His first son died in childhood. Daughter, Daisy Keith committed suicide 10 weeks before her father's suicide, aged 27.
Son of Robert Keith and Helena Shipman.
Buried in Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California.
At the time of his death, Keith was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer, as well as mourning the recent gunshot suicide of his 27-year-old daughter, Daisy Keith, ten weeks earlier. He committed suicide after he returned from a stay at a hospital.
Plays the role of a real president of the United States in both of John Milius's films featuring Theodore Roosevelt. In The Wind and the Lion (1975) he co-starred as Roosevelt, himself. In Rough Riders (1997), Keith had a bit part as Theodore Roosevelt's predecessor, William McKinley (duing the period when Roosevelt served as President McKinley's Assistant Secretary of the Navy).
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
Was fluent in Russian.
Before making his mark on screen, Keith acted in stock theater productions and on radio.
Was good friends with: Raymond Burr, Gene Barry, Ernest Borgnine, John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Maureen O'Hara, Sebastian Cabot, Adam West, Michael Landon, Robert Fuller, James Drury, Doug McClure, Martin Landau, Ben Johnson, James Best, Burt Reynolds, John Huston, John Mills, Geoffrey Lewis, Keye Luke, Alfred Hitchcock, Betty Lynn, Richard Bull, Nancy Walker, Jonathan Winters, Fred MacMurray, Richard Chamberlain, Anne Francis, Charlton Heston, Robert Conrad, Beverly Garland and Sean Connery.
He graduated from East Rockaway High School in East Rockaway, New York, in 1939.
He served as a machine gunner in the United States Marine Corps in World War II, and received an Air Medal.
Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly was said to be a huge fan of Keith's while he was growing up. His favorite movies of Keith's were The Rare Breed (1966) and Nevada Smith (1966). Years later, he would land a co-starring role opposite Keith in Hardcastle and McCormick (1983), and stayed on the show until its cancellation in 1986.
Was raised in Long Island, New York, by his grandmother.
His mother, Helena Shipman, died on October 26, 1983.
Though he'd been acting since age three, Keith didn't appear in his first film until age 31.
Beat out three other actors for the role of the title character in Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
Was diagnosed with emphysema and lung cancer. He also had financial problems and was depressed by the suicide of his daughter, which eventually led to his own suicide.
Keith's hobbies included: golfing, swimming, spending time with family, cooking, sailing, horseback riding, reading and painting.
Was very disappointed when Family Affair (1966), was canceled at the end of its fifth season during CBS's shift to more adult-oriented sitcom fare.
His father, Robert Keith, died on December 22, 1966.
Was a heavy smoker until 1986, quitting a decade before he was diagnosed with lung cancer.
His father Robert Keith and mother Helena Shipman were both actors.
His third wife, Victoria Young, was almost 23 years his junior.
Was an active Republican.
The younger of two children.
Was a close friend of Charlton Heston.
Had four biological children, and adopted three more.
His parents, Robert Keith and Helen Shipman, were married in 1919.
Suffered an eye injury on the set of Hardcastle and McCormick (1983). .
Stepson of stage and screen actress Peg Entwistle.
His parents were divorced when he was 4.
Of British descent.
His ambition to follow his father into acting was delayed by World War II.
Had enjoyed playing his role on Hardcastle and McCormick (1983).
Had a son, Michael, who died in 1963.
Stepson of Dorothy Tierney.
Was also good friends of John Mills's entire family.
Made a comeback with a successful TV series when he was 62.
Before he found success as an actor, Keith worked in carnivals.
Was raised in the same area as Telly Savalas.
Attended Michael Landon's funeral in 1991.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role as Uncle Bill Davis on Family Affair (1966).
Keith's stepmother Peg Entwistle also committed suicide, jumping from the "H" of the famous Hollywood Sign in 1932.
Changed his first name from Robert to Brian Keith, prior to becoming an actor.
Never retired from acting.
Guest starred on the first episode of Murder, She Wrote (1984).
An Old West buff.
Had boasted of telling CBS executives 'to go fly a kite' when they suggested toning down the content of his series The Westerner (1960) to make it more appealing to children.
Commuted from Los Angeles to Hawaii to film The Brian Keith Show (1972), every week for 2 seasons.
He was disgusted in his role on Crusader (1955), because he thought the character was too much a souped-up action hero, not enough a regular guy.
Was raised as a Roman Catholic.
Appeared on the front cover of TV Guide three times.
Owned a 200-acre ranch in Redlands, California.
Spent seven years on the New York stage in summer stock and live television before moving to California to find work films.
In 1945, seeking a commission as an officer in the Merchant Marine after four years' service in the Marine Corps, Keith was rejected due his poor scores in algebra.
Father of Michael, Mimi, Robert and Daisy, and adoptive father of Barbara, Betty and Rory.
His son, Robert, was named after him and Keith's grandfather.
His father Robert Keith was from Indiana.
His third wife, Victoria Young, is Hawaiian.
Used to live not too far from best friend Michael Landon.
His mother, Helena Shipman, was originally from Aberdeen, Washington.
Began his career as a contract player for Paramount in 1953.
Had a dog named Mush.
His final film Rough Riders (1997) was dedicated to his memory.
His second wife Judy Landon was an actress and dancer. They were married for 15 years until their divorce in 1969.
His widow Victoria Young and son Bobby Keith are both artists.
Owned a 41 ft. yacht 'Maialoha' off Waikiki.
Was a spokesperson for Camel Cigarettes in the 1950s.
Resided in Malibu, California, for over a quarter of a century, until his death in 1997.
Depression ran in his family.
He was known to be a very private man.