James Keane

James Keane

Highest Rated: 94% 48 HRS. (1982)

Lowest Rated: 47% Assassination Tango (2002)

Birthday: Sep 26, 1952

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA

Steadily working since the '70s in both film and television, James Keane has earned a reputation as a reliable character actor. Early in his career he landed a small part in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War masterpiece, "Apocalypse Now." He could not have known that his one line would be a key part of what is the film's most iconic sequence, as the gunner on Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore's (Robert Duvall) helicopter just before Kilgore carries out a magnificent assault on a village to secure a section of beach ideal for surfing, all set to the rousing soundtrack of Wagner's "The Ride of the Valkyries." Keane's only other significant role was on the law school drama "The Paper Chase," a CBS (and later Showtime) television series based on a novel and film of the same title. He portrayed Willis Bell, a slovenly member of the lead character's study group, and appeared in nearly every episode of the show's four-season run. Fans of the series will remember him as the guy who regularly wore Buffalo, New York, T-shirts, Keane's personal homage to his home town.

Highest rated movies

48 HRS.
Crazy Heart
The Rose
Assassination Tango



No Score Yet No Score Yet Barista Original Music - 2015
90% 76% Crazy Heart Manager (Character) $39.5M 2009
No Score Yet 59% Hidden Places Mr. Jennings (Character) - 2006
47% 32% Assassination Tango Whitey (Character) $970.2K 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Don't Let Go Wes (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 26% Let's Get Harry Al King (Character) $141.0K 1986
94% 69% 48 HRS. Vanzant (Character) - 1982
71% 81% The Rose Sam (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Night Cries Charlie (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Intimate Strangers Unknown (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sunshine Christmas Hugh Bob (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 67% Richard III Director - 1912


8% 71% Betrayal Unknown (Guest Star) 2013-2014
96% 90% Raising Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 80% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
11% No Score Yet October Road Sully (Guest Star) 2008
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
94% 96% Mad Men Night Manager (Guest Star) 2007
86% 92% Boston Legal Joe Gordon (Guest Star) 2007
65% No Score Yet Close to Home Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
95% 98% Everybody Hates Chris Boss (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
83% 83% NYPD Blue Noel Thomas (Guest Star) 2002
75% 95% The West Wing Hartsfield's Landing Registrar of Voters (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet 91% Hey Arnold! Unknown (Guest Voice) 1996-2000
No Score Yet 85% Todd McFarlane's Spawn Unknown (Voice) 1997-1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1999
0% No Score Yet Timecop Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Designing Women Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1987 1989
97% 100% Hill Street Blues James Sanders (Guest Star) 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Paper Chase Willis Bell (Character) 1978-1979 1983-1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart Unknown (Guest Star) 1981
No Score Yet 93% M*A*S*H Cpl. Shaw (Guest Star) 1979