Walter Stacy Keach Jr. (born June 2, 1941) is an American actor. Highly prolific, he has played mainly dramatic roles throughout his career, often in law enforcement or as a private detective. His most prominent role was as Mickey Spillane's fictional detective Mike Hammer, which he played in numerous stand-alone television films and at least three different television series throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The role earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination in 1984.
Stacy Keach in May 2007
Walter Stacy Keach Jr.
June 2, 1941
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
|Education||University of California, Berkeley (BA)|
(m. 1964; div. ?)
(m. 1975; div. 1979)
(m. 1981; div. 1986)
|Parent(s)||Stacy Keach, Sr.|
|Relatives||James Keach (brother)|
He has also performed as a narrator for programs including CNBC'S American Greed (2008–) and various educational television programs. Comedic roles include his role in the Fox sitcom Titus (2000–2002) as Ken, the father of comedian Christopher Titus, and as Sergeant Stedenko in Cheech & Chong's films Up in Smoke (1978) and Nice Dreams (1981). His most recent recurring roles include two seasons as Henry Pope, the warden, in the series Prison Break (2005–2007); "Pops", the father of the main character from the boxing drama Lights Out (2011); the elderly father Bob on the sitcom Crowded (2016); and the father of Matt LeBlanc's protagonist Adam on Man With A Plan (2016–). Keach won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for the television miniseries Hemingway (1988).
Keach was born in Savannah, Georgia, to Mary Cain (née Peckham), an actress, and Walter Stacy Keach Sr., a theatre director, drama teacher, and actor. His brother James Keach is an actor and television director. Keach graduated from Van Nuys High School in June 1959, where he was class president, then earned two BA degrees at the University of California, Berkeley (1963): one in English, the other in Dramatic Art. He earned a Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama in 1966 and was a Fulbright Scholar at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Keach played the title role in MacBird!, an Off-Broadway anti-war satire by Barbara Garson staged at the Village Gate in 1966. In 1967, he was cast, again Off-Broadway, in George Tabori's The Niggerlovers with Morgan Freeman in his acting debut. To this day, Freeman credits Keach with teaching him the most about acting. In 1967, Keach also starred in We Bombed in New Haven, a play by Joseph Heller that premiered in New Haven at the Yale Repertory Theatre and later was produced on Broadway. Keach first appeared on Broadway in 1969 as Buffalo Bill in Indians by Arthur Kopit. Early in his career, he was credited as Stacy Keach, Jr. to distinguish himself from his father. He played the lead actor in The Nude Paper Sermon, an avant-garde musical theatre piece for media presentation, commissioned by Nonesuch Records by composer Eric Salzman.
Keach has won numerous awards, including Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards and Vernon Rice Awards. In the early 1980s, he starred in the title role of the national touring company of the musical Barnum, composed by Cy Coleman. In 1991 and 1996 he won Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Actor for his work in Richard III and Macbeth with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. In 1998, he was one of the three characters in a London West End production of 'Art' with David Dukes and George Wendt.
In 2006, Keach performed the lead role in Shakespeare's King Lear at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. In 2008, he played Merlin in Lerner and Loewe's Camelot, done with the New York Philharmonic. In the summer of 2009, Shakespeare Theatre Company remounted the production of King Lear at Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C., for which Keach won another Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Actor.
On December 16, 2010, Keach began performances as patriarch Lyman Wyeth in the off-Broadway premiere of Jon Robin Baitz' acclaimed new play Other Desert Cities. The production transferred to Broadway's Booth Theatre, where it opened November 3, 2011.
He was scheduled to return to Broadway in December 2014 in the revival of Love Letters at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre alongside Diana Rigg, but the production closed before Keach and Rigg began their runs.
Keach was scheduled to play Ernest Hemingway in Jim McGrath's one-man play Pamplona at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago from May 30 to June 25, 2017. Keach appeared in previews of Pamplona, May 19 through May 28, and was well-received by audiences. He was reported as sick on opening night, but still went on stage. The production was halted about an hour into the performance due to his ill health. The following two nights' performances were also canceled, and on June 2, the Goodman Theatre announced that the entire run would be canceled after Keach's doctors advised a period of rest and recuperation.
Keach played a rookie policeman in The New Centurions (1972), opposite George C. Scott. That year he also starred in Fat City, a boxing film directed by John Huston. He was the first choice for the role of Damien Karras in the 1973 movie The Exorcist, but he did not accept the role. He went on to play Kane in the 1980 movie The Ninth Configuration, written and directed by Blatty; this role was itself intended for Nicol Williamson.
Stacy Keach's storytelling talent as narrator was given worldwide exposure in the 1973 Formula One racing documentary Champions Forever, The Quick and the Dead by Claude du Boc.
Keach played Cheech & Chong's police department nemesis Sgt. Stedenko in Up in Smoke and Nice Dreams. He also appeared as Barabbas in Jesus of Nazareth. In 1978 he played a role of explorer and scientist in The Mountain of the Cannibal God, co-starring former Bond girl Ursula Andress. The film became a cult favorite as a "video nasty".
One of his most convincing[to whom?] screen performances was as Frank James (elder brother of Jesse) in The Long Riders (1980). His brother James played Jesse James. In 1982 Keach starred in Butterfly with Pia Zadora.
He portrayed a white supremacist in American History X, alongside Edward Norton and Edward Furlong. In Oliver Stone's 2008 biopic W., Keach portrays a Texas preacher whose spiritual guidance begins with George W. Bush's AA experience, but extends long thereafter.
One of Keach's early television roles was in 1958 on the syndicated romantic comedy, How to Marry a Millionaire, with Barbara Eden and Merry Anders. His first-ever experience as a series regular on a television program was playing the lead role of Lieutenant Ben Logan in Caribe in 1975. He played Barabbas in 1977's Jesus of Nazareth, and portrayed Jonas Steele, a psychic and Scout of the United States Army in the 1982 CBS miniseries, The Blue and the Gray. He later portrayed and is best known as Mike Hammer in the CBS television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer and The New Mike Hammer from 1984 to 1987. He returned to the role of Hammer in Mike Hammer, Private Eye, a new syndicated series that aired from 1997 to 1998. In 1988, he starred as Ernest Hemingway in the made-for-TV movie Hemingway.
In 2000, he played Ken Titus, the father of the title character in Fox's sitcom Titus. Cast members of Titus have commented they enjoyed working with Keach because he would find a way to make even the driest line funny.
Keach lent his voice to The Simpsons episodes "Hungry, Hungry Homer", "Old Yeller-Belly", "Marge and Homer Turn a Couple Play", and "Waiting for Duffman", portraying Duff Brewery President Howard K. Duff VIII, and the Batman Beyond episode "Lost Soul" as an artificial intelligence. He also guest starred in a 2005 episode of the sitcom Will & Grace, and had a recurring role as Warden Henry Pope in the Fox drama Prison Break.
In November 2013, Keach appeared on the Fox comedy series Brooklyn Nine-Nine, in the episode "Old School". In February 2015, Keach started guest appearing in NCIS: New Orleans as Cassius Pride, father of NCIS Agent Dwayne Pride. In 2017, Keach started guest appearing in Man with a Plan as Joe Burns, father of Adam Burns (played by co-star Matt LeBlanc) and was later promoted to series regular status for season two.
Stacy Keach narrated several episodes of Nova, National Geographic, and various other informational series. From 1989-92, he was host of the syndicated informational reenactment show, Missing Reward, which had a similar format to the popular Unsolved Mysteries at the time. From 1992-95, he became the voice-over narrator for the paranormal series Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories.
Beginning in 1999, he served as the narrator for the home video clip show World's Most Amazing Videos, which is now seen on Spike TV. He currently hosts The Twilight Zone radio series. Keach can also be heard narrating the CNBC series American Greed. For the PBS series American Experience, he narrated The Kennedys, among others.
In 2008, Keach once again reprised his famous role as Mike Hammer in a series of full-cast radio dramatisations for Blackstone Audio. (He also arranged and performed the music for the audio dramas. His wife, Malgosia Tomassi also starred in the dramas playing Maya Ricci, a yoga instructor.) Keach has also read many of Mickey Spillane's original Mike Hammer novels as Audiobooks.
Keach played the role of John in The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible, a 22-hour audio version of the RSV-CE translation of the New Testament. He also voiced both Job and Paul the Apostle in The Word of Promise, a 2007 dramatic audio presentation based on the New King James Version.
Keach was born with a cleft lip and a partial cleft of the hard palate, and he underwent numerous operations as a child. Throughout his adult life he has often worn a mustache to hide the scars. He is now the honorary chairman of the Cleft Palate Foundation, and advocates for insurance coverage for such surgeries.
Keach stated that his time in prison (which he said was the lowest point of his life) and the friendship he formed with a priest during that time led to his conversion to Roman Catholicism. Subsequently, he and his wife met with Pope John Paul II to have their son blessed. His wife, Malgosia Tomassi, had gone to the same school as the Pope had attended in Warsaw when young.
Keach has been married four times: to Kathryn Baker in 1964, to Marilyn Aiken in 1975, to Jill Donahue in 1981, and to Malgosia Tomassi around 1986. In 2015, Keach became a Polish citizen.
|The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter||1968||Blount|
|Brewster McCloud||1970||Abraham Wright|
|End of the Road||Jacob Horner|
|The Traveling Executioner||Jonas Candide|
|The New Centurions||1972||Roy Fehler|
|Fat City||Billy Tully|
|The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean||Original Bad Bob the Albino|
|Wilbur and Orville: The First to Fly||1973||Wilbur Wright|
|The Gravy Train||1974||Calvin|
|Conduct Unbecoming||1975||Captain Harper|
|Street People||1976||Charlie Hanson|
|The Killer Inside Me||Lou Ford|
|The Squeeze||1977||Jim Naboth|
|The Greatest Battle||1978||Major Mannfred Roland|
|Gray Lady Down||Capt. Bennett|
|Up in Smoke||Sergeant Stedanko|
|Two Solitudes||Huntley McQueen|
|Mountain of the Cannibal God||1979||Professor Edward Foster|
|The Ninth Configuration||1980||Col. Vincent Kane|
|The Long Riders||Frank James|
|Road Games||1981||Patrick Quid|
|Nice Dreams||Sergeant Stedanko|
|That Championship Season||James Daley|
|False Identity||1990||Ben Driscoll/Harlan Errickson|
|Class of 1999||Dr. Bob Forest|
|Sunset Grill||1993||Harrison Shelgrove|
|Batman: Mask of the Phantasm||Carl Beaumont / Voice of Phantasm||Voice|
|New Crime City||1994||Wynorski|
|Raw Justice||Deputy Mayor Bob Jenkins|
|Escape From L.A.||1996||Commander Malloy|
|Prey of the Jaguar||The Commander|
|The Sea Wolf||1997||Captain Wolf|
|American History X||1998||Cameron Alexander|
|Future Fear||General Wallace|
|Fear Runs Silent||1999||Mr. Hill|
|Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return||Dr. Michaels|
|Militia||George Armstrong Montgomery|
|Sunstorm||2001||General John Parker|
|Birds of Passage||Captain Savienko|
|When Eagles Strike||2003||General Thurmond|
|The Hollow||2004||Claus Van Ripper|
|Caught in the Headlights||Mr. Jones|
|El Padrino: The Latin Godfather||Governor Lancaster|
|Man with the Screaming Brain||2005||Dr. Ivanov|
|Keep Your Distance||Brooks Voight|
|Come Early Morning||2006||Owen Allen|
|Jesus, Mary and Joey||Jack O'Callahan|
|Chicago Overcoat||2009||Ray Berkowski|
|Weather Wars||2011||Marcus Grange|
|The Bourne Legacy||2012||Turso|
|The Great Chameleon||Max|
|Planes: Fire & Rescue||2014||Skipper||Voice|
|Sin City: A Dame to Kill For||Wallenquist|
|If I Stay||Grandpa|
|Truth||2015||Lt. Colonel Bill Burkett|
|Gotti||2018||Aniello "Neil" Dellacroce|
|Channing||1964||The Colleague||Episode: "The Face in the Sun"|
|The Winter's Tale||1967||Autolycus||Television film|
|NET Playhouse||1971||Wilbur Wright||Episode: "The Wright Brothers"|
|The Man of Destiny||1973||Napoleon Bonaparte||Television film|
|All the Kind Strangers||1974||Jimmy Wheeler||Television film|
|Great Performances||Chorus||Episode: "Antigone"|
|Caribe||1975||Lieutenant Ben Logan||6 episodes|
|Lincoln||Politician||Episode: "Crossing Fox River"|
|Jesus of Nazareth||1977||Barabbas||Miniseries; episode: "Part 2"|
|The Fitzpatricks||1978||Unnamed character||Episode: "The New Fitzpatrick"|
|Saturday Night Live||Man in Cold As Ice||Episode: "Christopher Lee/Meatloaf"|
|A Rumor of War||1980||Maj. Ball||Miniseries|
|The Blue and the Gray||1982||Jonas Steele||Miniseries|
|Princess Daisy||1983||Prince Alexander "Stash" Valensky||Miniseries|
|Murder Me, Murder You||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Mistral's Daughter||1984||Julien Mistral||Miniseries|
|More Than Murder||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||1984–1985||Mike Hammer||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama|
|The Return of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer||1986||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Intimate Strangers||Dr. Jeff Bierston||Television film|
|The New Mike Hammer||1986–1987||Mike Hammer||Television series|
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Miniseries or Television Film (tied with Michael Caine for Jack the Ripper)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor - Miniseries or a Movie
|The Forgotten||1989||Adam Roth||Television film|
|Mike Hammer: Murder Takes All||Mike Hammer||Television film|
|Missing: Reward||1989-1992||Host||Television series|
|The Mysteries of the Dark Jungle||1991||Colonel Edward Corishant||Miniseries|
|Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis||Captain Charles Butler McVay III, USN||Television film|
|Lincoln||1992||George McClellan (voice only)||Television film|
|Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories||Narrator (voice only)||Television series|
|Revenge on the Highway||Claude Sams||Television film|
|Rio Diablo||1993||Kansas||Television film|
|Body Bags||Richard Coberts||Television film|
|In The Heat Of The Night||Wade Hatton||Television film|
|Against Their Will: Women in Prison||1994||Jack Devlin||Television film|
|Texas||Sam Houston||ABC Television film|
|Young Ivanhoe||1995||Pembrooke||Television film|
|Amanda & the Alien||Emmitt Mallory||Television film|
|The Pathfinder||1996||Compte du Leon||Television film|
|Promised Land||1997||Ned Bernhart||Episode: "Downsized"|
|Legend of the Lost Tomb||Dr. William Bent||Television film|
|Murder in My Mind||Cargill||Television film|
|Mike Hammer, Private Eye||1997–1998||Mike Hammer||26 episodes|
|Touched by an Angel||1997, 2003||Maury Hoover / Ty Duncan||2 episodes|
|Rugrats||1998–2001||Marvin Finster (voice)||3 episodes: The Family Tree, Parts One and Two; Finsterella|
|Batman Beyond||1999||Vance (voice)||Episode: "Lost Soul"|
|The Courage to Love||2000||Jean Baptiste||Television film|
|The Outer Limits||Cord van Owen||Episode: "The Gun"|
|Titus||2000–2002||Ken Titus||54 episodes|
|Lightning: Fire from the Sky||2001||Bart Pointdexter||Television film|
|The Zeta Project||Roland de Flores (voice)||Episode: "The Next Gun"|
|The Simpsons||2001–2016||Howard Duff / Various (voice)||6 episodes|
|The Santa Trap||2002||Max Hurst||Television film|
|The Zeta Project||Roland de Flores (voice)||Episode: "The Next Gun"|
|Girls Club||Harold Falcon||Episode: "Book of Virtues"|
|Miracle Dogs||2003||C.W. Aldrich||Television film|
|Frozen Impact||Pete Crane||Television film|
|What's New, Scooby-Doo?||2003, 2005||Harold Lind / The Mayor (voice)||2 episodes|
|George Lopez||2005||Blaine McNamara||Episode: "George Stare-oids Down Jason"|
|Will & Grace||Wendell Schacter||Episode: "From Queer to Eternity"|
|Prison Break||2005–2007||Henry Pope||23 episodes|
|Desolation Canyon||2006||Samuel Kendrick||Television film|
|Fatal Contact: Bird Flu in America||Secretary Collin Reed||Television film|
|Blackbeard||Captain Benjamin Hornigold||Television film|
|Death Row (a.k.a. Haunted Prison)||John Elias||Television film|
|ER||2007||Mike Gates||3 episodes|
|American Greed||2007–present||Narrator (voice only)||Television series transmitted on the Consumer News-and-Business Channel|
|Lone Rider||2008||Robert Hattaway||Television film|
|Ring of Death||Warden Golan||Television film|
|Meteor||2009||Sheriff Crowe||Television film|
|The Nanny Express||Rev. McGuiness||Television film|
|Two and a Half Men||2010||Tom, Chelsea's father||4 episodes|
|Lights Out||2011||Pops Leary||13 episodes|
|Bored to Death||Bergeron||2 episodes|
|Mater's Tall Tales||Skipper (voice)||Episode: "Air Mater"|
|Hindenburg||Edward van Zandt||Television film|
|30 Rock||2012||Himself||Episode: "Murphy Brown Lied to Us"|
|Anything For Money||Narrator||Song written and composed to promote CNBC's series American Greed (see above)|
|The Neighbors||2012–2013||Dominick Weaver||3 episodes|
|Sean Saves the World||2013||Lee Thompson||3 episodes|
|1600 Penn||Senator Frohm Thoroughgood||2 episodes|
|Anger Management||Ray||Episode: "Charlie and Deception Therapy"|
|Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Jimmy Brogan||Episode: "Old School"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||2014||Orion Bauer||Episode: "American Disgrace"|
|Jennifer Falls||Mike||Episode: "Jennifer's Song"|
|The Exes||Bill Drake||Episode: "An Officer and a Dental Man"|
|Hot in Cleveland||2015||Alex||2 episodes|
|Full Circle||Bud O'Rourke||8 episodes|
|NCIS: New Orleans||2015, 2017||Cassius Pride||3 episodes|
|Crowded||2016||Bob Moore||13 episodes|
|Blunt Talk||Arthur Bronson||2 episodes|
|Ray Donovan||Marty (The Texan)||2 episodes|
|Blue Bloods||2016-2019||Archbishop Kevin Kearns||4 episodes|
|Man with a Plan||2017–present||Joe Burns||23 episodes|
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