Keefe Braselle

Keefe Braselle was born in 1923.   He made a name for himself in playing the title character in “The Eddie Cantor Story”.  His other film performances include “A Place in the Sun” and “The Streets of Sin”.   He died in 1981.   Some comments about Keefe Braselle and his working relationship with Jack Benny can be found here.

“New York Times” obituary:

Keefe Brasselle, a film actor known for his leading role in ”The Eddie Cantor Story,” died last Tuesday in Rancho Los Amigos Hospital in Downey, near Los Angeles. He was 58 years old and had been hospitalized several times during the last few years for a liver ailment.   During the early 50’s, Mr. Brasselle was considered a promising talent, appearing in ”A Place in the Sun,” ”Bannerline,” ”Skirts Ahoy,” ”Three Young Texans” and ”Battle Stations.”   He gained prominence in 1953 in his first leading role, as Cantor, the song-and-dance man. An effort by Mr. Brasselle to become a television producer was short-lived. Three series he produced and sold to CBS-TV in 1964 – ”The Reporters,” ”Baileys of Balboa” and ”The Cara Williams Show” – were canceled in their first season.   In 1968, he published ”The Cannibals,” a thinly disguised expose of controlling figures in the entertainment industry and behind-thescenes intrigue

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