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Joe Keenan

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Joe Keenan is an award-winning screenwriter, television producer and novelist and openly gay American.


 early life
Keenan was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His family is Irish American and Roman Catholic. He has a twin brother, John, and two other siblings Ronald and Geraldine. He grew up in the blue collar neighborhood of Cambridgeport. Keenan attended Cambridge public school's Academically Talented program for 6th-8th grade. Boston College High School and Columbia College.

 early career
In 1991 Cheers creators James Burrows and Glen and Les Charles, having read Keenan's novel Blue Heaven, invited Keenan to create a new sitcom for their production company. The resulting pilot, Gloria Vane, starring JoBeth Williams, was not picked up by a network, but it led to a writing post on Frasier. In 1992, his first play, The Times, a musical that charts the course of a seventeen-year marriage between Liz, an actress, and Ted, a writer, won the Richard Rodgers Awards for Musical Theater, awarded by The American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 1993, the lyrics for The Times won the Edward Kleban Award.

 personal life
Keenan lives in Los Angeles, and does not drive a car. Since 1982, he has been partnered with Gerry Bernardi.

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