Keith Andes (born John Charles Andes, July 12, 1920 – November 11, 2005) was an American film, radio, musical theater, stage and television actor.
Andes in Split Second (1953)
John Charles Andes
July 12, 1920
|Died||November 11, 2005 (aged 85)|
|Cause of death||Suicide by asphyxiation|
|Alma mater||Temple University|
|Service/||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||1939–1945|
|Battles/wars||World war II|
He attended St Edward's School, Oxford and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, in 1943 with a bachelor's degree in education. While at Temple he did not participate in the university's theater program, but spent his time working as a disc jockey for radio stations KYW, WFIL, and WIP. After graduating from Temple he studied voice at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music. He was known for his baritone.
He began his Broadway career while serving in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. He served three years and sang and acted in United Service Organization shows.  He was cast in the play Winged Victory and then cast by 20th Century Fox in the film Winged Victory (1944).
In 1947, he had a small but important role in the movie The Farmer's Daughter, the film that won Loretta Young her Best Actress Oscar. Andes, Lex Barker and James Arness played the title character's powerfully built and highly protective brothers.
Andes' first leading role in a feature film came with Project X (1949), a low budget independent movie.
In June 1950 he joined the cast of Kiss Me, Kate on Broadway, taking over the lead from Alfred Drake, starring in the show for over a year, in New York and on tour. This re-ignited Hollywood's interest in him.
RKO & UniversalEdit
In 1953 he starred in a short-lived Broadway musical, Maggie.
In 1954 he signed a new contract with RKO even though that studio had kept him idle for a year, causing him to miss out on a part in The High and the Mighty. He would be under contract to RKO for three years.
Andes begin guest starring on TV shows like Celebrity Playhouse, The Ford Television Theatre, Matinee Theatre, The Loretta Young Show, Conflict and Playhouse 90. He also starred in TV adaptations of The Great Waltz (playing Johann Strauss, Jr), Bloomer Girl (1956) and Holiday (based on The Grand Tour) (1956).
He made two films with Jeff Chandler at Universal, Away All Boats (1956) and Pillars of the Sky (1956) and did Back from Eternity (1956) at RKO. In 1956 he starred in a pilot for a series, Dr Mike, that was not picked up.
In 1958, Andes starred as crusading former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Francis Grevemberg in the film Damn Citizen at Universal. His co-stars were Margaret Hayes as Dorothy Maguire Grevemberg and Gene Evans as police Major Al Arthur.
Andes was cast in a regular series, playing Frank Dawson in the syndicated police drama, This Man Dawson (1959–60), the story of a former United States Marine Corps colonel who is hired to halt police corruption in a large, unnamed city. William Conrad did the series narration.
In 1963, Andes was cast with Victor Buono and Arch Johnson in the episode "Firebug" of the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. In the storyline, Buono portrays Charles Colvin, a barber in Los Angeles, California, who is by night a pyromaniac. The United States Forest Service works to find Colvin before he can set more fires.
He guest starred on 77 Sunset Strip, Perry Mason (in the episode "Illicit Illusion"), The Outer Limits (in the episode "Expanding Human"), Mickey Rooney's short-lived Mickey sitcom, The Littlest Hobo, Death Valley Day, Valentine's Day,Branded, The Lucy Show, and Run for Your Life.
He guest starred on Petticoat Junction, The Bold Ones: The New Doctors, Dan August, The Streets of San Francisco, Search, Gunsmoke, Cannon, Caribe, and The Magical World of Disney ("Twister, Bull from the Sky").
His later appearances included the films ...And Justice for All (1979) and The Ultimate Impostor (1979) as well as playing Minister Darius in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode "Buck's Duel to the Death".
His last appearance was in the TV movie Blinded by the Light (1982). He then retired. He later said, "I was divorced, my kids were grown, and that is when I bought a boat and lived on it and ran charters on it over to Catalina and down to Mexico and back. I just had a ball. "
That year Andes married Sheila Hackett during a break in Wildcat.
On November 11, 2005, Andes was found dead at the age of 85 at his home in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California. He had been suffering from bladder cancer and other ailments (he had been a smoker) and his death was caused by suicide by asphyxiation, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. His remains were donated to medical science.
|1947||The Farmer's Daughter||Sven Holstrom|
|1949||Project X||Steve Monahan|
|1952||Clash by Night||Joe Doyle|
|1952||Blackbeard the Pirate||Robert Maynard|
|1953||Split Second||Laryy Fleming|
|1954||A Life at Stake||Edward Shaw|
|1955||The Second Greatest Sex||Rev. Peter Maxwell|
|1956||Away All Boats||Doctor Bell|
|1956||Back from Eternity||Joe Brooks|
|1956||Pillars of the Sky||Capt. Tom Gaxton|
|1957||Interlude||Dr. Morley Dwyer|
|1957||The Girl Most Likely||Neil Patterson, Jr.|
|1958||Damn Citizen||Col. Francis C. Grevemberg|
|1959||Model for Murder||David Martens|
|1959||Surrender - Hell!||Col. Donald D. Blackburn|
|1961||Sea Hunt||Todd Webster||Season 4, Episode 37|
|1964||The Tattooed Police||Narrator||Voice|
|1967||Star Trek||Akuta||Episode: The Apple|
|1970||Hell's Bloody Devils||Joe Brimante|
|1970||Tora! Tora! Tora!||General George C. Marshall|
|1979||...And Justice for All||Marvin Bates|
- "Jean A. Cotton Bride of Stage, Screen Actor". The Daily Messenger. New York, Canandaigua. December 2, 1946. p. 3. Retrieved June 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Andes, leading man to Marilyn Monroe, dies at 85". USA Today. Associated Press. November 27, 2005. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- Warburton, Albert F. (Winter 1961). "Behind the make-up of This Man Keith" (PDF). The Emerald of Sigma Pi. Vol. 47 no. 4. pp. 178–179.
- Keith Andes Ducks Hollywood Social Whirl Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 1 Sep 1957: D3.
- "United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946". National Archives and Records Administration.
- Keith Andes, 85, an Actor On Broadway and in Movies: [Obituary (Obit)] New York Times 30 Nov 2005: 19.
- Keith Andes, Actor 1920–2005 The Globe and Mail 29 Nov 2005: S.9.
- "Theatre World Award Recipients". Theatre World Awards. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- Obituary: Keith Andes ; Actor and musical star with brooding good looks: [First Edition] Vallance, Tom. The Independentc24 Dec 2005: 37.
- Drama: Edith Piaf Will Star in Kirkland Film Play; Keith Andes in Debut Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 4 Oct 1951: A7.
- Keith Andes to Star in N. Y. Play, 'Maggie' Chicago Daily Tribune 22 Feb 1953: e10.
- Drama: Actor-Singer Keith Andes Wins New Setup; Johnson Hinted as Joey Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 4 May 1954: A11.
- Hughes Once Owned Andes By Richard L. Coe. The Washington Post, Times Herald 24 July 1968: B5.
- "'Homeward Borne' On 'Playhouse 90' Aug. 22". Altoona Tribune. August 17, 1957. p. 14. Retrieved April 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Keith Andes Is Teamed With Patrice Munsel; Confusion on $64,000 Ames, Walter. Los Angeles Times 13 Oct 1955: 34.
- Keith Andes Shares Wheel New York Times 31 Dec 1955: 17.
- 'Pillars of the Sky' Costars Keith Andes Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 17 Aug 1955: b8.
- Medical TV Show Gets New Title: Screen Gems Renames Film Series 'Dr. Mike'--Keith Andes to Be Its Star Special to The New York Times. New York Times 11 Dec 1956: 61.
- 'Damned Citizen' Will Star Margaret Hayes Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 25 Apr 1957: C8.
- Erickson, Hal (1989). Syndicated Television: The First Forty Years, 1947–1987. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 0-7864-1198-8. Pp. 45-46.
- BARKING BARITONE: Singer Keith Andes Is a Tough Police Chief in New Channel 9 Series Chicago Daily Tribune 31 Oct 1959: 29.
- "(Keith Andes search)". Playbill Vault. Retrieved June 15, 2016.
- "GE True". Classic Television Archive. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- Grant, Hank (September 25, 1963). "Andes Stars in 'Glynis'". The Decatur Herald. Illinois, Decatur. p. 15. Retrieved June 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Keith Andes Stars Los Angeles Times 29 Sep 1964: C13.
- "TV Highlights". The San Bernardino County Sun. September 27, 1965. p. 19. Retrieved April 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7. P. 109.
- Keith Andes, 85; Actor Was Marilyn Monroe's Co-Star in 1952 Film: [HOME EDITION] Nelson, Valerie J. Los Angeles Times 27 Nov 2005: B.12.
- "Actor Keith Andes Given Custody of Teenage Sons". Valley News. California, Van Nuys. August 16, 1964. p. 20. Retrieved June 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Keith Andes Reweds New York Times 11 Feb 1961: 26.
- "Keith Andes". The Indiana Gazette. Pennsylvania, Indiana. Associated Press. January 9, 1986. p. 28. Retrieved June 14, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.