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Brian Keith

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Singer who also rapidly rose to popularity for competing on the 3rd season from the Voice as an associate of Group Adam. He offers since gained a considerable following greater than 10,000 followers on Twitter. In Sept 2009, he became a member of Twitter and published his inaugural tweet reading “Bein brainwashed by all my close friends who got me on tweets.” He was removed from the Tone of voice through the rounds of the very best 10 performers after a rendition of Billy Joel’s “NY Mind-set.” He was created in the Bronx, NY. His father is usually a two-time Grammy champion. He competed against time of year three champion Cassadee Pope during his stint around the Voice.

Quick Facts


Full Name Brian Keith
Date Of Birth July 14, 1989
Died June 24, 1997, Malibu, California, United States
Place Of Birth The Bronx, NY
Height 1.85 m
Profession Pop Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Victoria Young, Judy Landon, Frances Helm
Children Daisy Keith, Mimi Keith, Rory Keith, Y. Robert Keith, Barbra Keith, Betty Keith, Michael Keith
Parents Robert Keith, Helena Shipman
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Movies The Parent Trap, Nevada Smith, The Wind and the Lion, The Rare Breed, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Deadly Companions, With Six You Get Eggroll, The Violent Men, The Mountain Men, Tight Spot, Young Guns, Run of the Arrow, The Hallelujah Trail, The Young Philadelphians, Sharky's Machine, Ten Who Dared, The Yakuza, Savage Sam, Those Calloways, 5 Against the House, The McKenzie Break, Scandalous John, Krakatoa, East of Java, Hooper, Something Big, The Raiders, Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came, Meteor, A Tiger Walks, Fort Dobbs, Nightfall, Chicago Confidential, Death Before Dishonor, Storm Center, The Pleasure Seekers, The Second Civil War, Moon Pilot, Jivaro, Appointment with a Shadow, Gaily, Gaily, Way...Way Out, Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen, World War III, Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story, Sierra Baron, Welcome Home, Violent Road, Alaska Seas, Walking Thunder, Wind Dancer
TV Shows Family Affair, Hardcastle and McCormick, The Brian Keith Show, The Westerner, Rough Riders, Centennial, World War III, Walter & Emily, The Zoo Gang, The Chisholms, Tales of Tomorrow, Crusader, Heartland, Archer, Pursuit of Happiness, The Pursuit of Happiness (1987), Hands of Murder
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1 He was cast as the Russian astrophysicist Dr. Dubov in Meteor (1979) and Soviet Premier Gorny in World War III (1982) because he spoke fluent Russian.
2 He was known to be a very private man.
3 Depression ran in his family.
4 Resided in Malibu, California, for over a quarter of a century, until his death in 1997.
5 Was a spokesperson for Camel Cigarettes in the 1950s.
6 Owned a 41 ft. yacht 'Maialoha' off Waikiki.
7 He was always producer Don Fedderson's first choice to play Uncle Bill Davis in Family Affair (1966).
8 His widow Victoria Young and son Bobby Keith are both artists.
9 His second wife Judy Landon was an actress and dancer. They were married for 15 years until their divorce in 1969.
10 His final film Rough Riders (1997) was dedicated to his memory.
11 Had a dog named Mush.
12 Began his career as a contract player for Paramount in 1953.
13 His mother, Helena Shipman, was originally from Aberdeen, Washington.
14 Met actor Michael Landon on an episode of Crusader (1955). The two became good friends from 1956 until Landon's death in 1991.
15 Used to live not too far from best friend Michael Landon.
16 His third wife, Victoria Young, is Hawaiian.
17 Met a young actor James Drury while making the movie, Ten Who Dared (1960); they became and remained friends until Keith's suicide in 1997.
18 His father Robert Keith was from Indiana.
19 His son, Robert, was named after him and Keith's grandfather.
20 Father of Michael, Mimi, Robert and Daisy, and adoptive father of Barbara, Betty and Rory.
21 In 1945, seeking a commission as an officer in the Merchant Marine after four years' service in the Marine Corps, Keith was rejected due his poor scores in algebra.
22 Spent seven years on the New York stage in summer stock and live television before moving to California to find work films.
23 Owned a 200-acre ranch in Redlands, California.
24 Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide three times.
25 Was raised as a Roman Catholic.
26 With the success of Family Affair (1966), Keith was able to star in another sitcom The Brian Keith Show (1972).
27 He was disgusted in his role on Crusader (1955), because he thought the character was too much a souped-up action hero, not enough a regular guy.
28 Commuted from Los Angeles to Hawaii to film The Brian Keith Show (1972), every week for 2 seasons.
29 Had boasted of telling CBS executives 'to go fly a kite' when they suggested toning down the content of his series The Westerner (1960) to make it more appealing to children.
30 An Old West buff.
31 Acting mentor and friends of Kathy Garver and Daniel Hugh Kelly.
32 Guest starred on the first episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984).
33 Never retired from acting.
34 Brian Keith died on June 24, 1997. His last work appeared after his death: voice-over work in the final episode of Spider-Man (1994), and an on-screen appearance in Follow Your Heart (1999).
35 Changed his first name from Robert to Brian Keith, prior to becoming an actor.
36 His daughter Daisy Keith co-starred with him on his final show Heartland (1989).
37 Keith's stepmother Peg Entwistle also committed suicide, jumping from the "H" of the famous Hollywood Sign in 1932.
38 Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Uncle Bill Davis on Family Affair (1966).
39 Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
40 Was raised in the same area as Telly Savalas.
41 Before he found success as an actor, Keith worked in carnivals.
42 Made a comeback with a successful TV series when he was 62.
43 Was also good friends of John Mills's entire family.
44 Stepson of Dorothy Tierney.
45 Had a son, Michael, who died in 1963.
46 Had enjoyed playing his role on Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
47 His ambition to follow his father into acting was delayed by World War II.
48 Of British descent.
49 His parents were divorced when he was 4.
50 Stepson of stage and screen actress Peg Entwistle.
51 Suffered an eye injury on the set of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). [1985].
52 His parents, Robert Keith and Helen Shipman, were married in 1919.
53 Had four biological children, and adopted three more.
54 Was a close friend of Charlton Heston.
55 The younger of two children.
56 Was an active Republican.
57 His third wife, Victoria Young, was almost 23 years his junior.
58 Remained friends with Daniel Hugh Kelly during and after Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
59 His widow Victoria Young guest-starred with him on 2 episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
60 His father Robert Keith and mother Helena Shipman were both actors.
61 Was a heavy smoker until 1986, quitting a decade before he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
62 His father, Robert Keith, died on December 22, 1966.
63 His future Family Affair (1966) co-star Kathy Garver had guest-starred with him twice: on an episode of his short-lived series, Crusader (1955) and, just before his death, on the Spider-Man (1994) cartoon series.
64 Was very disappointed when Family Affair (1966), was canceled at the end of its fifth season during CBS's shift to more adult-oriented sitcom fare.
65 Keith's hobbies included: golfing, swimming, spending time with family, cooking, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
66 Remained good friends with Johnny Whitaker and Kathy Garver, during and after Family Affair (1966).
67 Was diagnosed with emphysema and lung cancer. He also had financial problems and was depressed by the suicide of his daughter, which eventually led to his own suicide.
68 Beat out three other actors for the role of the title character in Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
69 Was offered the role of Deke Thornton in The Wild Bunch (1969), but turned it down, because he was under contract working on Family Affair (1966).
70 Though he'd been acting since age three, Keith didn't appear in his first film until age 31.
71 His mother, Helena Shipman, died on October 26, 1983.
72 Was raised in Long Island, New York, by his grandmother.
73 Actors Kathy Garver and Johnny Whitaker were said to be huge fans of his when they were both growing up. They both co-starred alongside him on Family Affair (1966), and stayed with the show until its cancellation in 1971.
74 When future Family Affair (1966) co-star Johnny Whitaker appeared in the movie The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming (1966), Keith was so impressed by Johnny's acting that he invited him to co-star in Keith's new sitcom.
75 Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly was said to be a huge fan of Keith's while he was growing up. His favorite movies of Keith's were The Rare Breed (1966) and Nevada Smith (1966). Years later, he would land a co-starring role opposite Keith in Hardcastle and McCormick (1983), and stayed on the show until its cancellation in 1986.
76 He served as a machine gunner in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, and received an Air Medal.
77 He graduated from East Rockaway High School in East Rockaway, New York, in 1939.
78 Was good friends with: Robert Fuller, James Drury, Doug McClure, Raymond Burr, Gene Barry, Ernest Borgnine, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Maureen O'Hara, Sebastian Cabot, Adam West, Michael Landon, Carroll O'Connor, Larry Hagman, Wink Martindale, Dick Van Dyke, Martin Landau, Ben Johnson, James Best, Burt Reynolds, John Huston, John Mills, Geoffrey Lewis, Keye Luke, Alfred Hitchcock, Betty Lynn, Richard Bull, Nancy Walker, Jonathan Winters, Fred MacMurray, Richard Chamberlain, Anne Francis, Charlton Heston, Robert Conrad, Beverly Garland, Mickey Rooney and Sean Connery.
79 His third wife Victoria Young co-starred with him on The Brian Keith Show (1972), she played a nurse.
80 Before making his mark on screen, Keith acted in stock theater productions and on radio.
81 Was fluent in Russian.
82 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
83 Plays the role of a real president of the United States in both of John Milius's films featuring Theodore Roosevelt. In The Wind and the Lion (1975) he co-starred as Roosevelt, himself. In Rough Riders (1997), Keith had a bit part as Theodore Roosevelt's predecessor, William McKinley (duing the period when Roosevelt served as President McKinley's Assistant Secretary of the Navy).
84 At the time of his death, Keith was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer, as well as mourning the recent gunshot suicide of his 27-year-old daughter, Daisy Keith, ten weeks earlier. He committed suicide after he returned from a stay at a hospital.
85 Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
86 Father, with Victoria Young, of Bobby and Daisy Keith.
87 Son of Robert Keith and Helena Shipman.
88 His first son died in childhood. Daughter, Daisy Keith committed suicide 10 weeks before her father's suicide, aged 27.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Adventure 1964 TV Series Henry Bergh
Kraft Suspense Theatre 1964 TV Series Andy Bastian
A Tiger Walks 1964 Sheriff Pete Williams
The Raiders 1963 John G. McElroy / Narrator
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Sgt. Patrick Cohan
Wagon Train 1963 TV Series First Sgt. Gault / Tom Tuesday
The Fugitive 1963 TV Series Edward Welles
Savage Sam 1963 Uncle Beck Coates
Dr. Kildare 1963 TV Series Alfred Freely
Sam Benedict 1963 TV Series Mitch Dawit
The Virginian 1963 TV Series Johnny Wade
Johnny Shiloh 1963 TV Movie Sergeant Gabe Trotter
The Fugitive 1963 TV Movie Edward Welles
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour 1962 TV Series Jim Mallory
Target: The Corruptors 1962 TV Series George Vaclavic
Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1959-1962 TV Series Vernon Wedge / Herbert Morrison / Dave Rainey / ...
Moon Pilot 1962 Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
Follow the Sun 1962 TV Series Earl Patton
Outlaws 1961-1962 TV Series Sven Johannsen / Jim Whipple
Alcoa Premiere 1961 TV Series Sergeant Dave Temple
Frontier Circus 1961 TV Series Dan Osborne
The Parent Trap 1961 Mitch Evers
The Deadly Companions 1961 Yellowleg
The Americans 1961 TV Series Owen
The Untouchables 1961 TV Series Jim Martinson
The Westerner 1960 TV Series Dave Blassingame
Ten Who Dared 1960 William 'Bill' Dunn
Laramie 1959 TV Series Whit Malone
Rawhide 1959 TV Series Tod Macauley
The Young Philadelphians 1959 Mike Flanagan
Zane Grey Theater 1959 TV Series Dave Blassingame
Villa!! 1958 Bill Harmon
Studio One in Hollywood 1958 TV Series
Sierra Baron 1958 Jack McCracken
Desert Hell 1958 Capt. Robert Edwards
Violent Road 1958 Mitch Barton
Fort Dobbs 1958 Clett
Climax! 1957 TV Series Sam Pryce
Hell Canyon Outlaws 1957 Happy Waters
Wire Service 1957 TV Series Mike Barnes
Appointment with a Shadow 1957 Lt. Spencer
Chicago Confidential 1957 Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont
Dino 1957 Larry Sheridan
Run of the Arrow 1957 Capt. Clark
The Ford Television Theatre 1955-1957 TV Series Dan Crawford / Mano
The Box Brothers 1957 TV Series Fred
Lux Video Theatre 1953-1957 TV Series David Sutton / Choya / Intermission Guest / ...
Crusader 1955-1956 TV Series Matt Anders
Nightfall 1956 John
Storm Center 1956 Paul Duncan
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre 1955 TV Series Jim
Studio 57 1954-1955 TV Series Dan / Denis Burke / Dr. Glenn Haver
Mystery Is My Business 1955 TV Series Rails
The Elgin Hour 1955 TV Series Corporal Snow
5 Against the House 1955 Brick
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse 1955 TV Series Clark Dodson / Joe Kelly
Tight Spot 1955 Vince Striker
The Violent Men 1955 Cole Wilkison
The Bamboo Prison 1954 Cpl. Brady
The Mask 1954 TV Series Blake
Campbell Summer Soundstage 1954 TV Series
Jivaro 1954 Tony
Alaska Seas 1954 Jim Kimmerly
Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer!' 1954 TV Movie Mike Hammer
The Motorola Television Hour 1953 TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents 1953 TV Series Harry
The United States Steel Hour 1953 TV Series Bonnell
Arrowhead 1953 Capt. Bill North
Eye Witness 1953 TV Series
Suspense 1952 TV Series Kip Caley / Idaho / Lt. Jim Connor / ...
Police Story 1952 TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow 1952 TV Series Peters / Jack
Shadow of the Cloak 1951 TV Series
Fourteen Hours 1951 Extra (uncredited)
Portrait of Jennie 1948 Ice-Skating Extra (uncredited)
Knute Rockne All American 1940 Student at Train Station (uncredited)
The Other Kind of Love 1924 Child (uncredited)
Pied Piper Malone 1924 Little Boy
Follow Your Heart 1999 Roddy Thompson
Spider-Man 1995-1998 TV Series Uncle Ben Parker
Walking Thunder 1997 Narrator (voice)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man 1997 TV Series Duckman's Father
The Second Civil War 1997 TV Movie Maj. Gen. Charles Buford
Rough Riders 1997 TV Series President William McKinley
Touched by an Angel 1996 TV Series Leonard Pound
Walker, Texas Ranger 1996 TV Series Del Forman
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story 1996 Cardinal
Pacific Blue 1996 TV Series Mac McNamara
Cybill 1996 TV Series Arthur Minnow
Favorite Deadly Sins 1995 TV Movie 'Noble Hart' / Himself
Picture Windows 1995 TV Series Tappan
The Monroes 1995 TV Series Henry
The Marshal 1995 TV Series Chief Skoblow
The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A. 1995 TV Movie Pete Morgan
Under a Killing Moon 1994 Video Game The Colonel
The Commish 1994 TV Series Phil 'Iceman' Greene / Lou Parslow
Burke's Law 1994 TV Series Norman Hope
Wind Dancer 1993 Truman Richards
The Secrets of Lake Success 1993 TV Mini-Series P. Stuart Atkins III
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1993 TV Series Mullibok
T.V. 1992 TV Movie Detective
The Streets of Beverly Hills 1992 TV Movie Charlie Street
Major Dad 1992 TV Series Jake MacGillis
Walter & Emily 1991-1992 TV Series Walter Collins
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw 1991 TV Movie The Westerner
Evening Shade 1991 TV Series Brick Stiles
The Young Riders 1990 TV Series Cyrus 'Hap' Happy
Lady in the Corner 1989 TV Movie David Henderson
Welcome Home 1989 Harry Robins
Heartland 1989 TV Series B.L. McCutcheon
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson 1989 TV Movie Frank Wellman Sr.
After the Rain 1988
Young Guns 1988 Buckshot Roberts
Pursuit of Happiness 1987-1988 TV Series Prof. Roland G. Duncan
Death Before Dishonor 1987 Col. Halloran
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory 1987 TV Movie Col. Davy Crockett
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1959-1986 TV Series Mose Carson / Lue Swank / Sergeant Gabe Trotter / ...
Hardcastle and McCormick 1983-1986 TV Series Judge Milton C. Hardcastle
Murder, She Wrote 1984 TV Series Caleb McCallum
Cry for the Strangers 1982 TV Movie Chief Whalen
World War III 1982 TV Movie Secretary General Gorny
Sharky's Machine 1981 Papa
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen 1981 Police Chief
The Mountain Men 1980 Henry Frapp
The Silent Lovers 1980 TV Movie Mauritz Stiller
Power 1980 TV Movie Charles Kandell
Meteor 1979 Dr. Dubov
The Chisholms 1979 TV Mini-Series Andrew Blake
Centennial 1978-1979 TV Mini-Series Sheriff Axel Dumire
The Seekers 1979 TV Mini-Series Elijah Weatherby
Hooper 1978 Jocko
How the West Was Won 1976-1978 TV Series General Stonecipher
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer 1977 TV Movie Defense Attorney
In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan 1977 TV Movie Joe Quinlan
Nickelodeon 1976 H.H. Cobb
The Loneliest Runner 1976 TV Movie Arnold Curtis
Joe Panther 1976 Capt. Harper
The Quest 1976 TV Movie Tank Logan
The Wind and the Lion 1975 Theodore Roosevelt
Archer 1975 TV Series Lew Archer
The Yakuza 1974 George Tanner
The Brian Keith Show 1972-1974 TV Series Dr. Sean Jamison
Second Chance 1972 TV Movie Geoff Smith
Something Big 1971 Col. Morgan
Scandalous John 1971 John McCanless
Family Affair 1966-1971 TV Series Uncle Bill Davis
The McKenzie Break 1970 Capt. Jack Connor
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came? 1970 Officer Michael M. Nace
Gaily, Gaily 1969 Francis Sullivan
Krakatoa: East of Java 1968 Connerly
With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 Jake Iverson
Insight 1960-1968 TV Series Ken Stratton / Jerry / Lew / ...
Reflections in a Golden Eye 1967 Lt. Col. Morris Langdon
Way... Way Out 1966 Gen. 'Howling Bull' Hallenby
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming 1966 Police Chief Link Mattocks
Nevada Smith 1966 Jonas Cord
The Rare Breed 1966 Bowen
The Hallelujah Trail 1965 Frank Wallingham
Those Calloways 1965 Cam Calloway
The Pleasure Seekers 1964 Paul Barton
Profiles in Courage 1964 TV Series Thomas Hart Benton

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brian Keith Show 1973 TV Series 1 episode
Crusader 1956 TV Series 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Young Philadelphians 1959 performer: "When Irish I eyes Are Smiling" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rough Riders 1997 TV Series In Memory of Brian Keith - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Battles of the Civil War 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary voice
The Wild West 1993 TV Mini-Series documentary Buffalo Bill Cody
The Pat Sajak Show 1989 TV Series Himself
All-Star Party for Joan Collins 1987 TV Special Himself
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood 1986 TV Special Himself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan 1985 TV Special Himself
The ABC All-Star Spectacular 1985 TV Movie Himself - Actor
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds 1984 TV Movie Himself
Dinah! 1975-1979 TV Series Himself
The Lion Roars Again 1975 Documentary short Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1973 TV Series Himself
The Match Game 1969 TV Series Himself - Team Captain
The Jonathan Winters Show 1969 TV Series Himself
You Don't Say 1967 TV Series Himself
Password All-Stars 1966 TV Series Himself - Celebrity Contestant
The Linkletter Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Here's Hollywood 1960 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tesla Effect 2014 Video Game The Colonel
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself (Memorial Tribute)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color 1966-1976 TV Series Cam Calloway Uncle Beck Coates Sheriff Pete Williams ...
The Bull of the West 1972 TV Movie Johnny Wade
Studio 57 1957 TV Series Jim
Strange Stories 1956 TV Series Joe Kelly

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television Awarded posthumously on June 26, 2008 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1991 Golden Boot Golden Boot Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981 Stinker Award The Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Supporting Actor Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
1969 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Family Affair (1966)
1968 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Family Affair (1966)
1967 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series Family Affair (1966)
1962 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Top Male Comedy Performance The Parent Trap (1961)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971 Golden Laurel Laurel Awards Best Action Performance The McKenzie Break (1970)
1969 NYFCC Award New York Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Gaily, Gaily (1969)
1968 NSFC Award National Society of Film Critics Awards, USA Best Supporting Actor Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)


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#Quote
1 [In 1979, about Meteor (1979)]: Well, I can walk 20 miles and it won't bother me, but to stand still for 15 minutes is absolute torment! I remember that one day we were standing there and I was griping and Natalie Wood leaned over and said, 'There'll come a day when we'll look back to the good old days when we were just standing here looking at the screen' . . . and that came pretty soon, because we had an explosion. In the picture, pieces of the meteor fly off and one of them hits New York and devastates the city.
2 [In 1977]: Russians put different emphasis in their sentences. When we may stress the last word in a sentence, they may emphasize a word in the middle of it.
3 [When told he was to speak only Russian during filming]: Terrific, they gave me six whole days to learn the Russian language.
4 [Who at one point was cast as a general]: They originally talked to me about that, and I came to Hollywood to do a TV special. We were just about finishing that when they called me about this thing, so I went up to talk with the director. Ronald Neame. We sat around and told stories I went back to finish the special, and he called me and asked if I wanted to play the Russian. I said, 'What for?' Well, he decided while we were telling the stories that I had an ear for it, so I said, 'Sure, when?' He said, 'Monday,' It was now Friday!
5 She told me: 'How can you love me looking like this? It would be better if I were gone. No matter what I do I'm going to die, and the sooner the better as far as I'm concerned.'
6 [Of his last days]: Forgive me, but I don't want to live anymore. The pain is too bad. There's no point in trying to prolong this agony.
7 [In 1997]: I was willing to deal with the emphysema, but now I don't think there's much point trying to live on.
8 [While starring in the movie Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)]: I don't want to play the same guy all the time. I've got three or four scripts at home in which I play somebody's father or uncle, but it's the same old junk. I like to play characters.
9 [on revisiting The Westerner (1960) for the first time in 1975]: It was fifteen years since I had seen it. I watched every one. We always remember things as being better than they were, and only four or five of these were really good. But those four or five were as good as anything anybody has ever done.
10 [When he used to work in carnivals]: Gypsies believe you have to go out and meet life; take what comes. You aren't supposed to know what lies ahead, and those who want to know are cheating. They're called marks, the suckers, and you tell them anything.
11 [on the cancelation of Family Affair (1966)]: We were getting bored, five years is a longtime. I didn't want to do it in the first place. My agent argued with me. He said, 'Do the pilot, it'll never sell. Grab the money and run.' Ten days later, it was sold.
12 The main thing is to live, if possible, where you feel comfortable.
13 [In 1972]: I have to admit that I didn't mind it. We all got along well, and the kids were unspoiled. But towards the end, I was getting tired of it.
14 [In 1968]: You have the responsibility to conduct yourself in the best way you know how to do.
15 [In 1969]: I hope to get some time off this spring for a vacation.
16 [Who said about starring in his own movies]: I've made I don't know how many pictures. Forty, I guess. I've seen only about a half dozen of them. We made Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967) in Rome, last spring. I really enjoyed working with Liz (Elizabeth Taylor) and Brando (Marlon Brando) and that great director, John Huston. But the kind of picture I enjoy seeing is something like The Parent Trap (1961). That was a charming thing, with Hayley Mills playing my twin daughters. I saw that four times. I even took my wife's parents to see it. I like it so much, I forgot I was in it, as a matter of fact.
17 [In 1966]: I like the kids. Aren't you going to ask about them? Yours or the ones in the show?
18 I played a real nothing named Wally.
19 [In 1971]: If I were producing the picture, I would have hired somebody like Gig Young. You know, the millionaire type with the clothes and a membership in the country club. There was no similarity between this clean-cut character and the guy with the tobacco hanging out of his mouth that I played in Ten Who Dared (1960). I guess Walt Disney figured I could do more than one thing, and I like that. It's tough playing the same guy over and over. Since then, everything I've done at Disney has been different.
20 [As he was describing what Family Affair (1966) was about]: It's the same setup as The Parent Trap (1961), that I did for Disney. The clothes, the apartment, servants, all that jazz.
21 [In 1991]: A car is a car, it won't make you handsome or prettier or younger. And if it improves your standing with the neighbors, then you live among snobs.
22 I never gave a hoot, I just took what came along.
23 [on accepting the role as Hardcastle]: You learn to read a pilot script. A pilot isn't designed to be good, but only to spell out to the network what it is that's going to make people tune in. Everything has to be either stark drama or screamingly funny with everybody dropping their pants all the time. You read most pilots and tell yourself, 'no, no, no, that's not life!' So you go with the character and ignore the hardware.
24 The only attraction is the time. I work just 70 days a year on the show. I can still make two, three movies a year if I want to. If it were Bonanza (1959), walking around the Ponderosa, tied up nearly all year, no-o-o chance. That's a fate worse than death.
25 [on beating out 3 others actors for the role of Hardcastle]: I never heard of these guys. Of course, I can be talking to 40 Academy Award winners and never know the difference. People in Muncie, Indiana, probably know more about them than I do. But I figure what the hell, if they're smart enough to hire me, they must have something."
26 [Who became very antsy about the car that was needed in every script]: I don't pay any attention. The stunt people take care of all that. All I do is get in and out of the Coyote [the car Skid drove, which required anyone riding in it to enter and exit through the window], which is no mean trick. You can't get into the S.O.B. without bending yourself into a pretzel. Me, I'd rather drive a pickup.
27 [About leaving Family Affair (1966) to spend time in Hawaii, before casting as Hardcastle]: I get tired of sitting home and doing nothing. If I'm doing something eight months of the year, I don't mind loafing the other four. But, lately, I've been finding fewer and fewer movies I'd like to do. And when that happens, I get hard to live with. Then this thing came along. I read it. I liked it. This character Hardcastle: I figured I could live with him for five years if I had to. There was something going on there. You don't get a helluva lot of character in series TV. They're more likely to star the car.
28 [on his popularity, while playing the forty-five something "Uncle Bill Davis" on Family Affair (1966)]: This is the type of show I love, because it reminds me of what happiness I have with my wife and our children.
29 [on his handsomeness]: What for? I don't go to the Daisy or any of that. We don't give parties under a striped awning out over the lawn for two hundred people, four of whom we like.
30 [on trying to live a long life]: If I live to be a hundred -- and I hope I do -- I won't have time to read all the books I want to read, or talk to the people I want to know. Not party talk. That's a waste of time. Real talk.
31 New Year's Eve though it's a custom. We invite over friends who, like ourselves don't drink at all, or else very lightly.
32 In other words...you can't be a misogynist and expect women to appreciate you.

#Trademark
1 His curly hair.
2 His gruff voice

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