Keith Charles (actor)

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Keith Charles
Born (1934-03-04)March 4, 1934
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died July 1, 2008(2008-07-01) (aged 74)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1956–2003

Keith Charles (March 4, 1934 – July 1, 2008) was an American theatre and television actor who was active from 1956 until he retired in 2003. His work included Broadway and off-Broadway roles, and television work, including recurring roles on eight soap operas. He starred in Breakfast with Les and Bess as Les.[1]

He worked on such 1960s and 1970s soap operas as As the World Turns (Ralph Mitchell, 1977-1979, 1988-1994), The Edge of Night (Rick Oliver, 1966), The Secret Storm (Nick Kane, 1968-1970), Love of Life (Dr. Ted Chandler 1974-1975), Search for Tomorrow, and Where the Heart Is (Robert Jardin, 1972).[2] He also worked on The Guiding Light/Guiding Light three times in three different roles (Professor Alexander "Alex" McDaniels, 1974-1975, Dr. Frank Nelson, 1980-1981 and Brandon Spaulding, 1984) and was the first actor to play Ted Clayton on One Life to Live, for a year until he was replaced by another actor.[3]

Charles appeared in films such as Colorforms, The Royal Tenenbaums, Longtime Companion and Drop Dead Fred.

Charles died at age 74, in New York City, from lung cancer.[4]

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1990 Longtime Companion Martin
1991 Drop Dead Fred Murray
2001 The Royal Tenenbaums Royals lawyer
2003 Colorforms Grandfather


  1. ^ (July 8, 2008). "Broadway Actor Keith Charles Dies at 74", Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  2. ^ Winfry, Lee (July 29, 1977). "Actor Likes Soap Role", Boca Raton News, p. 8. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  3. ^ Hirsch, Lynda (February 8, 1981). "The Soaps", Toledo Blade, p. D5. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.
  4. ^ (July 7, 2008). Veteran Broadway Actor Charles Dies", Backstage. Retrieved on 2009-09-17.

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