Keenan Wynn

Biography: Actor Keenan Wynn was the son of legendary comedian Ed Wynn and actress Hilda Keenan, and grandson of stage luminary Frank Keenan. After attending St. John's Military Academy, Wynn obtained his few professional theatrical jobs with the Maine Stock Company. After overcoming the "Ed Wynn's Son" onus (his father arranged his first job, with the understanding that Keenan would be on his own after that), Wynn developed into a fine comic and dramatic actor on his own in several Broadway plays and on radio. He was signed to an MGM contract in 1942, scoring a personal and professional success as the sarcastic sergeant in 1944's See Here Private Hargrove (1944). Wynn's newfound popularity as a supporting actor aroused a bit of jealousy from his father, who underwent professional doldrums in the 1940s; father and son grew closer in the 1950s when Ed, launching a second career as a dramatic actor, often turned to his son for moral support and professional advice. Wynn's film careerActor Keenan Wynn was the son of legendary comedian Ed Wynn and actress Hilda Keenan, and grandson of stage luminary Frank Keenan. After attending St. John's Military Academy, Wynn obtained his few professional theatrical jobs with the Maine Stock Company. After overcoming the "Ed Wynn's Son" onus (his father arranged his first job, with the understanding that Keenan would be on his own after that), Wynn developed into a fine comic and dramatic actor on his own in several Broadway plays and on radio. He was signed to an MGM contract in 1942, scoring a personal and professional success as the sarcastic sergeant in 1944's See Here Private Hargrove (1944). Wynn's newfound popularity as a supporting actor aroused a bit of jealousy from his father, who underwent professional doldrums in the 1940s; father and son grew closer in the 1950s when Ed, launching a second career as a dramatic actor, often turned to his son for moral support and professional advice. Wynn's film career flourished into the 1960s and 1970s, during which time he frequently appeared in such Disney films as The Absent-Minded Professor (1960) and The Love Bug (1968) as apoplectic villain Alonso Hawk. Wynn also starred in such TV series as Troubleshooters and Dallas. Encroaching deafness and a drinking problem plagued Wynn in his final years, but he always delivered the goods onscreen. Wynn was the father of writer/director Tracy Keenan Wynn and writer/actor Edmund Keenan (Ned) Wynn. Expand

Keenan Wynn's Scores

  • Movies
  • TV
Average career score: 62
Highest Metascore: 97 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lowest Metascore: 27 Orca
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
19 movie reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
51 Naples '44 Nov 29, 2017 Himself tbd
80 Once Upon a Time in the West (re-release) Sep 30, 2005 Sheriff (Auctioneer) 8.3
77 Annie Get Your Gun (re-release) Apr 16, 2004 Charlie Davenport 7.0
53 Black Moon Rising Jan 10, 1986 Iron John tbd
70 Best Friends Dec 17, 1982 Tom Babson tbd
70 The Last Unicorn Nov 19, 1982 Captain Cully/Harpy 7.3
71 Piranha Aug 3, 1978 Jack 6.2
27 Orca Jul 22, 1977 Novak / Novak 8.1
60 The Shaggy D.A. Dec 17, 1976 John Slade tbd
28 The Devil's Rain Jul 1, 1975 Sheriff Owens tbd
49 Herbie Rides Again Jun 6, 1974 Alonzo Hawk / Alonzo Hawk tbd
51 The Mechanic Nov 17, 1972 Harry McKenna tbd
86 Point Blank Aug 31, 1967 Yost 6.8
71 The Great Race Jul 1, 1965 Hezekiah Sturdy 7.0
68 The Americanization of Emily Oct 27, 1964 Old Sailor tbd
57 The Patsy Jun 11, 1964 Harry Silver tbd
97 Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb Jan 29, 1964 Colonel 'Bat' Guano 8.4
75 The Absent Minded Professor Mar 16, 1961 Alonzo P. Hawk 6.2
43 Without Love May 1, 1945 Quentin Ladd tbd