Fred’s first feature film role was shot in the Drumheller area in 1980. He played “Bodyguard #1” in the Sci-Fi classic Firebird 2015 A.D. and stayed up most of the previous night memorizing and rehearsing his line: “Okay, Senator, we’re clear!”
Shortly after that, Fred had a variety of small supporting roles on SCTV working with John Candy and Eugene Levy.
Over the past 38 years he’s picked up a few more parts and a few more lines! And a few more wrinkles!
His first regularly featured role on national television was playing the crazy little barber Repeat Golightly in the Global TV series Jake and the Kid. He also hosted 170 episodes of
First Choice/Superchannel’s Movieweek and Mailbag shows (1984 – 1986) introducing Canada to Pay-TV.)
A more detailed account of his trail can be found by going to www.imdb.com and searching “Fred Keating (II)”.
Principal and supporting roles in feature films such as Final Destination, Air Bud 3, MVP 2, Santa Clause 2, Slap Shot II, Walking Tall, Big Eyes (directed by Tim Burton!) and a variety of Hallmark Christmas movies have kept him on the “big” screen as well as the small.
Television series work includes six seasons on CBC’s DaVinci’s Inquest playing the not-very-nice City Councillor Jack Pierce; X-Files, Millenium, Cold Squad, Animal Miracles, Dead Zone, The Andromeda Strain (opposite Eric McCormack), V, Taken, The Killing, Grace Point, iZombie, Blackstone, Damnation (with Chris Heyerdahl!), Supernatural (twice!), Salvation and Van Helsing.
With offices in both Alberta and British Columbia, Fred is also involved in a variety of corporate and educational productions and co-producing a full-length feature documentary called Studio in the Sky. Search Studio in the Sky (New Trailer).
In 1982, as Senior Consultant to several Ministers of Culture, Fred evolved the Provincial Summer Drama School into the ArtsTrek program currently run by Theatre Alberta at Red Deer College. He also worked as Host/Writer/Producer for many of Alberta’s production companies and broadcasters and incorporated Lindisfarne Productions Inc. in 1984 to manage his various ventures.
Fred co-produced/co-hosted 125 audio podcasts of Monetizing Your Creativity. And interviews Jane Goodall on the new podcast series Fred Keating and Friends. https://youtu.be/7dG4tHqcLbg
He hosts a number of live conferences and special events each year and is known as Alberta’s “Massacre of Ceremonies”. He still teaches stagefighting and does voicework on a number of animated series. Just for fun.
Fred has received an AMPIA Special Jury Award (1996), the Alberta Centennial Medal (2005) for service in arts and culture to Alberta and a Special Banff Rockie from the Banff World Media Festival. He returned to the Banff World Media Festival in 2018 for the 35th time. He was also the 16th recipient of the David Billington Award for Lifetime Achievement in Film and Television in Alberta.
Fred is a member of the Writers Guild of Canada, the Academy of Canadian Film and Television as well as a proud longtime member of UBCP/ACTRA, the professional performers union in Canada.
And tickled pink to be at Foothills Comic Con in 2018!