Keith Baxter (actor)
29 April 1933 |
Early years & RADA
Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1933, he was christened Keith Baxter-Wright, the son of a Merchant Navy sea captain, and lived for a time in Romilly Road, Barry, Glamorgan. He was educated at Newport High School and Barry Grammar School. His early introduction to the stage was from his interest in making model theatres and stage scenery. He studied at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, during which period he shared a flat with classmate Alan Bates. He made his film debut in the 1957 remake of The Barretts of Wimpole Street and appeared uncredited as a detective in the British horror classic Peeping Tom (1960).
In 1960, Orson Welles selected Baxter to portray Prince Hal in his stage production Chimes at Midnight, which combined portions of the Shakespearean plays Henry IV, Part I, Henry IV, Part II, Henry V, Richard II, and The Merry Wives of Windsor and brought the comic figure of Falstaff to the forefront of a primarily tragic tale. Baxter repeated his performance in the 1965 film version. Additional film credits include Ash Wednesday (1973), Golden Rendezvous (1977), and Killing Time (1998).
In 1961, Baxter made his Broadway debut as King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. Other New York City stage credits include The Affair (1962), Avanti! (1968), Sleuth (1970), Romantic Comedy (1980), and The Woman in Black (2001).
- The Red Devil Battery Sign, Roundhouse & Phoenix Theatre 1977
- Time and the Conways 1988-89
- Rope, Chichester Festival Theatre then Wyndham's Theatre 1994
- Dangerous Corner, Chichester Festival Theatre 1994 & Whitehall Theatre 1995
- Gas Light
- After October 1996-97
- The Country Wife (2000)
- The Rivals (2003)
- Lady Windermere's Fan (2003)
- The Imaginary Invalid (2008)
- The Rivals (2009)
- Mrs. Warren's Profession (2010)
- An Ideal Husband (2011)
- The Importance of Being Earnest
Baxter was signed for the role of Octavian "Augustus" Caesar opposite Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra in the 1963 film of the same name. Taylor's bout of pneumonia soon after filming began temporarily shut down filming. By the time she recovered, Baxter had other commitments and Roddy McDowall assumed the role. Baxter eventually co-starred with Taylor in the film Ash Wednesday (1973).
Baxter is the author of My Sentiments Exactly, memoirs. He has written several plays including: 56 Duncan Terrace, Cavell, and Barnaby and the Old Boys.
He is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art
- "Complete Listing of Past Seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre Company". Shakespeare Theatre Company. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
- "Keith Baxter Directs Dixie Carter, Tessa Auberjonois in D.C. Shakespeare Theatre's Lady Windermere's Fan June 7". playbill.com. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
- Marks, Peter (June 16, 2010). "'Mrs. Warren's Profession' is alluring in Shakespeare Theatre Company production". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Marks, Peter (March 16, 2011). "Theater review: Shakespeare Theatre Company’s ‘An Ideal Husband’". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- "My Sentiments Exactly (Hardback)". Oberon Books. Oberon Books. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
- "Reginald on house-parties, and other stories". SearchWorks. Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved 13 August 2015.