Larry Keating (Lawrence Keating)

Larry Keating

Larry Keating was born in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the late 1930s, Keating created Professor Puzzlewit, a quiz program on KMJ radio in Fresno, California. He also was the program’s quizmaster. Keating was an announcer for NBC in the 1940s, an announcer for ABC radio’s This Is Your FBI from 1945 to 1953, and a regular on the short-lived series The Hank McCune Show. Keating was the longest of several actors to play neighbor Harry Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Keating took over the role of Harry Morton from Fred Clark in 1953 and continued in this role on the short-lived sequel, The George Burns Show. During his first episode on The Burns and Allen Show, George Burns stopped the action just before Harry’s entrance and explained that Clark had left the show. Then he introduced Larry Keating to Bea Benaderet who played Blanche Morton saying, “This is Larry Keating and he is going to be your husband now”. The pair greeted and complimented each other on their previous work. George remarked that if they are going to be so nice to each other, no one will believe they are married. Larry Keating played Roger Addison, the next door neighbor (of Wilbur Post, who was played by Alan Young) on the television series Mister Ed from 1961 until his death in 1963. Keating actually appeared in 3 of the first 4-season 4 episodes. His last appearance was in episode 4, season 4. Keating’s film credits include The Mating Season (1951), When Worlds Collide (1951), Monkey Business (1952), and Inferno (1953). Larry Keating died of leukemia on August 26, 1963. His final movie role was in The Incredible Mr. Limpet. He is entombed in Portland, Oregon’s Mount Calvary Cemetery. He was survived by his wife, two sons, a stepson, a brother, and two grandchildren.

Born

  • June, 13, 1899
  • USA
  • St. Paul, Minnesota

Died

  • August, 26, 1963
  • USA
  • Los Angeles, California

Cause of Death

  • leukemia

Cemetery

  • Mount Calvary Cemetery
  • Portland, Oregon
  • USA

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