Bob Keeshan

Bob Keeshan

Highest Rated: 20% The Stupids (1996)

Lowest Rated: 20% The Stupids (1996)

Birthday: Jun 27, 1927

Birthplace: Lynbrook, Long Island, New York, USA

Bob Keeshan was a symbol of what childhood used to be - before irony, before MTV flash edits, before totally extreme marketing to kids. He was "Captain Kangaroo" (CBS, 1955-1984), the man behind the longest-running kids' TV show in history. Decked out in his strange bright red blazer with white piping, the Captain read books aloud, got pelted with ping-pong balls, hung out with a farmer - basically, he made preschoolers feel special. Off camera, he denounced television and fought against the evolution of TV into an electronic babysitter that, he felt, spewed violence and chaos. In an interview with NPR, Keeshan explained the theory behind his carefully crafted program. "Television prepares children to be aggressive and violent, but there is little preparation for being gentle. In the everyday encounters that make up most of our lives, kindness is the essential quality, yet television does nothing to prepare children for this."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
20% 37% The Stupids Charles Sender (Character) $2.4M 1996

TV

Credit
15% No Score Yet The Jeff Foxworthy Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sonny and Cher Show Guest 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1972-1973 1969

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