|Birth: ||Feb. 6, 1945|
New York, USA
|Death: ||May 8, 1994|
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Steven Keats, a popular and prolific actor of the 1970's, grew up in Canarsie (Brooklyn)New York, graduated from the New York School for the Performing Arts (now Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Arts), and after serving a tour of duty in Vietnam with the Air force from 1965-1966, Keats attended (and graduated from) the prestigious Yale University School of Drama.
Steven Keats debuted on Broadway in the second cast of "Oh! Calcutta," and appeared in over 80 films and TV shows. (Keats was nominated for an Emmy in 1977 for his role as the ruthless, Depression-era entrepreneur Jay Blackman, who clawed his way to the top of the "rag trade,' or clothing business, in the formidable mini-series "Seventh Avenue.")
Another notable role was Steven Keats' memorable performance in the celebrated movie "Hester Street" (adapted from author
Abraham Cahan's original Yiddish story "Yekl.")
Set on New York City's Lower East Side of the 1890's, Keats
played Jake Putkovsky (late of Russia), an assimilated "Amerikaner," complete with derby hat and an impressive handlebar moustache.
Jake is less than uxoriously disposed toward his recently-emigrated wife, the meekly-submissive Gitl (who still clings to the old ways), because she is a constant reminder of his own "greenhorn" (or newcomer) status which
he is trying desperately to forget.
The movie was a powerful dissertation on the collision of cultures, and how they impacted the lives of immigrants - for better or for worse.
At the end of his career, Steven Keats was playing the part of Ed McClain on the soap opera "Another World."
Unexpectedly, on May 8, 1994, Steven Keats was found dead in his apartment in Manhattan; his death was ruled a suicide.
Created by: bodner
Record added: Feb 09, 2007
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