Howard Keel was an American actor and singer who was born in 1919 and died in 2004. Keel was born in Gillespie, Illinois to a poor family and often didn't even have enough money to pack his lunch. His teacher, Miss Bourke became aware of this and began…more
Howard was president of the Screen Actor's Guild from 1958-1959.
Howard's ashes are scattered in various places, including Mere Golf Club, Liverpool John Lennon Airport, and in Tuscany, Italy.
Howard was the son of a Navyman-turned-coalminer.
For his role in the movie Kiss Me Kate, Howard maintained that he was the third choice, after Danny Kaye or Laurence Olivier.
Howard played the lead in the movie musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.
Howard starred in the movie musical Kiss Me Kate.
By the time he died, Howard had 10 grandchildren and a great granddaughter.
When he opened Oklahoma in London, the audience demanded 14 encores.
Howard once worked as a singing busboy in a cafe.
Howard was the original choice to play the lead in the 1952 classic Singin' in the Rain.
Howard's third wife was 25 years his junior.
His daughter Kaija was given swimming lessons by Esther Williams.
Howard was a golf fan.
Howard was 6'4" tall.
He starred in Calamity Jane with Doris Day.
Howard's real name was Harold Leek.
Howard: You get your ups and downs but you just don't fall apart. You take another shot at it.
Howard: When I found out that I could carry a tune, well, I came to realize that I had a gift, that it was a kind of a blessing. And I think if you're given something special, you ought to try and give that something back. If you don't, it's a sin. No question.
Howard: You should never envy anyone. One day you might be in that person's position and it might not be so nice.
Howard: If I had my ups and downs, that's tough. If everything in life always went smoothly, it would be a bloody bore. You know, people say, "Wait and go to heaven". Well, if heaven's like they claim it is, I don't want to go. I'd get bored. Besides, I think heaven's right here, in your mind. You make your own heaven and hell, I think. All this nonsense about heaven: "Be good so you can go up there." I say be good because you should be good, because you don't want to hurt people.
Howard: As long as I can sing halfway decent, I'd rather sing than act. There's nothing like being in good voice, feeling good, having good numbers to do and having a fine orchestra.
Howard: The only way to enjoy golf is to be a masochist. Go out and beat yourself to death.
Howard: I had a terrible, rotten childhood. My father made away with himself when I was 11. I had no guidance, my mom was six feet tall, bucktoothed and very tough.
Howard: [on his role in Dallas] The show was enormous. I couldn't believe it. My life changed again. From being out of it, I was suddenly a star, known to more people than ever before.