Bob Keeshan

Biography: Television producer, host; born Robert James Keeshan in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York on June 27, 1927. As a young man he served in the reserves of the United States Marine Corps. Starting as a page at the National Broadcasting Company, Robert Keeshan later began his on-air career as the original "Clarabell the Clown" for the NBC "Howdy Doody Show". Mister Keeshan was then the first host/performer of WJZ/WABC TV Ch. 7 NYC's "Time For Fun" / "The Johnny Jellybean Show". Keeshan emceed the show as "Corny The Clown" weekdays at noon from Monday, September 21, 1953 to Friday, July 29, 1955. He co-created, co-produced and hosted "Tinker's Workshop" with Jack Miller on WJZ/WABC TV Ch. 7 in New York City weekday mornings from Monday, November 15, 1954 to Friday, September 9, 1955. The show continued without Robert until Friday August 22, 1958. The later hosts of the show were Henry Burbig, Gene London & Dom DeLuise.

When asked to put together a children show he leaped at the
Television producer, host; born Robert James Keeshan in Lynbrook, Long Island, New York on June 27, 1927. As a young man he served in the reserves of the United States Marine Corps. Starting as a page at the National Broadcasting Company, Robert Keeshan later began his on-air career as the original "Clarabell the Clown" for the NBC "Howdy Doody Show". Mister Keeshan was then the first host/performer of WJZ/WABC TV Ch. 7 NYC's "Time For Fun" / "The Johnny Jellybean Show". Keeshan emceed the show as "Corny The Clown" weekdays at noon from Monday, September 21, 1953 to Friday, July 29, 1955. He co-created, co-produced and hosted "Tinker's Workshop" with Jack Miller on WJZ/WABC TV Ch. 7 in New York City weekday mornings from Monday, November 15, 1954 to Friday, September 9, 1955. The show continued without Robert until Friday August 22, 1958. The later hosts of the show were Henry Burbig, Gene London & Dom DeLuise.

When asked to put together a children show he leaped at the chance. On October third 1955, "Captain Kangaroo" began its near thirty-year run on CBS television, till it moved to public television in the eighties. There was a lot of fun in the "Treasure House", with Bunny Rabbit swindling carrots before lunch from The Captain or Mister Moose finding yet another way to get the Captain to stand still long enough to drop dozens of ping-pong balls down on the ever-unsuspecting Captain's head. Dennis (Cosmo "Gus" Allegretti) asking so many questions that Mister Bainter would almost always lose his cool. All the while during this, Captain Kangaroo taught us values and gave those with busy or absent fathers a gentle and caring male role model to learn good behavior and manners from. A love of reading was encouraged and the animals that Mister Green Jeans (Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum) showed allowed children who had never seen a particular animal to experience it though his fascination with it. During its run in 1964 Bob Keeshan also took on a Saturday morning persona as "Mister Mayor" for a year, but remained the Captain until the end of its run on PBS in 1993. Over the years, He and his show won six Emmys and three Peabody Awards, he was also elected to the Clown Hall of Fame.

In 1989 he published Growing Up Happy and then in October of 1996 he published "Good Morning Captain: 50 Wonderful Years with Bob Keeshan, TV's Captain Kangaroo. Mister Keeshan is also the author of the "Itty Bitty Kitty" children's book series. Widowed in the nineties, he died in Vermont in 2004. He was 77.
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tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 26 Aug 21, 1981 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 21 Aug 27, 1976 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 20 Nov 14, 1975 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 13 Jul 27, 1968 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 4 Sep 1, 1958 Captain Kangaroo tbd
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tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 1 Oct 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 6 Oct 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo tbd
tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 8 Oct 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo tbd
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tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 5 Oct 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo tbd
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tbd Captain Kangaroo: Season 9 Oct 3, 1955 Captain Kangaroo tbd