Keene Curtis

Keene Curtis

  • Highest Rated: 89% Heaven Can Wait (1978)
  • Lowest Rated: 11% Sliver (1993)
  • Birthday: Feb 15, 1923
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Beloved by television audiences for his endearingly snippy portrayal of upstairs restaurant owner John Allen Hill on Cheers, Tony-winning stage actor Keene Curtis endeared himself to Broadway audiences as Annie's Daddy Warbucks before embarking on a successful career in television and film. Born in Salt Lake City, UT, and raised in nearby Bountiful, Curtis first realized his love for the stage while a student at the University of Utah. Though a three-year stint in the Navy put a brief halt to his education, Curtis returned to the University to study for his bachelor's and master's degrees and was subsequently discovered by Orson Welles when Welles directed a 1947 college production of Macbeth. So impressed with Curtis' performance was Welles that the popular filmmaker cast the burgeoning actor in a professional production of Macbeth the following year. With his stage career kicking into full gear, Curtis would pursue acting while simultaneously working as a stage manager at the Martha Graham Dance Company for the next 12 years. Equally adept in film, television, and the Broadway stage, Curtis also appeared in Welles' film version of Macbeth in addition to roles in such features as Heaven Can Wait (1978), The Buddy System (1984), and I.Q. (1994). Following his memorable performance in Annie, Curtis appeared in such Broadway productions as Twelfth Night, Saint Joan, and Comedians. 1971 found Curtis the recipient of a Tony for his multiple roles in the musical The Rothschilds. Though he was prolific in film and on-stage, it was on television that Curtis made a lasting impression with roles on such popular series as M*A*S*H, Benson, and The Pretender. Curtis also did voice-over work for Scooby and Scrappy-Doo and The Smurfs. Always concerned with helping aspiring actors realize their dreams, Curtis would later endow an acting scholarship, in addition to donating his Tony and other theater memorabilia, to his alma mater. On October 13, 2002, Keene Curtis died of Alzheimer's disease in Bountiful, UT. He was 79.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Richie Rich's Christmas Wish Cadbury 1998
No Score Yet Legalese Judge Handley 1998
No Score Yet Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Father Van Exem 1997
44% I.Q. Eisenhower 1994
11% Sliver Gus Hale 1993
40% Gypsy Actor 1993
No Score Yet Lambada Principal Singleton 1990
No Score Yet The Buddy System Dr. Knitz 1983
89% Heaven Can Wait Oppenheim 1978
No Score Yet Rabbit Test Dr. Lasse-Braun 1978
No Score Yet American Hot Wax Mr. Leonard 1978
No Score Yet The Magnificent Magical Magnet of Santa Mesa, (The Adventures of Freddy) Actor 1977
No Score Yet Strange New World Dr. William Scott 1975
No Score Yet Stowaway to the Moon Tom Estes 1974
No Score Yet Blade Steiner 1973
85% Macbeth Lennox 1950

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

89% The Magicians
2016
  • 2018
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
1997-2007
Ernest Littlefield Ernest Littlefield (stock footage)
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet Party of Five
1994-2000
Mr. Bancroft
  • 1998
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
Judge Hawk Judge Johnson Hawk
  • 1998
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Pretender
1996-2000
Fenigor
  • 1998
  • 1997
60% Cracker
1997-1999
Wheeler Sr.
  • 1997
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
1994-2003
Norman
  • 1997
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Rev. Lindemann
  • 1997
  • 1996
86% Brotherly Love
1995-1997
  • 1996
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
William B. Caldwell
  • 1996
No Score Yet Coach
1989-1997
David
  • 1995
No Score Yet ER
1994-2009
Gilbert McCabe Gilbert
  • 1995
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Lou Bond
  • 1994
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Jerome Mueller
  • 1993
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest John Allen Hill
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Little Mermaid
1992-1994
Voice
  • 1992
No Score Yet Beverly Hills, 90210
1990-2000
  • 1991
No Score Yet Night Court
1984-1992
Klimmer
  • 1988
No Score Yet Knight Rider
1982-1986
Griffin
  • 1983
No Score Yet Three's Company
1977-1984
Dr. Todson
  • 1981
  • 1979
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Forsythe
  • 1977
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Judge Brickell
  • 1976
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Dr. Goodman
  • 1975
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Col. Wortman
  • 1974

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