Character actor dies: Irwin Keyes Dies

Published: July 9, 2015

Character actor dies: Irwin Keyes Dies, Irwin Keyes, an actor with credits ranging from “The Jeffersons” to “The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas,” died July 8. He was 63 and suffered from acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder.

Keyes appeared in a number of horror films, including “House of 1000 Corpses” and, most recently, “Dahmer vs. Gacy” in 2009.

On July 8 Keyes’ niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page:

“It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much.”

Keyes was born in New York City and made his bigscreen debut as a policeman in 1979 cult classic “The Warriors.” He appeared in Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories,” “The Exterminator” and its sequel, “The Flintstones” feature and its sequel and in the feature adaptation of “Get Smart.” He was assassin Wheezy Joe in the Coen brothers movie “Intolerable Cruelty” and most recently appeared in the 2013 digital series “Dead Kansas.”

In addition to “The Jeffersons,” on which he played George Jefferson’s bodyguard, the actor’s TV credits included “Police Squad,” “Married… With Children,” “Growing Pains” and a 2007 episode of “CSI.”

He is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008.

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