Known for movies

Short Info

DiedJanuary 23, 2004, Windsor, Vermont, United States
SpouseAnne Jeanne Laurie Keeshan
MarkBright red jacket
FactHe quit smoking following a severe heart attack.

Bob Keeshan was born on June 27, 1927, in Lynbrook, New York. His parents were Irish immigrants who had come to the United States in the early 1920s. Keeshan had four brothers and one sister. His father died when Keeshan was just six years old, and his mother had to work to support the family. Keeshan attended Catholic schools in Lynbrook and Rockville Centre. He graduated from high school in 1945.

Keeshan began his career in entertainment as a page at NBC in New York City. He then worked as a clown in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. In 1950, Keeshan auditioned for and was selected to be the original host of the children’s television show “Captain Kangaroo.” The show aired on CBS from 1955 to 1984. Keeshan also appeared on the show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and in several made-for-TV movies.

Keeshan was married twice. His first wife was Marion Carson, with whom he had three children. His second wife was Jeanne Harrison, with whom he had one child. Keeshan died on January 23, 2004, at the age of 76.

During his career, Keeshan won six Emmy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was also inducted into the Television Hall of Fame.

General Info

Full NameBob Keeshan
DiedJanuary 23, 2004, Windsor, Vermont, United States
ProfessionActor, Television producer
EducationForest Hills High School, Fordham University


SpouseAnne Jeanne Laurie Keeshan
ChildrenLaurie Margaret, Michael Derek, Maeve Jeanne


AwardsPeabody Award, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In Children's Programming
NominationsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Series, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Entertainment Special, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - Informational/Factual
MoviesThe Stupids
TV ShowsCBS Storybreak, Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody

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#Marks / Signs
1Bright red jacket
2Known as Captain Kanganoo


1Play is the work of children. It's very serious stuff.
2Just as actors are afraid of child audiences because they're so honest, I would be scared stiff of going before the big folks.
3If you want more time in your life, don't watch TV.
4Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.
5One of the big secrets of finding time is not to watch television.


1Served as a Marine near the end of the second World War. Accounts that he was a platoon sergeant on Iwo Jima are incorrect. Keeshan was only 17 during Iwo Jima and could not have made platoon sergeant in any way. As for being over Lee Marvin, that is also false, as Marvin and Keeshan did not serve in the same battles.
2Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume 7, 2003-2005, pages 297-298. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2007.
3Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Captain Kangaroo (1955).
4In the later years of his life, he starred in a number of commercials themed "No one takes better care of you than you!" These dealt with safety and health tips for young people.
5Turned down an offer to become the Captain again on a revised version of the show in 1995.
6He quit smoking following a severe heart attack.
7In the original version of Captain Kangaroo, Keeshan endorsed two brands of candy bars. He stopped them, in order to lessen the "commercial" aspect of this show.
8Besides his work in television, he also sat on a number of boards of charitable foundations.
9Inspired thousands of children to become schoolteachers.
10He was not a Dartmouth student, but he certainly was a member of the Dartmouth family. He was an adopted member of the Class of 1942, and received an honorary doctorate from the College in 1975. His son, Michael Keeshan, is a 1973 graduate of Dartmouth and a 1975 graduate of Dartmouth's Tuck School of Business; his daughter, Laurie Keeshan, graduated in 1975. Keeshan's grandson, Britton Keeshan, received a master's degree from Dartmouth in 2006. Mr. Keeshan was a regular visitor to the College in his latter years, and lived just across the river in nearby Norwich and Hartford, VT, for a number of years until his death in 2004.
11His acting debut, was on Saturday, January 3rd, 1948.
12The names of his children are: daughters Laurie and Mave; son Michael.
13He was the first host/performer of WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 NYC's "Time For Fun" / "The Johnny Jellybean Show". Keeshan MC'd the show as "Corney The Clown" weekday afternoons from Monday September 21, 1953 to Friday July 29, 1955. He co-created, nco-produced and hosted "Tinker's Workshop" with Jack Miller on WJZ/WABC TV Ch.7 in NYC weekday mornings from Monday November 15, 1954 to Friday September 9,1955. The Show continued until Friday August 22, 1958. The other hosts were Henry Burbig, Gene London & Dom DeLuise.
14Served in the United States Marine Corps.
15Elected to the Clown Hall of Fame.




Hercules1998TV SeriesAesop
Muppets Tonight1998TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
The Jeff Foxworthy Show1997TV SeriesMr. Peavey
The Stupids1996Charles Sender (as Bob Keeshan)
Breakfast Time1994TV SeriesBob Keeshan
Murphy Brown1994TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
Day by Day1988TV SeriesCaptain Kangeroo
Kideo TV1986TV SeriesHost - 'Know Your Body' (1986-1988)
CBS Storybreak1985TV SeriesHost
Captain Kangaroo1955-1984TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
Mister Rogers' Neighborhood1970-1971TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
The Andy Williams Show1970TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
Mister Mayor1964-1965TV SeriesMister Mayor
Tinker's Workshop1954TV SeriesTinker the Toymaker
Time for Fun1953TV SeriesCorny The Clown
Howdy Doody's Christmas1951ShortClarabell the Clown (uncredited)
Texaco Star Theatre1949TV SeriesClarabell the Clown
The Howdy Doody Show1947TV SeriesClarabell the Clown (1948-1953)


CBS Afternoon Playhouse1983TV Series co-producer - 1 episode
Good Evening, Captain1981TV Special producer
Tinker's Workshop1954TV Series co-producer


The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV Series performer - 1 episode
Dolly1976TV Series performer - 1 episode


Tinker's Workshop1954TV Series co-creator


It's Howdy Doody Time1987TV Special thanks - as Bob Keeshan


Television: The First Fifty Years1999Video documentaryHimself / Interviewee / Original Clarabelle / ...
Vicki!1992TV SeriesHimself
The Joan Rivers Show1989TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1979-1989TV SeriesHimself
All-Time Great TV Censored Bloopers1985TV MovieHimself (as Bob Keeshan)
Good Evening, Captain1981TV SpecialHost
The Alan Hamel Show1980TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1979TV SpecialHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1968-1979TV SeriesHimself - Captain Kangaroo / Himself
Captain Kangaroo1957-1979TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Captain Kangaroo
CBS: On the Air1978TV Mini-Series documentary
The 5th Annual American Music Awards1978TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Sweepstakes1977TV SeriesHimself
The Sonny and Cher Show1976TV SeriesHimself / Various Characters
The Hollywood Squares1966-1976TV SeriesGuest Appearance / Cameo
Dolly1976TV SeriesCaptain Kangaroo
Tony Orlando and Dawn1976TV SeriesHimself
Cher1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah!1975TV SeriesHimself
Dinah's Place1971TV SeriesHimself
The David Frost Show1970TV SeriesHimself
The Joey Bishop Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Ten Years Ago Today1949TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Clarabell the Clown)

Archive Footage

Underground Entertainment: The Movie2011DocumentaryBob
Captain Kangaroo and His Friends1985VideoCaptain Kangaroo
Simon and Garfunkel: Songs of America1969TV MovieClarabelle the Clown


Won Awards

1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1983Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1982Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in Children's ProgrammingCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1981Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1979Personal AwardPeabody Awards
1976Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on June 16, 1976 at 1500 Vine Street

Nominated Awards

1990Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SpecialCBS Afternoon Playhouse (1978)
1984Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Performer in Children's ProgrammingCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Children's Entertainment SeriesCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1980Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Children's ProgrammingCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1975Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement Children's ProgrammingCaptain Kangaroo (1955)
1969Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Children's Programming - IndividualsCaptain Kangaroo (1955)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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