Trevor Baxter

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Trevor Baxter
Born(1932-11-18)18 November 1932
Died16 July 2017(2017-07-16) (aged 84)
OccupationActor, playwright

Trevor Baxter (18 November 1932 – 16 July 2017) was a British actor and playwright. He was educated at Dulwich College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. He is best known for playing Professor George Litefoot in Doctor Who.

Early years[edit]

A postal worker's son,[1] Baxter was born in Lewisham, London, England, and was educated at Dulwich College and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.[2]

Career[edit]

His credits include: Adam Adamant Lives!, Z-Cars, Maelstrom, Thriller, The New Avengers, Jack the Ripper, (1988) The Barchester Chronicles (1982) An Englishman Abroad (1983) and Doctors. He is known for his appearance in the Doctor Who serial The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1977) as Professor George Litefoot and in 1978 in Rumpole of the Bailey. He reprised his role of Professor Litefoot in an episode of audio series, Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles: The Mahogany Murderers. The following year he was Professor Litefoot again for a continuing series of Jago & Litefoot.

Trevor Baxter worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) and in the West End, toured Shakespeare in South America with Sir Ralph Richardson, and also appeared in the USA in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre at Shakespeare Santa Cruz in 1986. He appeared in many films including Nutcracker (1983), Parting Shots (1999), Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004) and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj (2006).

He also wrote a number of plays [3] including Lies, The Undertaking, and Office Games. His play Ripping Them Off was given its first performance at the Warehouse Theatre Croydon on 5 October 1990, directed by Ted Craig and designed by Michael Pavelka. The cast consisted of: Ian Targett (Graham), Angus Mackay (Revd. Parkinson), Caroline Blakiston (Grace), Annette Badland (Hilda), Frank Ellis (Julian), Ewart James Walters (Max), Anthony Woodruff (Pauken), Ian Burford (Inspector Sands), Richard Clifford (Jeff) and C.P. Grogan (Susanna).

In 2003, he adapted Oscar Wilde's novella The Picture of Dorian Gray for the stage, followed in March 2005 by a touring version of Wilde's short story, Lord Arthur Savile's Crime, revived in January 2010 at the Theatre Royal Windsor, starring Lee Mead in the title role.

Baxter continued to record Doctor Who audio dramas for Big Finish Productions as Professor Litefoot, having completed thirteen series.

On 17 July 2017, it was announced that Trevor Baxter had died the previous day. The cause of the death is currently unknown.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1961 Seven Keys Police constable Uncredited
1966 A Man for All Seasons 1st Man Uncredited
1982 Nutcracker Charlie Barker
1987 Ping Pong Priest in Church
1998 Parting Shots Maitre d'
2004 Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow Dr. Jennings
2006 Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj Sir Wilfred Owen (final film role)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hadoke, Toby (July 28, 2017). "Obituary - Trevor Baxter, actor known for cult role in Doctor Who". The Herald. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  2. ^ Lentz, Harris III (September 2017). "Trevor Baxter, 84". Classic Images (507): 49.
  3. ^ "Trevor Baxter- Playwright Dramatist". Doollee.com. 2003-04-23. Retrieved 2017-07-17.
  4. ^ Doctor Who News: Trevor Baxter 1932-2017

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