Larry Keating

Lawrence Keating (June 13, 1899 – August 26, 1963) was an American actor best known for his roles as Harry Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, which he played from 1953 to 1958, and next-door neighbor Roger Addison on Mister Ed, which he played from 1961 until his death in 1963.

Larry Keating
Lawrence Keating

(1899-06-13)June 13, 1899
DiedAugust 26, 1963(1963-08-26) (aged 64)
Years active1945–1963
Spouse(s)Ruth Keating (19??–1963; his death)

Early years

Keating was born in St. Paul, Minnesota.[1]


In the late 1930s, Keating created Professor Puzzlewit, a quiz program on KMJ radio in Fresno, California. He also was the program's quizmaster.[2]

Keating was an announcer for NBC in the 1940s, an announcer for ABC radio's This Is Your FBI from 1945 to 1953, and a regular on the short-lived series The Hank McCune Show. Keating was the longest of several actors to play neighbor Harry Morton on The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show. Keating took over the role of Harry Morton from Fred Clark in 1953 and continued in this role on the short-lived sequel, The George Burns Show.[3]

During his first episode on The Burns and Allen Show, George Burns stopped the action just before Harry's entrance and explained that Clark had left the show. Then he introduced Larry Keating to Bea Benaderet who played Blanche Morton saying, "This is Larry Keating and he is going to be your husband now". The pair greeted and complimented each other on their previous work. George remarked that if they are going to be so nice to each other, no one will believe they are married.[3]

Keating played Roger Addison, the next door neighbor (of Wilbur Post, who was played by Alan Young) on the television series Mister Ed from 1961 until his death in 1963. Keating actually appeared in 3 of the first 4 episodes of season 4. His last appearance was in episode 4, season 4.[3]

Keating's film credits include The Mating Season (1951), When Worlds Collide (1951), Monkey Business (1952), and Inferno (1953).[3]


In February 1963 during the third season of Mr. Ed, Keating was diagnosed with leukemia. Despite his illness, Keating returned to the series when filming began for the fourth season that summer. He filmed three episodes for the 1963-1964 season and worked right up to the week before his death on August 26, 1963.[4] His final movie role was in The Incredible Mr. Limpet. He is entombed in Portland, Oregon's Mount Calvary Cemetery.

Complete filmography


  1. "Larry Keating Dies". Wellsville Daily Reporter. New York, Wellsville. Associated Press. August 27, 1963. p. 3. Retrieved June 26, 2016 via
  2. "Fifth Year On Air Is Begun By Prof. Puzzlewit". The Fresno Bee The Republican. California, Fresno. March 16, 1941. p. 20. Retrieved June 26, 2016 via
  3. Larry Keating on IMDb
  4. "Mr. Ed's Neighbor Dies In Hollywood". Biddeford-Saco Journal. Maine, Biddeford. September 7, 1963. p. 12. Retrieved June 26, 2016 via
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