Born in Savannah, Georgia, Keach was just a baby when his family moved to California, where he grew up and followed in the footsteps of his father, actor Stacy Keach, Sr. The young Keach attended the Yale School of Drama, studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art as a Fulbright Scholar and launched a career that has encompassed roles on the stage, in films and on television. Keach most recently appeared as warden Henry Pope on “Prison Break.” He is perhaps best known to TV audiences for his portrayal of Mickey Spillane’s iconic gumshoe in the crime drama “Mike Hammer, Private Eye” and for his memorable turn as Christopher Titus’s curmudgeonly dad on the sitcom “Titus.” Keach garnered an Emmy® nomination and a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Ernest Hemingway in the mini-series “Hemingway.” His most memorable film roles include small-town politico James Daley in “That Championship Season,” boxer-on-the-ropes Billy Tully in “Fat City,” and notorious outlaw Frank James in “The Long Riders,” which he co-wrote with his brother James.
Keach’s most recent projects both involve American presidents: He appears in the upcoming Oliver Stone film “W” about George W. Bush and he begins a run as Richard Nixon in the national touring company of Peter Morgan’s play Frost/Nixon this fall.
Keach has served on the Artists Committee of the Kennedy Center Honors for the past two decades. He is also the honorary chair for the Cleft Palate Foundation and the national spokesman for the World Craniofacial Foundation. He makes his home in Southern California with his wife, Malgosia, whom he met while making the Mike Hammer series. They have a son, Shannon, and a daughter, Karolina.