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      Howard Keel

      Howard Keel

      Highest Rated: 100% That's Entertainment! III (1994)

      Lowest Rated: 57% Kismet (1955)

      Birthday: Apr 13, 1919

      Birthplace: Gillespie, Illinois, USA

      His operatic singing voice and matinee idol looks won him an offer in 1944 to headline Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit "Oklahoma!" but Howard Keel stuck with his day job at the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, setting aside ambition to aid the Allied effort through the end of World War II. It was on London's West End that Keel caught the eye of British film producers, for whom he made his big screen debut in 1948. Stateside, Keel accepted an MGM contract and lead roles in such Technicolor musicals as "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), "Show Boat" (1951), and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), while proving himself a credible man of action in the British "Floods of Fear" (1958) and "Day of the Triffids" (1962), in which he saved the Earth from an invasion of asparaginous extraterrestrials. Though he rode tall beside John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in Burt Kennedy's "The War Wagon" (1967), film offers thinned out with the demise of the studio system. Supplementing his income with nightclub and summer stock appearances, Keel was on the verge of retiring when the producers of the popular primetime soap opera "Dallas" (NBC, 1978-1991) tapped him to play steel-spined oil baron Clayton Farlow through the end of the series' 13-year run. Capping his career in his seventies by returning to his roots as a singer, Keel released four albums of songs before his death in 2004 robbed the arts of a one-of-a-kind popular entertainer with classical appeal.

      Highest rated movies

      100% Annie Get Your Gun
      93% Kiss Me Kate
      89% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
      83% Show Boat
      82% The War Wagon
      78% The Day of the Triffids
      73% Calamity Jane
      57% Kismet

      Photos

      FLOODS OF FEAR, Anne Heywood, Howard Keel, 1959 FLOODS OF FEAR, Howard Keel, Cyril Cusack, 1959 DEEP IN MY HEART, Howard Keel, 1954 KISMET, Howard Keel, 1955 DESPERATE SEARCH, from left: Jane Greer, Howard Keel, 1952 THE DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS, Howard Keel, 1962 DESPERATE SEARCH, from left: Linda Lowell, Howard Keel, Lee Aaker, 1952 KISS ME KATE, Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, 1953 FLOODS OF FEAR, from left, Anne Heywood, Howard Keel, 1959 RIDE, VAQUERO!, from left: Howard Keel, Ava Gardner, 1953 FLOODS OF FEAR, Howard Keel, 1959 CALAMITY JANE, from left: Doris Day, Howard Keel, 1953 ARMORED COMMAND, Howard Keel, 1961 LOVELY TO LOOK AT, from left, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, Red Skelton, cutting up between takes, 1952 SHOW BOAT, Howard Keel, Kathryn Grayson, 1951 PAGAN LOVE SONG, Howard Keel, Esther Williams, 1950 PAGAN LOVE SONG, Esther Williams, Howard Keel, 1950 JUPITER'S DARLING, from left: Esther Williams, Howard Keel, 1955 PAGAN LOVE SONG, Howard Keel, Esther Williams, 1950 KISS ME KATE, Howard Keel, 1953

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hart to Hart: Home Is Where the Hart Is Capt. Quentin "Jack" Jackson (Character) - 1994
      100% 83% That's Entertainment! III Self $150.8K 1994
      No Score Yet 20% Arizona Bushwhackers Lee Travis (Character) - 1968
      82% 78% The War Wagon Levi Walking Bear (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Red Tomahawk Capt. Tom York (Character) - 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Waco "Waco" (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet La Loi des hors-la-loi Unknown (Character) - 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Man From Button Willow Offscreen Singer of Title Song (Voice) - 1965
      78% 51% The Day of the Triffids Bill Masen (Character) - 1963
      No Score Yet 20% Armored Command Col. Devlin (Character) - 1961
      No Score Yet 44% The Big Fisherman Simon Peter (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Floods of Fear Donovan (Character) - 1959
      No Score Yet 56% Jupiter's Darling Hannibal (Character) - 1955
      57% 50% Kismet Hajj (Character) - 1955
      89% 87% Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Adam Pontipee (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% Rose Marie Capt. Mike Malone (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Desperate Search Vince Heldon (Character) - 1953
      73% 87% Calamity Jane Wild Bill Hickok (Character) - 1953
      93% 72% Kiss Me Kate Fred Graham 'Petruchio' (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 38% Ride, Vaquero King Cameron (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fast Company Rick Grayton (Character) - 1953
      No Score Yet 33% Lovely to Look At Tony Naylor (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hoaxters Narrator - 1952
      No Score Yet 30% Callaway Went Thataway Stretch Barnes/Smoky Callaway (Character) - 1951
      83% 70% Show Boat Gaylord Ravenal (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 17% Texas Carnival Slim Shelby (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet 68% Three Guys Named Mike Mike Jamison (Character) - 1951
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Hideout Boke (Character) - 1951
      100% 67% Annie Get Your Gun Frank Butler (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet 24% Pagan Love Song Hazard Endicott (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Small Voice Boke (Character) - 1948

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Walker, Texas Ranger Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      No Score Yet 89% Murder, She Wrote Larry Thorson (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dallas Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      1981 1983-1984 1986-1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fantasy Island Unknown (Guest Star) 1982
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Quest Unknown (Guest Star) 1976
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Here's Lucy Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tales of Wells Fargo Justin Brox (Guest Star) 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zane Grey Theatre Unknown (Character) 1957