Keeshan, Robert “Bob” James
- Ann T. Keene
Keeshan, Robert “Bob” James (27 June 1927–23 Jan. 2004), actor, was born in Lynbrook, Long Island, a suburb of New York City, to Joseph Keeshan, a grocery chain manager, and Margaret Conroy Keeshan. Both parents were émigrés from Ireland. Robert, known as Bob, and his three siblings attended local schools and enjoyed a comfortable upbringing until their father lost his well-paying job in the early 1930s, during the Great Depression. Resettled in the suburb of Forest Hills, the family struggled to make ends meet, and their situation became worse with the sudden death of Margaret Keeshan in ...