Keith Baxter

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.

Television work

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.

Theatre awards

* 1971 Drama Desk Award for Sleuth

* 1962 Theatre World Award for A Man for All Seasons

Source: Wikipedia





* 1990s

* 1980s

* 1970s

* 1960s

* 1950s

Actor (34 credits):

 1998 Merlin (TV Mini-Series) …Sir Hector
 1998 Killing Time  …Reilly Bodyguard #3
 1992 Performance (TV Series)

 1988 Berlín Blues
Prof. Huessler
 1978 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
Reverend Andy

The Miracle Man (1978) … Reverend Andy
 1978 Do You Remember? (TV Series)

The Bonus (1978)
 1977 Golden Rendezvous
 1976 Thriller (TV Series)
Tony Risanti

Nightmare for a Nightingale (1976) … Tony Risanti
 1974 Dial M for Murder (TV Series)
Paul Duras

The Vineyard (1974) … Paul Duras
 1973 Great Mysteries (TV Series)
Philip Faulkner

Farewell to the Faulkners (1973) … Philip Faulkner
 1973 Ash Wednesday
 1970 With Love in Mind
Tony Preston
 1969 The Avengers (TV Series)

Homicide and Old Lace (1969) … Dunbar
 1969 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Jim Garden

Stake Money (1969) … Jim Garden
 1968 BBC Play of the Month (TV Series)

St. Joan (1968) … Dunois
 1968 Love Story (TV Series)

The Vast Horizons of the Mind (1968) … David
 1965 Treasure Island (Short)
Doctor Livesey
 1965 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)

 1965 Public Eye (TV Series)
Paul Garston

Nobody Kills Santa Claus (1965) … Paul Garston
 1965 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)

I’ve Got a System (1965) … Harry
 1965 La isla del tesoro (Short)
 1964 Gideon’s Way (TV Series)
Geoffrey Miles

The V Men (1964) … Geoffrey Miles
 1964 The Hidden Truth (TV Series)

One for the Road (1964) … Yanni
 1963 The Sentimental Agent (TV Series)

Not Quite Fully Covered (1963) … Yanni
 1963 For Tea on Sunday (TV Movie)
 1957-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Tom Belton / Vivian Brent

After the Party (1960) … Tom Belton
Six Stayed the Night (1957) … Vivian Brent
 1960 Peeping Tom
Det. Baxter (uncredited)
 1958-1959 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Broadcaster / Stacey Crispin / Ben Kent

Sweet Poison (1959) … Broadcaster
A Dead Secret (1959) … Stacey Crispin
The Troublemakers (1958) … Ben Kent
 1958 Incident at Echo Six (TV Movie)
Duty officer
 1956 She Stoops to Conquer (TV Movie)
Thomas (as Keith Baxter-Wright)



Self (2 credits):

2009 Orson Welles Over Europe (TV Movie documentary)
 2001 Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood (TV Movie documentary)



Archive footage (1 credit):

 1990 Hollywood Mavericks (Documentary)
Actor ‘The Chimes at Midnight’



 He has also a career as stage-actor and as director.


Stage Appearances


* (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

* Series

* Earl of Essex, Life of Shakespeare (also known as William Shakespeare, His Life & Times), 1978


* Miniseries

* Sir Hector, Merlin, NBC, 1998


* Specials

* 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


* Episodic

* 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


* Other

* Appeared in The Miracle Man; The Bonus; Hold My Hand, Soldier.





* Plays

* 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


* Memoirs

* Published My Sentiments Exactly.






WORKS ON STAGE The Imaginary Invalid The Imaginary Invalid e Henry IV Keith Baxter, An Actor With a Friend In Tennessee Sleuth Noises Off


SOURCES & LINKS gallery Falstaff19.jpg  with  Judy Dench 2006 11 Noises Off – free time.jpg Falstaff15.jpg 1971.03.22 Starry Night Award.jpg LaRegentaposter01.jpg   AshWednesdayPoster3.jpg   1991 Private Lives 01.jpg 1990 Private Lives cover.jpg  Falstaff Falstaff14.jpg video on Youtube Cleopatra01.jpg 1971 Sleuth behindthescene01.jpg 2008 06 18 KeithBaxter.jpg 2008 Roman Rep Opening Night 1.jpg Falstaff20.jpg 1998 A Midsummer Night s Dream poster.jpg×140~x16643839 Ash Ednesday poster PeepingTom01.jpg Ballybane Enterprise Centre.jpg,2008.html,1301576,ApplicationGallery.html Falstaff16-17-18ù Nobody Kills Santa Claus 01.jpg   1973 The Three Sisters 01.jpg 2004 Henry IV 01.jpg  2004 Henry IV 02.jpg The Avengers Homicide and Old Lace 01.jpg 2005 07 27 Sandringham Flower Show – with Judy Dench.jpg FalstaffITAposter.jpg FalstaffFRAposter.jpg  FalstaffDEUposter.jpg  FalstaffENGposter.jpg  AshWednesdayPoster1.jpg Falstaff11.jpg historyforsale.jpg 1961 portrait1 by Anthony Buckley.jpg 1961 portrait2 by Anthony Buckley with Flora Robson.jpg 1971 Sleuth 01.jpg  Falstaff13.jpg  2006 09 Love s Labor s Lost Opening Night – with Hank Stratton.jpg 1970 Sleuth – with Tennessee Williams.jpg PeepingTomposter1.jpg



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2 thoughts on “Keith Baxter

  1. I met Mr Baxter many years ago when he was starring in Corpse!. I was 17 and had a huge crush on him, he gave me a card and signed photo for my 18th birthday.

    I caught up with him again when he was starring in Private Lives, he kindly invited me to his dressing room and he introduced me to his guests as “my friend Tania” which made me very happy!

    I last saw him on stage 2 or 3 years ago in the play Arturo Ui, I wish I had sent him a note or just gone backstage to say hello but for some reason I didn’t, now I really regret it.

    I have very happy memories of Mr. Baxter, he is a real gentleman, how I wish I could get in touch with him.

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    • Hello Tania! I love your memory on Keith Baxter! It’s great you have been able to meet him in person! I wish I could. He has always been a beautiful man and a fine actor. So is he still working on stage? Amazing! Next time, do it, maybe he recognises you! I’m not in touch with him unfortunately, I could ask to someone on Twitter who knows him, let’s see what I can do…


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