Keene Curtis
Keene Curtis Star Trek
Keene Curtis shown here in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager, appeared twice on Three's Company.
Personal Information
Birth name: Keene Holbrook Curtis
Born: (1923-02-15)15 February 1923
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah
Died 13 October 2002(2002-10-13) (aged 79)
Deathplace: Bountiful, Utah
Career/Family Information
Years active: 1948 to 2002, his death
Character information
Appeared on: Three's Company guest appearances
Character played: Dr. Todson in "Chrissy's Hospitality" in Season 4
as Andrew Gainer in "Make Room for Daddy" in Season 5
Three's Company Script

Keene Curtis (15 February 1923 – 13 October 2002) appeared in two episodes of Three's Company, as Dr. Todson in "Chrissy's Hospitality" in Season four, then as Andrew Gainer, father of a girlfriend of Jack's, Cheryl Gainer, in "Make Room for Daddy" in Season five.

Film Career

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 Wax, Rabbit Test, The Buddy System, Legalese, I.Q., Heaven Can Wait, Sliver, The Wrong Damn Film, and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish.

Theatre Work

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 included The Cherry Orchard, A Patriot for Me, Via Galactica, Annie, and La Cage aux Folles. He received an Obie Award nomination for his role as Bradley in the A. R. Gurney play The Cocktail Hour.

Television Work

Curtis had a recurring role as the owner of Melville's Restaurant in Cheers and as a wealthy snob on Amanda's.. His many television credits include The Magician as quirky columnist Max Pomeroy opposite Bill Bixby, Gypsy and appearances on Dark Shadows, Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek Voyager, M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Quincy, M.E., Eight Is Enough, Three's Company, Lou Grant, Hart to Hart, Benson, Newhart, Knight Rider, CBS-TV's Murder, She Wrote, and Touched by an Angel, Fox's Ally McBeal and Party of Five, Brotherly Love, The NBC Saturday Morning animated series The Smurfs, where he did voice over work, Stargate SG-1, The Pretender, Wonder Woman, Night Court, Trapper John, M.D., Full House, ER, Caroline in the City, and many other TV shows.


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 Mermaid, The Dukes, The Scooby & Scrappy-Doo/Puppy Hour, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures, Trollkins, The Adventures of Don Coyote and Sancho Panda, The Mork & Mindy / Laverne & Shirley / Fonz Hour, Timeless Tales from Hallmark, The Greatest Adventure: Stories from the Bible, Denver, the Last Dinosaur, The Snorks, The Jetsons, Space Stars, Adventures from the Book of Virtues, The Herculoids, Fantastic Max, Paddington Bear, The Centurions, Kissyfur, Mother Goose and Grimm, The Hot Rod Dogs and Cool Car Cats and Bonkers.


Curtis 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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