Howard Keel

Howard Keel


4/13/1919, Gillespie, Illinois



Birth Name

Harold Clifford Keel


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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


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    • 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.