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Ian Keith (February 27, 1899 – March 26, 1960) was an Americanmarker actor.

Life and career

Born Keith Ross in Boston, Massachusettsmarker, Ian Keith was a veteran character actor of the legitimate theater, and appeared in a variety of colorful roles in silent features of the 1920s. His stage training made him a natural choice for the new "talking pictures"; he played John Wilkes Booth in D. W. Griffith's first talkie, Abraham Lincoln. Keith had a major role in director Raoul Walsh's 1930 western The Big Trail. According to one Hollywood anecdote, Keith might have gone on to a stellar career as a leading man, but a dalliance with Walsh's wife on location is said to have cost him the chance to follow up his success. There may be some truth to this -- he didn't get the title role in the film version of Dracula (1931) -- but Keith did keep working in films, albeit minor ones, until 1932, when Cecil B. DeMille hired him for The Sign of the Cross. This established him as a dependable supporting player, and he went on to play dozens of roles - including Octavian (Augustus) in Cleopatra - in major and minor screen fare for the next three decades.

Ian Keith's tall frame (6' 2"), dark, handsome features (usually clean-shaven), and his resonant voice served him well. He became one of DeMille's favorites, appearing in many of the producer's epic films. He handled costume roles and modern-day professional types with equal aplomb. In the 1940s he became even busier, working primarily in "B" features and westerns and alternating between playing good guys (a chief of detectives in The Payoff, a friendly hypnotist in Mr. Hex, a blowhard politician in She Gets Her Man) and bad guys (a murder suspect in The Chinese Cat, a crooked lawyer in Bowery Champs, a swindler in Singing on the Trail). He also had a definite flair for comedy, and his florid portrayal of the comic-strip ham actor "Vitamin Flintheart" in Dick Tracy vs. Cueball was so amusing that he repeated the role in two more films.

He also appeared on many television episodes in the 1950s. In 1955, he was seen on screen in his only Shakespeare role, when he made a cameo appearance as the Ghost opposite Richard Burton's Hamlet in a sequence from the Edwin Booth biopic Prince of Players. Cecil B. DeMille brought him back to the big screen for The Ten Commandments (1956); Keith played Ramses I. He was cremated in New York City.


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