Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Charles Keating, 72, Star of “Another World” and “Brideshead”


The great Charles Keating has passed away age 72. The fine British actor gained international acclaim when he was part of the cast of “Brideshead Revisited” on PBS. He played Rex Mottram, the man who tried to woo Julia (Diana Quick) away from Charles (Jeremy Irons).

In the US, Keating is better known as evil Carl Hutchins, who terrorized the people of Bay City on “Another World” through the 80s and 90s. He won an Emmy Award in 1996 for playing Carl after three prior nominations. He was also nominated for a Tony Award on Broadway in 1986 in a revival of “Loot.”

I had the pleasure of meeting Charles several times over the years for a funny reason: he was best friends with actor James Cromwell. They’d started out at age 20 at the Cleveland Playhouse. Often when Cromwell came to town for a premiere of one of his films, he invited Charles Keating and his wife. He was just like he’d been on those TV shows, erudite and urbane. He will be sorely missed. Condolences to his lovely wife Mary.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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