Alan Baxter (actor)

Alan Edwin Baxter (November 19, 1908 – May 7, 1976) was an American film and television actor.

Alan Baxter
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Richard Widmark and Baxter (right) in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Born(1908-11-19)November 19, 1908
DiedMay 7, 1976(1976-05-07) (aged 67)
Years active1935–1971
Spouse(s)Barbara Williams (1936–1953) (her death)
Christy Palmer (1955–1976) (his death)

Early yearsEdit

Baxter was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a bachelor's degree from Williams College,[1] where he was a member of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and a classmate of Elia Kazan. He went on to study in the 47 Drama Workshop at Yale University.[1]


After he completed his studies, Baxter became a member of the Group Theatre in New York City.[2] His Broadway credits include The Hallams (1947), Home of the Brave (1945), The Voice of the Turtle (1943), Winged Victory (1943), Thumbs Up! (1934), and Lone Valley (1932).[3]

Military serviceEdit

Baxter served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Baxter had been married to actress Barbara Williams for 17 years at the time of her death on November 9, 1953.[4] Later, he was married to Christy Palmer until his death.[5]


Television rolesEdit

Among Baxter's television appearances were four guest roles on the CBS' courtroom drama series, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr. In 1961, he played the title role of Eugene Houseman in "The Case of the Left-Handed Liar". Also in 1961 Gunsmoke Long, Long Trail he played Lou Hacker. In 1964, he played Roger Gray in “The Case of the Missing Button”. He also made three guest appearances on The Virginian, starring James Drury and he was guest starred on Ripcord, starring Larry Pennell and Ken Curtis as Leach in the episode "Derelict". In September 1960, he appeared in the season premiere episode "The Longest Rope" of the western series Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker. In 1961 he appeared on Thriller(hosted by Boris Karloff) in the season 2, episode “Waxworks” playing Sergeant Dane. He also played Detective Baldwin on Alfred Hitchcock Hour in “The Crimson Witness” starring Peter Lawford.


  1. ^ a b "Like Jekyll, Off-Stage". The Kansas City Times. Missouri, Kansas City. February 13, 1956. p. 4. Retrieved May 7, 2017 – via  
  2. ^ a b "Alan Baxter". Films of the Golden Age (96): 61–62. Spring 2019.
  3. ^ "("Alan Baxter" search results". Playbill Vault. Playbill. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  4. ^ "The Final Curtain". Billboard. November 28, 1953. p. 54. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Alan Baxter". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Archived from the original on March 1, 2020. Retrieved March 1, 2020.

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