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Brian Keith

Biography

Tough actor who performed the dad in the 1961 version from the Parent Trap. He portrayed Theodore Roosevelt in The Blowing wind as well as the Lion. He received an Surroundings Medal for his involvement and accomplishments in the Sea Corps during Globe Battle II. He performed a widowed uncle called Costs Davis in the 1960s Television sitcom, Family members Affair. His previous step-mother was Broadway celebrity Peg Entwistle. He starred in The Mother or father Snare with Hayley Mills.

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
1He 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.
2He was known to be a very private man.
3Depression ran in his family.
4Resided in Malibu, California, for over a quarter of a century, until his death in 1997.
5Was a spokesperson for Camel Cigarettes in the 1950s.
6Owned a 41 ft. yacht 'Maialoha' off Waikiki.
7He was always producer Don Fedderson's first choice to play Uncle Bill Davis in Family Affair (1966).
8His widow Victoria Young and son Bobby Keith are both artists.
9His second wife Judy Landon was an actress and dancer. They were married for 15 years until their divorce in 1969.
10His final film Rough Riders (1997) was dedicated to his memory.
11Had a dog named Mush.
12Began his career as a contract player for Paramount in 1953.
13His mother, Helena Shipman, was originally from Aberdeen, Washington.
14Met actor Michael Landon on an episode of Crusader (1955). The two became good friends from 1956 until Landon's death in 1991.
15Used to live not too far from best friend Michael Landon.
16His third wife, Victoria Young, is Hawaiian.
17Met a young actor James Drury while making the movie, Ten Who Dared (1960); they became and remained friends until Keith's suicide in 1997.
18His father Robert Keith was from Indiana.
19His son, Robert, was named after him and Keith's grandfather.
20Father of Michael, Mimi, Robert and Daisy, and adoptive father of Barbara, Betty and Rory.
21In 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.
22Spent seven years on the New York stage in summer stock and live television before moving to California to find work films.
23Owned a 200-acre ranch in Redlands, California.
24Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide three times.
25Was raised as a Roman Catholic.
26With the success of Family Affair (1966), Keith was able to star in another sitcom The Brian Keith Show (1972).
27He 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.
28Commuted from Los Angeles to Hawaii to film The Brian Keith Show (1972), every week for 2 seasons.
29Had 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.
30An Old West buff.
31Acting mentor and friends of Kathy Garver and Daniel Hugh Kelly.
32Guest starred on the first episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984).
33Never retired from acting.
34Brian 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).
35Changed his first name from Robert to Brian Keith, prior to becoming an actor.
36His daughter Daisy Keith co-starred with him on his final show Heartland (1989).
37Keith's stepmother Peg Entwistle also committed suicide, jumping from the "H" of the famous Hollywood Sign in 1932.
38Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Uncle Bill Davis on Family Affair (1966).
39Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
40Was raised in the same area as Telly Savalas.
41Before he found success as an actor, Keith worked in carnivals.
42Made a comeback with a successful TV series when he was 62.
43Was also good friends of John Mills's entire family.
44Stepson of Dorothy Tierney.
45Had a son, Michael, who died in 1963.
46Had enjoyed playing his role on Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
47His ambition to follow his father into acting was delayed by World War II.
48Of British descent.
49His parents were divorced when he was 4.
50Stepson of stage and screen actress Peg Entwistle.
51Suffered an eye injury on the set of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). [1985].
52His parents, Robert Keith and Helen Shipman, were married in 1919.
53Had four biological children, and adopted three more.
54Was a close friend of Charlton Heston.
55The younger of two children.
56Was an active Republican.
57His third wife, Victoria Young, was almost 23 years his junior.
58Remained friends with Daniel Hugh Kelly during and after Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
59His widow Victoria Young guest-starred with him on 2 episodes of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
60His father Robert Keith and mother Helena Shipman were both actors.
61Was a heavy smoker until 1986, quitting a decade before he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
62His father, Robert Keith, died on December 22, 1966.
63His 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.
64Was 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.
65Keith's hobbies included: golfing, swimming, spending time with family, cooking, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
66Remained good friends with Johnny Whitaker and Kathy Garver, during and after Family Affair (1966).
67Was 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.
68Beat out three other actors for the role of the title character in Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
69Was 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).
70Though he'd been acting since age three, Keith didn't appear in his first film until age 31.
71His mother, Helena Shipman, died on October 26, 1983.
72Was raised in Long Island, New York, by his grandmother.
73Actors 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.
74When 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.
75Actor 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.
76He served as a machine gunner in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, and received an Air Medal.
77He graduated from East Rockaway High School in East Rockaway, New York, in 1939.
78Was 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.
79His third wife Victoria Young co-starred with him on The Brian Keith Show (1972), she played a nurse.
80Before making his mark on screen, Keith acted in stock theater productions and on radio.
81Was fluent in Russian.
82He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
83Plays 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).
84At 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.
85Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
86Father, with Victoria Young, of Bobby and Daisy Keith.
87Son of Robert Keith and Helena Shipman.
88His first son died in childhood. Daughter, Daisy Keith committed suicide 10 weeks before her father's suicide, aged 27.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Adventure1964TV SeriesHenry Bergh
Kraft Suspense Theatre1964TV SeriesAndy Bastian
A Tiger Walks1964Sheriff Pete Williams
The Raiders1963John G. McElroy / Narrator
77 Sunset Strip1963TV SeriesSgt. Patrick Cohan
Wagon Train1963TV SeriesFirst Sgt. Gault / Tom Tuesday
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesEdward Welles
Savage Sam1963Uncle Beck Coates
Dr. Kildare1963TV SeriesAlfred Freely
Sam Benedict1963TV SeriesMitch Dawit
The Virginian1963TV SeriesJohnny Wade
Johnny Shiloh1963TV MovieSergeant Gabe Trotter
The Fugitive1963TV MovieEdward Welles
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour1962TV SeriesJim Mallory
Target: The Corruptors1962TV SeriesGeorge Vaclavic
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1959-1962TV SeriesVernon Wedge / Herbert Morrison / Dave Rainey / ...
Moon Pilot1962Maj. Gen. John M. Vanneman
Follow the Sun1962TV SeriesEarl Patton
Outlaws1961-1962TV SeriesSven Johannsen / Jim Whipple
Alcoa Premiere1961TV SeriesSergeant Dave Temple
Frontier Circus1961TV SeriesDan Osborne
The Parent Trap1961Mitch Evers
The Deadly Companions1961Yellowleg
The Americans1961TV SeriesOwen
The Untouchables1961TV SeriesJim Martinson
The Westerner1960TV SeriesDave Blassingame
Ten Who Dared1960William 'Bill' Dunn
Laramie1959TV SeriesWhit Malone
Rawhide1959TV SeriesTod Macauley
The Young Philadelphians1959Mike Flanagan
Zane Grey Theater1959TV SeriesDave Blassingame
Villa!!1958Bill Harmon
Studio One in Hollywood1958TV Series
Sierra Baron1958Jack McCracken
Desert Hell1958Capt. Robert Edwards
Violent Road1958Mitch Barton
Fort Dobbs1958Clett
Climax!1957TV SeriesSam Pryce
Hell Canyon Outlaws1957Happy Waters
Wire Service1957TV SeriesMike Barnes
Appointment with a Shadow1957Lt. Spencer
Chicago Confidential1957Dist. Atty. Jim Fremont
Dino1957Larry Sheridan
Run of the Arrow1957Capt. Clark
The Ford Television Theatre1955-1957TV SeriesDan Crawford / Mano
The Box Brothers1957TV SeriesFred
Lux Video Theatre1953-1957TV SeriesDavid Sutton / Choya / Intermission Guest / ...
Crusader1955-1956TV SeriesMatt Anders
Nightfall1956John
Storm Center1956Paul Duncan
Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre1955TV SeriesJim
Studio 571954-1955TV SeriesDan / Denis Burke / Dr. Glenn Haver
Mystery Is My Business1955TV SeriesRails
The Elgin Hour1955TV SeriesCorporal Snow
5 Against the House1955Brick
The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse1955TV SeriesClark Dodson / Joe Kelly
Tight Spot1955Vince Striker
The Violent Men1955Cole Wilkison
The Bamboo Prison1954Cpl. Brady
The Mask1954TV SeriesBlake
Campbell Summer Soundstage1954TV Series
Jivaro1954Tony
Alaska Seas1954Jim Kimmerly
Mickey Spillane's 'Mike Hammer!'1954TV MovieMike Hammer
The Motorola Television Hour1953TV Series
Robert Montgomery Presents1953TV SeriesHarry
The United States Steel Hour1953TV SeriesBonnell
Arrowhead1953Capt. Bill North
Eye Witness1953TV Series
Suspense1952TV SeriesKip Caley / Idaho / Lt. Jim Connor / ...
Police Story1952TV Series
Tales of Tomorrow1952TV SeriesPeters / Jack
Shadow of the Cloak1951TV Series
Fourteen Hours1951Extra (uncredited)
Portrait of Jennie1948Ice-Skating Extra (uncredited)
Knute Rockne All American1940Student at Train Station (uncredited)
The Other Kind of Love1924Child (uncredited)
Pied Piper Malone1924Little Boy
Follow Your Heart1999Roddy Thompson
Spider-Man1995-1998TV SeriesUncle Ben Parker
Walking Thunder1997Narrator (voice)
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1997TV SeriesDuckman's Father
The Second Civil War1997TV MovieMaj. Gen. Charles Buford
Rough Riders1997TV SeriesPresident William McKinley
Touched by an Angel1996TV SeriesLeonard Pound
Walker, Texas Ranger1996TV SeriesDel Forman
Entertaining Angels: The Dorothy Day Story1996Cardinal
Pacific Blue1996TV SeriesMac McNamara
Cybill1996TV SeriesArthur Minnow
Favorite Deadly Sins1995TV Movie'Noble Hart' / Himself
Picture Windows1995TV SeriesTappan
The Monroes1995TV SeriesHenry
The Marshal1995TV SeriesChief Skoblow
The Return of Hunter: Everyone Walks in L.A.1995TV MoviePete Morgan
Under a Killing Moon1994Video GameThe Colonel
The Commish1994TV SeriesPhil 'Iceman' Greene / Lou Parslow
Burke's Law1994TV SeriesNorman Hope
Wind Dancer1993Truman Richards
The Secrets of Lake Success1993TV Mini-SeriesP. Stuart Atkins III
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine1993TV SeriesMullibok
T.V.1992TV MovieDetective
The Streets of Beverly Hills1992TV MovieCharlie Street
Major Dad1992TV SeriesJake MacGillis
Walter & Emily1991-1992TV SeriesWalter Collins
The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw1991TV MovieThe Westerner
Evening Shade1991TV SeriesBrick Stiles
The Young Riders1990TV SeriesCyrus 'Hap' Happy
Lady in the Corner1989TV MovieDavid Henderson
Welcome Home1989Harry Robins
Heartland1989TV SeriesB.L. McCutcheon
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson1989TV MovieFrank Wellman Sr.
After the Rain1988
Young Guns1988Buckshot Roberts
Pursuit of Happiness1987-1988TV SeriesProf. Roland G. Duncan
Death Before Dishonor1987Col. Halloran
The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory1987TV MovieCol. Davy Crockett
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1959-1986TV SeriesMose Carson / Lue Swank / Sergeant Gabe Trotter / ...
Hardcastle and McCormick1983-1986TV SeriesJudge Milton C. Hardcastle
Murder, She Wrote1984TV SeriesCaleb McCallum
Cry for the Strangers1982TV MovieChief Whalen
World War III1982TV MovieSecretary General Gorny
Sharky's Machine1981Papa
Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen1981Police Chief
The Mountain Men1980Henry Frapp
The Silent Lovers1980TV MovieMauritz Stiller
Power1980TV MovieCharles Kandell
Meteor1979Dr. Dubov
The Chisholms1979TV Mini-SeriesAndrew Blake
Centennial1978-1979TV Mini-SeriesSheriff Axel Dumire
The Seekers1979TV Mini-SeriesElijah Weatherby
Hooper1978Jocko
How the West Was Won1976-1978TV SeriesGeneral Stonecipher
The Court-Martial of George Armstrong Custer1977TV MovieDefense Attorney
In the Matter of Karen Ann Quinlan1977TV MovieJoe Quinlan
Nickelodeon1976H.H. Cobb
The Loneliest Runner1976TV MovieArnold Curtis
Joe Panther1976Capt. Harper
The Quest1976TV MovieTank Logan
The Wind and the Lion1975Theodore Roosevelt
Archer1975TV SeriesLew Archer
The Yakuza1974George Tanner
The Brian Keith Show1972-1974TV SeriesDr. Sean Jamison
Second Chance1972TV MovieGeoff Smith
Something Big1971Col. Morgan
Scandalous John1971John McCanless
Family Affair1966-1971TV SeriesUncle Bill Davis
The McKenzie Break1970Capt. Jack Connor
Suppose They Gave a War and Nobody Came?1970Officer Michael M. Nace
Gaily, Gaily1969Francis Sullivan
Krakatoa: East of Java1968Connerly
With Six You Get Eggroll1968Jake Iverson
Insight1960-1968TV SeriesKen Stratton / Jerry / Lew / ...
Reflections in a Golden Eye1967Lt. Col. Morris Langdon
Way... Way Out1966Gen. 'Howling Bull' Hallenby
The Russians Are Coming the Russians Are Coming1966Police Chief Link Mattocks
Nevada Smith1966Jonas Cord
The Rare Breed1966Bowen
The Hallelujah Trail1965Frank Wallingham
Those Calloways1965Cam Calloway
The Pleasure Seekers1964Paul Barton
Profiles in Courage1964TV SeriesThomas Hart Benton

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Brian Keith Show1973TV Series 1 episode
Crusader1956TV Series 2 episodes

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Young Philadelphians1959performer: "When Irish I eyes Are Smiling" - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rough Riders1997TV Series In Memory of Brian Keith - 2 episodes

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Great Battles of the Civil War1994TV Mini-Series documentary voice
The Wild West1993TV Mini-Series documentaryBuffalo Bill Cody
The Pat Sajak Show1989TV SeriesHimself
All-Star Party for Joan Collins1987TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Party for Clint Eastwood1986TV SpecialHimself
All-Star Party for 'Dutch' Reagan1985TV SpecialHimself
The ABC All-Star Spectacular1985TV MovieHimself - Actor
All-Star Party for Burt Reynolds1984TV MovieHimself
Dinah!1975-1979TV SeriesHimself
The Lion Roars Again1975Documentary shortHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1973TV SeriesHimself
The Match Game1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain
The Jonathan Winters Show1969TV SeriesHimself
You Don't Say1967TV SeriesHimself
Password All-Stars1966TV SeriesHimself - Celebrity Contestant
The Linkletter Show1965TV SeriesHimself
Here's Hollywood1960TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tesla Effect2014Video GameThe Colonel
Sam Peckinpah's West: Legacy of a Hollywood Renegade2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself (Memorial Tribute)
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1966-1976TV SeriesCam Calloway Uncle Beck Coates Sheriff Pete Williams ...
The Bull of the West1972TV MovieJohnny Wade
Studio 571957TV SeriesJim
Strange Stories1956TV SeriesJoe Kelly

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded posthumously on June 26, 2008 at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
1991Golden BootGolden Boot Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Stinker AwardThe Stinkers Bad Movie AwardsWorst Supporting ActorCharlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen (1981)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesFamily Affair (1966)
1968Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesFamily Affair (1966)
1967Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Comedy SeriesFamily Affair (1966)
1962Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsTop Male Comedy PerformanceThe Parent Trap (1961)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1971Golden LaurelLaurel AwardsBest Action PerformanceThe McKenzie Break (1970)
1969NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorGaily, Gaily (1969)
1968NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest Supporting ActorReflections 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!
5She 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.
12The 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?
18I 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.
22I 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.
24The 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.
31New Year's Eve though it's a custom. We invite over friends who, like ourselves don't drink at all, or else very lightly.
32In other words...you can't be a misogynist and expect women to appreciate you.

#Trademark
1His curly hair.
2His gruff voice

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