Brian Keith

Highest Rated: 100% Nightfall (1957)
Lowest Rated: 0% Something Big (1971)
Birthday: Nov 14, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
The son of actor Robert Keith (1896-1966), Brian Keith made his first film appearance in 1924's Pied Piper Malone, when he was well-below the age of consent. During the war years, Keith served in the Marines, winning a Navy Air Medal; after cessation of hostilities, he began his acting career in earnest. At first billing himself as Robert Keith Jr., he made his 1946 Broadway debut in Heyday, then enjoyed a longer run as Mannion in Mister Roberts (1948), which featured his father as "Doc." His film career proper began in 1952; for the rest of the decade, Keith played good guys, irascible sidekicks and cold-blooded heavies with equal aplomb. Beginning with Ten Who Dared (1959), Keith became an unofficial "regular" in Disney Films, his performances alternately subtle (The Parent Trap) and bombastic. Of his 1970s film efforts, Keith was seen to best advantage as Teddy Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion (1975). In television since the medium was born, Keith has starred in several weekly series, including The Crusader (1955-56), The Little People (aka The Brian Keith Show, 1972-74) and Lew Archer (1975). His longest-running and perhaps best-known TV endeavors were Family Affair (1966-71), in which he played the uncharacteristically subdued "Uncle Bill" and the detective series Hardcastle & McCormick (1983-86). His most fascinating TV project was the 13-week The Westerner (1960), created by Sam Peckinpah, in which he played an illiterate cowpoke with an itchy trigger finger. Keith's personal favorite of all his roles is not to be found in his film or TV output; it is the title character in Hugh Leonard's stage play Da. Plagued by emphysema and lung cancer while apparently still reeling emotionally from the suicide of his daughter Daisy, 75-year-old Brian Keith was found dead of a gunshot wound by family members in his Malibu home. Police ruled the death a suicide. Just prior to his death, Keith had completed a supporting role in the TNT miniseries Rough Riders.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Follow Your Heart Roddy Thompson 1998
No Score Yet Rough Riders President William McKinley 1997
No Score Yet The Second Civil War General Buford 1997
No Score Yet Walking Thunder The Narrator 1997
50% Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story The Cardinal 1996
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk' Maj. Chevallie 1996
No Score Yet National Lampoon's Favorite Deadly Sins Noble 1995
No Score Yet Wind Dancer Truman Richards 1993
No Score Yet Liar's Edge Actor 1992
No Score Yet Smithsonian's Great Battles of the Civil War, Vol. 5 Actor 1992
No Score Yet The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw The Westerner 1991
No Score Yet Welcome Home Harry Robins 1989
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson Frank Wellman Sr. 1989
42% Young Guns Buckshot Roberts 1988
No Score Yet Death Before Dishonor Director Col. Halloran 1987
No Score Yet The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory Davy Crockett 1987
No Score Yet The B.R.A.T. Patrol General Newmeyer 1986
No Score Yet The Power Actor 1984
No Score Yet Cry for the Strangers Chief Whalen 1982
No Score Yet World War III Secretary General Gorny 1982
86% Sharky's Machine Papa 1981
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen Police Chief 1981
43% The Mountain Men Henry Frapp 1980
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing Actor 1979
5% Meteor Dr. Alexei Dubov 1979
63% Moonraker US Shuttle Captain 1979
No Score Yet The Chisholms Actor 1979
No Score Yet The Seekers Elijah Weatherby 1979
69% Hooper Jocko Doyle 1978
No Score Yet Centennial Axel Dumire 1978
14% Nickelodeon H.H. Cobb 1976
No Score Yet The Loneliest Runner Arnold Curtis 1976
No Score Yet Joe Panther Capt. Harper 1976
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive) Actor 1976
57% The Yakuza George Tanner 1975
75% The Wind and the Lion Theodore Roosevelt 1975
No Score Yet Second Chance Actor 1972
0% Something Big Col. Morgan 1971
No Score Yet Scandalous John John 1971
No Score Yet The McKenzie Break (Escape) (Wolfpack) Capt. Jack Connor 1970
No Score Yet Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? Officer Michael M. Nace 1970
0% Krakatoa East of Java Connerly 1969
60% Gaily, Gaily Actor 1969
No Score Yet With Six You Get Eggroll Jake Iverson 1968
56% Reflections in a Golden Eye Morris Langdon 1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out Gen. Hallenby 1966
50% Nevada Smith Jonas Cord 1966
84% The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Link Mattocks 1966
33% The Rare Breed Alexander Bowen 1966
No Score Yet The Hallelujah Trail Frank 1965
No Score Yet Those Calloways Cam Calloway 1965
No Score Yet The Pleasure Seekers Paul Barton 1964
No Score Yet A Tiger Walks Sheriff Pete Williams 1964
No Score Yet The Raiders John G. McElroy 1963
40% Savage Sam Uncle Ben 1963
No Score Yet Johnny Shiloh Sergeant Gabe Trotter 1963
No Score Yet Moon Pilot Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman 1962
No Score Yet The Bull of the West Johnny Wade 1962
89% The Parent Trap Mitch Evers 1961
83% The Deadly Companions (Trigger Happy) Yellowleg 1961
No Score Yet Ten Who Dared William Dunn 1960
67% The Young Philadelphians Mike Flanagan 1959
No Score Yet Villa Bill Harmon 1958
No Score Yet Sierra Baron Jack McCracken 1958
No Score Yet Fort Dobbs Clett 1958
No Score Yet Appointment with a Shadow Lt. Spencer 1957
No Score Yet Chicago Confidential Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont 1957
100% Nightfall John 1957
No Score Yet Run of the Arrow Capt. Clark 1957
No Score Yet Dino Larry Sheridan 1957
No Score Yet Storm Center Paul Duncan 1956
No Score Yet Tight Spot Vince Striker 1955
No Score Yet The Violent Men Cole Wilkison 1955
No Score Yet 5 Against the House Brick 1955
No Score Yet The Bamboo Prison Cpl. Brady 1954
No Score Yet Alaska Seas Jim Kimmerly 1954
No Score Yet Arrowhead Capt. Bill North 1953
No Score Yet P.O.W. Actor 1952
100% 14 Hours Extra 1951
91% Portrait of Jennie Ice-skating extra 1948
75% Boomerang! Extra 1947

TV

CREDIT
93% Archer
2009-2018
Lew Archer
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Spider-Man
1994-1998
Voice
  • 1995
87% Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
Old Farmer
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Caleb McCallum
  • 1984
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Guest Ed Welles
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Dave Ramey Herbert Morrison Arnold Shawn Vernon Wedge
  • 1962
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Macauley
  • 1959

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