Clete is a third generation filmmaker. Like his father and grandfather, he too was drawn to the entertainment business at an early age. From the time Clete could walk, he was destined to be in entertainment . Clete was always just a little bit... different . In 1972, Clete and his brother, Chris, made their first film, CLASSICAL GAS , and never looked back.
Clete then joined "The Stable," a successful Repertory Theater at age 17. Over the course of his 18-year commitment to this theater, Clete was intimately involved with over fifty plays, sharpening his skills as a director, writer and actor. During those years, Clete worked with actors such as Dan O'Herlihy , Don Knotts , June Lockhart , and many more.
After five years in theater, Clete began work in television and feature films. Clete landed a role in I NEVER PROMISED YOU A ROSE GARDEN and OPERATION RUNAWAY. This exposure earned Clete a role on MARY in 1978 with positive reviews .
Clete then performed in several television projects including JASON OF STAR COMMAND (a children's program), LOU GRANT, STOCKARD CHANNING SHOW and ANGEL DUSTED with Jean Stapleton. In addition, he shot a drug free PSA for SUNRISE HOUSE .
Immediately following his part in DAYS OF OUR LIVES , Clete started work on a Stable Players' play titled THE WILLIAM. His profound performance won Clete the 1982 DramaLogue Award for Best Actor . Due to his success, THE WILLIAM was again mounted for a encore engagement at the Mayfair Theater , in Santa Monica, California.
After a role in ST. ELSEWHERE, THE WILLIAM troupe traveled to the East coast to begin it's sold out engagements at the Falmouth Playhouse in Massachusetts, and the Pocono Playhouse in Pennsylvania.
Clete wrote, starred, and co-directed the feature DEAD SILENCE , a.k.a. STARDUMB (produced by his brother, Chris) a finalist in the 1990 Santa Barbara Film Festival.
After almost ten years to the day since the last performance, Those Keith Brothers mounted THE WILLIAM once more, at the Burbank Little Theater, with the purpose of raising money for the Special Olympics . This successful run caught the eye of an entertainment producer and on New Year's Day, 1994, a segment dedicated to Clete and his performance aired on GOOD DAY L.A.
In 1999, Clete wrote and starred in THE FOOL . This 35mm film, produced by his brother, Chris, was a finalist in the 1999 Palm Springs Short Film Festival and the 1999 Hollywood Film Festival. Later that year, THE FOOL was rated one of the top 5 most watched short films on the Sci-Fi channel. In 2000, Clete ventured off to Yosemite to direct a short film, BEARLY ALIVE, THE LARS VAN VANDERMEER STORY . This short was especially difficult due to the weather. He and Chris, who produced the short, scouted a week earlier and the location was bone dry. The night everyone arrived, it started snowing.
In 2003, Clete starred, wrote and directed the film, INSTANT TRAUMA , produced by his brother, Chris. INSTANT TRAUMA won "Best Mockumentary" at the 2003 New York International Film and Video Festival and was highlighted at the Nashville Film Festival and included a panel discussion.
Clete's writing and directing of INSTANT TRAUMA landed him a seat on the writers panel at the 2003 Sedona Film Festival . Along side Clete were Ron Bass (RAINMAN), Bo Goldman (SCENT OF A WOMAN, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST), writer/director Daniel Petrie Jr. (BEVERLY HILLS COP) and Michael Miner (Robocop). In addition, INSTANT TRAUMA was the highlighted film of this sold out symposium, which included a panel discussion on Independent Filmmaking featuring Clete and his brother, Chris, and moderated by Dan Gordon.
Those Keith Brothers will start pre-production on ANTIQUE WHITE in late spring of 2008 which Clete, who wrote the screenplay, will direct. Those Keith Brothers are slated to produce several feature films including ROYAL, IN PLANE SIGHT and BONEY KERN.