Keith Baxter (actor)

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Keith Baxter
Paul Rogers-Keith Baxter in Sleuth.jpg
Paul Rogers and Keith Baxter (right) in the Broadway production of Sleuth (1971)
Born (1933-04-29) 29 April 1933 (age 87)
Years active1957–present

Keith Baxter (born 29 April 1933) is a Welsh theatre, film and television actor.

Early years and RADA[edit]

Born in Newport, Monmouthshire, in 1933, the son of a Merchant Navy sea captain, he was christened Keith Baxter-Wright 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 Miss Ba (1957), Ash Wednesday (1973), Golden Rendezvous (1977), Berlin Blues (1988) 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).


Baxter has regularly directed shows at Shakespeare Theatre Company, Washington D.C., including:[1]


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). He also later played Mark Antony opposite Maggie Smith's Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra at Canada's Stratford Festival in 1976.[5]

Television work[edit]

Baxter's television work includes appearances in Gideon's Way, The Avengers, Hawaii Five-O, and the 1998 mini-series Merlin.

Other work[edit]

Baxter is the author of My Sentiments Exactly, memoirs.[6] He has written several plays including: 56 Duncan Terrace, Cavell, and Barnaby and the Old Boys.

In 1971 he recorded an LP of several of the short stories of Saki for Caedmon Records under the title Reginald on House-Parties, and Other Stories.[7]

He is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art

Theatre awards[edit]


  1. ^ "Complete Listing of Past Seasons at the Shakespeare Theatre Company". Shakespeare Theatre Company. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Keith Baxter Directs Dixie Carter, Tessa Auberjonois in D.C. Shakespeare Theatre's Lady Windermere's Fan June 7". Playbill. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  3. ^ Marks, Peter (16 June 2010). "'Mrs. Warren's Profession' is alluring in Shakespeare Theatre Company production". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  4. ^ Marks, Peter (16 March 2011). "Theater review: Shakespeare Theatre Company's 'An Ideal Husband'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
  5. ^ "Keith Baxter acting credits". Stratford Festival Archives. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  6. ^ "My Sentiments Exactly (Hardback)". Oberon Books. Oberon Books. Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Reginald on house-parties, and other stories". SearchWorks. Stanford University Libraries. Retrieved 13 August 2015.[permanent dead link]

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