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James Wall, Mr. Baxter on 'Captain Kangaroo,' dies at 92

October 29, 2010 |  9:38 am


James Wall, 92, who played Captain Kangaroo's neighbor Mr. Baxter on the children's show and worked for many years as a stage manager for CBS News, died Wednesday in New York City after a short illness, CBS News announced.

The former vaudevillian joined the popular children's show in 1962 as a stage manager before persuading the show's producers to create its first black character in 1968.

He played Baxter and another recurring role on the show until 1978.

Wall was a stage manager for many CBS broadcasts over the years, including "60 Minutes," "Face the Nation" and the U.S. Open Tennis Championships.

-- Associated Press

Photo: James Wall, who played Mr. Baxter on "Captain Kangaroo," stands in the back row center, surrounded by other 1970s cast members, from left, Hugh Brannum, Bob Keeshan, Debbie Weems and Gus Allegretti. Credit: Associated Press / CBS