Larry Keating

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Larry Keating
Born Lawrence Keating
(1899-06-13)June 13, 1899
St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.
Died August 26, 1963(1963-08-26) (aged 64)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death Leukemia
Years active 1945–1963
Spouse(s) Ruth Keating (19??–1963; his death); 2 children
Children Robert Keating
Larry Keating Jr.
William Evans

Lawrence "Larry" Keating (June 13, 1899 – August 26, 1963) was an American actor best known for his roles as Harry Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, which he played from 1953 to 1958, and next-door neighbor Roger Addison on Mister Ed, which he played from 1961 until his death in 1963.

Early years[edit]

Keating was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.[1]

Career[edit]

In the late 1930s, Keating created Professor Puzzlewit, a quiz program on KMJ radio in Fresno, California. He also was the program's quizmaster.[2]

Keating was an announcer for NBC in the 1940s, an announcer for ABC radio's This Is Your FBI from 1945 to 1953, and a regular on the short-lived series The Hank McCune Show. Keating was the longest of several actors to play neighbor Harry Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Keating took over the role of Harry Morton from Fred Clark in 1953 and continued in this role on the short-lived sequel, The George Burns Show.[3]

During his first episode on The Burns and Allen Show, George Burns stopped the action just before Harry's entrance and explained that Clark had left the show. Then he introduced Larry Keating to Bea Benaderet who played Blanche Morton saying, "This is Larry Keating and he is going to be your husband now". The pair greeted and complimented each other on their previous work. George remarked that if they are going to be so nice to each other, no one will believe they are married.[3]

Keating played Roger Addison, the next door neighbor (of Wilbur Post, who was played by Alan Young) on the television series Mister Ed from 1961 until his death in 1963. Keating actually appeared in 3 of the first 4 season 4 episodes. His last appearance was in episode 4, season 4.[3]

Keating's film credits include The Mating Season (1951), When Worlds Collide (1951), Monkey Business (1952), and Inferno (1953).[3]

Death[edit]

Keating died of leukemia on August 26, 1963. His final movie role was in The Incredible Mr. Limpet. He is entombed in Portland, Oregon's Mount Calvary Cemetery.[4] He was survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a brother, and two grandchildren.[5]

Partial filmography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Larry Keating Dies". Wellsville Daily Reporter (New York, Wellsville). Associated Press. August 27, 1963. p. 3. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  2. ^ "Fifth Year On Air Is Begun By Prof. Puzzlewit". The Fresno Bee The Republican (California, Fresno). March 16, 1941. p. 20. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ a b c d Larry Keating at the Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Larry Keating at Find a Grave
  5. ^ "Mr. Ed's Neighbor Dies In Hollywood". Biddeford-Saco Journal (Maine, Biddeford). September 7, 1963. p. 12. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

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