Charles Keating (actor)

Charles Keating
Born (1941-10-22)22 October 1941
London, England, UK
Died 8 August 2014(2014-08-08) (aged 72)
Weston, Connecticut, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Spouse(s) Mary Keating (1963–2014; his death)
Children 2 children

Charles Keating (22 October 1941 – 8 August 2014) was an English actor of stage, screen, and television, and a narrator of audiobooks.


Keating was born in London to Roman Catholic parents who had emigrated from Ireland, Charles James Keating and Margaret (née Shevlin) Keating,[1][2]

Keating moved the United States via Canada with his family as a teenager.[3] He was working as a hair dresser in Buffalo, New York when a customer suggested he try out for a local play,[4] making his stage debut in 1959 with the Buffalo Studio Theatre.[1]

Keating found steady work with the Cleveland Play House repertory company and was on tour when he met his future wife, actress Mary Chobody. The two were married in 1964 while Keating was serving in the US Army and directing plays for its entertainment division at Fort Sill in Oklahoma.[1] Keating later acted at the Charles Playhouse in Boston before eventually joining the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis.[1] In 1971, he was asked by Tyrone Guthrie in 1971 to move back to England and open the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.[4]

UK career

He appeared with the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-upon-Avon before turning to television (he was in the pilot episode of the long-running ITV series Crown Court in 1972), winning the roles of Ernest Simpson in Edward & Mrs. Simpson and Rex Mottram in ITV's Brideshead Revisited.[1]

US career

Television/soap operas

Among other soap roles, he is best known for his role as Carl Hutchins on the American soap opera Another World from 1983–85, and again from 1991-98 with a final appearance in 1999. During this period, he played also Charles in the satirical miniseries Fresno in 1986, which parodied the prime-time soaps of the day such as Dynasty and Dallas.

After Another World ended its run, he returned to stage acting and to Shakespeare, most notably in a two-person show with former Another World co-star Victoria Wyndham.[5][6][7]

In between stints on Another World, he played Dr. Damon Lazarre on All My Children, and Niles Mason on As the World Turns. He also had a role as a professor at a Caribbean medical school that catered to Americans in the short-lived ABC sitcom Going to Extremes as well as a guest role on Sex and the City.[8]

Feature films

In 1992, he appeared in the The Bodyguard. In 2005, he had a supporting role in Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.[8][9]


Broadway roles include Loot by Joe Orton (1986), for which he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play.[8] Other Broadway roles included The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (1968) and The House of Atreus (1968), which comprised three classics: Agamemnon, Choephori, and Eumenides.[10]

In 2001, he played the role of Carney/Oscar Wilde in the Lincoln Center Theater Performance of A Man of No Importance. In 2007, he played the role of Clement O'Donnell in the Guthrie Theater production of Brian Friel's The Home Place.[11]


At the 23rd Daytime Emmy Awards, Keating won the 1995 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his performance in the role of Carl Hutchins on Another World.[8]


Keating died of lung cancer at the age of 72 on 8 August 2014 in Weston, Connecticut. He was survived by his wife, Mary, and the couple's two sons.[12]


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 Hayward, Anthony (15 August 2014). "Charles Keating: Actor who made his name as Rex Mottram in'Brideshead Revisited' before becoming a villainous star of US soaps". The Independent. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  2. "Charles Keating profile". Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  3. "Charles Keating, Actor on TV and Stage, Dies at 72". The New York Times. 12 August 2014. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  4. 1 2 Chawkins, Steve (10 August 2014). "Charles Keating, actor who played soap opera villain, dies at 72". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 27 May 2015.
  5. Tarantola, Christina (28 January 1995). "This Couple Loves To Love On Screen, Stage". Daily Press. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  6. Nicholson, David (15 September 1995). "An Evening Of Love: Soap Opera Stars Bring `Couplets' To W&m Theater". Daily Press. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  7. Hershenson, Roberta (5 February 1995). "A Triangle Yields 'Couplets'". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  8. 1 2 3 4 Waugh, Heather (10 August 2014). "Emmy-winning star Charles Keating of All My Children and Another World dies at age 72 after cancer battle". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  9. "Charles Keating, Shakespearian actor and soap star, dies". Entertainment & Arts. BBC. 11 August 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  10. Charles Keating at the Internet Broadway Database
  11. "Charles Keating". Lortel Archives. Lucille Lortel Foundation. Retrieved 26 May 2015.
  12. "Charles Keating dies at the age of 72". Baltimore Sun. Reuters. Retrieved 26 May 2015.

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