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Howard Keel

Highest Rated:   100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)
Lowest Rated:   57% Kismet (1955)
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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.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% That's Entertainment! III
  • Host
1994
No Score Yet An Old-Fashioned Christmas
  • Actor
1988
83% 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
79% 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
90% Kiss Me Kate
  • Fred Graham/Petruchio
1953
72% Calamity Jane
  • Wild Bill Hickok
1953
No Score Yet Ride, Vaquero!
  • Actor
1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin
  • Guest Star
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

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