Andrew Keir Biography

Birthday: 1926-04-03
Place of Birth: Shotts, Lanarkshire
Wiki Biography: The character actor Andrew Keir (originally Andrew Buggy) was born in 1926 in the coal-mining town of Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland, and raised there with his five brothers John, Tom, Michael, Patrick, and Hugh and his sister Maggie. The son of a coal miner, Keir worked in the coal mines from age 14 to 20, at which point he joined the Glasgow Citizen's Theatre to train as an actor. Shortly thereafter, Keir established himself professionally in British theater, television, and film, debuting in The Lady Craved Excitement (1950). His bluff, no-nonsense demeanor was perfect for authoritarian and military roles, especially Roman soldiers, as in Cleopatra (1963), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), and The Viking Queen (1967). He hooked up with Hammer Productions early on (his debut film) and continued the association in a number of horror films, e.g., Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) and Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971). One of his best-known and most popular performances was that of the title role in Five Million Years to Earth (1967). Keir made numerous appearances in television throughout his career, notably in "Adam Smith" (1972) and in the Australian series "The Outsiders" (1976). Keir, true to his heritage, frequently played Scotsmen, especially in the latter part of his career.

Andrew KeirPhotos & Pictures


TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
You're On Your Own Detective Superintendant Archer 1975 - 1975
Chibi Devil Tom, Harry's father 2011
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Day They Robbed the Bank of England 1960 Crime, Drama
Pirates of Blood River 1962
Cleopatra Agrippa 1963 Drama, History
The Devil-Ship Pirates 1964
The Fall of the Roman Empire Polybius 1964 Drama, History
Lord Jim 1965 0
Dracula: Prince of Darkness 1966 Horror
Dracula - Prince of Darkness 1966 Horror
Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD 1966 Sci Fi
The Viking Queen 1967 Action, Adventure
Blood from the Mummy's Tomb Prof. Fuchs 1971
Zeppelin 1971 Adventure, Drama
Mary, Queen of Scots 1972 Drama, History
Lion of the Desert 1981 Drama
Dragonworld Angus McGowan 1994 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Rob Roy Duke of Argyll 1995 Action, Drama
Absolution Headmaster 2015 Game Show, 0
Scary Stories Captain Tregellis 2018