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

Born in Illinois, Howard Keel was raised in California by his widowed mother. Here he supported himself with odd jobs after high-school graduation, vaguely holding out hopes of becoming a professional singer. His first gig was as a singing busboy at a Los Angeles cafe for the princely wage of $15 per week. Temporarily discouraged, Keel took a job at Douglas Aircraft; the executive staff, impressed by Keel's movie-star looks and pleasant baritone, sent the young man out on a tour of Douglas' other plants, where as a "manufacturing representative" he entertained the workers while they hastened to meet their wartime quotas. After winning several singing contests, Keel was hired by Rodgers and Hammerstein; he replaced John Raitt in the Broadway production of Carousel and played Curley in the London staging of Oklahoma. It was while in England that Keel, billed as Harold Keel, made his film debut in a villainous role in The Small Voice (1949). He was brought back to Hollywood to play Frank Butler in MGM's filmization of Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun. This led to leading roles in such subsequent big-budget MGM musicals as Showboat (1951), Lovely to Look At (1952), Kiss Me Kate (1953), Rose Marie (1954), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), Kismet (1955) and Jupiter's Darling (1955). Ever on the lookout for a straight, nonsinging role, Keel was occasionally satisfied with such films as Callaway Went Thataway (1951) (in which he essayed a dual role), Desperate Search (1953) and The Big Fisherman (1959). After parting company with MGM, Keel appeared in nightclub and touring companies, often in the company of his frequent MGM co-star Kathryn Grayson, and also starred in several medium-budget westerns; he also was cast in the British sci-fi classic Day of the Triffids (1963). Howard Keel's most recent on-camera credit was the sizeable supporting role of Clayton Farrow on the TV series Dallas.

Highest Rated Movies



100% That's Entertainment! III Host 1994
No Score Yet An Old-Fashioned Christmas Actor 1988
90% The War Wagon Levi Walking Bear 1967
No Score Yet Arizona Bushwhackers Lee Travis 1967
No Score Yet The Man from Button Willow Offscreen Singer of Title Song (voice) 1965
76% The Day of the Triffids Bill Masen 1963
No Score Yet Armored Command Col. Devlin 1961
No Score Yet The Big Fisherman Simon Peter 1959
57% Kismet The Poet 1955
No Score Yet Jupiter's Darling Hannibal 1955
No Score Yet Deep in My Heart Guest Star 1954
88% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Adam 1954
No Score Yet Rose Marie Capt. Mike Malone 1954
91% Kiss Me Kate Fred Graham/Petruchio 1953
71% Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok 1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin Guest Star 1953
No Score Yet Ride, Vaquero! Actor 1953
No Score Yet Desperate Search Vince Heldon 1952
No Score Yet Lovely to Look At Tony Naylor 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Stretch Barnes / Smoky Callaway 1951
No Score Yet Across the Wide Missouri Chip Mitchell as an Adult (as Narrator) 1951
No Score Yet Three Guys Named Mike Mike Jamison 1951
89% Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal 1951
No Score Yet Texas Carnival Slim Shelby 1951
No Score Yet Pagan Love Song Hazard Endicott 1950
100% Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler 1950
No Score Yet The Hideout (The Small Voice) Boke 1948


No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Larry Thorson 1991
No Score Yet Dallas
Clayton Farlow Clayton 1991


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