Brian Keith of 'Family Affair' Had a Tough Year before His Tragic Death

Hollywood icon Brian Keith entertained the world for over 35 years before dying of suicide following a series of tragic events unfolding in his life.

Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, as Robert Brian Keith Jr., the son of character actor Robert Keith, he made his debut in movies at the young age of three in 1924’s “Pied Piper Malone.”

Brian Keith in "Dino" in 1957 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Brian Keith in "Dino" in 1957 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Brian Keith's career

However, his adult career in films and television shows actually began in 1953, and he continued to act till the early ’90s. One of his most famous roles came in 1966, in the show “Family Affair.”

He also acted in radio programs as well as on stage and served in the Marines for a brief period during the Second World War.

Sebastian Cabot, Nancy Walker, and Brian Keith in a 1970 promotional photograph for "Family Affair" | Source: WIkimedia Commons

Sebastian Cabot, Nancy Walker, and Brian Keith in a 1970 promotional photograph for "Family Affair" | Source: WIkimedia Commons

His life took a tragic turn

After returning from the war, he resumed doing what he loved best: acting. He returned to the Broadway stage and started getting popular roles in movies. After spending over 35 years in the business of entertainment, his life took a tragic turn during his final days.

In the year 1997, Keith was diagnosed with lung cancer and emphysema. He had quit his smoking habit 10 years earlier, but it seemed the damage was done.

Brian Keith in "The Crusader" in 1955 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Brian Keith in "The Crusader" in 1955 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

After the diagnosis came excruciating chemotherapy sessions, which troubled Keith both emotionally as well as physically.

In April that same year, Keith also had to live with the pain of his daughter’s suicide. His daughter, Daisy, killed herself in her Hollywood Hills home.

Brian Keith in the trailer of "5 Against the House" in 1955 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Brian Keith in the trailer of "5 Against the House" in 1955 | Source: Wikimedia Commons

It was too much for him to bear

The death of his daughter turned out to be too overwhelming for Keith. Only two months after Daisy’s suicide, on June 24, Keith took his own life at his Malibu home. He was 75 years of age at the time.

It was reported that the late actor shot himself on the head to end his suffering caused by failing health, increasing financial issues, and the grief of losing his daughter.

Brian Keith's Grave Marker. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Brian Keith's Grave Marker. | Source: Wikimedia Commons

Unfortunately, the untimely death of celebrities due to suicide is not that uncommon. Only last year, another popular television figure, meteorologist Jessica Starr, took her own life at the age of 35. 

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