|James Wall with Bob Keeshan (Captain Kangaroo), in 1974. (CBS)|
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
In 1994, Mr. Wall was honored with an achievement award by the Director’s Guild of America.