Keith Larsen

Active - 1951 - 1979  |   Born - Jun 17, 1925   |   Genres - Adventure, Action, Crime, Drama, Western

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Biography by Hal Erickson

Usually grouped together in the 1960s with Hollywood's "Beach Boy" set, Keith Larsen was actually more the tennis-playing type. In fact, he was a tennis pro at the time he was tapped by a talent scout to play a small role in 1951's Operation Pacific. While Larsen's film career was negligible, he prospered on television as star of the weekly series The Hunter (1954), Brave Eagle (1955), Northwest Passage (1958) and The Aquanauts (1960). Because none of his TV projects survived their first seasons, Larsen referred to himself as a "professional failure," though in fact he worked longer and with more frequency than most of his beefcake contemporaries. In 1968, Larsen turned producer/director/screenwriter with the pinchpenny war melodrama Mission Batangas. From 1960 through 1973, Keith Larsen was the husband of actress Vera Miles.

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