Andrew Keegan is an American actor, most recognized for his roles in the film ‘10 Things I Hate about You’ and the TV show ‘7th Heaven’. He has played a bold selection of roles throughout his two and a half decades long career, which include his portrayal of a drug-smuggling pilot in the movie 'Kill Speed' and an HIV-positive person in the play 'He Asked For It'. His gamble paid off when he was praised for essaying a sociopath vampire in the movie 'Living Among Us'. His career began as a child model and he appeared in a series of magazine ads for 'Gerber baby foods'. However, he became famous only during his high school days when he played a teen rebel in the film 'Camp Nowhere'. He then went on to appear in a number of successful television series and movies like 'Party of Five', '7th Heaven' and 'The Broken Hearts Club'. Keegan was able to convincingly portray a vulnerable character in the last-mentioned movie. He then worked in two modern-day Shakespeare adaptations, '10 Things I Hate about You' and 'O'. He learned acting from the acting coach John Homa. He founded the spiritual community centre 'Full Circle', where anyone could come to meditate, practice yoga and engage artistically. However, the organization was closed after it distributed Kombucha to its members without having the necessary licence to do so.
Andrew Keegan was first noticed for his performance as the teen rebel Zack Dell in Jonathan Prince's cult-classic movie 'Camp Nowhere', which released in 1994. Two years later, he appeared in Roland Emmerich's blockbuster movie 'Independence Day' in a minor role. He then guest starred in various television series before grabbing significant roles in 'Party of Five' and 'Full House'. He played the role of Ryan in the popular sitcom ‘Full House’ (1995), while his character was called Reed Isley in the TV series ‘Party of Five’ (1997-1998). In the same year, he was cast as a single teen dad in WB's longest running hit series '7th Heaven'. In 2000, he played the role of Kevin in Greg Berlanti's movie 'The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy'. It won the best picture award at the 'Glaad Awards'.
Keegan was cast in two Shakespearean film adaptations. He appeared as Joey Donner, the antagonist opposite Heath Ledger, in '10 Things I Hate About You', a 1999 adaptation of 'The Taming of the Shrew'. He was then seen as Michael Cassio, Mekhi Phifer's best friend, in 'O', a 2001 movie adaptation of 'Othello'. He made his stage debut in the provocative, award-winning play 'He Asked For It' in 2009. He portrayed Rigby, a character facing the emotional and physical challenges of being an HIV-positive person in the modern society. Between 2000 and 2010, he worked in a plethora of movies, such as 'The Contract' (2002), 'Teenage Caveman' (2002), 'Pandora' (2002), 'A Midsummer Night's Rave' (2002), 'Perfect Opposites' (2004), 'Extreme Dating' (2005) and 'Cruel World' (2005). He was also seen in 'A New Wave' (2006), 'Waiting for Dublin' (2007), 'A Christmas Too Many' (2007), 'Dough Boys' (2008), 'The Penitent Man' (2010) and 'Fast Glass' (2010).
In the 2010s, Keegan appeared in a number of TV series, including 'To Kill a Mockumentary', 'House', 'Related', 'CSI', 'Fight Night Legacy', 'A Dog's Life', 'Adam and Jamero', 'Gridlocked' and 'Hollywood Darlings'. Meanwhile, he also continued to add movie to his filmography, including 'Love, Wedding, Marriage' (2011), 'Fight Night Legacy' (2012), 'The Price We Pay' (2013), 'April Rain' (2014), 'Somebody's Mother' (2014) and 'Stars in Shorts: No Ordinary Love' (2016).
His performances as a drug-smuggling pilot in the 2010 action movie 'Kill Speed' and as a sadistic and sociopathic vampire called Blake in the 2018 film 'Living Among Us' earned him widespread praise. In 'Living Among Us', he shared the screen with William Sadler and Esmé Bianco. He is playing Jan in the upcoming crime thriller movie 'Adverse', which is written and directed by Brian Metcal.
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Family & Personal Life
Andrew Keegan Heying was born on January 29, 1979 in Los Angeles, California. His mother Lana worked as a hairdresser, while his father Larry Heying was a voice actor. He has a younger brother, named Casey (born June 12, 1980), who is also an actor. His father is from Nebraska and is of Czech and German descent, while mother is from Colombia.
He started dating Arista Ilona in 2013 and welcomed a daughter, named Aiya Rose (born March 15, 2016), with her. Earlier, Keegan was dating the actress and producer Tamera Mowry-Housley in 1997. A year later, he got into a serious relationship with singer LeAnn Rimes, but parted ways with her in 2001. He has also been linked to famous names like Kristi Parrales, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Piper Perabo and Elisha Cuthbert.
In 2014, Keegan founded the spiritual community centre 'Full Circle', outside the Venice Beach, California. He described this gathering place as a "non-denominational spiritual community centre where people of all beliefs and backgrounds come together to meditate, practice yoga, and engage artistically." Some considered this organization a new religion, while others called it a cult. Due to the unlicensed distribution of a fermented beverage called kombucha, the organization was shut down in June 2017 by Californian Alcohol Beverage Control officers. The community’s representatives claimed that they were not aware that they needed a licence to distribute Kombucha.
Keegan is an avid surfer, who has competed in celebrity surfing challenges. He also gives surfing lessons to raise money for charity. He speaks Spanish fluently.