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Keene Holbrook Curtis (February 15, 1923 – October 13, 2002) was an American character actor.

Keene Curtis
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Keene Holbrook Curtis

(1923-02-15)February 15, 1923
DiedOctober 13, 2002(2002-10-13) (aged 79)
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Parent(s)Polley Francella Holbrook Curtis
Ira Charles Curtis


Early lifeEdit

Curtis was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Polley Francella (née Holbrook), a teacher, and Ira Charles Curtis, a railway and civil service employee.[1] He attended Davis High School[2] and the University of Utah.[3] In 1943, he was recognized by Theta Alpha Phi national honorary dramatic society as the university's outstanding actor.[4]


Curtis made his film debut in the 1948 Orson Welles adaptation of Macbeth. Additional film credits included American Hot Wax, Rabbit Test, The Buddy System, I.Q., Heaven Can Wait, Sliver, and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.[5]

Curtis was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[6]

Theatre workEdit

Curtis' theatrical career began in 1955 as a Broadway stage manager. His first appearance as a performer was in a 1965 revival of You Can't Take It with You. In 1971, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The Rothschilds. Additional Broadway credits included The Cherry Orchard, A Patriot for Me, Via Galactica, Annie, Night Watch (played Curtis Appleby in 1972 production) and La Cage aux Folles.[7] He was a member of the Stratford Festival of Canada acting company in 1981, playing Sir George Thunder in Wild Oats.[8]

Television workEdit

Animation workEdit


Curtis died from complications from Alzheimer's disease in a Bountiful, Utah nursing home, aged 79, and was buried at Bountiful Memorial Park.[9]


  1. ^ Profile,; accessed January 20, 2016.
  2. ^ "North Emery High School Wins First Place in B.Y.U. Dramatic Contest". Emery County Progress. Utah, Castle Dale. April 12, 1940. p. 1. Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via  
  3. ^ "'U' Freshmen Rehearse Class Presentation". The Salt Lake Telegram. Utah, Salt Lake City. March 26, 1941. p. 26. Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via  
  4. ^ "'U' Dramatists Wait Honors". The Salt Lake Telegram. Utah, Salt Lake City. June 3, 1943. p. 15. Retrieved August 21, 2018 – via  
  5. ^ a b c Keene Curtis on IMDb
  6. ^ Abanes, Richard (2009-07-01). Religions of the Stars: What Hollywood Believes and How It Affects You. Baker Books. ISBN 9781441204455.
  7. ^ Keene Curtis at the Internet Broadway Database
  8. ^ "Keene Curtis acting credits". Stratford Festival Archives. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
  9. ^ Keene Curtis at Find a Grave

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