Robert Emmett Keane

Robert Emmett Keane (March 4, 1883 – July 2, 1981) was an American actor of both the stage and screen.

Robert Emmett Keane
Robert Emmett Keane Fear in the Night.jpg
Publicity still of Keane for Fear in the Night (1947)
Born(1883-03-04)March 4, 1883
New York City, U.S.
DiedJuly 2, 1981(1981-07-02) (aged 98)
Years active1914–1958
Spouse(s)Muriel Inetta Window Turnley
(m. 1916–div. 1920)
Claire Whitney
(m. 1921–1969, her death)


Keane began on stage in the 1910s, his first Broadway appearance being in the production of The Passing Show of 1914. He would continue on the stage through the mid-1930s, appearing in both London and New York theater productions.[1] His film career began in 1930, and over the twenty-five years of that career he would appear in between 170 and 200 films.[2] At the very tail end of his acting life he would make several appearances on the small screen.

Keane was married twice. His first marriage was to Muriel Inetta Window, an opera singer, vaudeville actress and 1913 Peacock Girl with the Ziegfeld Follies. They were married in approximately 1916 and divorced in 1920.[citation needed] After his divorce, he would marry the actress Claire Whitney in 1921, and they would remain married until her death in 1969.[3] He retired in 1958, and died on July 2, 1981. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, next to his wife, Claire (although her grave is unmarked).[citation needed]


(Per AFI database)[2]


  1. ^ "Robert Emmett Keane". Internet Broadway Database. Archived from the original on July 21, 2013. Retrieved October 23, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Robert Emmett Keane". American Film Institute. Retrieved October 23, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Robert Emmett Keane and Claire Whitney". Saturday's Child. April 6, 2010. Archived from the original on April 15, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)