A veteran television actor who won an Emmy in 1996 has died. The Los Angeles Times reports the death Friday of London-born actor Charles Keating, who played the villain Carl Hutchins on the NBC soap opera “Another World.”
Keating died at 72 of cancer, the publication reports, citing his son Sean.
Keating, a Shakespearean actor before he turned to soap opera, played Hutchins as “a seductive manipulator who lacked a conscience but had a knack for swindling, poisoning, bombing, kidnapping and arranging for the maiming of his fellow characters,” the story notes.
It adds: “Like King Lear, he ultimately was a victim of age. When ‘Another World’ was canceled in 1999 after 35 years on the air, an NBC executive told The Times that ‘we wanted to bring in the next generation.’”
Keating’s character appeared to die at various times during his run on the show, including falling off a cliff and being involved in a helicopter crash. But he was resurrected several times before he was fired in 1998. He agreed to return for the soap’s 1999 finale.
“Even if it is not going to be terribly satisfying storywise,” he said, “the fans need to see this wrapped up.”
He won a Daytime Emmy in 1996 for outstanding lead actor in a drama series, and was nominated for four Daytime Emmys in all. Soap Opera Digest gave him three “outstanding villain” nominations.