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Peter Keane
Peter Keane
Keane in 1997
Birth: 16 February 1910
Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA
Death: 7 February 2014
Westport, Connecticut, USA
Age: 103 years, 356 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Michael Peter Keane (né Kahn; 16 February 1910 – 7 February 2014) was an American centenarian.


Peter Keane was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York State, USA on 16 February 1910, the youngest son of Saul Henry Kahn and Mamie Kahn.

He graduated from Cornell University, Class of 1932, where, as an undergraduate, he was involved with early birdsong recordings at the then-new Laboratory of Ornithology at Sapsucker Woods.

Photography was another one of his passions, one that eventually drew him to the West Coast and Hollywood where he worked as an assistant cameraman during the early days of Technicolor. It was there that he would have a hand in making legendary movies.

With his 25-pound fully loaded camera, Peter Keane was filming “God’s Country and the Woman” in 1936 when a planned log jam explosion went awry, and a piece of log hit him in the head, landing him in the hospital for a few days.

During World War II, Keane served as a captain in famed director Frank Capra’s Army Signal Corps in the Pacific. After the war, he returned to New York City, working as an executive at several companies involved in the early years of video technology. Keane was also a fellow of the Society of Motion Picure and Television Engineers.

He married Lucille Fouillet on 25 November 1954. The couple had two children: Karin and Marc.

He married a woman named Elisabeth on 14 October 1984. The couple didn't have children.

Keane died in Westport, Connecticut, USA on 7 February 2014 at the age of 103 years, 356 days. He was survived by his elder brother Irving Kahn; his wife Elisabeth; one daughter Karin; one son Marc; two grandchildren Kai Keane and Luca Losecaat-Vermeer.

Centenarian siblings

Peter Keane had three siblings, all of whom lived to be centenarians. His brother Irving Kahn (1905–2015) lived to be 109, and his sisters Helen Reichert (1901–2011) and Leonore (Lee) Reichert (1903–2005), who lived to be 109 and 101 respectively.