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Also Known As: Died: October 13, 2002
Born: February 15, 1923 Cause of Death: complications of Alzheimer's disease
Birth Place: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA Profession: actor, stage manager

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Keene Curtis was an award-winning character actor, best known for his work on the stage, but he also starred in numerous television programs in bit parts and did a sprinkling of big-screen work. Known for his urbane sense of style and sometimes haughty vocal delivery, the charismatic actor shined in several Broadway productions, including "The School for Scandal," "The Cherry Orchard," and "The Rothschilds," for which he performed four roles and won a Tony Award. Two of the actor's most notable stage roles, though, were playing Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and Albin in "La Cage aux Folles." Although his non-stage work is not as notable, his imperious persona frequently served him well and easily made him stand out. He was discovered by Orson Welles in 1947 and cast as Lennox in the director's heavily expressionistic version of "Macbeth," released a year later. Curtis spent the following years working first as a stage manager and actor before returning to the screen in 1970 for an episode of the gothic daytime soap "Dark Shadows." He is probably most familiar to television viewers for his role as dandyish John Allen Hill, a neighboring restaurant owner, on the sitcom "Cheers." Some of his other notable...

Keene Curtis was an award-winning character actor, best known for his work on the stage, but he also starred in numerous television programs in bit parts and did a sprinkling of big-screen work. Known for his urbane sense of style and sometimes haughty vocal delivery, the charismatic actor shined in several Broadway productions, including "The School for Scandal," "The Cherry Orchard," and "The Rothschilds," for which he performed four roles and won a Tony Award. Two of the actor's most notable stage roles, though, were playing Daddy Warbucks in "Annie" and Albin in "La Cage aux Folles." Although his non-stage work is not as notable, his imperious persona frequently served him well and easily made him stand out. He was discovered by Orson Welles in 1947 and cast as Lennox in the director's heavily expressionistic version of "Macbeth," released a year later. Curtis spent the following years working first as a stage manager and actor before returning to the screen in 1970 for an episode of the gothic daytime soap "Dark Shadows." He is probably most familiar to television viewers for his role as dandyish John Allen Hill, a neighboring restaurant owner, on the sitcom "Cheers." Some of his other notable work for television and film include playing Max Pomeroy on the short-lived Bill Bixby series "The Magician," "One in a Million," and the made-for-television movie "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Richie Rich's Christmas Wish (1998) Cadbury
2.
 Legalese (1998) Judge Handley
3.
 I.Q. (1994) Eisenhower
4.
 Gypsy (1993) Mr Kringelein
5.
 Sliver (1993) Gus Hale
6.
 Lambada (1990) Principal Singleton
7.
 American Hot Wax (1978)
8.
 Rabbit Test (1978)
9.
 Magnificent Magnet of Santa Mesa, The (1977) Mr Undershaft
10.
 Stowaway to the Moon (1975) Tom Estes
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1948:
Launched his career by portraying the character Lennox in "Macbeth"
1998:
Endowed a scholarship at the Universityof Utah actors launch their careers
1973:
Made television debut on the dram-turn-television series "The Magician"
1978:
Cast in the musical drama "American Hot Wax," which featured actors Jay Leno, Fran Drescher and Tim McIntire
1998:
Co-starred as Herbert Cadbury in the family comedy "Richie Rich's Christmas Wish"
1973:
Made feature debut in "Blade"
:
Protrayed the argumentative character John Allen Hill in "Cheers"
:
Spent three years in the Navy
1947:
Was discovered by Orsen Wells on college campus
1949:
Worked as a stage manager for Martha Graham Dance Company, Katharine Cornell and Guthrie McClintock
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Education

University of Utah: -

Notes

Curtis donated his Tony Award and 48 boxes of theater memorabilia and personal papers (including a 1961 letter from Nowel Coward) to the University of Utah

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