Fred Keating has been "working the room" for quite a few years. Quite a few rooms. Quite a few years.
His television appearances hosting broadcast specials and live programs have made him a favorite "Roastmaster" at corporate affairs and special events. Fred has hosted the Banff World Television Festival for almost as many years as it has existed (24 out of 27), the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame Gala, the Atlantic Film Festival, the Financial Post Business in the Arts Awards, Canada's Cowboy Festival, as well as numerous other special functions for corporations and charitable organizations.
Fred first came to the attention of the Canadian public on a daily basis as host of 161 episodes of Mailbag and Movieweek for Superchannel, the first Canadian Pay TV channel. These brief infomercials played nationwide several times a day. His job was to explain to a skeptical public the advantages of the then-innovative concept of discretionary television viewing... having the consumer (viewer) plan, pick, and pay for specific movies and special programs.
As corporate educator for a number of major companies, Fred is a familiar face onscreen in the audio-visual productions of many federal and provincial government departments as well as at Telus, Shell Canada, Syncrude Canada, the West Coast Express, Dow Canada, Capital Health and the cities of Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary.
Fred played nasty Vancouver City Councilor Jack Pierce for four seasons on CBC's DaVinci's Inquest and in the one and only season of DaVinci City Hall. He has had principal or guest star roles on The X-Files, Millennium, Criminal Minds, Dead Zone, Supernatural, Dark Angel, Battlestar Galactica, The 4400 and other television series. His feature film appearances include principal roles in Slapshot 2, Air Bud III, Final Destination, Santa Clause 2 and Walking Tall.
Fred is a voting member of the Union of British Columbia Performers, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television, the Writers Guild of Canada, ACTRA and an associate member of Women in Film and Video – Vancouver Chapter.
Fred's communications company, Lindisfarne Productions Inc., will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2009.