Keenan Wynn


Actor
Keenan Wynn

About

Also Known As
Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
July 27, 1916
Died
October 14, 1986
Cause of Death
Pancreatic Cancer

Biography

Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in which he appeared, and later memorable as the absurdly earnest Army man who gives Peter Sellers a scare at the telephone booth in "Dr. Strangelove" (1963). Son of vaudevillian-turned-character-actor Ed Wynn ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "Mary Poppins...

Photos & Videos

A Hole in the Head - Movie Poster
Easy to Wed - Lobby Card Set
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills

Family & Companions

Eve Abbott
Wife
Married on May 11, 1939; divorced in 1947; married Van Johnson soon after; renowned Hollywood hostess in the 1940s.
Betty Jane Butler
Wife
Married in 1949; divorced in 1953.
Sharley Hudson
Wife
Married in 1954.

Bibliography

"Ed Wynn's Son"
Keenan Wynn as told to James Brough (1959)

Biography

Veteran character player from the stage, a prolific staple at MGM in the 1940s and 50s, mostly as pals to the male stars of the films in which he appeared, and later memorable as the absurdly earnest Army man who gives Peter Sellers a scare at the telephone booth in "Dr. Strangelove" (1963). Son of vaudevillian-turned-character-actor Ed Wynn ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "Mary Poppins" 1964, etc.) and father of Tracy Keenan Wynn (b. 1945), who wrote several films in the mid-1970s ("The Longest Yard" 1974, etc.).

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

The Last Precinct (1986)
Hyper Sapien: People From Another Star (1986)
Black Moon Rising (1986)
Code of Vengeance (1985)
Mirrors (1985)
Prime Risk (1985)
Wavelength (1983)
Dan
Hysterical (1983)
The Return of the Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1983)
Piers Castillian
Best Friends (1982)
Tom Babson
The Capture of Grizzly Adams (1982)
Piano For Mrs. Cimino (1982)
The Monkey Mission (1981)
Just Tell Me What You Want (1980)
The Clonus Horror (1979)
Jake Nobel
Sunburn (1979)
The Billion Dollar Threat (1979)
The Dark (1979)
Coach (1978)
Piranha (1978)
Laserblast (1978)
Colonel Farley
Kino, the Padre on Horseback (1977)
High Velocity (1977)
Mr Anderson
Sex and the Married Woman (1977)
The Quest (1976)
H H Small
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Orca (1976)
The Lindbergh Kidnapping Case (1976)
The Killer Inside Me (1976)
Chester Conway
He Is My Brother (1976)
The Glove (1976)
Bill Schwartz
The Devil's Rain (1975)
Sheriff Owens
A Woman for All Men (1975)
Nashville (1975)
The Legend of Earl Durand (1975)
The Man Who Would Not Die (1975)
Target Risk (1975)
Simon Cusack
Herbie Rides Again (1974)
Hit Lady (1974)
The Internecine Project (1974)
E J Farnsworth
Hijack! (1973)
Cancel My Reservation (1972)
Sheriff Riley
The Mechanic (1972)
Harry McKenna
Snowball Express (1972)
Martin Ridgeway
Wild in the Sky (1972)
Assignment: Munich (1972)
B. J. Lang Presents (1971)
Old Charlie
The Animals (1971)
Pudge [Elliott]
Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971)
[Chief John] Poldaski
Black Jack (1971)
Assault on the Wayne (1971)
Padella Calibro 38 (1971)
Terror in the Sky (1971)
Milton
Cannon (1971)
Loving (1970)
Edward
Once Upon a Time in the West (1969)
Sheriff
The Monitors (1969)
General
80 Steps to Jonah (1969)
Barney Glover
Smith! (1969)
Vince Heber
Viva Max! (1969)
Gen. Barney LaComber
Mackenna's Gold (1969)
Sanchez
Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Sen. Billboard Rawkins, see note
Welcome to Hard Times (1967)
Zar
Warning Shot (1967)
Sgt. Editor Musso
Point Blank (1967)
Yost/Fairfax
Run Like a Thief (1967)
Willy Gore
The War Wagon (1967)
Wes Catlin
Stagecoach (1966)
Luke Plummer
Around the World Under the Sea (1966)
Hank Stahl
The Night of the Grizzly (1966)
Jed Curry
Promise Her Anything (1966)
Angelo Carelli
The Great Race (1965)
Hezekiah
Stage to Thunder Rock (1964)
Ross Sawyer
Nightmare in the Sun (1964)
Song-and-dance misfit
The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Old sailor
Pattern for Plunder (1964)
Nick Rawlings
The Patsy (1964)
Harry Silver
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Col. "Bat" Guano
Man in the Middle (1964)
Lieutenant Winston
Honeymoon Hotel (1964)
Mr. Sampson
Bikini Beach (1964)
Harvey Huntington Honeywagon
Son of Flubber (1963)
Alonzo Hawk
The Scarface Mob (1962)
Joe Fuselli
King of the Roaring 20's--The Story of Arnold Rothstein (1961)
Tom Fowler
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)
Alonzo Hawk
The Crowded Sky (1960)
Nick Highland
The Perfect Furlough (1959)
Harvey Franklin
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Jerry Marks
That Kind of Woman (1959)
Harry Corwin
Touch of Evil (1958)
A Time to Love and a Time to Die (1958)
Reuter
The Deep Six (1958)
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Edge
Joe Butterfly (1957)
Henry Hathaway
The Great Man (1957)
Sid Moore
Don't Go Near the Water (1957)
Gordon Ripwell
The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown (1957)
Dandy
The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Caesar Gardella
Johnny Concho (1956)
Barney Clark
The Naked Hills (1956)
Sam Wilkins
The Marauders (1955)
Hook
The Glass Slipper (1955)
Kovin
Running Wild (1955)
Ken Osanger
Shack Out on 101 (1955)
George Bater
The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
Policeman
Tennessee Champ (1954)
Willy Wurble
Men of the Fighting Lady (1954)
Lt. Comdr. Ted Dodson
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Lippy
Desperate Search (1953)
"Brandy"
Code Two (1953)
[Sgt.] Jumbo [Culdane]
Battle Circus (1953)
Sgt. Orvil Statt
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953)
Silva
It's a Big Country: An American Anthology (1952)
Michael Fisher
Fearless Fagan (1952)
Sgt. Kellwin of Company J
Phone Call from a Stranger (1952)
Eddie Hoke
The Belle of New York (1952)
Max Ferris
Skirts Ahoy! (1952)
Himself
Sky Full of Moon (1952)
Al
Holiday for Sinners (1952)
Joe Piavi
Texas Carnival (1951)
Dan Sabinas
Royal Wedding (1951)
Irving Klinger/Edgar Klinger
Kind Lady (1951)
Edwards
Angels in the Outfield (1951)
Fred Bayles
Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Charlie Davenport
Love That Brute (1950)
Bugs Welch
Three Little Words (1950)
Charlie Kope
Neptune's Daughter (1949)
Joe Backett
That Midnight Kiss (1949)
Artie Geoffrey Glenson
The Three Musketeers (1948)
Planchet
My Dear Secretary (1948)
Ronnie Hastings
B. F.'s Daughter (1948)
Martin Delwyn Ainsley
The Hucksters (1947)
Buddy Hare
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
Clarence "Clinker" Krause
The Cockeyed Miracle (1946)
Ben Griggs
No Leave, No Love (1946)
Slinky
The Thrill of Brazil (1946)
Steve Farraugh
Easy to Wed (1946)
Warren Haggerty
Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Telephone user in "Number Please"
Week-End at the Waldorf (1945)
Oliver Webson, the cub reporter
What Next, Corporal Hargrove? (1945)
Pvt. Thomas Mulvehill
The Clock (1945)
The drunk
Without Love (1945)
Quentin Ladd
Between Two Women (1945)
Tobey
Lost Angel (1944)
Packy [Roos]
Marriage Is a Private Affair (1944)
Major Bob Wilton
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944)
Private Mulvehill
Since You Went Away (1944)
Lt. Solomon
Northwest Rangers (1943)
"Slip" O'Marra
Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)
Sgt. Purdy
For Me and My Gal (1942)
Eddie Milton

Cast (Special)

Highway Honeys (1983)
Tattoo Calhoune; Same As Draggin' Lady
The Winged Colt (1977)
Jeremiah of Jacob's Neck (1976)
Jeremiah Starbuck; The Ghost
The Power and the Glory (1961)
Bootlegger
The Joke and the Valley (1961)
Lambert Giles
Twentieth Century (1956)
Owen O'Malley
Broadway (1955)
Steve Crandall
Operation Entertainment (1954)

Cast (Short)

The Rock (1967)
Himself

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Mom, the Wolfman and Me (1980)
The Bastard (1978)

Life Events

1935

Stage debut in support of Claude Rains in "They Shall Not Die"

1942

Screen acting debut in "For Me and My Gal"

Photo Collections

A Hole in the Head - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Easy to Wed - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from MGM's Easy to Wed (1946), starring Van Johnson, Esther Williams, and Lucille Ball. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Battleground - Behind-the-Scenes Stills
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Battleground (1949), directed by William Wellman and starring Van Johnson, Ricardo Montalban, James Whitmore, George Murphy, and many others.
Without Love - Publicity Stills
Here are a few Publicity Stills from Without Love (1945), starring Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Kiss Me Kate - Publicity Stills for 3-D showings
Here are some Publicity Stills for 3-D showings of Kiss Me Kate (1953). The studio art department configured these stills to emphasize the depth in 3-D showings of the film.
Kiss Me Kate - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Kiss Me Kate (1953). Look for composer Cole Porter, director George Sidney, and stars Kathryn Grayson, Howard Keel, Ann Miller, and others.
The Americanization of Emily - Publicity Art
Here are a few specialty drawings created by MGM for newspaper and magazine reproduction to publicize The Americanization of Emily (1964), starring James Garner and Julie Andrews.
Neptune's Daughter - Movie Poster
Here is an original-release American movie poster for Neptune's Daughter (1949), starring Esther Williams and Red Skelton.
Shack Out on 101 - Lobby Card Set
Here is a set of Lobby Cards from Shack Out on 101 (1955), starring Terry Moore and Lee Marvin. Lobby Cards were 11" x 14" posters that came in sets of 8. As the name implies, they were most often displayed in movie theater lobbies, to advertise current or coming attractions.
Men of the Fighting Lady - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from MGM's Men of the Fighting Lady (1954), starring Van Johnson. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Son of Flubber - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's Son of Flubber (1963), starring Fred MacMurray. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
The Absent-Minded Professor - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), starring Fred MacMurray. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Herbie Rides Again - Pressbook
Here is the original campaign book (pressbook) for Disney's Herbie Rides Again (1974). Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Son of Flubber - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Son of Flubber (1963), starring Fred MacMurray. One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Herbie Rides Again - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Herbie Rides Aagain (1974). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
A Hole in the Head - Pressbook
Here is the campaign book (pressbook) for Frank Capra's A Hole in the Head (1959), starring Frank Sinatra. Pressbooks were sent to exhibitors and theater owners to aid them in publicizing the film's run in their theater.
Easy to Wed - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Easy to Wed (1946). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Absent-Minded Professor - Movie Poster
Here is the original release American 3-Sheet movie poster for the Walt Disney film, The Absent-Minded Professor (1961), starring Fred MacMurray.

Videos

Movie Clip

See Here, Private Hargrove (1944) - Fort Bragg Date Bureau Robert Walker, the innocent title character, thinks Mulvehill and Esty (Keenan Wynn, George Offerman) have sold him a legit date through their bogus "date bureau" with widely-admired Carol (Donna Reed), whose uncle (Grant Mitchell) takes pity, in See Here, Private Hargrove, 1944.
See Here, Private Hargrove (1944) -- (Movie Clip) Is This Your First War? Cordial greetings on the draftee bus, between Hargrove (Robert Walker, playing the writer and title character, who was still only 25, in the feature based on his best-selling novel), Esty (George Offerman) and Mulvehill (Keenan Wynn), followed by comeuppance at induction ceremonies, in See Here, Private Hargrove, 1944.
Glass Slipper, The (1955) - Goodbye, Cinder Ella! The narrator sounds like Walter Pidgeon because he is, opening the MGM Leslie Caron vehicle, derived from the first published version of Cinderella (1697, by Charles Perrault, Cendrillon ou la petite pantoufle de verre), directed by Charles Walters, music by Bronislau Kaper, dance by Roland Petit for Ballet de Paris, The Glass Slipper, 1955, also starring Michael Wilding.
Glass Slipper, The (1955) - How Cold Is The Water? The prince Charles (Michael Wilding), just returned to “a small European principality,” and pal Kovin (Keenan Wynn) are wandering in the woods at an old favorite site when Leslie Caron, the indignant local tomboy who’s decided she doesn’t mind being called “Cinderella,” shows up with an attitude, their first meeting, in MGM’s The Glass Slipper, 1955.
Glass Slipper, The (1955) - Son Of The Cook More than 40-minutes into the feature, in a sequence dreamed up by servant girl “Ella” (Leslie Caron), who’s been told that Prince Charles (Michael Wilding) is just “the son of the cook of the palace of the duke,” she joins the first dance number, Charles Walters directing, dance by Roland Petit for Ballet de Paris, in MGM’s The Glass Slipper, 1955.
Great Race, The (1965) - I Never Mix My Pies Jack Lemmon in two roles, first as Professor Fate impersonating the prince, later as the prince, with the general (George MacReady), Leslie (Tony Curtis), Maggie (Natalie Wood), Max (Peter Falk), Hezekiah (Keenan Wynn) et al, in Blake Edwards' famous pie fight, from The Great Race, 1965.
Phone Call From A Stranger (1952) - You're All Married Binky (top-billed Shelley Winters), nervous about the weather before her first airplane flight, makes a second approach to Gary Merrill, whom we know is leaving his wife and traveling under an assumed name, when they’re joined by Keenan Wynn and Michael Rennie, with extensive exposition, in Jean Negulesco’s Phone Call From A Stranger, 1952, produced and written by Nunnally Johnson from an I.A.R. Wylie novelette.
Song Of The Thin Man (1947) - Mrs. Charles Always Wears Her Mouth Open Clarinet player “Klinker” (Keenan Wynn) is helping Nick (William Powell) find a fellow musician so he meets Nora (Myrna Powell) but they’re intercepted by bookie Amboy (William Bishop) who thinks Nick has proof he didn’t kill the bandleader, in the last title in the MGM series, Song Of The Thin Man, 1947.
Song Of The Thin Man (1947) - Right Down To Their Fingerprints At a charity event on a gambling boat anchored off New York, we join Nick and Nora Charles (William Powell, Myrna Loy) observing bandleader Philip Reed, soloist Don Taylor, sideman Keenan Wynn, Gloria Grahame the sexy singer, and Bruce Cowling who owns the joint, exposition early in Song Of The Thin Man, 1947.
Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, The (1956) - Mystery Picnic In a WWII flashback, married American Captain Rath (Gregory Peck) in Rome with buddy Caesar (Keenan Wynn) then with Italian girlfriend Maria (Marisa Pavan), just before shipping out for the Pacific theatre, in The Man In The Gray Flannel Suit, 1956, from the Sloan Wilson novel.
Finian's Rainbow (1968) - Look To The Rainbow Petula Clark sings the Burton Lane and E.Y. Harburg tune, as she and Fred Astaire (playing her Irish father) traverse the United States, in Francis Coppola's charming, if geographically incoherent, opening credit sequence, from Finian's Rainbow, 1968.
It's A Big Country - Matter Of Some Importance Louis Calhern's narration beginning "Episode Two," directed by John Sturges, in which Mrs. Riordan (Ethel Barrymore) meets editor Callaghan (George Murphy), in the MGM anthology It's A Big Country, 1952.

Trailer

Clock, The - (Original Trailer) A G.I. en route to Europe falls in love during a whirlwind two-day leave in New York City in The Clock (1945).
Neptune's Daughter (1949) -- (Original Trailer) A polo player romances a bathing suit designer in MGM's Neptune's Daughter (1949), starring Esther Williams.
Dr. Strangelove - (Original Trailer) Peter Sellers is an RAF officer, the President and the title character, all facing the end of the world in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove (1964).
That Kind Of Woman (1959) -- Original Trailer Theatrical trailer for the unsuccessful but ambitious racy semi-comedy, starring Sophia Loren, produced by her husband Carlo Ponti, directed by Sidney Lumet, with teen heart-throb Tab Hunter as the leading man, That Kind Of Woman 1959.
Great Race, The - (Original Trailer) A bumbling villain (Jack Lemmon) plots to win an early 20th-century auto race in Blake Edwards' The Great Race (1965).
Pretty Maids All in a Row - (Original Trailer) A young man's first sexual explorations are threatened by a string of murders in Pretty Maids All in a Row (1971) written by Gene Roddenberry, starring Rock Hudson and Angie Dickinson.
Code Two - (Original Trailer) Three young men train to become motorcycle cops in Code Two (1953).
Cockeyed Miracle, The - (Original Trailer) The ghosts of a father (Keenan Wynn) and son (Frank Morgan) sort out their family's problems in The Cockeyed Miracle (1946).
Annie Get Your Gun - (Original Trailer) Betty Hutton stars as Annie Oakley in the film version of Irving Berlin's musical Annie Get Your Gun (1950).
Ziegfeld Follies - (Original Trailer) Legendary showman Flo Ziegfeld imagines the kind of Follies he could produce with MGM's musical stars in Ziegfeld Follies (1946) starring Judy Garland.
Don't Go Near The Water - (Original Trailer) Navy office workers scheme to build a recreation hall on a remote Pacific island in the military comedy Don't Go Near The Water (1957) starring Glenn Ford.
Kind Lady - (Original Trailer) A con artist (Maurice Evens) and his criminal cohorts hold an old lady (Ethel Barrymore) hostage in her own home in KInd Lady, 1951, directed by John Sturges.

Family

Frank Keenan
Grandfather
Actor, director, producer. Had been a stage star and rival of Edwin Booth before working in silent films as an actor, director and producer; died in 1929.
Isaiah Edwin Leopold
Father
Actor, vaudevillian. Born on November 9, 1886; Jewish; married Hilda Keenan in 1914 and divorced from her in 1937; subsequently was married and divorced twice; died on June 19, 1966.
Hilda Keenan
Mother
Actor. Daughter of actor Frank Keenan; raised Roman Catholic; married Ed Wynn in 1914; divorced Wynn in 1937; died in 1940.
Ned Wynn
Son
Screenwriter, actor, producer. Born c. 1941; worked in film-connected jobs (as extra, in summer stock) during the 1960s and 70s; appeared in several films with his father; wrote memoir "We Will Always Live in Beverly Hills" (1990).
Tracy Keenan Wynn
Son
Screenwriter. Born on February 24, 1945; named Tracy in honor of Wynn's friend Spencer Tracy; shared Emmy for 1970s script "Tribes".
Hilda Keenan Wynn
Daughter
Born January 15, 1955; married to singer-songwriter Paul Williams in 1993.
Edwyna Keenan Wynn
Daughter
Born on February 26, 1957.
Emily Keenan Wynn
Daughter
Born on February 2, 1960; died in 1980 from complications from lupus.

Companions

Eve Abbott
Wife
Married on May 11, 1939; divorced in 1947; married Van Johnson soon after; renowned Hollywood hostess in the 1940s.
Betty Jane Butler
Wife
Married in 1949; divorced in 1953.
Sharley Hudson
Wife
Married in 1954.

Bibliography

"Ed Wynn's Son"
Keenan Wynn as told to James Brough (1959)