Boat (TV Series)
Kyle Cummings / Duncan Harlow
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
Colonel
 1976 The Quest (TV Series)
Shanghai Pierce
- Seventy-Two Hours (1976) ... Shanghai Pierce
 1969 Here's Lucy (TV Series)
Stanley Livingston
- Lucy's Safari (1969) ... Stanley Livingston
 1968 Arizona Bushwhackers
Lee Travis
 1967 The Red Skelton Hour (TV Series)
Police Sgt. Timothy McGoogle
- A Christmas Urchin (1967) ... Police Sgt. Timothy McGoogle
 1967 The War Wagon
Levi Walking Bear
 1967 Red Tomahawk
Capt. Tom York
 1966 Waco
Waco
 1965 Run for Your Life (TV Series)
Hardie Rankin
- The Time of the Sharks (1965) ... Hardie Rankin
 1964 Kiss Me Kate (TV Movie)
Fred Graham
 1963 The Day of the Triffids
Bill Masen
 1963 Death Valley Days (TV Series)
Diamond Jim Brady
- Diamond Jim Brady (1963) ... Diamond Jim Brady
 1961 Tales of Wells Fargo (TV Series)
Justin Brox
- Casket 7.3 (1961) ... Justin Brox
 1961 Armored Command
Col. Devlin
 1959 The Big Fisherman
Simon Peter
 1958 Floods of Fear
Donavan
 1958 Roberta (TV Movie)
John Kent
 1957 Zane Grey Theatre (TV Series)
Will Gorman
- Gift from a Gunman (1957) ... Will Gorman
 1955 Kismet
Poet
 1955 Jupiter's Darling
Hannibal
 1954 Deep in My Heart
Performer in 'My Maryland'
 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Adam Pontipee
 1954 Rose Marie
Sergeant Mike Malone R.C.M.P.
 1953 Kiss Me Kate
Fred Graham 'Petruchio'
 1953 Calamity Jane
Wild Bill Hickok
 1953 Ride, Vaquero!
King Cameron
 1953 Fast Company
Rick Grayton
 1952 Desperate Search
Vince Heldon
 1952 Lovely to Look At
Tony Naylor
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway
Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway
 1951 Across the Wide Missouri
Narrator (voice, uncredited)
 1951 Texas Carnival
Slim Shelby
 1951 Show Boat
Gaylord Ravenal
 1951 Three Guys Named Mike
Mike Jamison
 1950 Pagan Love Song
Hazard Endicott
 1950 Annie Get Your Gun
Frank Butler
 1948 The Hideout
Boke (as Harold Keel)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Emile de Becque" in the US touring company of "South Pacific". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Print Biographies | 14 Articles | 1 Pictorial | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harold Keel

Height:

6' 2¾" (1.9 m)

Spouse:

Judy Keel  (his death)  (1 child) | See more »

Children:

Kaija Keel | See more »

Parents:

Homer Keel | Grace Osterkamp Keel
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[about his choice to go ahead with open heart surgery in January, 1986, despite the risk of losing his job on Dallas (1978)] There is always another part. But there is only one life! See more »

Trivia:

Died one month before his film Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) was being inducted into National Film Registry. See more »

Trademark:

Deep baritone voice See more »

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