Dedicated to the Welsh actor and director Keith Baxter
A new WordPress tribute will be online soon. Meanwhile, below you can find some information.
1. Biography, Career and Curiosity
2. Sources and Thanks
3. Fans and Guestbook
Biography, Career and Curiosity
Having found him very interesting in “Falstaff“, I was very curious to find out some other information on him and his career.
I could buy his wonderful book “My sentiments exactly” where he explains with a collection of articles his professional and life experiences, like when he met writer E.M. Forster and they became friends.
Or when he worked in “A meeting by the river” from Isherwood and the cast was sorry because of the angry behaviour of the writer.
Or when he talks about his trip to Italy, trying to learn Italian, “…the love words first…“, and because of that and his look he was exchanged for a local. I’m a little proud of his choose to stay in my country for a while.
Or information on his family.
But beyond that, I haven’t found nothing else. He doesn’t talk on his private life, maybe he is a reserved person.
There aren’t DVDs or VHS with his movies in my country.
So thanks to those who can help me.
Keith Baxter – Birth Name: Keith Baxter-Wright (1933-), Welsh stage actor.
Source: Dictionary of Pseudonyms: 13,000 Assumed Names and Their Origins – By Adrian Room – Pag. 51
Born 29 April 1933, Newport, Monmouthshire Wales, UK
Full name, Keith Stanley Baxter-Wright; born April 29, 1935 (one source says 1933), in Newport, Wales, England;
son of Stanley (a dockmaster) and Emily Marian (maiden name, Howell) Baxter-Wright.
Occupation: Actor, director, writer
He is the youngest of three sons, has a sister and a brother.
After have joined the Army and took part in the Korean war, he chose a career in the theatre, his real passion.
Source: My sentiments exactly
Keith Baxter (born 29 April 1933) is a Welsh theatre, film and television actor.
Early years & RADA
Born in Newport, Wales in 1933, Baxter 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.
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 and Killing Time.
In 1961, Baxter made his Broadway debut as King Henry VIII in A Man for All Seasons. Other New York City stage credits include Avanti! (1968), Sleuth (1970), Romantic Comedy (1980), and The Woman in Black (2001).
The original Augustus to Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra
Baxter was signed for the role of Octavian “Augustus” Caesar opposite Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra in the 1963 film epic of the same name. Taylor’s bout with 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 1973 film Ash Wednesday.
Baxter’s television work includes appearances in Gideon’s Way, The Avengers, Hawaii Five-O, and the mini-series Merlin.
Baxter is an Associate Member of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.
* 1971 Drama Desk Award for Sleuth
* 1962 Theatre World Award for A Man for All Seasons
Actor (34 credits):
Earl of Essex
Tom Belton / Vivian Brent
Det. Baxter (uncredited)
Broadcaster / Stacey Crispin / Ben Kent
Thomas (as Keith Baxter-Wright)
Self (2 credits):
Archive footage (1 credit):
Actor ‘The Chimes at Midnight’
He has also a career as stage-actor and as director.
* (London debut) Ralph, Tea and Sympathy, Comedy Theatre, 1957
* Hippolytus, Phedre, Theatre in the Round, London, 1958
* Vasse, Change of Tune, Strand Theatre, London, 1959
* Prince Hal, King Henry IV, parts I and II, produced in Belfast, then Dublin, Ireland, 1960
* (Broadway debut) Henry VIII, A Man for All Seasons, American National Theatre and Academy (ANTA), 1961
* Roger Balion, Time and Yellow Roses, St. Martin’s Theatre, London,1961
* David Glyn, Unfinished Journey, Pembroke Theatre, Croydon, England, 1961
* Donald Howard, The Affair, Henry Miller’s Theatre, New York City,1962
* Gino Carella, Where Angels Fear to Tread, Arts Theatre, London, then St. Martin’s Theatre, 1963
* Valentine, You Never Can Tell, Haymarket Theatre, London, 1966
* Bob Acres, The Rivals, Haymarket Theatre, 1966
* Baldassare Pantaleone, Avanti!, Booth Theatre, New York City, 1968
* Horner, The Country Wife, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester,England, 1969
* Octavius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1969
* Milo Tindle, Sleuth, St. Martin’s Theatre, then Music Box Theatre,New York City, 1970-1971
* Title role, Macbeth, Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham, England, 1972
* Vershinin, Three Sisters, Greenwich Theatre, London, 1973
* Benedick, Much Ado about Nothing, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh,Scotland, 1973
* Ricco Verri, Tonight We Improvise, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1974
* Dead poet, preacher, and politician, Sap, Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, Wales, 1974
* Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Stratford Festival Theatre, Stratford, Ontario, 1976
* Witwoud, The Way of the World, Stratford Festival Theatre, 1976
* Vershinin, Three Sisters, Stratford Festival Theatre, 1976
* King, The Red Devil Battery Sign, Round House Theatre, then Phoenix Theatre, both London, 1977
* Lord Illingworth, A Woman of No Importance, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1978
* Dorante, The Inconstant Couple, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1978
* Patrick, A Meeting by the River, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1979
* Bill Cardew, Home and Beauty, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1979
* Title role, Hamlet, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1979
* Ken Harrison, Whose Life Is It, Anyway?, Parker Playhouse, Fort Lauderdale, FL, then Gussman Theatre, Miami, FL, 1979
* Sherlock Holmes, The Penultimate Case of Sherlock Holmes, Hudson Guild Theatre, New York City, 1980
* Jason Carmichael, Romantic Comedy, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, then Royal Alexandria Theatre, Toronto, Ontario, later Auditorium, Denver, CO, all 1980
* Friedrich, Undiscovered Country, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford,CT, 1981
* Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Hartford Stage Company, 1981
* Edmund Kean, Kean, Hartford Stage Company, 1981
* Gwilym, 56 Duncan Terrace, produced in Edmonton, 1982
* Narrator, Oedipus Rex (opera), Philadelphia Opera Company, Philadelphia, PA, 1982
* Antony, Antony and Cleopatra, Young Vic Theatre, London, 1982
* Sherlock Holmes, Murder, Dear Watson, Bromley Theatre, Kent, England, 1983
* Evelyn and Rupert, Corpse!, Apollo Theatre, London, 1984 then Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1986
* Elyot, Private Lives, Aldwych Theatre, London, 1990
* Cassius, Julius Caesar, Hartford Stage Company, 1990-1991
* Arthur Kipps, The Woman in Black, Minetta Lane Theatre, New York City, 2001
* Also appeared in Light Up the Sky; Measure for Measure, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC; The Merchant of Venice, ShakespeareTheatre, Washington, DC.
* Major Tours
* Sanyamo, South Sea Bubble, British cities, 1957
* Evelyn and Rupert, Corpse!, U.S. and Australian cities, 1985-1986
* Stage Director
* The Red Devil Battery Sign, Round House Theatre, then Phoenix Theatre, both London, 1977
* Rope, Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1993 thenWyndham’s Theatre, London, 1994
* Dangerous Corner, Chichester Festival Theatre, 1994 then WhithallTheatre, London, 1995
* Also directed Gaslight, Time and the Conways, After October, and Silhouette, all London productions; The Country Wife, Shakespeare Theatre, Washington, DC.
* Film Appearances
* Charles Moulton-Barrett, The Barretts of Wimpole Street, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1957
* Alexander, Family Doctor, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1957
* Young detective, Peeping Tom (also known as Face of Fear and The Fotographer of Panic), Rank, 1960
* Prince Hal, Chimes at Midnight (also known as Campanadas a medianoche and Falstaff), Welles, 1966
* Tony, With Love in Mind, Associated British, 1969
* David, Ash Wednesday, Paramount, 1973
* Magistral, La regenta (also known as The Regent’s Wife), 1974
* Preston, Golden Rendezvous (also known as Nuclear Terror),1977
* Professor Huessler, Berlin Blues, Emiliano Piedra, 1988
* Television Appearances
* Earl of Essex, Life of Shakespeare (also known as William Shakespeare, His Life & Times), 1978
* Sir Hector, Merlin, NBC, 1998
* Thomas, She Stoops to Conquer, BBC, 1956
* Man and Superman, 1958
* The Reward of Silence, BBC, 1963
* For Tea on Sunday, BBC, 1963
* Dunois, Saint Joan, BBC, 1968
* Love Story, 1968
* Orson Welles Great Mysteries, 1973
* The Vineyard, BBC, 1974
* Orson Welles: What Went Wrong? (also known as Crazy about the Movies), Cinemax, 1992
* (Uncredited; includes unused production footage) Himself, Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood, 2001
* Dunbar, “Homicide and Old Lace,” The Avengers, 1969
* Tony, “Nightmare for a Nightingale,” Thriller, 1975 broadcast in the U.S. as Melody of Hate, ABC, 1976
* Appeared in The Miracle Man; The Bonus; Hold My Hand, Soldier.
* Cavell, produced at Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, 1982
* 56 Duncan Terrace, produced in Edmonton, Alberta, 1982
* Barnaby and the Old Boys, produced at Theatre Clwyd, Wales, 1987 then Vaudeville Theatre, London, 1989
* Published My Sentiments Exactly.
ARTICLES AND REVIEWS
WORKS ON SCREEN
WORKS ON STAGE
http://shakespearetheatrecompany.blogspot.com/2008_06_01_archive.html The Imaginary Invalid
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27321-2004May14.html Keith Baxter, An Actor With a Friend In Tennessee
SOURCES & LINKS
http://atgbcentral.com/guestbook/oldguestbookb.html with Judy Dench
http://capitalcityweekly.com/stories/102506/ae_20061025010.shtml 2006 11 Noises Off – free time.jpg
http://hillyblue.blogspot.com/search/label/Keith%20Baxter 1971.03.22 Starry Night Award.jpg
http://joancollinsarchive.blogspot.com/2010/10/photo-of-day-private-lives-usa-1991.html 1991 Private Lives 01.jpg
http://joancollinsarchive.blogspot.com/2011/08/on-cover-after-dark-october-1990.html 1990 Private Lives cover.jpg
http://people.famouswhy.com/keith_baxter/ video on Youtube
http://ridesabike.tumblr.com/post/6550234636/keith-baxter-rides-a-bike-to-work 1971 Sleuth behindthescene01.jpg
http://shakespearetheatrecompany.blogspot.com/2008/06/thoughts-on-imaginary-invalid-from.html 2008 06 18 KeithBaxter.jpg
http://shakespearetheatrecompany.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html 2008 Roman Rep Opening Night 1.jpg
http://theatreanddance.arts.usf.edu/theatre/brit/ 1998 A Midsummer Night s Dream poster.jpg
http://www.amazon.ca/Ash-Wednesday-Larry-Peerce/dp/6302023637 Ash Ednesday poster
http://www.bbec.ie/blog/?attachment_id=8773 Ballybane Enterprise Centre.jpg
http://www.contquots.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/3a.html Nobody Kills Santa Claus 01.jpg
http://www.corbisimages.com/stock-photo/rights-managed/HU046493/keith-baxter-mia-farrow-and-gwen-watford 1973 The Three Sisters 01.jpg
http://www.curtainup.com/henryivpart1.html 2004 Henry IV 01.jpg
http://www.curtainup.com/henry4pt2dc.html 2004 Henry IV 02.jpg
http://www.dissolute.com.au/avweb/tara/623cast.html The Avengers Homicide and Old Lace 01.jpg
http://www.djdchronology.com/s/sandringhamflowershow2005.htm 2005 07 27 Sandringham Flower Show – with Judy Dench.jpg
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw50235/Keith-Baxter-Baxter-Wright 1961 portrait1 by Anthony Buckley.jpg
http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw50236/Flora-Robson-Keith-Baxter-Baxter-Wright?LinkID=mp54044&role=sit&rNo=1 1961 portrait2 by Anthony Buckley with Flora Robson.jpg
http://www.washingtonlife.com/issues/september-2006/shakespeare-theatre/ 2006 09 Love s Labor s Lost Opening Night – with Hank Stratton.jpg
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A27321-2004May14.html 1970 Sleuth – with Tennessee Williams.jpg
MESSAGES FROM FANS
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