Irwin Keyes, Horror Movie Character Actor, Dies at 63

Irwin Keyes Dead
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Irwin Keyes, an actor with credits ranging from “The Jeffersons” to “The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” died July 8. He was 63 and suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder.

Keyes appeared in a number of horror films, including “House of 1000 Corpses” and, most recently, “Dahmer vs. Gacy” in 2009.

On July 8 Keyes’ niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page:

“It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much.”

Keyes was born in New York City and made his bigscreen debut as a policeman in 1979 cult classic “The Warriors.” He appeared in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories,” “The Exterminator” and its sequel, “The Flintstones” feature and its sequel and in the feature adaptation of “Get Smart.” He was assassin Wheezy Joe in the Coen brothers movie “Intolerable Cruelty” and most recently appeared in the 2013 digital series “Dead Kansas.”

In addition to “The Jeffersons,” on which he played George Jefferson’s bodyguard, the actor’s TV credits included “Police Squad,” “Married … With Children,” “Growing Pains” and a 2007 episode of “CSI.”

He is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008.

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  1. goof says:

    was in a movie i wrote… a terrible one but he was awesome and super nice… was also in the original friday the 13th and a personal favorite “private eyes” with don knotts and tim conway… he was very funny… hope it was a happy life

  2. David Fullam says:

    A shame. May he now rest in peace.

  3. He was also married to Vicki Rosenthal from 1996 to 2003.

  4. Rest in Peace. I really enjoyed your work. May god watch over your family at this time . Peace.

  5. savvybear1981 says:

    Reblogged this on Fresh Out the Woo.

  6. Carolne says:

    God Bless…………and thank you!

  7. Robert says:

    Irwin Keyes was a kind and gentle soul. May he continue to provide endless hours of entertainment in the land of eternal bliss. Goodbye old friend.

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