Charles Keating (actor)
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (August 2014)|
22 October 1941|
London, England, UK
|Died||8 August 2014
Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Mary Keating (1963–2014; his death)|
Charles Keating (22 October 1941 – 8 August 2014) was an English actor of stage, screen, and television, and a narrator of audiobooks.
He appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before turning to television (he was in the pilot episode of the long-running ITV series Crown Court in 1972), winning the roles of Ernest Simpson in Edward & Mrs. Simpson and Rex Mottram in ITV's Brideshead Revisited.
Among other soap roles, he is best known for his role as reformed villain Carl Hutchins on the American soap opera Another World from 1983–85, and again from 1991-98 with a final appearance in 1999. Carl Hutchins remains one of daytime's most notable "super villains", returning from the dead several times, and changing from ruthless businessman to international criminal to reformed but troubled romantic hero. During this period, he played Charles, the hapless chauffeur to the Kensington family, in the satirical miniseries Fresno (1986), which parodied the prime-time soaps of the day such as Dynasty and Dallas. While Carl was believed to have been killed on screen in 1985, his character was revealed to still be alive several years later, having limited stints until he signed a long-term contract in 1993. To keep his character on-screen, Carl was reformed by the writers who paired him in a romance with the widowed Rachel whose late husband, Mac, had once been Carl's bitter enemy. Their romance took many twists and turns, most notably Carl being shot by Mac's daughter, Iris, and in one of the show's most notoriously criticized stories, Rachel's kidnapping by her evil look-alike (and Carl's ex-lover) Justine. Carl's brief return to a villain in 1998 came as a result of his dismissal from the show, but Keating agreed to return for the show's final week so Carl and Rachel could have a happy ending. After Another World ended its run, he returned to stage acting and to Shakespeare, most notably in a two-person show with former Another World co-star, Victoria Wyndham.
In between stints on Another World, he played the evil psychiatrist Dr. Damon Lazarre on All My Children (scheming with Goldie Kane to kill her stepdaughter Erica), and the equally nefarious Niles Mason on As the World Turns who schemed with his son to steal Lucinda Walsh's fortune. He also had a role as a professor at a Caribbean medical school that catered to Americans in the short-lived ABC sitcom, Going to Extremes, as well as a guest role on Sex and the City, in which he played an artist.
Broadway roles include Loot by Joe Orton (1986), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Other Broadway roles included The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1968) and The House of Atreus (1968), which comprised three classics: Agamemnon, Choephori, and Eumenides.
In 2001, he played the role of Carney/Oscar Wilde in the Lincoln Center Theater Performance of A Man of No Importance. In 2007, he played the role of Clement O'Donnell in the Guthrie Theater production of Brian Friel's The Home Place.
At the 23rd Daytime Emmy Awards, Keating won the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role of Carl Hutchins on Another World.
- Charles Keating profile, filmreference.com; accessed 12 August 2014.
- Charles Keating at the Internet Movie Database
- Charles Keating at the Internet Broadway Database
- Charles Keating profile, Internet Off-Broadway Database; accessed 12 August 2014.
- "Charles Keating dies at the age of 72", baltimoresun.com; accessed 11 August 2014.