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‘Blue Bloods’ Star Stacy Keach Opens Up About Past Addiction and Prison Sentence

by Josh Lanier
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Stacy Keach made a career out of playing tough guys, criminals, and bad dudes, but it wasn’t much of a stretch for him. The American History X star has a criminal past and struggled with drug addiction. But after spending time in an English prison nearly 40 years ago, he refocused his life.

Keach, who plays Archibishop Kevin Kerns on Blue Bloods, recently told Page Six that going to prison was his lowest point. Police arrested Keach in 1984 for trying to smuggle 1.3 ounces of cocaine into the United Kingdom. He pleaded guilty, and a judge sentenced him to six months in prison. The then 43-year-old told the court he felt “deeply humiliated.”

Stacy Keach said it was a difficult experience, but it ended up being a helpful one. The Georgia native had a cocaine addiction when he went to jail, but he detoxed while serving his time at Reading Prison. He said he left “cured” of his addiction.

“It was very fortunate that I was given the task of being the librarian,” he told Page Six. “And I was given the task of reading letters to the young offenders that were there that couldn’t read or write.”

After getting out of jail in 1985, Keach returned to the United States with a new outlook.

“These past six months have been the most painful ever for me, and also very educational,” he said at the time. “I learned something about freedom — how much you miss it when you don’t have it.”

He said he started using the drug to help him deal with the exhaustion of working on the popular show Mike Hammer. He began speaking to high schools about the dangers of drugs after his release.

‘Blue Bloods’ Fans Worried About Danny Reagan

A storyline in last week’s episode of Blue Bloods had fans worried about Danny Reagan’s future on the show. Someone tried to kill Donnie Wahlberg’s character, leaving fans freaking out that he might be leaving the show.

In the episode, Reagan went to the graveyard to speak with his late wife Linda when a woman walked up behind him with a gun. Luckily, she didn’t pull the trigger, and the police later arrested her. But it was too close of a call for some fans.

Donnie Wahlberg likely isn’t going anywhere soon. He said last year that he’s “having more fun than we’ve ever had on the show.” And the ratings remain high and steady for the CBS drama. It’s very unlikely the network will do anything to change that.

Blue Bloods returns tonight, Friday, Nov. 19, at 8 p.m. for the seventh episode of season 12. The show takes a two-week break for the Thanksgiving holiday so other families can gather around their tables.