Keene Curtis
Keene Curtis
Keene Curtis appeared as Col. Wortman in the Season 3 episode of the CBS-TV series "M*A*S*H titled "Iron Guts Kelly.
Personal Information
Birthname Keene Holbrook Curtis
Birthplace Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
Deathplace Bountiful, Utah, U.S.
Years active: 1948-2002, his death
Character information
Appeared on/in: M*A*S*H
Character played: Colonel Wortman in "Iron Guts Kelly" (Season 3)

Keene Curtis played the part of Colonel Wortman, who was aide to Lieutenant General Robert "Iron Guts" Kelly when he visited the 4077th in the Season 3 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H titled "Iron Guts Kelly".


Acting careerEdit

A gifted and versatile character actor, Keene made his film debut in the 1948 Orson Welles adaptation of Macbeth. Additional film credits included American Hot WaxRabbit Test, The Buddy SystemLegaleseI.Q.Heaven Can Wait,SliverThe Wrong Damn Film and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.

Keene's theatrical career began in 1955 as a Broadway stage manager. His first appearance as a performer was in a 1965 revival of You Can't Take It with You. In 1971, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The Rothschilds. Additional Broadway credits includedThe Cherry OrchardA Patriot for MeVia GalacticaAnnie, and La Cage aux Folles. He received an Obie Award nomination for his role as Bradley in the A. R. Gurney playThe Cocktail Hour.

Curtis had a recurring role as the owner of Melville's Restaurant in Cheers and as a wealthy snob onAmanda's.. His many television credits include The Magician as quirky columnist Max Pomeroy opposite Bill Bixby, Gypsy and appearances on Dark ShadowsHawaii Five-OStar Trek VoyagerM*A*S*HSanford and SonThe JeffersonsQuincy, M.E.Eight Is EnoughThree's CompanyLou GrantHart to HartBenson, NewhartKnight Rider, CBS-TV's Murder, She Wrote, and Touched by an Angel, Fox's Ally McBeal and Party of FiveBrotherly Love, The NBC Saturday Morning animated series The Smurfs, where he did voice over work,Stargate SG-1The PretenderWonder WomanNight CourtTrapper John, M.D.Full HouseERCaroline in the City, and many other TV shows.

Animation voice over workEdit

For the animated series SWAT Kats: The Radical Squadron, Keene voiced the character the Pastmaster. He also provided the voice of Grand Moff Tarkin for the first Star Wars radio drama, but perhaps he was best known as the voice of Lord Balthazar of The Smurfs from 1981-89. Keene also did voice talents for other cartoon shows including The Little MermaidThe DukesThe Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy HourBill and Ted's Excellent AdventuresTrollkinsThe Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho PandaThe Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz HourTimeless Tales from HallmarkThe Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, and Bonkers. Curtis voiced Pontius Pilate in The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible episode, "The Easter Story".


Keene died from complications from Alzheimer's disease in a Bountiful, Utah nursing home, aged 79, and was buried there at Bountiful Memorial Park.

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