Mary Ellen Kay

Mary Ellen Kay (born August 29, 1929)[1] is a retired American television and film actress.[2]

Mary Ellen Kay
BornAugust 29, 1929 (1929-08-29) (age 90)
Other namesMary Ellen Keaggy
Years active1950–1966 (film)


Born in Boardman, Ohio,[1] she is the sister of virtuoso guitarist Phil Keaggy. Her brother credits her for introducing him to the Christian faith.[3] Before she became an actress, Kay was a singer, beginning at age 6. Later, she toured with Gene Ryan's orchestra, and when she was 17 she was a headliner in supper clubs. Her initial acting experience came in Little Theatre productions in the Hollywood area.[4]

Kay co-starred with Rex Allen in 19 western films.[1]

Selected filmography


  1. Fitzgerald, Michael G.; Magers, Boyd (2006). Ladies of the Western: Interviews with Fifty-One More Actresses from the Silent Era to the Television Westerns of the 1950s and 1960s. McFarland. pp. 112–120. ISBN 9781476607962. Retrieved 23 October 2018.
  2. Drew p.109
  3. Phil Keaggy (27 March 2015). Worship in Song and Guitar Artistry (concert). Wheaton College: Wheaton College. Retrieved 5 September 2019.
  4. Adams, Marjory (June 15, 1954). "Mary Ellen Kay in Show Business at Age 6; Now Young Film Veteran". The Boston Globe. Massachusetts, Boston. p. 38. Retrieved October 22, 2018 via


  • Bernard A. Drew. Motion Picture Series and Sequels: A Reference Guide. Routledge, 2013.

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