Job Actor
Years active 1934-86
Known for Rough-edged voice and energetic character
Top Roles Jerry Marks, Col. 'Bat' Guano, Sgt. Caesar Gardella, Irving Klinger / Edgar Klinger, Clarence 'Clinker' Krause
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Romance, Musical, War, Western
Top TopicsRomance (Comic), World War II, Book-Based
Top Collaborators (Producer), , (Director), (Producer)
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Keenan Wynn Overview:

Character actor, Keenan Wynn, was born Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn on Jul 27, 1916 in New York City, NY. Wynn died at the age of 70 on Oct 14, 1986 in Los Angeles, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Keenan Wynn was a dark-haired, often mustachioed American actor with a faintly dejected air, rough-edged voice and energetic character. At his best during his long association with MGM, specifically from 1945 to 1955, he provided more useful back-up for the stars than some of them could handle, notably in comedy. He is the son of Ed Wynn and the father of screenwriter Tracy Keenan Wynn.

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Television.

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Keenan Wynn Quotes:

Harvey Huntington Honeywagon III: Imagine... boys and girls sleeping on the beach side-by-side, unchaperoned. Now what kind of society is it that would allow such a thing?

Ronnie Hastings: I made a wedding breakfast...spaghetti and meatballs.

[After Jennifer Griggs and her boyfriend are soaked by rain, Jennifer quickly exchanges her wet dress for a provocative blanket]
Ben Griggs: What does she do?
Sam Griggs: She's a librarian.
Ben Griggs: Must read a lot.

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He was uncle to The Hudson Brothers due to his marriage to Sharley (they are her nephews). Daughter Hilda was married to actor/singer Paul Williams from 1993-2004. Daughter Emily died in her early 20s from cancer.

Was originally to play Perry White in Superman (1978), but had to drop out upon arriving in London for filming due to heart problems.

Grandson of Frank Keenan

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