Stacy Keach in May 2007
|Born||Walter Stacy Keach, Jr.
June 2, 1941
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Malgosia Tomassi (1986-present)
Jill Donahue (1981-1986: div.)
Marilyn Aiken (1975-?: div.)
Kathryn Baker (1964-?: div.)
Walter Stacy Keach, Jr. (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor and narrator. He is most famous for his dramatic roles; however, he has done narration work in educational programming on PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as some comedy (particularly his role in the Fox sitcom Titus as Ken, the hard-drinking, chain-smoking, womanizing father of comedian Christopher Titus and for Sergeant Stedenko in Up in Smoke) and musical roles.
Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, the son of Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach, a theater director, drama teacher, and actor. His brother James Keach is an actor and television director. Keach graduated from Van Nuys High School in June 1959, where he was class president, then earned two BA degrees at the University of California, Berkeley (1963), one in English, the other in Dramatic Art. He earned an M.F.A. at the Yale School of Drama and was a Fulbright Scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Keach played the title role in MacBird!, an Off Broadway anti-war satire by Barbara Garson staged at the Village Gate in 1966. Then, in 1967, he was cast, again Off Broadway, in George Tabori's The Niggerlovers with Morgan Freeman in his acting debut. To this day, Freeman credits Keach with teaching him the most about acting. Keach first appeared on Broadway in 1969 as Buffalo Bill in Indians by Arthur Kopit. Early in his career, he was credited as Stacy Keach, Jr. to distinguish himself from his father Stacy Keach, Sr. He played the lead actor in The Nude Paper Sermon an avant-garde musical theatre piece for media presentation, commissioned by Nonesuch Records by composer Eric Salzman.
He has won numerous awards including Obie awards, Drama Desk Awards, and Vernon Rice Awards. In the early 1980s, he starred in the title role of the national touring company of the musical Barnum composed by Cy Coleman. In 2006, he performed the lead role in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In 2008, he played Merlin in Lerner and Loewe's "Camelot", done with the NY Philharmonic. In the summer of 2009, Shakespeare Theatre Company remounted the production of King Lear at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington D.C., which won him the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor.
On December 16, 2010, Keach began performances as patriarch Lyman Wyeth in the off-Broadway premiere of Jon Robin Baitz' acclaimed new play Other Desert Cities. The production transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre, where it opened November 3, 2011.
He played a rookie cop in The New Centurions (1972), opposite George C. Scott. That year he also starred in Fat City, a boxing film directed by John Huston. He was the first choice for the role of father Damien Karras in the 1973 movie The Exorcist, but he did not accept the role. He went on to play Kane in the 1980 movie The Ninth Configuration, written and directed by Blatty; this role was itself intended for Nicol Williamson.
Stacy Keach's storytelling talent as narrator was given worldwide exposure in the 1973 Formula One racing documentary "Champions Forever, The Quick and the Dead" by Claude du Boc.
Keach played Cheech and Chong's Police Department arch-nemesis Sgt. Stedenko in Up In Smoke and Nice Dreams. He also appeared as Barabbas in Jesus of Nazareth. In 1978 he played a role of explorer and scientist in The Mountain of the Cannibal God, co-starring former Bond girl Ursula Andress. The film became a cult favorite as a "Video nasty".
One of his most convincing screen performances was as Frank James (elder brother of Jesse) in The Long Riders (1980). Keach excelled in this role, portraying a character who shows maturity and perspective during the outlaws’ doomed career, but who is ultimately imprisoned by fraternal ties.. Long Riders included brothers playing brothers and Stacey's brother James Keach played Jesse James; the Carradine and Quaid brothers also starred in the film. In 1982 Keach starred in Butterfly with Pia Zadora.
He portrayed a white supremacist in American History X, alongside Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. In Oliver Stone's 2008 biopic W., Keach portrays a Texas preacher whose spiritual guidance begins with George W. Bush's AA experience, but extends long thereafter.
One of Keach's early television roles was in 1958 on the syndicated romantic comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire, with Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. His first-ever experience as a series regular on a television program was playing the lead role of Lieutenant Ben Logan in Caribe in 1975. He played Barabbas in the 1977 Jesus of Nazareth (miniseries), and portrayed Jonas Steele, a psychic and Scout of the United States Army in the 1982 CBS miniseries, The Blue and the Gray. He later portrayed and is best known as Mike Hammer in the CBS television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and The New Mike Hammer from 1984 to 1987. He returned to the role of Hammer in Mike Hammer, Private Eye, a new syndicated series that aired from 1997 to 1998.
In 2000, he played the cantankerous father Ken Titus in the title family of Fox's sitcom Titus. Cast members of Titus have commented they enjoyed working with Keach because, even with the dryest line the writers could invent, Keach would find a way to make the line funny.
Fans of The Simpsons may also recognize Keach's voice in the recurring role of Duff Brewery President, Howard K. Duff VIII, beginning with the 12th season episode, "Hungry, Hungry Homer", wherein Homer attempts to stop Howard K. Duff from moving the Springfield Isotopes baseball team to Albuquerque by staging a hunger strike.
Keach guest starred in the sitcom Will & Grace. He had a recurring role as Warden Henry Pope in the Fox drama Prison Break. He starred in the fourth episode of the second season in 'Batman Beyond' in the episode 'Lost Soul' as the voice of an A.I computer program that was simulated through the neural impulses of a deceased computer company CEO named Robert Vance.
Stacy Keach is perhaps most familiar to younger television viewers for narrating episodes of Nova, National Geographic, and various other informational series. From 1992 - 1995, he became the voice-over narrator for the paranormal series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories. Beginning in 1999, he served as the narrator for the home video clip show World's Most Amazing Videos, which is now seen on Spike TV. He currently hosts The Twilight Zone radio series. Keach can also be heard narrating the CNBC series American Greed. For the PBS series American Experience, he narrated The Kennedys, among others.
Keach was born with a cleft lip and a partial cleft of the hard palate and underwent numerous operations as a child. Throughout his adult life he has often worn a mustache to hide the scars. He is now the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation, and advocates for insurance coverage for such surgeries. In the 1971 film Doc, Keach played the title character, John "Doc" Holliday, who may have been born with a cleft palate.
He has been married four times: to Kathryn Baker in 1964, to Marilyn Aiken in 1975, to Jill Donahue in 1981, and to Malgosia Tomassi around 1986. He has two children from his fourth marriage. He was also romantically linked to singer Judy Collins in the early 1970s. She left singer Stephen Stills for him after they appeared in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Peer Gynt in 1969, a breakup which inspired the song Suite: Judy Blue Eyes on the Crosby, Stills & Nash album.
|Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, TheThe Heart Is a Lonely Hunter||1968||Blount|
|Brewster McCloud||1970||Abraham Wright|
|End of The Road||1970||Jacob Horner|
|Traveling Executioner, TheThe Traveling Executioner||1970||Jonas Candide|
|New Centurions, TheThe New Centurions||1972||Roy Fehler|
|Fat City||1972||Billy Tully||KCFCC Award for Best Actor (tied with Marlon Brando forThe Godfather)|
|Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean, TheThe Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean||1972||Original Bad Bob the Albino|
|Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly||1973||Wilbur Wright|
|The Dion Brothers||1974||Calvin|
|Conduct Unbecoming||1975||Captain Harper|
|Street People||1976||Charlie Hanson|
|Killer Inside Me, TheThe Killer Inside Me||1976||Lou Ford|
|Squeeze, TheThe Squeeze||1977||Jim Naboth|
|Greatest Battle, TheThe Greatest Battle||1978||Major Mannfred Roland|
|Gray Lady Down||1978||Capt. Bennett|
|Up in Smoke||1978||Sergeant Stedanko|
|Two Solitudes||1978||Huntley McQueen|
|Mountain of the Cannibal God||1979||Professor Edward Foster|
|Ninth Configuration, TheThe Ninth Configuration||1980||Col. Vincent Kane|
|Long Riders, TheThe Long Riders||1980||Frank James|
|Nice Dreams||1981||Sergeant Stedanko|
|That Championship Season||1982||James Daley|
|False Identity||1990||Ben Driscoll/Harlan Errickson|
|Class of 1999||1990||Dr. Bob Forest|
|Sunset Grill||1993||Harrison Shelgrove|
|Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||1993||Carl Beaumont / Voice of Phantasm||Voice only|
|New Crime City||1994||Wynorski|
|Raw Justice||1994||Deputy Mayor Bob Jenkins|
|Escape From L.A.||1996||Commander Malloy|
|Prey of the Jaguar||1996||The Commander|
|Sea Wolf, TheThe Sea Wolf||1997||Captain Wolf|
|American History X||1998||Cameron Alexander|
|Future Fear||1998||General Wallace|
|Fear Runs Silent||1999||Mr. Hill|
|Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return||1999||Dr. Michaels|
|Militia||2000||George Armstrong Montgomery|
|Sunstorm||2001||General John Parker|
|Birds of Passage||2001||Captain Savienko|
|When Eagles Strike||2003||General Thurmond|
|Hollow, TheThe Hollow||2004||Claus Van Ripper|
|Caught in the Headlights||2004||Mr. Jones|
|El Padrino: The Latin Godfather||2004||Governor Lancaster|
|Man with the Screaming Brain||2005||Dr. Ivanov|
|Keep Your Distance||2005||Brooks Voight|
|Come Early Morning||2006||Owen Allen|
|Jesus, Mary and Joey||2006||Jack O'Callahan|
|Haunted Prison||2006||TV film|
|Chicago Overcoat||2009||Ray Berkowski|
|Weather Wars||2011||Marcus Grange|
|Jerusalem Countdown||2011||Jackson||Based on the Novel, Jerusalem Countdown|
|The Bourne Legacy||2012||Turso|
|The Great Chameleon||2012||Max|
|All the Kind Strangers||1974||Jimmy Wheeler||Television film|
|Caribe||1975||Lieutenant Ben Logan||Television series|
|Dynasty||1976||Matt Blackwood||Mini series|
|Jesus of Nazareth||1977||Barabbas||Mini series|
|Rumor of War, AA Rumor of War||1980||Maj. Ball||Mini series|
|Blue and the Gray, TheThe Blue and the Gray||1982||Jonas Steele||Mini series|
|Princess Daisy||1983||Prince Alexander "Stash" Valensky||Mini series|
|Yes, Dear||2000||Prince Alexander "Stash" Valensky||Mini series|
|Murder Me, Murder You||1983||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Mistral's Daughter||1984||Julien Mistral||Mini series|
|More Than Murder||1984||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||1984–1985||Mike Hammer||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama|
|The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||1986||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Intimate Strangers||1986||Dr. Jeff Bierston||Television film|
|New Mike Hammer, TheThe New Mike Hammer||1986–1987||Mike Hammer||Television series|
|Hemingway||1988||Ernest Hemingway||Mini series
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film (tied with Michael Caine for Jack the Ripper)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
|The Forgotten||1989||Adam Roth||Television film|
|Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All||1989||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle||1991||Colonel Edward Corishant||Mini series|
|Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||1991||Capt. Charles Butler McVay||Television film|
|Lincoln||1992||George McClellan (voice only)||Television film|
|Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories||1992||Narrator (voice only)||Television series|
|Revenge on the Highway||1992||Claude Sams||Television film|
|Rio Diablo||1993||Kansas||Television film|
|Body Bags||1993||Richard Coberts||Television film|
|Against Their Will: Women in Prison||1994||Jack Devlin||Television film|
|Texas||1994||Sam Houston||ABC Television film|
|Young Ivanhoe||1995||Pembrooke||Television film|
|Amanda & the Alien||1995||Emmitt Mallory||Television film|
|The Pathfinder||1996||Compte du Leon||Television film|
|Legend of the Lost Tomb||1997||Dr. William Bent||Television film|
|Murder in My Mind||1997||Cargill||Television film|
|Mike Hammer, Private Eye||1997–1998||Mike Hammer||Television series|
|The Courage to Love||2000||Jean Baptiste||Television film|
|Titus||2000–2002||Ken Titus||Television series|
|Lightning: Fire from the Sky||2001||Bart Pointdexter||Television film|
|Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons||2001, 2003, 2006||Howard Duff (voice only)||Television series|
|The Santa Trap||2002||Max Hurst||Television film|
|Miracle Dogs||2003||C.W. Aldrich||Television film|
|Frozen Impact||2003||Pete Crane||Television film|
|Prison Break||2005–2007||Henry Pope||Television series|
|George Lopez||2005||Blaine McNamara||Television series|
|Desolation Canyon||2006||Samuel Kendrick||Television film|
|Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America||2006||Secretary Collin Reed||Television film|
|Blackbeard||2006||Capt. Benjamin Hornigold||Television film|
|Death Row (a.k.a. Haunted Prison)||2006||John Elias||Television film|
|ER||2007||Mike Gates||Television series|
|Lone Rider||2008||Robert Hattaway||Television film|
|Ring of Death||2008||Warden Golan||Television film|
|Nanny Express, TheThe Nanny Express||2009||Rev. McGuiness||Television film|
|Two and a Half Men||2009||Chelsea's father||Television Series|
|Lights Out||2011||Pops Leary||Television Series|
|Bored to Death||2011||Bergeron||Television Series|
|30 Rock||2012||Himself||Television Series|
|The Great Chameleon||2012||Film|
|Anything For Money||2012||Narrator||Song written to promote CNBC's series "American Greed"|
|The Neighbors||2012–2013||Dominick Weaver||Television Series|
|Sean Saves the World||2013||Lee Thompson||Television series|
- "Stacy Keach Biography (1941-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- mentioned in http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/thomas-del-ruth
- "James Lipton Takes on Three".Million Dollar Baby, DVD, directed by Clint Eastwood
- Marks, Peter (June 14, 2009). "Enter the King, With New Rules". Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- "The Plays - Production Details". The Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 2009-07-16. "King Lear by William Shakespeare, directed by Robert Falls, 6/16/2009 - 7/26/2009"
- Stacy Keach Suffers Mild Stroke Los Angeles Times, March 18, 2009
- King, Susan (3/31/2002). "Much to Do in a Few Short Radio Days". L.A. Times. Retrieved 6/12/2012.
- "Henderson, Kathy. "His Practical Approach: Stacy Keach's Heart is With the Stage But TV Suits His Life and Family Fine," ''Los Angeles Times'', Sunday, December 6, 1992". Articles.latimes.com. 1992-12-06. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
- Commentary found in Titus Season 1&2 DVD.
- "Stacy Keach - Links". Retrieved 2009-07-16. stacykeach.com
- "Keach Appeal Rejected On Cocaine Sentence". New York Times. Associated Press. December 19, 1984. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- "Star Keach recovering from stroke". BBC. 19 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- Dobuzinskis, Alex; Bob Tourtellotte and Paul Simao (March 18, 2009). "Stacy Keach had mild stroke: spokesman". Reuters. Retrieved 2009-07-16.
- "American Greed: "Anything For Money"". YouTube. 2012-11-07. Retrieved 2013-02-22.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Stacy Keach.|
- Stacy Keach - official website
- Stacy Keach at the Internet Movie Database
- Stacy Keach at the Internet Broadway Database
- Stacy Keach at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
- Cleft Palate Foundation
- BroadwayWorld.com interview with Stacy Keach, September 23, 2008