Actor and maker who was simply a children’s advocate for 30 years and is known as a pioneer in the forming of children’s television applications including taking part in the title personality from the iconic Captain Kangaroo. He went to Fordham University with the GI Expenses. He starred on Captain Kangaroo and was also Clarabell the Clown. He wedded Anne Jeanne Laurie in 1950 plus they experienced three kids. He came out within the film, The Stupids, which starred Tom Arnold.
Full Name Bob Keeshan
Date Of Birth June 27, 1927
Died January 23, 2004, Windsor, Vermont, United States
Place Of Birth Long Island, NY
Profession TV Actor
Education Forest Hills High School, Fordham University
Spouse Anne Jeanne Laurie Keeshan
Children Laurie Margaret, Michael Derek, Maeve Jeanne
Parents Margaret Frances Conroy Keeshan, Joseph Keeshan
Awards Peabody Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In Children's Programming
Nominations Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/Factual
Movies The Stupids
TV Shows CBS Storybreak, Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody
Star Sign Cancer
Served as a Marine near the end of the second World War. Accounts that he was a platoon sergeant on Iwo Jima are incorrect. Keeshan was only 17 during Iwo Jima and could not have made platoon sergeant in any way. As for being over Lee Marvin, that is also false, as Marvin and Keeshan did not serve in the same battles.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 297-298. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Captain Kangaroo (1955).
In the later years of his life, he starred in a number of commercials themed "No one takes better care of you than you!" These dealt with safety and health tips for young people.
Turned down an offer to become the Captain again on a revised version of the show in 1995.
He quit smoking following a severe heart attack.
In the original version of Captain Kangaroo, Keeshan endorsed two brands of candy bars. He stopped them, in order to lessen the "commercial" aspect of this show.
Besides his work in television, he also sat on a number of boards of charitable foundations.
Inspired thousands of children to become schoolteachers.
He was not a Dartmouth student, but he certainly was a member of the Dartmouth family. He was an adopted member of the Class of 1942, and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1975. His son, Michael Keeshan, is a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth and a 1975 graduate of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business; his daughter, Laurie Keeshan, graduated in 1975. Keeshan's grandson, Britton Keeshan, received a master's degree from Dartmouth in 2006. Mr. Keeshan was a regular visitor to the College in his latter years, and lived just across the river in nearby Norwich and Hartford, VT, for a number of years until his death in 2004.
His acting debut, was on Saturday, January 3rd, 1948.
The names of his children are: daughters Laurie and Mave; son Michael.
He was the first host/performer of WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 NYC's "Time For Fun" / "The Johnny Jellybean Show". Keeshan MC'd the show as "Corney The Clown" weekday afternoons from Monday September 21, 1953 to Friday July 29, 1955. He co-created, nco-produced and hosted "Tinker's Workshop" with Jack Miller on WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 in NYC weekday mornings from Monday November 15, 1954 to Friday September 9,1955. The Show continued until Friday August 22, 1958. The other hosts were Henry Burbig, Gene London & Dom DeLuise.