Keefe Brasselle

Highest Rated: 100% T-Men (1947)
Lowest Rated: 75% A Place in the Sun (1951)
Birthday: Feb 7, 1923
Birthplace: Not Available
First seen in the wartime comedy Janie (1944), American actor Keefe Brasselle was never more than a second-string leading man in Hollywood, though he enjoyed moderate success as a nightclub singer. Brasselle's biggest bid for film stardom, the title role of The Eddie Cantor Story (1953), also proved to be his Hollywood Waterloo; as bad as this movie was, the actor's interpretation of Cantor was worse. Nonetheless, Brasselle's career took an upswing when he entered television in the early 1960s. The reason was quite simple: Brasselle was a close friend of CBS programming executive James Aubrey. For whatever reason, Brasselle was catapulted to a production position at CBS, and allowed to develop no fewer than three new, expensive weekly series. In addition, the performer hosted a summer variety series, which most critics found to be a textbook example of mediocrity. The three new CBS series died, and Brasselle's relationship with Aubrey cooled. In 1966, Brasselle would turn on his former mentor, writing an a clef novel about the cutthroat world of network broadcasting, subtly titled The Cannibals. For reasons unknown, one of the principal targets of Brasselle's vitriol was beloved comedian Jack Benny, called Jackie Benson in the novel; perhaps it was because Benny had never publicly acknowledged Brasselle's existence and reportedly thought that Keefe's name was "Keith Brazil." Shortly after making headlines for a deadly-weapon assault in 1971, Keefe Brasselle said adios to the entertainment world by starring in an X-rated musical comedy, If You Don't Stop It, You'll Go Blind (1974); it was, need we say, light years away from The Eddie Cantor Story.

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80% Railroaded Cowie 2003
No Score Yet Stop It, or You'll Go Blind Actor Director 1975
No Score Yet Black Gunn Winman 1972
No Score Yet Bring Your Smile Along Martin 'Marty' Adams 1955
No Score Yet The Eddie Cantor Story Eddie Cantor 1953
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy! Dick Hallson 1952
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Sgt. Maxie Klein 1951
No Score Yet The Unknown Man Rudi Wallchek 1951
75% A Place in the Sun Earl 1951
No Score Yet Dial 1119 (The Violent Hour) Skip 1950
No Score Yet Young Lovers Guy Richards 1950
No Score Yet Not Wanted Drew Baxter 1949
No Score Yet The Young Lovers Actor 1949
100% T-Men Cigar Attendant 1947
No Score Yet Janie Soldier 1944

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