Keene Curtis

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Keene Curtis
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Born Keene Holbrook Curtis
(1923-02-15)February 15, 1923
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Died October 13, 2002(2002-10-13) (aged 79)
Bountiful, Utah, U.S.
Occupation Actor

Keene Holbrook Curtis (February 15, 1923 in Salt Lake City – October 13, 2002) was an American character actor.

Film career[edit]

Curtis made his film debut in the 1948 Orson Welles adaptation of Macbeth. Additional film credits included American Hot Wax, Rabbit Test, The Buddy System, Legalese, I.Q., Heaven Can Wait, Sliver, The Wrong Damn Film and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.

Theatre work[edit]

Curtis' theatrical career began in 1955 as a Broadway stage manager. His first appearance as a performer was in a 1965 revival of You Can't Take It with You. In 1971, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The Rothschilds. Additional Broadway credits included The Cherry Orchard, A Patriot for Me, Via Galactica, Annie, and La Cage aux Folles.He received an Obie Award nomination for his role as Bradley in the A. R. Gurney play The Cocktail Hour .

Television work[edit]

Curtis had a recurring role as the owner of Melville's Restaurant in Cheers and as a wealthy snob on Amanda's.. His many television credits include The Magician as quirky columnist Max Pomeroy opposite Bill Bixby, Gypsy and appearances on:

Animation work[edit]

For the animated series SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, he voiced the character the Pastmaster. He also provided the voice of Grand Moff Tarkin for the first Star Wars radio drama.[citation needed], but perhaps he was best known as the voice of Lord Balthazar of The Smurfs from 1981-89.

He has also done voice talents for other cartoon shows including The Little Mermaid, The Dukes, The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, Trollkins, The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda, The Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour, Timeless Tales from Hallmark, The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, Denver, the Last Dinosaur, The Snorks, The Jetsons, Space Stars, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Herculoids, Fantastic Max, Paddington Bear, The Centurions, Kissyfur, Mother Goose and Grimm, The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats and Bonkers.

Curtis voiced Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible episode, "The Easter Story".

Death[edit]

Curtis died from complications from Alzheimer's disease in a Bountiful, Utah nursing home, aged 79, and was buried there at Bountiful Memorial Park.

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