Monday, July 26, 2010

Actor Larry Keith Passes On

Larry Keith, an actor who appeared in television, on Broadway, and n film, passed on July 17 at the age of 79. The cause was cancer.

Larry Keith was born Larry Korn in Brooklyn on March 4, 1931. Originally a singer, he earned a bachelor's degree in music at Brooklyn College. He was doing graduate work at Indiana University when he was drafted into the United States Army. While in service he performed in musical revues for troops in South Korea. He changed his surname as a young actor.

In 1961 he received his big break as the understudy to Michael Allison in the Broadway production of My Fair Lady. He would become the first American to ever play Henry Higgins in the play. Mr Keith would appear on Broadway several more times. Over the years he appeared in High Spirits (1964), I Had a Ball (1964), The Best Laid Plans (1966), Gigi (1977), Titanic (1997), Cabaret (1998), and Caroline, or Change (2004).

Larry Keith made his television debut in a bit part on NET Playhouse in 1966. He appeared on the soap opera Another World from 1967 to 1968. He was a regular on the TV show The Baxters in 1979 Over the years he guest starred on Tales of the Unexpected, Stingray, The Equaliser, Law and Order, and Damages. From 1971-1997 he played the role of Nick Davis on the soap opera All My Children. He appeared in the film Eulogy for Jack (2007).

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