Bob Keeshan Birthday & Fun Facts

Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & More

Oluniyi Akande
Jan 31, 2024 By Oluniyi Akande
Originally Published on Jun 04, 2022
In this article, learn some interesting facts about the American actor Bob Keeshan.
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About Bob Keeshan

Bob Keeshan was an actor, writer, and producer from the United States.

Bob Keeshan rose to prominence as the creator and star of the long-running children's TV series 'Captain Kangaroo'. Throughout his career, he returned to play the character in other television series.

Keeshan is regarded as a pioneer in the development of children's television shows. This includes his role as the legendary title character, Captain Kangaroo. The actor won multiple Emmy Awards for his outstanding contributions to children's educational entertainment.

Clarabell the Clown on the 'Howdy Doody' TV series and Mr. Peavey on 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show' were two of his most memorable roles. 'Tinker's Workshop' and 'CBS Afternoon Playhouse' were among the series created by this legendary performer.

Later in life, Keeshan became a champion for children's rights. He was one of the first performers to speak out against television series that were based on popular toys like Transformers. He is also known for his adamant opposition to violence in children's video games. Keeshan's unwavering commitment to using TV episodes to teach youngsters about the real world set him apart from his peers. He was honored with an induction into the NAB's Broadcasting Hall Of Fame in appreciation of his efforts and accomplishments. Keeshan's memoirs were published by the Fairview Press. It was titled 'Good Morning, Captain'.

Bob Keeshan Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What was Bob Keeshan’s net worth?

Bob Keeshan was an actor and producer from the United States. He is globally renowned for portraying the character of Captain Kangaroo. He had an estimated net worth of $4 million at the time he died.

How much did Bob Keeshan earn per year?

Bob Keeshan earned around $400,000 per year courtesy of his roles in 'Captain Kangaroo', 'The Andy Williams Show', 'Mister Mayor', and 'Howdy Doody'.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How old was Bob Keeshan?

Bob Keeshan was 76 years old when he passed away on January 23, 2004. He was born on June 27, 1927.

Childhood And Education

Robert James Keeshanbetter known as Bob Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, New York. He was born to Irish parents. The family was forced to relocate to Forest Hills, Queens, New York City, when his father lost his job.

Keeshan worked as a page boy at the NBC studios throughout his high school years. He left his work at NBC after graduating in 1945. Keeshan graduated early from Forest Hills High School in Queens, New York.

During World War II, Keeshan enrolled in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Keeshan was still in the United States when Japan surrendered. Following the war, Keeshan studied at Fordham University. He completed his education at Hillsdale College. In 1951, he earned a bachelor's degree in education.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who was Bob Keeshan's family?

Bob Keeshan was born to Joseph Keeshan and Margaret Keeshan. His father, Joseph Keeshan, was a grocery store manager. His mother, Margaret Keeshan, was a stay-at-home mom.

Who was Bob Keeshan’s partner?

Bob Keeshan married his wife, Anne Jeanne Laurie, in December 1950. She passed away on February 25, 1996, after a long and happy marriage. Michael Derek, Maeve Jeanne, and Laurie Margaret are their three children.

Career And Professional Highlights

Best Known For…

While still a youngster, Bob Keeshan began making and transmitting plays over his school's loudspeaker system. He returned to work for NBC after World War II ended and finally became Bob Smith's assistant.

NBC executives observed his hard work and natural skill, and soon Keeshan was hired as Clarabell the Clown on the 'Howdy Doody' TV series from 1947 until 1952. The clown was a mute figure who communicated by blowing several horns on his belt. It was a big break for Bob Keeshan. He went on to reprise his character on 'The Milton Berle Show' in 1949 and a special called 'Howdy Doody's Christmas' in 1951.

Along with his work as Clarabell on the TV series, Bob Keeshan completed his education at Fordham University. He aspired to be a lawyer. Years of experience in the entertainment business, however, had equipped him with a plethora of expertise in producing television programs. In the 1953 TV series 'Time For Fun', he played Corny the Clown.

Keeshan made his debut as Tinker the Toymaker in the children's program 'Tinker's Workshop' in 1954. Following that, he produced and starred in 'Captain Kangaroo'. It was a successful children's educational show that ran from 1955-1984. From 1964-1965, he played Captain Kangaroo in the TV series 'Mister Mayor'. Keeshan won several Emmy Awards for portraying Captain Kangaroo.

Keeshan reprised his role as Captain Kangaroo in various TV series throughout his long and illustrious career. 'The Andy Williams Show', 'Mister Rogers' Neighborhood', 'Day By Day', and 'Muppets Tonight' were among them.

From 1985-1989, he hosted 'CBS Storybreak'. From 1986-1988, he hosted 'Know Your Body'. His final acting roles were in the films 'The Stupids' and 'The Jeff Foxworthy Show'. He also acted in the TV series 'Hercules'.

What awards did Bob Keeshan win?

Bob Keeshan has received several awards for his services in children's educational entertainment. He has also been an active advocatechildren'sren's safety and rights.

Bob Keeshan received the Iris Man Of The Year Award in 1965. In 1982, he was awarded the National Education Award. In 1991, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the American Medical Association.

Keeshan earned an honorary doctorate from Alfred University in 1969. He also received doctorates from Dartmouth College in 1975 and Fordham University in 1975. Bob Keeshan received eight honorary degrees throughout his lifetime and was also made an Honorary Fellow by the American Academy Of Pediatrics.

For Captain Kangaroo, Bob Keeshan received four Daytime Emmy Awards. He was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award. Bob Keeshan was selected as TV Father Of The Year in 1980. He was honored in the Clown Hall of Fame in 1990.

Other Interesting Bob Keeshan Facts And Trivia

  • Keeshan endeared himself to generations of young viewers by providing knowledge disguised as fun. The 'Captain Kangaroo' TV series aired on CBS weekly until 1984. The show was nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards.
  • Keeshan resided in Babylon Village, Long Island, for 14 years. He later relocated to Norwich, Vermont. This is where he worked as a children's advocate and author.
  • Fairview Press released his autobiography, titled 'Good Morning, Captain'.
  • Bob Keeshan was an outspoken opponent of toys like the Transformers that did not add value to educational TV programs. In the '80s he also joined several parents' groups that advocated against children's TV series and programs centered on such toys.
  • Keeshan died of natural causes on January 23, 2004, in Windsor, Vermont, at the age of 76.
  • Following the conclusion of 'Captain Kangaroo', Keeshan presented CBS' 'Storybreak' in 1985. The show included animated versions of children's literature. Keeshan appears in the framing sequences, presenting the book versions and recommending related works to viewers.
  • The TV series 'Captain Kangaroo' was a huge hit. Bob Keeshan remained the host for over three decades until 1984.
  • Mr. Green Jeans and puppets such as Bunny Rabbit and Mr. Moose were often seen on the show.
  • 'Captain Kangaroo' is the longest-running children's program on commercial television.
  • The original theme tune for 'Captain Kangaroo' was obtained from a British stock music production collection. It was used from 1955 until 1974.
  • Before it was known as Captain Kangaroo's theme song, it appeared in an episode of a radio program. It was called 'Murder Among The Statues'.
  • News anchors and celebrities cover the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on major networks. However, in the past, some of television's most colorful personalities were in charge. Captain Kangaroo and his buddies hosted coverage of the legendary parade on CBS for several years in the '60s.
  • Hugh Brannum portrayed Mr. Green Jeans. He was Captain Kangaroo's friendly farmer, handyman, and failed inventor. Brannum died at the age of 77 due to cancer.
  • Bob Keeshan died on January 23, 2004. He died in Windsor, Vermont, at the age of 76.
  • Keeshan was laid to rest at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Babylon, New York.
  • Bob Keeshan is survived by his three children- Michael Derek, Maeve Jeanne, and Laurie Margaret.
  • Britton Keeshan is Keeshan's grandson. He became the youngest person to conquer the Seven Summits at the time by ascending Mount Everest in May 2004. On that climb, he brought photos of his grandpa and buried a picture of the two of them at the peak.

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Bob Keeshan Birthday & Fun Facts Facts

Birth Name

Robert James Keeshan

Date of Birth

1927-06-27

Date of Death

2004-01-23

Nationality

American

Place of Birth

Lynbrook

Height

0 cm

Child Star?

No

Occupation

Actor, Writer, Producer

Partner

Anne Jeanne Laurie

Parents

Margaret Keeshan, Joseph Keeshan
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