Irwin Keyes, a character actor who starred in a number of horror films including House of 1000 Corpses, has passed away at age 63.
Irwin died on Wednesday in Playa del Rey, California, after suffering complications from acromegaly, a rare pituitary gland disorder.
On July 8 Keyes’ niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page:
“It’s with deep sympathy that I’m writing this post. Early this morning my family was informed that our beloved uncle, brother, teammate and friend, Irwin Keyes, has had his last curtain call. He is now an angel for us all and will be watching down. Our family wishes to thank all of you who have been a part of his life. He will be missed very much.”
Rob Zombie paid tribute to the actor on his social media page:
Keyes was born in New York City and made his big screen debut as a policeman in 1979 cult classic The Warriors.
He appeared in The Exterminator and its sequel, The Flintstones feature and its sequel, the feature adaptation of Get Smart and the Coen brothers movie Intolerable Cruelty. His most recent was appearing in 2013 Web series Dead Kansas.
His television credits include The Jeffersons, Police Squad, Married… With Children, Growing Pains, and a 2007 episode of CSI.
He is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008.
Here’s a NSFW clip from House of 1000 Corpses with Keyes (offensive langugage):
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