We’ve lost far too many genre icons this year, with Tom Towles, Geoffrey Lewis, Betsy Palmer, and Christopher Lee all passing away these last few months. And today brings some more sad news on that front, as it’s being reported that character actor Irwin Keyes has died.
The news comes courtesy of Keyes’ family member Rene Galarza, who wrote the following obituary on the actor’s 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.“
Beginning in 1978, Irwis Keyes acting career was still going strong to this very day, with nearly 100 film and television credits on his resume. To us horror fans, he’s perhaps most known for his role as Ravelli in House of 1,000 Corpses, and he can also be seen as an uncredited busboy in the original Friday the 13th.
Other films on Keyes’ lengthy resume include The Exterminator, The Flinstones, Here Come the Munsters, Black Dynamite, Dahmer vs. Gacy and Evil Bong 3D. He also appeared in the Season 4 Tales from the Crypt episode ‘Maniac at Large.’
It’s interesting to note that Keyes was at one point in time considered to play Freddy Krueger in the original Nightmare on Elm Street, though the role of course went to Robert Englund.
Irwin Keyes was just 63-years-old, celebrating his birthday this past March.
All of us here on iHorror offer our deepest condolences to Keyes’ family and friends. Thank you for all your contributions to the world of entertainment, sir.