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Keith Prentice

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Birth dateFebruary 21, 1940
Place of birthDayton, Ohio
Date of deathSeptember 27, 1992(age 52)
Death placeKettering, Ohio
OccupationStage, film, television actor

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Keith Prentice (February 21, 1940 - September 27, 1992) was a Dayton, Ohio-born American TV, film and stage actor, whose most famous role was the part of Larry in both the original stage and film versions of The Boys in the Band. Prentice also appeared on the classic TV soap Dark Shadows during the series final months in 1971. Until just several years ago, his picture was displayed on the Tasters Choice coffee label.

Prentice studied in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage musical credits include Sail Away, The Sound of Music, Paint Your Wagon, and The King and I. In 1968, he appeared off-Broadway in the non-musical The Boys in the Band, a once controversial play featuring gay characters at a dramatic birthday party - the Summer before the Stonewall gay civil rights riots. He also appeared in the movie version of the play. In 1971 Keith joined the cast of Dark Shadows assaying the role of Morgan Collins in the show's 1841PT plot line. Prentice also had a small role in the 1980 film Cruising which, like Boys in the Band, was directed by William Friedkin.

Prentice, who was gay, was a friend and frequent house guest of Louis Edmonds and his lover Bryce. Louis Edmonds and he had worked together on Dark Shadows.

In 1982 Keith Prentice co-founded Kettering Theatre Under The Stars, and directed summer shows there until the year of his death. He died of cancer on September 27, 1992 in Kettering, Ohio.

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