Birth Name: Monte Markham
Birthplace: Manatee, Florida
Current Residence: Los Angeles, California
Status: Married to Klaire Keevil Hester (Married June 1, 1961-Present)
Heritage: American/decent N/A
Masters (MFA) from the University of Georgia in 1960; Masters Degree in Theatre and English Literature.
Children: 2 children; 1 son, Jason who is partner with
parents of their production company Perpetual Motion Films; 1 daughter Keevil, an attorney with USAA/Mother of twins
Ben and Caroline.
Showbusiness start: Stage
Hobbies/Interests: Music; Sports
Monte Markham was born in Manatee, Florida and grew up in West Palm Beach. He attended
the University of Georgia and graduated in 1960 with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Theatre and English
Literature. After graduation, Monte was an instructor at Stevens College in Missouri from 1960-1961 before he
pursued full-time acting. He had honed his acting skills by spending his Summers doing Summer Stock in Massachusetts and Vermont.
He married Klaire Keevil Hester in West Palm Beach, Florida on June 1, 1961. The couple had two children, a son Jason
and a daughter Keevil.
Monte has starred in his own TV series, The 2nd Hundred Years, Mr. Deeds Goes
To Town, The New Perry Mason and Campus Cops. He has appeared in recurring roles on Dallas/CBS
and Melrose Place/FOX. His critically aclaimed TV movies include Death Takes A Holiday and Hustling.
On the big screen, his credits include Guns Of The Magnicificent Seven, Midway, Hour of The Gun, Airport 77 and Hot
During the 1970's Monte focused on directing and producing. He has written and
directed the feature films Neon City and Defense Play. He has directed episodes of Baywatch and
Skycane. Monte has been on camera Host and Narrator for over 100 television documentaries.
Monte's talents has extended to the stage, appearing in 200 plays. He starred
in NY theatre ranging from Hamlet to receiving the Theatre World Award for his Broadway debute
in Irene, with Debbie Reynolds.
Monte's versitility has resulted in a remarkable career. He is an exceptional
actor, writer, director and producer. Monte, Klaire and their son Jason have formed a production company called Perpetual
Motion Films. They have produced over 100 hours of broadcast programming for A&E and The History
Channel. Their high quality specials include those filmed in China are Chinatown and China's Great
Dam as well as mini-series The Royal Navy, hosted by Prince Andrew, America On Guard, Fly Past, Search &
Rescue, Masters Of War and Air Combat. They have produced over 10 biographies which are among
A&E's biography series, include Michelangelo, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Perpetual Motion
Films received the New York Festival's top prize for the 35 hours of their series, The Great Ships
and the Gold Medallion for their 2-hour special, The Killer Storm.
For recognition of his excellent work, he has recieved the Governor's Award
of Florida's Community Colleges, The Fellowe of Maritime History Award from the Columbia River Maritime
Museum and was honored with the US Coast Guard's Meritorious Public Service Medal awarded by The Commandant.
Monte has served as a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, a member of the Academy's Documentary Committe; member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
and The Academy's Emmy Blue Ribbon Awards Panel; a former Board Member of the Screen Actor's Guild; a member
of The Actor's Equity; AFTRA; The Director's Guild of America and a fellow member of the Explorer's Club.