Tom Keene

Highest Rated: 100% Our Daily Bread (1934)
Birthday: Dec 30, 1896
Birthplace: Not Available
Born in an upstate New York rural community, George Duryea was raised by relatives when both his parents died young. Educated at Columbia University and Carnegie Tech, Duryea embarked upon an acting career, first with a Maine stock company, then on Broadway. He played Abie in the hit comedy Abie's Irish Rose in New York, then toured with the production for several seasons. In 1928, he was brought to films as a young leading man, appearing in such "A"-list productions as Cecil B. DeMille's The Godless Girl (1929). By 1930, however, he was having trouble securing work that is, until he changed his name to Tom Keene and signed on as RKO-Pathe's resident cowboy star. Throughout the early 1930s, Keene's western vehicles played profitably if not spectacularly in neighborhood houses throughout the country. He made a brief return to dramatic roles as the leading character in King Vidor's populist classic Our Daily Bread (1934), but returned to westerns when his performance was drubbed by the critics. When George O'Brien succeed Keene at RKO, the latter moved on to smaller studios, retaining his popularity into the early 1940s. In 1944, he adopted a new nom de film, Richard Powers, and flourished as a character actor into the 1950s. He briefly returned to his "Tom Keene" persona in the all-star western "special" Trail of Robin Hood (1950) and the 1958 Rowan & Martin cowboy spoof Once Upon a Horse (1958). One of George Duryea/Tom Keene/Richard Powers' final appearances was in the deathless Ed Wood Jr. opus Plan 9 From Outer Space.

Highest Rated Movies



67% Plan 9 from Outer Space Col. Tom Edwards 1959
No Score Yet Wetbacks Highway Patron Inspector 1956
No Score Yet Red Planet Mars Gen. Burdette 1952
No Score Yet Trail of Robin Hood Guest Star 1950
No Score Yet Texans Never Cry Actor 1949
No Score Yet Return of the Bad Men Jim Younger 1948
No Score Yet Berlin Express Major 1948
No Score Yet Western Heritage Spade 1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie Graham 1948
No Score Yet Blood on the Moon Ted Eiser 1948
No Score Yet Thunder Mountain Johnny Blue 1947
No Score Yet Dick Tracy's Dilemma Pred 1947
81% Crossfire Detective 1947
No Score Yet San Quentin Schaefer 1946
No Score Yet Up in Arms Captain 1944
No Score Yet Lights of Old Santa Fe Frank Madden 1944
No Score Yet The Navy Way Steve Appleby 1944
No Score Yet Port of 40 Thieves Scott Barton 1944
No Score Yet Jungle Woman Joe, Fingerprint Man 1944
No Score Yet Lone Star Law Men Tom 1942
No Score Yet Arizona Roundup Actor 1942
No Score Yet Where Trails Divide Actor 1937
No Score Yet God's Country and the Man Jim 1937
No Score Yet The Law Commands Dr. Keith Kenton 1937
No Score Yet Raw Timber Tom Corbin 1937
No Score Yet The Glory Trail Capt. John Morgan 1937
No Score Yet Texas Desperadoes Jim Travis 1936
No Score Yet Rebellion Captain John Carroll 1936
No Score Yet Hong Kong Nights Tom Keene 1935
100% Our Daily Bread John Sims 1934
No Score Yet Beyond the Rockies Actor 1932
No Score Yet Ghost Valley Jerry Long 1932
No Score Yet The Saddle Buster Montana 1932
No Score Yet Come On, Danger! Larry Madden 1932
No Score Yet Freighters of Destiny Steve Macey 1931
No Score Yet Sundown Trail Robert `Buck' Sawyer 1931
No Score Yet Night Work Harvey Vanderman 1930
No Score Yet Beau Bandit W.S. 'Bill' Howard 1930
No Score Yet Pardon My Gun Ted Duncan 1930
No Score Yet The Godless Girl The Boy 1929
No Score Yet Desert Gold Actor 1919