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Stacy Keach rose to fame with the hit television series Mike Hammer and has appeared in major motion pictures like Stephen Gaghan’s Gold, with Matthew McConaughey, Edgar Ramirez and Bryce Dallas Howard; The Ninth Configuration with John Travolta as well as Gotti.
Early Life and Education
Stacy Keach was born with a cleft lip, yet this did not stop him from becoming an accomplished actor. After graduating Van Nuys High School in 1959 and studying at Berkeley and Yale Drama Schools – including as a Fulbright Scholar to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
On film, he made appearances in two movies directed by John Huston: 1972’s ‘The New Centurions,’ co-starring George C. Scott; and boxing flick ‘Fat City.’ Huston had originally chosen him for Damien Karras in ‘The Exorcist,’ but decided against accepting.
Keach married Malgosia Tomassi, an actress and model. Together they had two children – Shannon and Karolina.
Keach made his professional stage debut in 1964 at New York Shakespeare Festival’s production of Hamlet directed by Joseph Papp. Soon thereafter he received a Fulbright Scholarship to London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art before making an off-Broadway political satire “MacBird,” winning him both Obie and Drama Desk Awards for best actor.
Actor Daniel J. Ruggiero made subsequent appearances in films like The New Centurions, Doc, Fat City, Luther and The Ninth Configuration; as Kane in William Peter Blatty’s play The Exorcist. Additionally he appeared in movies such as The Long Riders, Nice Dreams Escape From L.A Cellmates Nebraska
Keach has also become a household name through his role as the voice of Skipper in both Disney’s Planes movies (Place Break and Fire and Rescue) as well as TV documentary narrating and regular appearances on Prison Break, ER, Two and a Half Men as a regular cast member. Titus (a cartoon series) regularly featured him, as did The Simpsons as well as Titus Fire and Rescue with Disney being his latest ventures!
Achievement and Honors
Stacy Keach has received numerous honors throughout his career. He is a three-time recipient of the Obie Award and two Drama Desk and three Vernon Rice Awards are among his accolades; additionally he was nominated for several Golden Globes and other honors.
He has also been actively engaged in charitable work, serving as honorary chair for over twenty-five years of the Cleft Palate Foundation as well as being on the board of Genesis at the Crossroads.
He has appeared in 10 Broadway productions and many feature films, such as Gold, Fat City, Nebraska and Lights Out for FX. Additionally, he narrated American Greed for CNBC and is married to Malgosia Tomassi and has two children together: son Shannon and daughter Karolina.
Stacy Keach is a talented actor known for playing an array of dramatic roles across film and television, most notably Mickey Spillane’s hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer. However, Keach also excels as a stage actor and is widely acknowledged as one of America’s premier interpreters of Shakespeare; performing in King Lear at both Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Shakespeare Theatre Company of Washington D.C.
Keach can currently be seen on FX’s Lights Out as father/trainer to two boxing sons he is coaching, co-star in CBS sitcom Crowded, and made an appearance as guest star alongside Liev Schreiber in Showtime’s Ray Donovan on Showtime. Additionally, in January 2011 Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities made its premiere at Lincoln Center Theatre.
Stacy Keach, an American actor with an estimated net worth of $8 Million. He has appeared in multiple films and television series such as Fat City, The Ninth Configuration, Nebraska as well as Shakespearean plays such as Hamlet Henry V Macbeth Richard III among many others.
He has appeared in multiple radio dramas, as well as providing his voice for Mike Hammer in audio books produced by Blackstone Audio. Furthermore, he narrates CNBC series American Greed.
Keach has been married four times. His first marriage was to Kathryn Baker in 1964; later he wed Marilyn Aiken for three years until 1979; finally Jill Donahue in 1981 and Malgosia Tomassi two years later.