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:

Mrs. Reeves: I guess I'll run along.
Ronnie Hastings: Must you go? I was just poisoning the tea.

Old Sailor: Oh, well now, I'll tell you one thing. You gotta put film in this camera.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: Are you sure of that?
Old Sailor: Well for the love of Mike - I mean - What's the matter with you? If you're gonna make a movie you gotta put film in the camera. Even I know that.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles E. Madison: No, no no. No. We're gonna make this movie without film. This movie, sailor, cannot be made, has no reason for being made, and none of us know how to make a movie anyway. So what's the sense in using film?
Old Sailor: Makes sense!

The Drunk: You are the most maddening lady creature I've ever been able to come in contact with. Let me take you out of all this.

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Keenan helped push his father Ed Wynn to become an actor.

Two sons with wife Evie Wynn Johnson): Ned Wynn ("Edmund") and Tracy Keenan Wynn.

In the film, A Hole in the Head, Keenan Wynn plays a character based on Walt Disney who agrees to go into a partnership with Tony Manetta (Frank Sinatra) to build an amusement park in Florida (the film predates Disney World).

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