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Keene Holbrook Curtis (February 15, 1923 – October 13, 2002) was an American character actor. Born in Salt Lake City. Curtis made his film debut in the 1948 Orson Welles adaptation of Macbeth. Additional film credits included American Hot Wax, Rabbit Test, The Buddy System, Legalese, I.Q., Heaven Can Wait, Sliver, The Wrong Damn Film and Richie Rich's Christmas Wish. Curtis' theatrical career began in 1955 as a Broadway stage manager. His first appearance as a performer was in a 1965 revival of You Can't Take It with You. In 1971, he was awarded the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for The Rothschilds. Additional Broadway credits included The Cherry Orchard, A Patriot for Me, Via Galactica, Annie, and La Cage aux Folles.He received an Obie Award nomination for his role as Bradley in the A. R. Gurney play The Cocktail Hour . Curtis had a recurring role as the owner of Melville's Restaurant in Cheers and as a wealthy snob on Amanda's.. His many television credits include The Magician as quirky columnist Max Pomeroy opposite Bill Bixby, Gypsy and appearances on Dark Shadows, Hawaii Five-O, Star Trek Voyager, M*A*S*H, Sanford and Son, The Jeffersons, Quincy, M.E.