|Intro||American army major and actor|
|A.K.A.||Major Philip Kieffer, Phil Keefer, Phillip Keiffer, Phillippe Kieffer|
|Was||Actor Military personnel|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Film, Television, Stage and Radio Military|
|Birth||31 July 1886, Philadelphia, United States of America|
|Death||13 July 1962, Los Angeles, United States of America (aged 76 years)|
Philip Kieffer (1886 - 1962) was an American army major and actor, active during 1930s through mid-1950s.
Philip Kieffer was born on July 31, 1886 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as Phillip James Kieffer, to Lorenzo M. Kieffer, who was a captain in the Union Army during the American Civil War. His brother George, was a doctor, and his two other brothers, Charles and Victor, were a U.S. army Major and a Lieutenant, respectively.
Kieffer attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and graduated in 1911. He was a cadet at West Point from 2 August 1907 to 13 June 1911. After was graduated from West Point in 1911, he was promoted in the Army to Second Lieutenant, 4th cavalry.
He served at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, on Mexican border with regiment, from September 1911, to January 1913; in Hawaii, with regiment from January 1913 to February 1916; with 13th cavalry in Punitive Expedition into Mexico, from March 1916. to February 1917.
Promotions within the army
- First Lieutenant of Cavalry, 1 July 1916
- Captain of Cavalry, 15 May 1917
- Major of Cavalry, National Army, on 7 June 1918
Kieffer resigned from the army in February 1920.
After retiring from the army, Kieffer made an entry into Hollywood, as an actor and technical consultant.
Over the years, through mid-1950s, Kieffer appeared in numerous Western and war movies, working alongside notable names including John Wayne, John Ford, Mary Brian, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Robert Livingston, Henry Fonda, Jeff Chandler, Lester Orlebeck, Earl Felton, and Frank Nugent.
The role of an army person, which he played frequently, became his trademark in the industry.
In addition, using his army experience, he served as technical advisor and military consultant for a few war-related movies:
- Duel in the Sun (1946)
- Fort Apache (1948)
- She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
- Rio Grande (1950)
- The Half-Breed (1952)
- Hondo (1953)
Kieffer was last seen in the George Marshall-derected western, Pillars of the Sky, in which he portrayed "Major Randall."
Kieffer was married twice, first to Ruth A Downham Kieffer (1891–1965), and later to Beatrice Brett Kieffer (1891–1989.) He had two children; daughter, Kathleen Kieffer Ludlam (1913–2007) and son William Brett Kieffer (1914–1997, ) who was a Lieutenant General in the US army.
Kieffer died on July 13, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, and was buried at Cabrillo Memorial Dr, San Diego, California.
|Article Title:||Philip Kieffer: American army major and actor - Biography and Life|
|Author(s):||PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff|
|Publish Date:||23 Nov 2016|
|Last Update Date:||09 Dec 2019|
|Date Accessed:||07 Jul 2020|