He made his American film debut in 1950, as sharpshooter Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun". Next came "Show Boat," and, in 1954, his best-known film and personal favorite, "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers".
His other notable films included "The War Wagon", "Calamity Jane", "Kiss Me Kate", "Jupiter's Darling", and "Kismet."
"Only Make Believe" is the frank memoir of a huge film star and a stand-up guy. Keel dishes on his experiences in Hollywood, his many leading ladies - including Esther Williams, Kathryn Grayson, Ava Gardner, and Doris Day - and his rocky personal life, which included three marriages, several romances with Hollywood's leading ladies, and a lengthy affair with Marilyn Monroe.
His third marriage, to a young flight attendant named Judy Magamoll, lasted from 1970 until his death in November 2004.