Charles Keating, Stage and Soap Actor, Dies at 72

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11 Aug 2014

Charles Keating, a stage actor who was best known for his long run as the villainous Carl Hutchins on the soap opera "Another World," died at his home in Weston, CT, it was reported. He was 72.



Carl Hutchins was one of "Another World"'s baddies, conniving to kill, kidnap and otherwise do harm to the show's other characters. Mr. Keating was a regular from 1983 to 1986. Thereafter, his character periodically returned whenever evil was to be done. The show was canceled in 1999, and, though Mr. Keating had been dismissed from his job the year before, he appeared in the finale.

Mr. Keating was nominated for four Daytime Emmys, and received the award for outstanding lead actor in a drama series in 1996.

Charles Keating was a trained Shakespearean actor. He was born in London to Irish parents on Oct. 22, 1941. The family immigrated to Canada when he was a teenager. At 19, he tried out for a play in nearby Niagara Falls. Soon enough, he was working at the Cleveland Play House and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. As part of the Minnesota Theatre Company, he acted on Broadway in The House of Atreus and The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, which played in rep in 1968.

He moved back to England when Tyrone Guthrie asked him to open the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, in 1971. He stayed in the U.K. for 12 years, appearing with the Royal Shakespeare Company and at the Chichester Festival Theatre.

In 1986, he appeared in a revival of Joe Orton's cutting farce Loot, and was Tony-nominated for his work. Also in the cast were Joseph Maher, Zoe Wanamaker and a young Alec Baldwin. The show had started Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club. He returned to MTC and Orton in 1989, acting in What the Butler Saw. Maher was again in the cast, and John Tillinger, the director of Loot, staged the show.

Other Off-Broadway productions during the '80s and '90s included A Man For All Seasons, The Doctor's Dilemma, Light Up the Sky, You Never Can Tell and Pygmalion. He was in the 2003 musical A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center, in which he played Oscar Wilde.

He is survived by his wife Mary, his two sons, and six grandchildren.