James Wall, 92, Mr. Baxter on TV’s ‘Captain Kangaroo’

James Wall with Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), in 1974. James Wall with Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), in 1974. (CBS)
Associated Press / November 3, 2010

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NEW YORK — James Wall, Captain Kangaroo’s neighbor Mr. Baxter on the children’s show and a longtime stage manager for CBS News, has died. He was 92.

CBS News says Mr. Wall died last Wednesday in New York after a short illness.

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 roll until 1978.

Mr. Wall was a stage manager for many CBS broadcasts over the years, including “60 Minutes,’’ “Face the Nation,’’ and the US Open Tennis Championships.

In 1994, Mr. Wall was honored with an achievement award by the Director’s Guild of America.