'The Jeffersons' actor Irwin Keyes dies at 63

Actor Irwin Keyes, known for his role in TV series "The Jeffersons" and films like "The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas" and "Dahmer vs Gacy", has died. He was 63.

Los Angeles: Actor Irwin Keyes, known for his role in TV series "The Jeffersons" and films like "The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas" and "Dahmer vs Gacy", has died. He was 63.

The actor, who recently appeared in the 2013 digital series "Dead Kansas", died yesterday from acromegaly, a pituitary gland disorder. Keyes' niece, Rene Galarza, announced his death in a post to his Facebook page, reported Variety.

"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."

Keyes appeared in a number of horror films, including "House of 1000 Corpses" and the 2009 film "Dahmer vs Gacy". He was born in New York City and made his bigscreen debut as a policeman in 1979 cult classic "The Warriors".

He appeared in Woody Allen's "Stardust Memories", "The Exterminator" and its sequel, "The Flintstones" feature and its sequel and in the feature adaptation of "Get Smart". In addition to "The Jeffersons," on which he played George Jefferson's bodyguard, the actor's TV credits included "Police Squad", "Married... With Children", "Growing Pains" and a 2007 episode of "CSI".

Keyes is survived by his wife, Tracy Fontaine, whom he married in 2008. 

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