Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Keenan Wynn

He was born on July 27, 1916 in New York, New York to a show biz family. His father was Edward Wynn and they starred together in The Huckster's, Annie Get Your Gun and Kiss Me Kate. His mother Hilda Wynn was also a minor actress. His paternal grandfather Frank Keenan was a Shakespearean tragedian.

A wonderful character actor who starred in more than 100 movies and television shows. He made his uncredited debut in Somewhere I Will Find You in 1942. He also starred as Gene Kelly's agent in For Me and My Gal (1942), a drunk in The Clock (1945), and a newspaper editor in Easy to Wed (1946). In these roles he usually played a shady brute who provided comic relief.

He stole scenes as a self-important burlesque star in The Hucksters (1947), his jazz reedman in Song of the Thin Man (1927) and pal to Kirk Douglas in My Dear Secretary (1949).

His later works included Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) and The Great Race (1965).

He was also one of the actor's to play Digger Barnes on Dallas, appearing in 10 episodes.

He passed away October 14, 1986 of pancreatic cancer. He worked right up to the end, appearing in four different television shows in 1986 including The Fall Guy.

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