Artist Bio

Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

(Bio as of September 2006)

Stacy Keach most recently appeared at the Goodman in King Lear during the 2006/2007 Season. Other Goodman credits include Finishing the Picture. He began his professional acting career with New York Shakespeare Festival in 1964 in a production of Hamlet directed by the late Joseph Papp. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he attended the Yale School of Drama and was a Fulbright Scholar to England’s London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. He has devoted much of his theatrical career to the classics, playing the title roles in Richard III and Macbeth for Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., Coriolanus, Cyrano de Bergerac, Peer Gynt, Falstaff in both parts of Henry IV, Edmund in King Lear and the title role in three different productions of Hamlet. He rose to prominence in 1966 with the off-Broadway political satire MacBird, which won him the first of three Obie Awards. He made his Broadway debut in Arthur Kopit’s Indians in 1969, winning a Tony nomination for best actor. His other Broadway credits include Deathtrap, Solitary Confinement and The Kentucky Cycle, for which he won a Helen Hayes Award. In 2000, he was given the prestigious Millennium Recognition Award from Shakespeare Theatre Company for his contribution to classical theater. Once a member of Britain’s National Theatre, he performed the title role in Hughie, and more recently starred in Art in the West End. In 2004, he starred in the West Coast premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’ Ten Unknowns at Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and won critical acclaim for his portrayal of Scrooge in Boston’s Majestic Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol. Known to television audiences for his portrayal of hard-boiled detective Mike Hammer, the dysfunctional dad in the sitcom Titus, and most recently as the Warden in Fox’s Prison Break, he won a Golden Globe and a Best Actor Emmy nomination for his performance in the title role of the miniseries Hemingway. His many film credits include The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, The Traveling Executioner, The New Centurions, Doc, Fat City, The Long Riders, The Ninth Configuration, Up in Smoke, Nice Dreams, That Championship Season, Judge Roy Bean, Roadgames, Escape from L.A. and American History X. An accomplished pianist and composer, Mr. Keach resides in southern California with his wife Malgosia and their two children, son Shannon and daughter Karolina.

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