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Name: Robert James Keeshan                                                           
Born: 27 June 1927 Lynbrook, New York, U.S.                                         
Died: 23 January 2004 Windsor, Vermont U.S.                                         
Robert James Keeshan (June 27, 1927 – January 23, 2004) was an American           
television producer and actor. He is most famous as the title character of the       
children's television program Captain Kangaroo, which became an icon for             
millions of baby boomers during its 30-year run from 1955-1984.                     
Keeshan also played the original "Clarabell the Clown" on the Howdy Doody           
television program.                                                                 
Keeshan was born in Lynbrook, New York, and attended Fordham University after       
serving in the United States Marine Corps reserve during World War II. A             
persistent rumor is that actor Lee Marvin appeared on "The Tonight Show" and         
said he had served in the Marine Corps fighting alongside Keeshan at the Battle     
of Iwo Jima. Marvin never told the story, never served on Iwo Jima (having been     
invalided out after the battle of Saipan months earlier), and Keeshan never saw     
combat or overseas duty, having enlisted just before the end of the war.             
After World War II, network television programs for children were new. On Howdy     
Doody, an early show which premiered in 1947 on NBC. Debuting on January 3, 1948,   
Keeshan played "Clarabell the Clown", a silent Auguste clown who mainly             
communicated by honking horns attached to a belt around his waist (one of the       
horns meant "yes"; the other horn meant "no"). Clarabell often spritzed Buffalo     
Bob Smith with a seltzer bottle and played practical jokes. He gave up the role     
in 1952, and was replaced by another actor.                                         
In August of 1953, Bob Keeshan was back on the air on WABC-TV (New York City),       
doing a new children’s show, Time for Fun, playing the role of Corny the Clown,   
a clown who spoke. Later that same year, in addition to Time for Fun, Bob           
began Tinker's Workshop, a program aimed at preschoolers, where Bob played the       
grandfatherly Tinker.                                                               
Developing the ideas from Tinker's Workshop, Keeshan and long-time friend Jack       
Miller submitted the concept of Captain Kangaroo to the CBS network, which was       
searching for innovative new approaches to children's television programming.       
CBS approved the new show, and Keeshan starred as the title character of Captain     
Kangaroo when it premiered on CBS on October 3, 1955. Keeshan described his         
character as based on "the warm relationship between grandparents and children."     
The show was a great success, and he served as host for almost three decades; it     
ran until 1984.                                                                     
Frequently recurring characters included Mr. Green Jeans (played by Hugh "Lumpy"     
Brannum), and puppets such as "Bunny Rabbit" and "Mr. Moose."                       
The New York Times commented: "Captain Kangaroo, a round-faced, pleasant,           
mustachioed man possessed of an unshakable calm ... was one of the most enduring     
characters television ever produced."                                               
He also had a Saturday morning show called Mister Mayor during the 1964-65