Howard Keel

Howard Keel

Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

Lowest Rated: 57% Kismet (1955)

Birthday: Apr 13, 1919

Birthplace: Gillespie, Illinois, USA

His operatic singing voice and matinee idol looks won him an offer in 1944 to headline Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit "Oklahoma!" but Howard Keel stuck with his day job at the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, setting aside ambition to aid the Allied effort through the end of World War II. It was on London's West End that Keel caught the eye of British film producers, for whom he made his big screen debut in 1948. Stateside, Keel accepted an MGM contract and lead roles in such Technicolor musicals as "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), "Show Boat" (1951), and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), while proving himself a credible man of action in the British "Floods of Fear" (1958) and "Day of the Triffids" (1962), in which he saved the Earth from an invasion of asparaginous extraterrestrials. Though he rode tall beside John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in Burt Kennedy's "The War Wagon" (1967), film offers thinned out with the demise of the studio system. Supplementing his income with nightclub and summer stock appearances, Keel was on the verge of retiring when the producers of the popular primetime soap opera "Dallas" (NBC, 1978-1991) tapped him to play steel-spined oil baron Clayton Farlow through the end of the series' 13-year run. Capping his career in his seventies by returning to his roots as a singer, Keel released four albums of songs before his death in 2004 robbed the arts of a one-of-a-kind popular entertainer with classical appeal.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
100% 82% That's Entertainment! III Self $150.8K 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is Capt. Quentin "Jack" Jackson (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 20% Arizona Bushwhackers Lee Travis (Character) - 1968
90% 78% The War Wagon Levi Walking Bear (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Tomahawk Capt. Tom York (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Waco "Waco" (Character) - 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Button Willow Offscreen Singer of Title Song (Voice) - 1965
76% 51% The Day of the Triffids Bill Masen (Character) - 1963
No Score Yet 20% Armored Command Col. Devlin (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 44% The Big Fisherman Simon Peter (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Floods of Fear Donovan (Character) - 1959
57% 48% Kismet Hajj (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet 60% Jupiter's Darling Hannibal (Character) - 1955
88% 87% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Adam Pontipee (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet 30% Rose Marie Capt. Mike Malone (Character) - 1954
No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate Search Vince Heldon (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Company Rick Grayton (Character) - 1953
91% 64% Kiss Me Kate Fred Graham 'Petruchio' (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 38% Ride, Vaquero King Cameron (Character) - 1953
73% 87% Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 37% Lovely to Look At Tony Naylor (Character) - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hoaxters Narrator - 1952
No Score Yet 17% Texas Carnival Slim Shelby (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 67% Three Guys Named Mike Mike Jamison (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 22% Callaway Went Thataway Stretch Barnes/Smoky Callaway (Character) - 1951
89% 71% Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hideout Boke (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet 24% Pagan Love Song Hazard Endicott (Character) - 1950
100% 67% Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Small Voice Boke (Character) - 1948

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1986-1990 1983-1984 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet Death Valley Days Diamond Jim Brady (Character) 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theater Unknown (Character) 1957

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