Howard Keel

Born Apr 13, 1919

Harold Clifford Keel, known professionally as Howard Keel, was an American actor and singer. He starred in many film musicals of the 1950s. He is best known to modern audiences for his starring role in the CBS television series Dallas from 1981 to 1991, as Clayton Farlow, opposite Barbara Bel Geddes's character, but to an earlier generation, he was known as the star of some of the most famous MGM film musicals ever made, with a rich bass-baritone singing voice.… Read More

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1919 Birth Born on April 13, 1919.


1930 11 Years Old After his father's death in 1930, Keel and his mother moved to California, where he graduated from Fallbrook High School at age 17. … Read More


1941 22 Years Old Nevertheless, his first public performance occurred in the summer of 1941, when he played the role of Samuel the Prophet in Handel's oratorio Saul (singing a duet with bass-baritone George London).
1943 24 Years Old In 1943 Keel met and married his first wife, actress Rosemary Cooper. … Read More
1947 28 Years Old In 1947 Oklahoma! became the first American postwar musical to travel to London, England, and Keel joined the production. … Read More


1949 30 Years Old They married in January 1949, and a year later, Harold (now called Howard) celebrated the birth of his daughter, Kaija. … Read More


1969 50 Years Old …  They separated in 1969 and divorced in 1970.
1970 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In early 1970, Keel went on a blind date with airline stewardess Judy Magamoll, who was 25 years his junior and knew nothing about his stardom. … Read More
1971 52 Years Old In 1971-72, Keel appeared briefly in the West End and Broadway productions of the musical Ambassador, which flopped.
1974 55 Years Old In 1974, Keel became a father for the fourth time with the birth of his daughter, Leslie Grace. … Read More


1980 61 Years Old Keel continued to tour, with his wife and daughter in tow, but by 1980 had decided to make a career/life change. … Read More
1981 62 Years Old In 1981, after several cameo appearances, Keel joined the show permanently as the dignified and hot-tempered oil baron Clayton Farlow. … Read More
1984 65 Years Old 1 More Event
He released an album in 1984, With Love, which sold poorly.
1985 66 Years Old The follow up album, Reminiscing – The Howard Keel Collection peaked at #20 in the UK chart, spending twelve weeks in that listing in 1985 and 1986. … Read More
1994 75 Years Old In 1994, Keel and Judy moved to Palm Desert, California. … Read More
2004 86 Years Old Keel died at his Palm Desert home on November 7, 2004, six weeks after a bout with colon cancer. … Read More
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