Tom Keene (actor)

Tom Keene (born George Duryea; December 30, 1896 August 4, 1963) was an American actor known mostly for his roles in B Westerns.

Tom Keene
Publicity photograph of Tom Keene for Our Daily Bread (1934)
George Duryea

(1896-12-30)December 30, 1896
DiedAugust 4, 1963(1963-08-04) (aged 66)
Resting placeForest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Other namesDick Powers
Richard Powers
Tom Keen
Years active19231959
Grace Stafford
(m. 1919; div. 1940)

Early life and career

Born George Duryea (no relation to fellow actor Dan Duryea) in Rochester, New York, Keene studied at Columbia University and Carnegie Tech before embarking on an acting career. He made his film debut in the 1923 short film The Just a Little Late Club. Keene followed with roles in The Godless Girl (1929) directed by Cecil B. DeMille; Tide of Empire (1929) with Renée Adorée; Thunder with Lon Chaney, Sr.; Tol'able David (1930) and Sundown Trail (1931). In 1934 King Vidor cast him in the socially conscious Depression oriented classic Our Daily Bread with Karen Morley.

During the 1940s, Keene appeared in the film serial The Great Alaskan Mystery and two Dick Tracy films Dick Tracy's Dilemma and Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome (1947). In the 1950s, he moved on to television with guest roles on The Range Rider; Buffalo Bill, Jr.; Fury; Judge Roy Bean and The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Keene's last film role was in Ed Wood's cult film Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). He retired soon after this and focused on real estate and the insurance business.


Keene died of cancer on August 4, 1963, aged 66. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.


Later in his career, Keene was often credited as Richard Powers, and once as Dick Powers.

Year Title Role Notes
1928 The Godless Girl Bob Hathaway Credited as George Duryea
Marked Money Clyde
1929 Tide of Empire Dermod D'Arcy
Honky Tonk Freddie Gilmore
Thunder Jim
In Old California Lt. Tony Hopkins
1930 Beau Bandit W.S. "Bill" Howard
The Dude Wrangler Wally McCann
Night Work Harvey Vanderman
Pardon My Gun Ted Duncan
Tol'able David Alan Kinemon
1931 Sundown Trail Buck Sawyer
Freighters of Destiny Steve Macey
Suicide Fleet Lt. James Keene Uncredited
1932 Partners Dick Barstow
The Saddle Buster Montana ("Monty")
Ghost Valley Jerry Long
Beyond the Rockies Blackjack
Come on Danger! Larry Madden, Texas Ranger
Renegades of the West Tom Bagby
1933 The Cheyenne Kid Tom Larkin
Scarlet River Tom Baxter
Son of the Border Tom Owens
Sunset Pass Jack Rock / Jim Collins
Cross Fire Tom 'Jack' Allen
1934 Our Daily Bread John Sims Alternative title: Hell's Crossroads
1935 Hong Kong Nights Himself
1936 Timothy's Quest David Masters
Drift Fence Jim Travis
Desert Gold Randolph Gale
The Glory Trail Captain John Carroll
1937 Battle of Greed John Storm
Old Louisiana John Colfax
Under Strange Flags Tom Kenyon
The Law Commands Dr. Keith Kenton
Drums of Destiny Capt. Jerry Crawford
Raw Timber Tom Corbin
God's Country and the Man Jim Reid
Where Trails Divide Tom Allen
Romance of the Rockies Dr. Tom Foster
1938 The Painted Trail Tom Gray posing as the Pecos Kid
1941 Wanderers of the West Tom Mallory posing as The Arizona Kid
Dynamite Canyon Marshal Tom Evans Posing as Ed 'Trigger' Jones
The Driftin' Kid Tom Sterling
Riding the Sunset Trail
Lone Star Law Men
1942 Western Mail Tom Allen
Arizona Roundup Tom Kenyon
Where Trails End
1944 Up in Arms Ashley's Aide
The Navy Way Steve Appleby
The Great Alaskan Mystery Burger Serial, [Ch. 11]
Jungle Woman Joe - Fingerprint Man
Goodnight, Sweetheart Reporter Uncredited
The Port of 40 Thieves Scott Barton
San Diego, I Love You Reporter Uncredited
Lights of Old Santa Fe Frank Madden
Sergeant Mike Reed
1945 Dangerous Intruder Curtis
Girls of the Big House Barton Sturgis
1946 San Quentin Hal Schaeffer, Robbery Detail
1947 Dick Tracy's Dilemma Fred
Seven Keys to Baldpate Steve Bland
Thunder Mountain Johnny Blue
Crossfire Detective
Under the Tonto Rim John Dennison
Dick Tracy Meets Gruesome Dr. Frankey Uncredited
Wild Horse Mesa Hod Slack
1948 The Judge Steps Out Mrs. Winthrop's Attorney Uncredited
Western Heritage Spade Thorne
Berlin Express Major
Race Street Al
Return of the Bad Men Jim Younger
Blood on the Moon Ted Elser
Indian Agent Monty Hutchins
1949 Brothers in the Saddle Nash Prescott
1950 Storm over Wyoming Tug Caldwell
Desperadoes of the West Ward Gordon Serial
The Milkman Duzik Uncredited
Trail of Robin Hood Himself
1951 Texans Never Cry Tracy Wyatt
The Fat Man Mac Uncredited
Home Town Story Abbott, Bob's campaign manager Uncredited
The Stu Erwin Show Arthur Hale Episode: "The Big Game"
The Range Rider Lang Episode: "The Grand Fleece"
1952 Red Planet Mars Major General George Burdette Uncredited
Sky King Sheriff 2 episodes
Credited as Richard Powers
1953 The Moonlighter Sheriff
The Abbott and Costello Show Joe 2 episodes
Credited as Richard Powers
General Electric Theater Slocum Episode: "Woman's World"
Credited as Richard Powers
1954 Outlaw's Daughter Bank Manager Uncredited
Hopalong Cassidy Bill Bricker Episode: "Steel Trails West"
Credited as Richard Powers
1955 Dig That Uranium Frank Loomis Credited as Richard Powers
The Millionaire Attorney Marlowe Episode: "The Uncle Robby Story"
1956 Wetbacks Highway Patrol Inspector
Tension at Table Rock Man Killed by Sam Uncredited, Credited as Richard Powers
1958 Once Upon a Horse... Himself
Casey Jones John Patrick Episode: "The Silk Train"
Credited as Richard Powers
Tales of the Texas Rangers Morgan Thorpe Episode: "Traitor's Gold"
Credited as Richard Powers
1959 Death Valley Days Charlie Duff Episode: "Stagecoach Spy"
Credited as Richard Powers
Plan 9 from Outer Space Col. Tom Edwards

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