HOWARD KEEL ~ Born on April 13, 1919 in Gillespie, IL, Keel had an unhappy childhood. His father died at 11, and the family moved to CA. He had an untrained voice, but encouraged by people, he performed at various events, and won a music festival. He was 'discovered' by Oscar Hammerstein the II in 1946. Was understudy in "Carousel," and then in "Oklahoma!" as well. His first movie role was as Frank Butler, to Betty Hutton's, Annie Oakley in the film verison of "Annie Get Your Gun (1950).