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Harold Clifford Keel

Also Known As: "Howard Keel"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Gillespie, Macoupin, Illinois, United States
Death: November 7, 2004 (85)
Palm Desert, Riverside , California, United States (Colon Cancer)
Place of Burial: Cremated - ashes scattered
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Homer Keel and Grace M Osterkamp
Ex-husband of <private> Anderson
Father of Kaija Keel

Occupation: Actor, singer
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About Howard Keel

Harold Clifford Keel (April 13, 1919 – November 7, 2004), 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.


  • son of Navyman-turned-coalminer Homer Keel and his wife, Grace Osterkamp Keel. (It is often erroneously stated—by the MGM publicity department of the 1950s—that Keel's birth name was Harold Leek)


  1. Rosemary Cooper (m. 1943–1948) (divorced)
  2. Helen Anderson (m. 1949–1970) (divorced)
  3. Judy Keel (m. 1970–2004) (his death)


  1. Kaija Keel
  2. Leslie Keel
  3. Gunnar Keel
  4. Kirstine Keel

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Howard Keel's Timeline

April 13, 1919
Gillespie, Macoupin, Illinois, United States
November 7, 2004
Age 85
Palm Desert, Riverside , California, United States
Cremated - ashes scattered