Born and raised in New Jersey, Doug started his career at the age of five modeling clothes in catalogues for Sears & Roebuck, J.C. Penny and Woolworths. He ventured into commercials making over fifty of them before he was ten. Further notoriety came playing the role of Timmy Faraday in the daytime drama, "The Edge of Night" for which he won Soap Opera Digest’s “Best Juvenile Actor” award. On stage, he performed off Broadway in Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. He made his Broadway debut in the musical, Truckload, directed by acclaimed choreographer Pat Birch (Grease). As a young adult he returned to the Great White Way starring in Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, replacing Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick during his hiatus.
Accomplishments in television grew as Doug was featured in the critically acclaimed CBS movie "Daddy I Don't Like it Like This" with actors Burt Young and Talia Shire (Rocky). Other starring roles include “Desperate Lives” with Helen Hunt, “An Innocent Love” with Melissa Sue Anderson, “Heart of a Champion: The Ray Mancini Story” with Robert Blake, and “Breaking Home Ties” with Jason Robards and Eva Marie Saint. He co-starred in several Emmy nominated mini-series including James A. Michener's “Centennial”, “At Mother's Request” with Stephanie Powers, and Tom Hanks’ notable “From The Earth to The Moon”. Doug's first feature film, “Uncle Joe Shannon”, working again with Burt Young, garnered him a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Male Acting Debut". However, McKeon's follow up made him universally known as the "Suck Face" kid, portraying Billy Ray in the Academy Award winner “On Golden Pond” with Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, and Jane Fonda. Other feature films include Disney's "Night Crossing", "Mischief", "Where the Red Fern Grows 2", "Sub Down" and the cult horror favorite, "I Spit On Your Grave 3".
Continuing his love of cinema, Doug studied filmmaking at the University of Southern California while majoring in creative writing. During this time he starred in two theater productions, Death of a Buick and The Big Day, both at the Pasadena Playhouse. While honing his ability as a filmmaker, he directed several theater productions in Los Angeles including Bernard Slade’s Tribute, Coming Attractions: An Evening of Brief Encounters, and Neil Simon's Prisoner of Second Avenue.
Doug made his independent feature film writing and directing debut with the “The Boys of Sunset Ridge”. Honored to have the support of actor Burt Young for a third time, the film stars stars Young, John Heard, Ronny Cox and Pat Morita. His next film, “Come Away Home” starring Paul Dooley and Lea Thompson, won “Best Family Film” at Hollywood's International Family Film Festival. Presently, Doug has written numerous screenplays that are being developed as feature films including “Silent Knights” starring Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin, “Let’s Rock”, “Digital Diva”, “Foreign Exchange” and “Man of Action”.
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