Prolific character actor Irwin Keyes is probably best known to horror fans for his memorable role as Captain Spaulding’s hulking assistant “Ravelli” in Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses – but that’s just one of nearly a hundred movies and shows Keyes graced with his commanding presence, including a popular and oft-quoted role as “Hugo” on The Jeffersons and a quick cameo in the original Friday the 13th.
Sadly, Keyes left this world in 2015, but his legacy lives on in his work – which now includes the recently-published autobiography Hollywood the Hard Way, which Keyes completed shortly before his passing. To commemorate the book’s launch and celebrate his career, the actor was honored Saturday at a live event hosted by Cult Radio-A-Go-Go, which featured Keyes’ sister Irene Glick (who was instrumental in the book’s release) as guest of honor.
Glick kindly sent us some photos from her visit to The Hollywood Museum, which contains a permanent exhibit on Keyes including mementos and props from his many roles (such as a life-cast of the actor as “Joe Rockhead” from 1994’s The Flinstones). You can view the images in the gallery below.
“You gotta learn to tell a good and compelling story no matter what genre of art you are creating in,” Keyes wrote, “and any artist worthy of that name is always continuing to learn.”
Hollywood the Hard Way is now available from Amazon.com.