DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Bob Keeshan (aged 76)
– American actor (Captain Kangaroo, Howdy Doody)
Robert James Keeshan (June 27, 1927 – January 23, 2004) was an American television producer and actor. He created and played the title role in the children’s television program Captain Kangaroo, which ran from 1955 to 1984, the longest-running nationally broadcast children’s television program of its day.
Keeshan also played the original Clarabell the Clownon the Howdy Doody television program.
DEATH: Keeshan died in Windsor, Vermont, on January 23, 2004, at age 76. Keeshan was buried in Saint Joseph’s Cemetery in Babylon, New York.