×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Irwin Keyes, Horror Movie Character Actor, Dies at 63

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.

More TV

  • Marvelous Mrs Maisel Vice

    'Vice,' 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel' Lead Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Winners

    Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic “Vice,” starring Oscar nominees Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Sam Rockwell, won two awards at the sixth annual Make-Up and Hair Stylists Guild Awards Saturday night. The film won for best period and/or character makeup as well as special makeup effects. “Mary Queen of Scots” received the prize for period [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Good Morning America

    Jussie Smollett Angrily Denies Complicity in Attack

    Attorneys for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett issued a statement Saturday denying that he orchestrated his Jan. 29 assault, and saying he is “angered” and “devastated” by recent developments in the case. Chicago police want to interview Smollett, after learning new evidence from two Nigerian brothers who were released on Friday night. Local media outlets have [...]

  • Jussie Smollett Empire

    Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

    Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault. Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said [...]

  • Five Takes on Canal Plus, Federation’s

    Just Days Left to Catch Canal Plus’ ‘The Bureau’ on MyFFF

    The most lauded of titles on this year’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, UniFrance’s online showcase featured by over 50 OTT services around the world, may not be a film but a drama series. With four seasons aired, and a milestone in world sales on a French TV show, slow-boiling espionage series ‘Le Bureau des légendes’ (“The Bureau”) is [...]

  • Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith

    Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

    Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78. Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the [...]

  • TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA

    TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

    Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91. Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content