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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Keenan Wynn Quotes:

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.


Chief Sitting Bull: Sitting Bull live by three words: Keep bow tight, Keep arrow sharp,
[and with finality]
Chief Sitting Bull: No put money into show business.
Charlie Davenport: [rhetorically] How'd we ever get this country away from them?


[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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Interred along with his father Ed Wynn at Forest Lawn, Glendale, CA., in the Great Mausoleum, Holly entrance, Daffodil Corridor.

Part of the reason for his eventual loss of hearing was due to the fact that he raced just about anything on land or water and most of the vehicles were loud and unmuffled. He was a regular feature in and around the Detroit, Michigan, area racing boats, cars and motorcycles, sometimes racing boats on the Detroit River (the border between the US and Ontario, Canada).

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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