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.

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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).

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

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Senator Billboard Rawkins: [dictating a speech to Buzz] Gentlemen, the festering tides of radicalism are upon us. But before I yield up our glorious South -and her sister commowealth, the U.S. of A - I will lay down my life. I will do more - I will filibuster. Back, you crackpots! Forward, America! Forward to the hallowed principles of our forefathers. Forward to the sweet tranquility of the status quo. Forward... to yesterday!


[Sam the ghost walks through his first wall]
Sam Griggs: Look, Pa, no hands!
Ben Griggs: Just as easy as I used to go through a week's pay.


Senator Billboard Rawkins: My family's been having nothing but trouble with immigrants ever since they come to this country!


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Father of screenwriter Tracy Keenan Wynn.

Keenan's wife Evie Wynn Johnson was a young actress who toured with Katharine Cornell but gave up her career when she married Wynn.

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

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