Garrison Keillor


07 Aug 1942


Anoka, Minnesota, USA


Gary Edward Keillor


Garrison Keillor was born Gary Edward Keillor on August 7, 1942, in Anoka, a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He was one of six children in the family. His father was of English, as well as Welsh and German, descent, and his paternal grandfather was Canadian. His maternal grandparents were Scottish immigrants.

Keillor graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in English in 1966. There he began his broadcasting career on the student-operated radio station, named Radio K. In 1969 he began writing for The New Yorker. On July 6, 1974 he started "A Prarie Home Companion" in a St. Paul college theatre before an audience of twelve people. In 1987, he moved to New York where, in 1989, he started "The American Radio Company", which after four seasons returned to the name "A Prarie Home Companion" in 1993, and is again based in Minnesota. From 1996-2001 Keillor authored an advice column, titled "Mr. Blue", on He resigned after having a heart surgery in 2001. Since June of 2005 Garrison Keillor has been a syndicated newspaper columnist at

Garrison Keillor is a prolific author with over 100 of written or recorded works. He is also a storyteller, performance artist, radio host and comedian. He published eleven books, including three books for children. He is married to Jenny Lind Nilsson, a violinist in the Minnesota Opera Orchestra, with whom he has a daughter. He lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife and daughter, and owns a Manhattan apartment.

Actor ( 26 credits )

Let There Be Light (2012) Himself - Narrator
The Minus Touch (2011) Narrator (voice)
The Darkest Evening of the Year (2011) Narrator (voice)
Overheard (2010)  Himself - Interviewee (1 episode, 2011)
The States (2007)  Himself (Minnesota) (1 episode, 2007)
A Prairie Home Companion (2006) GK
Afraid So (2006) (voice)
The Colbert Report (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2014)
The Jane Pauley Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Al Franken Show (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2005)
The Danish Solution: The Rescue of the Jews in Denmark (2003) Narrator (voice)
Real Time with Bill Maher (2003)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
ArtStreet (2003)  Himself
Hercules (1998)  Odin (1 episode, 1998)
The Big One (1997) Himself
Redux Riding Hood (1997) The Narrator (voice)
The O'Reilly Factor (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest (3 episodes, 1997-2012)
Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio (1991) Himself - Writer
The American Experience (1988)  Narrator (1 episode, 1996)
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (1987)  Himself - Host
American Masters (1985)  Himself - Humorist / ... (1 episode, 2008)
Austin City Limits (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
Great Performances (1971)  Himself - Host (2 episodes, 2006)

Writer ( 3 credits )

A Prairie Home Companion (2006) (story)
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor (1987) (writer)
American Masters (1985) (1 episode, 2008)