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John Huston once said of STACY KEACH (Ret. Adm. Mark Turso, USN), "Stacy is not merely a star. He is a constellation. The audience will come to see whatever character he portrays.” Loved both by the public and critics, Keach is truly a star of stage, screen and television, having starred in the latter medium most famously in such varied classic series as the action-drama Mike Hammer, Private Eye and the comedy Titus. One of American theater's esteemed actors' actors, having excelled in many of the classic and contemporary stage's greatest roles, and has been called America's preeminent interpreter of Shakespeare. In 1964, Keach began his professional career with the New York Shakespeare Festival. He received the first of his three Obie Awards for his work in the off- Broadway political satire MacBird! His Broadway credits include Indians, for which he received a Tony Award nomination; Deathtrap; the Pulitzer Prizewinning Kentucky Cycle, for which he received a Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Lead Actor; and Solitary Confinement. This season, his critically acclaimed Broadway triumph in Jon Robin Baitz's Other Desert Cities continues his luminous Broadway record.

One of the most versatile stars of film, television and stage, Keach has appeared in numerous major motion pictures, including The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The New Centurions, "Doc,” Fat City, The Long Riders, Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, The Ninth Configuration, Escape From L.A., Honeydripper and American History X. He is celebrated worldwide for the hard-boiled detective and title character in his hit series Mike Hammer, Private Eye; the irascible, hilarious dad on FOX's sitcom Titus; the warden on Prison Break; and the boxing trainer on Lights Out. He won a Golden Globe Award and received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in the miniseries Hemingway.

Keach recently starred as the title character in King Lear at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago. He received the prestigious Helen Hayes Award in consecutive years for his reprise of Lear at the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., and for his lauded portrayal of Richard Nixon in the national touring production of Frost/Nixon.

Keach recently starred in such films as Rob Nilsson's Imbued (for which Keach also composed the music), Ring of Death, The Boxer, The Assistants and the German production Hindenburg and in the television miniseries Meteor.

Clive Barnes, who observed a number of superb portrayals of Hamlet during his days as drama critic for The New York Times, said that the best he ever saw "was Keach, whose neurotic passion and fierce poetry were quite wonderful.” Keach was, accordingly, described by one reviewer as "the finest American classical actor since John Barrymore.”


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