Bob Keeshan

(Robert James Keeshan)
TV actor, producer
Born: 6/27/1927
Birthplace: Lynbrook, Long Island, New York

Prominent figure in the development of programming for children, Keeshan began his career by creating the character of Clarabell the Clown for the Howdy Doody Show (1947–52). He developed the format for and wrote the scripts for the Captain Kangaroo show (1955–85), winning over generations of children and their parents through innovative approaches to interesting topics.

Died: Jan. 23, 2004
See also:
Educate, entertain, and engage with Factmonster.
From the solar system to the world economy to educational games, Fact Monster has the info kids are seeking. Our site is COPPA and kidSAFE-certified, so you can rest assured it's a safe place for kids to grow and explore.

2000-2022 Sandbox Networks, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program is certified by the kidSAFE Seal Program. To learn more, click on the seal or go to

Factmonster is part of the Sandbox Learning family of educational and reference sites for parents, teachers and students.

familyeducation logoinfoplease logoTeacherVision logo


For more information on our use of cookies and usage policies, please visit our PRIVACY POLICY.