Tom Keene (actor)

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Tom Keene
Tom Keene-OUR DAILY BREAD-Old Tinted Publicity Photo.JPG
Publicity photograph of Tom Keene for Our Daily Bread (1934)
BornGeorge Duryea
(1896-12-30)December 30, 1896
Rochester, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 1963(1963-08-04) (aged 66)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other namesDick Powers
Richard Powers
Tom Keen
OccupationActor
Years active1923–1959
Spouse(s)Grace Stafford (m. 1919–40)
 
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Tom Keene
Tom Keene-OUR DAILY BREAD-Old Tinted Publicity Photo.JPG
Publicity photograph of Tom Keene for Our Daily Bread (1934)
BornGeorge Duryea
(1896-12-30)December 30, 1896
Rochester, New York, U.S.
DiedAugust 4, 1963(1963-08-04) (aged 66)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Cause of death
Cancer
Resting place
Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other namesDick Powers
Richard Powers
Tom Keen
OccupationActor
Years active1923–1959
Spouse(s)Grace Stafford (m. 1919–40)

Tom Keene (December 30, 1896 – August 4, 1963) was an American actor known mostly for his roles in B Westerns.

Early life and career[edit]

Born as George Duryea (no relation to fellow actor Dan Duryea) in Rochester, New York, Keene studied at Columbia University and Carnegie Tech before embarking on an acting career. He made his film debut in the 1923 short film The Just a Little Late Club. Keene followed with roles in The Godless Girl (1929) directed by Cecil B. DeMille, Tide of Empire (1929) with Renée Adorée, Thunder with Lon Chaney, Sr., Tol'able David (1930), Sundown Trail (1931). In 1934 King Vidor cast him in the socially conscious Depression oriented classic Our Daily Bread with Karen Morley.

During the 1940s, Keene appeared in the film serial The Great Alaskan Mystery and two Dick Tracy films Dick Tracy's Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). In the 1950s, he moved on to television with guest roles on The Range Rider, Buffalo Bill, Jr., Fury, Judge Roy Bean, and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Keene's last film role was in the Ed Wood-directed cult film Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959). He retired soon after this and focused on real estate and the insurance business.

Death[edit]

Keene died of cancer on August 4, 1963, aged 66. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.

Selected filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1928Marked MoneyClydeCredited as George Duryea
The Godless GirlBob Hathaway
1929Honky TonkFreddie Gilmore
1930Beau BanditW.S. "Bill" Howard
1931Freighters of DestinySteve Macey
1932Partners
Ghost Valley
Come on Danger!Larry Madden, Texas Ranger
1933Sunset PassJack Rock/Jim Collins
1934Our Daily BreadJohn SimsAlternative title: Hell's Crossroads
1935Hong Kong NightsTom Keene
1936Timothy's QuestDavid Masters
1937Romance of the RockiesDr. Tom Foster
1938The Painted TrailTom Gray posing as the Pecos Kid
1941Riding the Sunset TrailTom Sterling
1942Western MailTom Allen
1944Port of 40 ThievesScott BartonCredited as Richard Powers
1945Dangerous IntruderCurtis
Girls of the Big HouseBarton Sturgis
1946San QuentinHal Schaeffer, Robbery Detail
1947Thunder MountainJohnny Blue
1948Return of the Bad MenJim Younger
Berlin ExpressMajorCredited as Richard Powers
Western HeritageSaloon Owner Spade Thorne
1949Brothers in the SaddleNash Prescott
1950The MilkmanDuzikUncredited
1951Home Town StoryAbbott, Bob's campaign manager
The Stu Erwin ShowArthur HaleEpisode: "The Big Game"
The Range RiderLangEpisode: "The Grand Fleece"
1952Red Planet MarsMajor General George BurdetteUncredited
Sky KingSheriff2 episodes
Credited as Richard Powers
1953The Abbott and Costello ShowJoe2 episodes
Credited as Richard Powers
The MoonlighterSheriffCredited as Richard Powers
General Electric TheaterSlocumEpisode: "Woman's World"
Credited as Richard Powers
1954Outlaw's DaughterBank ManagerUncredited
Hopalong CassidyBill BrickerEpisode: "Steel Trails West"
Credited as Richard Powers
1955Dig That UraniumFrank LoomisCredited as Richard Powers
The MillionaireAttorney MarloweEpisode: "The Uncle Robby Story"
1956Tension at Table RockMan Killed by SamCredited as Richard Powers
1958Casey JonesJohn PatrickEpisode: "The Silk Train"
Credited as Richard Powers
Tales of the Texas RangersMorgan ThorpeEpisode: "Traitor's Gold"
Credited as Richard Powers
1959Death Valley DaysCharlie DuffEpisode: "Stagecoach Spy"
Credited as Richard Powers
Plan 9 From Outer SpaceCol. Tom Edwards

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