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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Keenan Wynn
KEENAN WYNN (1916-1986), born Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn, son of Ed Wynn and grandson of Frank Keenan, he was never the main star of a film, but was certainly memorable. He often played nasty, but likable, heavies. He was once quoted: "My billing has always been: 'and', or 'with', or 'including'. That's all right; let the stars take the blame."

Annie Get Your Gun (1950)Haven't you seen Annie Get Your Gun (1950)? I'm not sure where I first saw Keenan Wynn. He was in many television shows and many films. He even did the voice of Winter in the Rankin and Bass animated special, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town. It may have been this portrayal of Charlie Davenport.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

Kiss Me Kate (1953) Keenan Wynn plays the comic gangster, Lippy, who (with James Whitmore) sings "Brush Up Your Shakespeare."
The Absent Minded Professor (1961) Here he played the villain Alonzo P. Hawk and played the same character in the sequel, Son of Flubber.
Angels in the Outfield (1951) Played Fred Bayles, the ever-cynical skeptic. He can do that voice and sneer so well, you just want to slap him.
Royal Wedding (1951) Played Irving Klinger and Edgar Klinger.

*Contributed by: "Elizabeth Van Cleve Randolph" Date: Wed, Nov 23 2005 / 14:46:30 PST


  • Forgive my ignorance, but I always wondered if Keenan Wynn was related to Ed Wynn?

    By Blogger Arlen Crawford, at Wed Nov 23, 04:35:00 PM PST  

  • I never know Keenan was Ed Wynn's son, either! I'll have to see if they ever worked together.

    I think possibly his most famous role would be as 'Bat' Guana in Dr. Strangelove...the rifle-toting soldier who finally agrees to shoot up a soda machine, but warns Peter Sellers that HE'LL have to answer to Coca-Cola (or was it Pepsi?) He also had a great role in The Great Race!

    By Anonymous MarkMyWord, at Wed Jan 11, 05:51:00 PM PST