Friday, September 26, 2014
Never to be Forgotten:
Don Keefer 1916-2014
I am ashamed to say on his birthday of August 18th this year, I didn't recognize his picture as his most famous credit was given as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, in which he had a role as Fireman. He had 170 credits in 50 years, from 1947 to 1997 and the genre roles include Lois & Clark, Creepshow, Time Express, The Incredible Hulk, Sleeper, Star Trek, Bewitched, The Munsters, My Favorite Martian, 'Way Out and roles on three Twilight Zone episodes, the other two being much smaller. He lived the Oh That Guy lifestyle the hard way, almost everything as a guest role on TV, though he was a regular on a 1961 comedy entitled Angel, a show which rings absolutely no bells for me and ran a total of 16 episodes. On the other hand, there are a bunch of shows that brought him back to play different characters multiple times, including ten different roles on Gunsmoke. This is an excellent sign of a guy who learned his lines, hit his marks and treated the cast and crew with respect. I always have to smile when I see a credit list like this on imdb.com. His last role was in Liar Liar as Beggar at Courthouse, which is a scene I remember. (Liar Liar is one of those films with a fantasy element that I don't quite count as genre. Sue me.)
Best wishes to the family and friends of Don Keefer, from a fan. He is never to be forgotten.