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Brian Keith
Birth: Nov. 14, 1921
Bayonne
Hudson County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Jun. 24, 1997
Malibu
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey . Son of actor Robert Keith and actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents, who toured in plays. His first film was in 1924 at age 3 in "Pied Piper Malone". His parents divorced and his father went to Hollywood and started his television and movie career. His mother continued to do stage and radio and her mother and grandmother helped to raise him on Long Island. He read at a very early age and he was reading books way beyond his age level. He acted in radio programs and on stage. He worked as an extra in several films before speaking roles and subsequent stardom. He joined the Marines and was a machine gunner. He served from 1941-45. He was awarded the Air Navy Medal. He then returned to New York and started his acting career on Broadway with plays, like "Mr. Roberts" and "The Moon is Blue". His biggest break came in 1966 when he landed the role of "Uncle Bill" on the popular television situation comedy "Family Affair", a role which garnered him three Emmy nominations for Best Actor. The show made him a household name. He went on to star in such television series as "The Brian Keith Show", "Heartland", and "Hardcastle and McCormick". He also made over 60 movies in his career. He married three times, first to Frances Helm, then in 1955 to Judith Landon, and finally in 1970 to Hawaiian actress Victoria Young. He fathered a total of four children, but also adopted three others with Judith Landon. His first son died in childhood. One of his children with Victoria Young was Daisy Keith, who also became an actress, appearing with her father in the short-lived series "Heartland" in 1989. During the later part of his life he suffered from emphysema and lung cancer. He was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 75. He is buried next to his daughter Daisy, who also committed suicide just 2 months earlier. (bio by: Jane Stacy Eubanks) 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert Keith (1898 - 1966)
  Helena Phyllis Shipman Keith Pawley (1899 - 1984)
 
 Spouse:
  Frances Helm Wallace (1926 - 2007)*
 
 Children:
  Daisy Keith (1969 - 1997)*
 
 Sibling:
  Laura Richey (1919 - 1992)**
  Brian Keith (1921 - 1997)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Westwood Memorial Park
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Garden of Serenity new Memorial Garden
 
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Record added: Apr 02, 1999
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Forget Me Not flowers for you because none of us will ever forget Uncle Bill--Family Affair was terrific--God Keep You Keith & Rest in Peace!!
- Garlene Frazier
 Added: Apr. 15, 2014

- J Spencer
 Added: Mar. 31, 2014
God bless you throughout Spring, the Season in which Life is eternally renewed. Rest in Peace.
- Richard S. Barzelogna
 Added: Mar. 20, 2014
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