Song of the Day: Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

Actor Keenan Wynn, who appeared in hundreds of TV and film roles over the years, was born on this day in 1916. He was the son of vaudeville comedian Ed Wynn, who encourage Keenan to become an actor. Born Francis Xavier Aloysius James Jeremiah Keenan Wynn, he took his stage name from his maternal grandfather, Frank Keenan. While he was rarely the star, he often merited prominent billing. "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" is from the 1953 MGM movie Kiss Me Kate, which starred Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. He’s the guy with the mustache…

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Keenan Wynn and James Whitmore, “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”

  1. “Hell Mr. Winter Warlock.” “Winter, please.” Keenan is one of my favourite actors who always made a film or tv show a bit better. This is a great song and difficult to learn. I love this musical.

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    1. My stepfather, God rest his soul, loved Damon Runyon, on whose stories Guys & Dolls is based. Funny, I don’t think of Wynn or James Whitmore as song and dance men, which makes this that much more enjoyable.

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