Stacy Keach Biography

Birthday: 1941-06-02
Place of Birth: Savannah, Georgia USA
Height: 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
Wiki Biography: Stacy Keach has played to grand success a constellation of the classic and contemporary stage's greatest roles, and he is considered a pre-eminent American interpreter of Shakespeare. His SRO run as "King Lear" at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. received the best reviews any national leader has earned in that town for decades. Peter Marks of the Washington Post called Mr. Keach's Lear "magnificent". He recently accepted his third prestigious Helen Hayes Award for Leading Actor in 2010 for his stellar performance. His next stage appearance premiering January 13, 2011 at the Lincoln Center in New York is "Other Desert Cities" by Jon Robin Baitz and teaming him with Stockard Channing, Linda Lavin and Elizabeth Marvel. His latest television series, "Lights Out," on the FX network is a major new mid-season dramatic show, taking him back to the world of boxing which has been a rich setting for him before, notably in Huston's "Fat City" which ignited Keach's career as a film star. Versatility embodies the essence of Stacy Keach's career in film and television as well as on stage. The range of his roles is remarkable. His recent performance in Oliver Stone's "W" prompted fellow actor Alec Baldwin to blog an impromptu review matching Huston's amazement at Keach's power. Perhaps best known around the world for his portrayal of the hard-boiled detective, Mike Hammer, Stacy. Keach is also well-known among younger generations for his portrayal of the irascible, hilarious Dad, Ken Titus, in the Fox sitcom, Titus, and more recently as Warden Henry Pope in the hit series, Prison Break. Following his triumphant recent title role performance in King Lear for the prestigious Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Keach joined the starring cast of John Sayles' recent film, Honeydripper. In the most recent of his non-stop activities, he has completed filming Deathmatch for the Spike Channel, and The Boxer for Zeitsprung Productions in Berlin, Germany. German audiences will also see him as one of the co-stars in the multi-million dollar production of Hindenberg, scheduled to air in January, 2011 with worldwide release thereafter. Mr. Keach co-stars in the new FX series entitled, Lights Out, about a boxing family, where he plays the Dad-trainer of two boxing sons, played by Holt McCallany and Pablo Schreiber. The series, , is also scheduled to air in January, 2011. Keach returns to the New York stage at the start of the 2011 in Jon Robin Baitz's new play, "Other Desert Cities," at the Lincoln Center. Capping his heralded accomplishment on the live stage of putting his own stamp on some of the theatre world's most revered and challenging roles over the past year when he headed the national touring company cast of "Frost/Nixon," portraying Richard M. Nixon, bringing still another riveting characterization to the great legit stages of Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, the nation's capitol and other major cities. He won his second Best Actor Helen Hayes Award for his outstanding performance. His second triumphant portrayal of King Lear in the past three years, this time for the Shakespeare Theatre Company in the nation's capital earned reviews heard around the world, with resulting offers for him to repeat that giant accomplishment in New York, Los Angeles and even Beijing. An accomplished pianist and composer, Mr. Keach composed the music for the film, Imbued, directed by Rob Nilssen, a celebrated film festival favorite, in which Keach also starred. He has also completed composing the music for the Mike Hammer audio radio series, "Encore For Murder", written by Max Collins, directed by Carl Amari, and produced by Blackstone Audio. Mr. Keach began his film career in the late 1960's with The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter, followed by The New Centurions with George C. Scott; Doc Holiday with Faye Dunaway in the film Doc; an over-the-hill boxer, Billy Tully in Fat City; directed by John Huston, and The Longriders, which he co-produced and co-wrote with his brother, James, directed by Walter Hill. On the lighter side, his characterization of Sgt. Stedenko in Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke, and the sequel, Nice Dreams, gave a whole new generation a taste of Mr. Keach's comedic flair, which he also demonstrated in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud, playing the oldest living lecherous Wright Brother; and Judge Roy Bean where he played a crazed albino out to kill Paul Newman. Historical roles have always attracted him. In movies, he has played roles ranging from Martin Luther to Frank James. On television he has been Napoleon, Wilbur Wright, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Barabbas, Sam Houston, and Ernest Hemingway, for which he won a Golden Globe as Best Actor in a mini-series and was nominated for an Emmy in the same category. He played an eccentric painter, Mistral, in the Judith Krantz classic, Mistral's Daughter, a northern spy in the civil war special, The Blue and The Gray, more recently as the pirate Benjamin Hornigold in the Hallmark epic Blackbeard. As a director, his production of Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy for PBS, was, according to Mr. Miller in his autobiography, Timebends, "the most expressive production of that play he had seen." He won a Cine Golden Eagle Award for his work on the dramatic documentary, The Repeater, in which he starred and also wrote and directed. But it is perhaps the live theatre where Mr. Keach shines brightest. He began his professional career with the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1964, doubling as Marcellus and the Player King in a production of Hamlet directed by Joseph Papp and which featured Julie Harris as Ophelia. He rose to prominence in 1967 in the off-broadway political satire, MacBird, where the title role was a cross between Lyndon Johnson and Macbeth and for which he received the first of his three Obie awards. He played the title roles in Henry 5, Hamlet (which he played 3 times), Richard 3, Macbeth, and most recently as King Lear in Robert Falls' modern adaptation at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, which Charles Isherwood of the NY Times called "terrific" and "a blistering modern-dress production that brings alive the morally disordered universe of the play with a ferocity unmatched by any other production I've seen." Mr. Keach's stage portrayals of Peer Gynt, Falstaff and Cyrano de Bergerac, and Hamlet caused the New York Times to dub him "the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore." Mr. Keach's Broadway credits include his Broadway debut, Indians, where he played Buffalo Bill and was nominated for a Tony award as Best Actor. He starred in Ira Levin's Deathtrap, the Pulitzer Prize winning Kentucky Cycle (for which he won his first Helen Hayes award as Best Actor), the Rupert Holmes one-man thriller, Solitary Confinement, where Mr. Keach played no less than six roles, all unbeknownst to the audience until the end of the play. In the musical theatre, he starred in the national tour of Barnum, played the King in Camelot for Pittsburgh's Civic Light Opera, and the King in The King and I, which he also toured in Japan. He starred in the Jon Robin Baitz play, Ten Unknowns, at the Mark Taper Forum in 2003. The LA Times said: "And then there's Keach. What a performance! How many actors can manage such thunder and such sweet pain. He's been away from the LA stage too long. Welcome back." In 2004, he starred as Scrooge in Boston's Trinity Rep musical production of A Christmas Carol; earlier in 2004, he starred as Phil Ochsner in Arthur Miller's last play Finishing The Picture, directed by Robert Falls at the Goodman Theatre. As a narrator, his voice has been heard in countless documentaries; as the host for the Twilight Zone radio series; numerous books on tape, including the Short Stories of Ernest Hemingway. In the year 2000, he recorded a CD of all of Shakespeare's Sonnets. He recently recorded the voice of St. Paul for a new audio version of The New Testament:, The Word of Promise and Job for the Old Testament edition. He is the narrator on CNBC's new hit show, American Greed, and recently narrated the award-winning documentary, The Pixar Story. He has also reprised his role as Mike Hammer in the Blackstone audio series, the most recent being "Encore for Murder".A charter-member of LA Theatre Works, Mr. Keach recently played the title role in Bertolt Brecht's Galileo, recorded both for radio and CD. He was seen on CBS's hit show 2 and a Half Men as the gay Dad of Charlie's fiance. Stacy Keach also believes strongly in 'giving back' and has been the Honorary Chair for the Cleft Palate Foundation for the past twenty-five years. He is also the national spokesman for the World Craniofacial organization. He has served on the Artist's Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors for two decades, is on the board of directors for Genesis at the Crossroads, a Chicago-based organization dedicated to bringing peoples of combatant cultures together through the shared artistic expressions of the visual and culinary arts, music, dance, and theater. He also serves on the artistic board for Washington DC's Shakespeare Theatre National Council, where he was also honored in 2000 with their prestigious Millennium Award for his contribution to classical theatre. Some years ago Hollywood honored him with a Celebrity Outreach Award for his work with charitable organizations. He has been the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from Pacific Pioneer's Broadcasters, the San Diego Film Festival, the Pacific Palisades Film Festival, and The 2007 Oldenburg Film Festival in Germany. Later this year, he will be awarded the 2010 Lifetime Award from the St. Louis Film Festival. In 2008, he received the Mary Pickford Award for versatility in acting. Mr. Keach was a Fulbright scholar to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, attended the University of California at Berkeley and the Yale Drama School. He has always been a star of the American stage, especially in Shakespearen roles such as Hamlet, Henry 5, Coriolanus, Falstaff, Macbeth, Richard 3, and most recently, King Lear. Of his many accomplishments, Mr. Keach claims that his greatest accomplishment is his family. He has been married to his beautiful wife Malgosia for twenty-five years, and they have two wonderful children, Shannon Keach (1988), and daughter Karolina Keach (1990). IMDb Mini Biography By: Guttman Associates Mini Biography When Stacy Keach burst into the public consciousness in John Huston's Fat City (1972) in 1972, it appeared that a great actor had been discovered. He was not unknown: Keach had earlier appeared on-screen in The The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968), End of the Road (1970) and the revisionist Western 'Doc' (1971) and had established a reputation off-Broadway as one of America's best stage actors. He followed up Fat City with a starring turn in the film adaptation of The New Centurions (1972), based on a novel by the then very-hot Joseph Wambaugh and starring the even hotter George C. Scott, who had ensured that he would be an acting legend by turning down a Best Actor Oscar for Patton (1970). Keach burnished his reputation as an up-and-coming actor's actor when he took the prized role in the film adaptation of John Osborne's Luther (1974), a part made famous by and virtually "owned" by Albert Finney. With this promising beginning, bolstered by cameos in Robert Altman's Brewster McCloud (1970) and Huston's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972) and by his TV-directing debut on PBS with Arthur Miller's Incident at Vichy (1973) (TV), He was born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. in Savannah, Georgia on June 2, 1941. His father, Stacy Keach Sr., was a contract player as a character actor at Universal Pictures in the 1940s and later worked as a producer for R.K.O. before returning to acting in television. Stacy, Jr. was born with a cleft lip, a facial birth defect, but it was repaired and did not hinder his dream of becoming an actor. After graduating from Van Nuys High School, he entered the University of California, Berkeley in 1959, then continued his studies at the Yale University School of Drama. Keach won a Fulbright Scholarship and used it to further his craft at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He made his Broadway debut as a member of the Repertory Theatre of Lincoln Center in "Danton's Death" on October 21, 1965. He also appeared in "The Country Wife" and "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" for the Lincoln Center Rep in 1966. He began making a name for himself playing the eponymous "MacBird" in the hit off-Broadway hit comedy satirizing Lyndon Johnson as a latter-day MacBeth. For his turn as MacBird, he won an Obie Award, a Vernon Rice Award, and the Drama Desk Award, as well as being named "Best Performance in a Comedy" by Saturday Review's Award. He consolidated his reputation as an actor's actor playing Edmund to Lee J. Cobb's "King Lear" in the '68-'69 season for the Rep. Later that year he achieved theatrical fame as Buffalo Bill in Arthur Kopit's play "Indians" in 1969, in which he proved himself to be a superb actor, wining a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Play. His 1971 performance of Jamie in Eugene O'Neill's, "Long Day's Journey Into Night" with Robert Ryan and Geraldine Fitzgerald brought him another round of Obie, Vernon Rice and New York Drama Desk awards. In the 1972-73 season, Keach took on the greatest challenge for the dramatic actor, the title role in Shakespeare's "Hamlet" off-Broadway for the New York Shakespeare Theatre. (No American actor had mounted a Broadway Hamlet since John Barrymore and Walter Hampden in the 1920s and 1930s. Raymond Massey was a Canadian and Maurice Evans was an English immigrant.) Keach's portrayal of the Gloomy Dane brought him his third Obie and Vernon Rice Awards. Playing Hamlet had been a challenge that the great Brando himself had ignored, though Keach played Stanley Kowalski off-Broadway. By the time he gave his searing performance in "Fat City" in 1972, Stacy Keach apparently had arrived as the next Great American Actor. Alas, that was not to be. His career in films sputtered out by the mid-70s and he was reduced to playing a caricature in Cheech and Chong movies. The alternative to a career like Bogart's is television. He had a success as a hardboiled private eye in the series "The New Mike Hammer" (1984) from 1984 to 1987. However, the momentum of Keach's success on series TV was impeded after he was arrested at Heathrow Airport when customs officials found cocaine in a hollowed-out shaving cream container. He was convicted of smuggling cocaine into the United Kingdom and spent six months in prison. Keach's contrition attracted sympathy, including that of First Lady Nancy Reagan, and he eventually returned to the show. For his 1988 TV portrayal of "Hemingway" (1988), he won a Golden Globe and an Emmy nomination as Best Actor. He also played the role of Ken Titus' father in the TV series "Titus" (2000), which introduced him to a new generation of fans and helped boost his career into the 21st Century. Television also uses his well-trained voice frequent as a narrator, most notably for "Nova," "National Geographic" and "The Discovery Channel." Always one to return to the boards like a true actor, Keach scored another major success on stage when he was the lead in "The Kentucky Cycle," the only play to be awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama without first appearing in New York. He appeared in the play both on and off-Broadway, as well as in its Washington, D.C. tryouts. For his Broadway turn in the play, he won an Outstanding Artist Award from The Drama League, the Helen Hayes Award as Best Actor and a New York Drama Desk Awards nomination as Best Actor. He also played Richard Nixon in the 2008-09 road show of Frost/Nixon (2008). Stacy Keach serves as the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation, for which he received a Celebrity Outreach Award in 1995. He also is a Charter Member of the Artist's Rights Foundation. That he continues to act over 40 years after making his film debut in "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" is testimony to his talent.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Gravy Train 1974 Action
NOVA 1974 Documentary
Caribe Lt. Ben Logan 1975 - 1975
The Squeeze 1977 Crime
Missing: Reward 1989
Mike Hammer, Private Eye Mike Hammer 1997 - 1998 Crime
Chicken Soup for the Soul 1999 - 2000 Drama
Warship 2001 Documentary
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America 2006 Drama
American Greed 2007
American Greed: The Fugitives Narrator 2012 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter 1968 Drama
Brewster McCloud 1971 Comedy, Fantasy
Fat City 1972 Drama, Sport
The New Centurions 1972 Crime, Drama
The Squeeze 1977 Crime, Drama
Gray Lady Down 1978
Two Solitudes 1978 Drama, History
The Ninth Configuration Col. Vincent Kane 1980 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
The Long Riders Frank James 1980 Crime, History
A Rumor of War 1980 Drama
That Championship Season James Daley 1983 Drama
Princess Daisy 1983 Drama, Romance
Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All Mike Hammer 1989 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Class of 1999 1990 Action, Drama, Fantasy
False Identity Ben Driscoll / Harlan Errickson 1990 Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Milena Jesenski 1991 Biography, Drama
Sunset Grill 1992
Batman: Mask of the Phantasm Phantasm 1993 Animation, Action, Crime
Raw Justice 1994
Escape from L.A. Cmdr. Malloy 1996 Action, Adventure
American History X Cameron Alexander 1998 Crime, Drama
Future Fear General Wallace 1998 Action
Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return 1999
Militia 2000
Icebreaker Bill Foster 2000 Action
Mercy Streets Tom 2000 Action, Drama, Crime
Birds of Passage Captain Savienko 2001 Adventure, Thriller, Action
Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science 2003
Galaxy Hunter 3V3 2004
The Man With the Screaming Brain Dr. Ivanov 2005
Caught in the Headlights Mr. Jones 2005 Action, Thriller
Keep Your Distance Brooks Voight 2005 Drama, Mystery, Romance
El padrino Gov. Lancaster 2005 Action, Crime, Drama
Desolation Canyon 2006
Blackbeard 2006
The Hollow 2006 Horror
When Eagles Strike General Thurmond 2006 Action
Jesus, Mary and Joey Jack O'Callahan 2006 Comedy, Romance
Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America 2006 Drama, Thriller
Sunstorm Gen. John Parker 2007 Action
Chicago Overcoat 2009
The Boxer Joe 2009 Action, Drama, Sport
Imbued Donatello 2009 Drama
The Portal Professor Haffler 2010 Horror
Jerusalem Countdown Jackson 2011 Thriller
Storm War Marcus 2011
Cellmates Warden Merville 2012 Comedy, Drama
The Bourne Legacy Retired Adm. Mark Turso, USN 2012 Action, Adventure, Mystery
The Architect Jon 2012 Crime, Family, Thriller
Ooga Booga Judge Marks 2013 Comedy, Horror
The Great Chameleon Max 2013 Comedy
Planes Skipper 2013 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Nebraska Ed Pegram 2013 Drama
Sam The Shopkeeper 2014 Comedy