Saturday, October 30, 2010

James Wall, Who Played a Beloved Character on 'Captain Kangaroo,' Dead at 92 AP
James Wall, better known as Jimmy Wall, a veteran actor and longtime CBS stage manager, has died at 92, AP reports.

Wall is best known for his role as Mr. Baxter, the first African American character on "Captain Kangaroo," a role he played for more than 10 years. He was also a stage manager for the “CBS Evening News” and other CBS productions.

Wall had been working on "Captain Kangaroo" for six years, starting in 1962, before he convinced the producers to add an African American character to reflect the diversity of the children's show’s viewership. Wall was offered the role and began playing Mr. Baxter in 1968.

Wall, who stage managed "60 Minutes," "Face the Nation," the US Open Tennis Championships and other productions, continued those duties until he was 90.

Dave Schwartz