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Brian Keith

Highest Rated:   100% Nightfall (1957)
Lowest Rated:   0% Krakatoa East of Java (1969)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
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
  • Col. Halloran
  • Director
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
93% Sharky's Machine
  • Papa
1981
40% Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen
  • Police Chief
1981
50% The Mountain Men
  • Henry Frapp
1980
No Score Yet Eagle's Wing
  • Actor
1979
5% Meteor
  • Dr. Alexei Dubov
1979
60% Moonraker
  • US Shuttle Captain
1979
No Score Yet The Chisholms
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet The Seekers
  • Elijah Weatherby
1979
67% 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
45% The Yakuza
  • George Tanner
1975
75% The Wind and the Lion
  • Theodore Roosevelt
1975
No Score Yet Second Chance
  • Actor
1972
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
57% Reflections in a Golden Eye
  • Morris Langdon
1967
No Score Yet Way...Way Out
  • Gen. Hallenby
1966
57% 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
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 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 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
73% Boomerang!
  • Extra
1947

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
96% Archer
2009
  • Lew Archer
  • 2017
  • 2015
No Score Yet Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
1993-1999
  • Old Farmer
  • 1993

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