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The War Wagon... Wayne plays rancher Taw Jackson, who's dead set on capturing an ironclad... more info $9.99was $9.99 Buy Now

Calamity Jane... How the west was sung!Doris Day and Howard Keel fuss, feud and fall in love as... more info $7.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Show Boat DVD ... Come one, come all to the Show Boat show!From novel (by Edna Ferber) to Broadway... more info $5.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Seven Brides... When rugged frontiersman Adam sweeps local beauty, Milly, off her feet, the... more info $7.99was $14.98 Buy Now

TCM Greatest... This TCM Greatest Classic Films Set includes these four great films:Show BoatA... more info $12.99was $19.98 Buy Now

Seven Brides... Howard Keel and Jane Powell are at their best in the frontier musical romance,... more info $12.99was $26.98 Buy Now

Also Known As: Harry Clifford Leek,Harold Keel Died: November 7, 2004
Born: April 13, 1919 Cause of Death: Colon cancer
Birth Place: Gillespie, Illinois, USA Profession: Cast ... singer actor singing busboy aircraft manufacturing representative


His operatic singing voice and matinee idol looks won him an offer in 1944 to headline Rodgers and Hammerstein's Broadway hit "Oklahoma!" but Howard Keel stuck with his day job at the Douglas Aircraft Corporation, setting aside ambition to aid the Allied effort through the end of World War II. It was on London's West End that Keel caught the eye of British film producers, for whom he made his big screen debut in 1948. Stateside, Keel accepted an MGM contract and lead roles in such Technicolor musicals as "Annie Get Your Gun" (1950), "Show Boat" (1951), and "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (1954), while proving himself a credible man of action in the British "Floods of Fear" (1958) and "Day of the Triffids" (1962), in which he saved the Earth from an invasion of asparaginous extraterrestrials. Though he rode tall beside John Wayne and Kirk Douglas in Burt Kennedy's "The War Wagon" (1967), film offers thinned out with the demise of the studio system. Supplementing his income with nightclub and summer stock appearances, Keel was on the verge of retiring when the producers of the popular primetime soap opera "Dallas" (NBC, 1978-1991) tapped him to play steel-spined oil baron Clayton Farlow through the end of the series' 13-year run. Capping his career in his seventies by returning to his roots as a singer, Keel released four albums of songs before his death in 2004 robbed the arts of a one-of-a-kind popular entertainer with classical appeal.

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