Charles Keating – ‘All My Children’ Villain – Dies At 72

Charles Keating, star of stage, screen, and television, and narrator of audiobooks, has died at age 72 according to Deadline.

Playing Carl Hutchins on Another World, Charles Keating won an Emmy award in 1996. Keating was born in London, England in 1941. Charles appeared in the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford-Upon-Avon before taking his formidable acting abilities to television. His first role was in the pilot episode of the long-running ITV series Crown Court in 1972 before joining the cast of the popular mini-series ITV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

Charles Keating played the role of Carl Hutchins on Another World from 1983 to 1985, and again from 1991 to 1998 with a final appearance as the character in 1999. Between appearances on Another World, Charles Keating played the evil psychologist Dr. Damon Lazarre on All My Children, scheming with lead character Goldie Kane in efforts to kill her stepdaughter, Erica Kane (played by soap-opera star Susan Lucci). Keating also played the diabolical Niles Mason on As the World Turns who schemed with his son to steal Lucinda Walsh’s fortune.

Charles Keating played bit parts in numerous films over his long career, including The Thomas Crowne Affair, The Bodyguard, Awakenings, Funny Money, and Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo. In addition to his recurring roles on the daytime soap operas and Crown Court, Charles Keating landed many guest appearances on such television programs as Miami Vice, The Professionals, Hotel, Fresno, The Equalizer, Port Charles, Sex & the City, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Xena: Warrior Princess, Providence, and Alias.

Alicia Coppola, Charles Keating’s co-star on Another World, tweeted of Charles’ death on Saturday:

Coppola also tweeted a scene between her and Charles Keating:

Will McKinley, a freelance writer and producer, called Charles Keating a “brilliant actor who infused soap operas with Shakespearean gravitas”:

Charles Keating died in Weston, Connecticut. Although no official cause of death was announced, the Daily Mail reports that Keating had been battling cancer.

Charles Keating leaves behind his wife, Mary, and their two sons.

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