Paxton Whitehead


Paxton Whitehead

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tonyawards = Nominated 1981 Tony Award Best Featured Actor in a Musical ("Camelot")
awards = Won 1984 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Ensemble Work ("Noises Off")
Nominated 1981 Drama Desk Award Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nominated 1989 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Lead Performance ("How the Other half Loves")
Won 2004 Norton Award for Outstanding Actor, Large Company ("What the Butler Saw")

Paxton Whitehead (born October 17, 1937 in Kent, England) is an actor who made his professional debut in 1956.

Biography

He trained at London's Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art beginning when he was 17 years old. After attending the Academy he worked in repertory, small touring companies that rehearsed and performed a new play each week. In 1958 he was signed by the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1961 Whitehead directed Doric Wilson's first play to be performed, his comedy "And He Made A Her", a production at the off-off-Broadway venue Caffe Cino. [" [http://www.doricwilson.com/caffecino.asp Doric Wilson on the Caffe Cino] ." Doric Wilson Professional Web Page. Originally printed in 'Other Stages (NYC)'. March 8, 1979.] He made his Broadway debut in "The Affair" (1962) after appearing in Canadian stage and TV productions.cite web | url=http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=8081 | title=Paxton Whitehead: Male, Performer, Writer, Dramaturg | work=Internet Broadway Data Base | accessdate=2007-06-23 ] cite web | url=http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:75961~T1 | title=Biography | work=All Movie Guide | author=Erickson, Hal | accessdate=2007-06-23 ] Whitehead replaced Jonathan Miller in the Broadway production of "Beyond the Fringe" in 1964 and appeared on the LP recording of the show, "Beyond The Fringe '64".cite web | url=http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=8081 | title=Paxton Whitehead: Male, Performer, Writer, Dramaturg | work=Internet Broadway Data Base | accessdate=2007-06-23 ] cite web | url=http://www.broadway.com/gen/Buzz_Story.aspx?ci=520491 | title=Biography | work=Broadway.com | title=DVDs: So That's the Way You Like It: BEYOND THE FRINGE (Acorn Media) | author=Mandelbaum, Ken | accessdate=2007-06-23 ] He went on to appear with the American Shakespeare Company to direct in regional repertory.cite web | url=http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=2:75961~T1 | title=Biography | work=All Movie Guide | author=Erickson, Hal | accessdate=2007-06-23 ]

Whitehead succeeded Barry Morse as Artistic Director of the Shaw Festival, the only repertory company dedicated to the works of George Bernard Shaw. Under his leadership, it continued to develop into an international event. During his tenure he was able to push through a plan of building the purpose-built 869 seat state-of-the-art Festival Theatre to expand considerably the capacity for audiences at Niagara-on-the-Lake. Queen Elizabeth II, Indira Gandhi, and Pierre Elliot Trudeau were among those who attended performances at the Shaw Festival Theatre during its inaugural season in 1973. He served until 1977 and also appeared in productions as actor. His notable appearances included "The Apple Cart", "Major Barbara", "The Philanderer", "Arms and the Man", "Misalliance", and "Heartbreak House" with Jessica Tandy.

He received an honorary degree in arts from Trent University in 1978 and earned an Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award nomination for "Camelot" in 1980. He has appeared in numerous Broadway productions including "My Fair Lady" with Richard Chamberlain, "The Harlequin Studies" with Bill Irwin, Noel Coward's "Suite in Two Keys", Peter Schaffer's "Lettice and Lovage", "London Suite" by Neil Simon, and as Sherlock Holmes in "The Crucifer of Blood."

In recent years, Whitehead has been in retirement away from acting. However, in 2007, he made a cameo in Desperate Housewives as the father of Susan Mayer's fiancée, Ian. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0967639/ IMDB Cast Listing for "Desperate Housewives" Dress Big] ] Whitehead will be appearing in the role of Phil at the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, CT from July 12 - July 27, 2007 in "Relatively Speaking", a comedy.cite web
url = http://www.bakerstreetblog.com/2007/06/where-are-slippers-now-vall.html
publisher = Baker Street Blog
title = Where Are the Slippers Now?" (VALL)
author = Monty, Scott
date = 2007-06-22
accessdate = 2007-06-22
] cite web
url = http://www.playbill.com/news/article/109098.html
publisher = Playbill
title = Carr, Waterston, Whitehead to Star in Westport's Relatively Speaking
author = Hetrick, Adam
date = 2007-06-25
accessdate = 2007-06-25
] cite web
url = http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/11029
publisher = Theater Mania
title = Carr, Hart, Waterston, Whitehead Set for Westport's Relatively Speaking
author = Lipton, Brian Scott
date = 2007-06-25
accessdate = 2007-06-25
]

Whitehead is an Associate Artist of the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego. He performs on recordings of Shaw's "The Doctor's Dilemma" and Harley Granville-Barker's "The Voysey Inheritance".

Career Highlights

* August 13 - August 24, 2008: Plays opposite Richard Easton and Dana Ivey in "Home" play by David Storey (Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Massachusetts).cite news
last = Hetrick
first = Adam
title = Easton, Ivey and White Set for 2008 Williamstown Season
publisher = Variety
date = 2008-02-12
url = http://www.playbill.com/news/article/115030.html
accessdate = 2008-02-12
] cite news
last = Borak
first = Jeffrey
title = 'She Loves Me' first on Main Stage
publisher = Berkshire Eagle
date = 2008-02-12
url = http://www.berkshireeagle.com/localnews/ci_8237439
accessdate = 2008-02-12
] cite news
title = White, Easton, Ivey Poised for 2008 Williamstown Theatre Fest
publisher = Broadwayworld.com
date = 2008-02-12
url = http://www.broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=25097
accessdate = 2008-02-12
] cite news
last = Lipton
first = Brian Scott
title = Easton, Ivey, Scott, White, et al. Set for Williamstown 2008 Season
publisher = TheaterMania.com
date = 2008-02-12
url = http://www.theatermania.com/content/news.cfm/story/12828
accessdate = 2008-02-12
]
* April 1 - April 26, 2008: Plays Gerry Stanton opposite Cecilia Hart in "Time of My Life" play by Alan Ayckbourn (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut).cite news
last = Hetrick
first = Adam
title = Westport Announces Revised 2008 Season; Paul Newman to Direct
publisher = Playbill
date = 2008-02-05
url = http://www.playbill.com/news/article/114839.html
accessdate = 2008-02-06
] cite news
title = Westport Revises 2008-09 Season; Paul Newman to Direct
publisher = Broadwayworld.com
date = 2008-02-04
url = http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=24864
accessdate = 2008-02-06
] cite news
title = Westport Playhouse keeps it all in the family
last = Cooney
first = Beth
publisher = Greenwich Time
date = 2008-03-30
url = http://broadwayworld.com/viewcolumn.cfm?colid=24864
accessdate = 2008-03-30
]
* July 12 - July 27, 2007: Plays Phil opposite Cecilia Hart and James Waterston in "Relatively Speaking" play by Alan Ayckbourn (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut)
* September 23 - November 9, 2003: Plays Pantalone opposite Bill Irwin in "The Harlequin Studies" play by Bill Irwin (Peter Norton Space, New York City, New York)cite web| title = The Harlequin Studies | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=3281| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ] cite news
last = Stasio
first = Marilyn
title = Review: The Harlequin Studies
publisher = Variety
date = 2003-09-21
url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117921917.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
accessdate = 2008-02-09
]
* April 10 - April 16, 2000: Plays George Hilgay/Sir Hugo Latymer opposite Judith Ivey and Hayley Mills in "A Suite in Two Keys" play by Noel Coward (Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, New York)cite web| title = The Harlequin Studies | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url = http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=161| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ]
* March 28 - September 3, 1995: Plays Billy/Sidney/Dr. McMerlin opposite Kate Burton, Jeffrey Jones and Carole Shelley in "London Suite" play by Neil Simon (Union Square Theatre, New York City, New York)cite web| title = London Suite | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url=http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=766| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ] cite news
last = Gerard
first = Jeremy
title = Review: London Suite
publisher = Variety
date = 1995-04-10
url = http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117903927.html?categoryid=33&cs=1
accessdate = 2008-02-09
]
* November 05 - November 14, 1969: Plays opposite Shawn Elliott, Barbara Lang and Peter York in "Rondelay" play by Jerry Douglas (Hudson West Theatre, New York City, New York)cite web| title = Rondelay | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url=http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=3533| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ]
* February 02 - March 31, 1963: Plays Torvald Helmer opposite Alice Drummond, Barnard Hughes and Richard Waring in "A Doll's House" play by Henrik Ibsen (Theatre Four, New York City, New York)cite web| title = A Doll's House | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url=http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4221| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ]
* September 18, 1961: Plays Prosecuting Counsel opposite Joel Fabiani, James Kenny, John Milligan and Anna Russell in "One Way Pendulum" play by N.F. Simpson (East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, New York)cite web| title = One Way Pendulum | publisher = The Internet Off-Broadway Database, Lucille Lortel Foundation| url=http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=show&id=4323| accessdate = 2008-02-09 ]


=Detailed Theatreography [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Paxton-Whitehead.html Paxton Whitehead Biography (1937-) ] ] [ [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=8081 Internet Broadway Database: Paxton Whitehead Credits on Broadway ] ] =

Actor

*Kentish Colt, The Epilogue, The Old Stagers Theatre, Canterbury, England, 1949
*Alphonse, All for Mary, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England, 1956
*Francisco, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford, England,1958
*Gallows Humor, Gramercy Arts Theatre, New York City, 1961
*Prosecuting counsel, One Way Pendulum, East 74th Street Theatre, New York City, 1961
*Gilbert Dawson-Hill, The Affair, Henry Miller's Theatre, 1962
*Torvald Helmer, A Doll's House, Theatre Four, New York City, 1963
*Gower, Henry V, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, 1963
*King of France, King Lear, American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, 1963
*Horner, The Country Wife, Front Street Theatre, Memphis, TN, 1964
*Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, Front Street Theatre, 1964
*Jack Absolute, The Rivals, Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA, 1964
*Archie Rice, The Entertainer, Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, CT, 1965
*Adolphus Cusins, Major Barbara, Playhouse in the Park, Cincinnati,OH, 1965
*Randall Underwood, Heartbreak House, Manitoba Theatre Center, Winnipeg, Ontario, Canada, 1965
*Christoforou, The Public Eye, Manitoba Theatre Center, 1965
*Algernon, The Importance of Being Earnest, Manitoba Theatre Center, 1965
*John Worthing, The Importance of Being Earnest, Canadian Players,Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1966
*Lord Summerhays, Misalliance, Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake,Ontario, Canada, 1966
*Magnus, The Apple Cart, Shaw Festival, 1966
*Sergius, Arms and the Man, Shaw Festival, 1967
*Adolphus Cusins, Major Barbara, Shaw Festival, 1967
*Hector Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Shaw Festival, 1968
*Coustilliou, The Chemmy Circle, Shaw Festival, 1968
*Charley's Aunt, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1968
*Chemin de Fer, Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, 1969
*Rondelay, Hudson West Theatre, New York City, 1969
*Dubedat, The Doctor's Dilemma, Shaw Festival, 1969
*The actor, The Guardsman, Shaw Festival, 1969
*Tempest, Forty Years On, Shaw Festival, 1970
*The Chemmy Circle, Arena Stage, Washington, DC, 1970
*Hector Hushabye, Heartbreak House, Goodman Memorial Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1970
*The Emperor, The Brass Butterfly, Chelsea Theatre Center, New YorkCity, 1970
*Reverend Alexander Mill, Candida, Longacre Theatre, New York City, 1970
*Canon Throbbing, Habeas Corpus, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City, 1975
*Charteris, The Philanderer, Shaw Festival, 1971
*Lead roles, Tonight at 8:30, Shaw Festival, 1971
*Valentine, You Never Can Tell, Shaw Festival, 1973
*Savoyard, Fanny's First Play, Shaw Festival, 1973
*Fancourt Babberley, Charley's Aunt, Shaw Festival, 1974
*Burgoyne, The Devil's Disciple, Shaw Festival, 1975
*Sergius, Arms and the Man, Shaw Festival, 1976
*Magnus, The Apple Cart, Shaw Festival, 1976
*Adrian, The Millionairess, Shaw Festival, 1976
*Ronnie Gamble, Thark, Shaw Festival, 1977
*Sherlock Holmes, The Crucifer of Blood, Helen Hayes Theatre, New York City, 1978
*Henry Carr, Travesties, Manitoba Theatre Centre, 1979
*Title role, The Trials of Oscar Wilde, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 1980
*Ronnie Gamble, Thark, Philadelphia Drama Guild, 1980
*Malvalio, Twelfth Night, Philadelphia Drama Guild, 1980
*Pellinore, Camelot, State Theatre, New York City, 1980
*Sergeant of police, The Pirates of Penzance, Ahmanson Theatre, LosAngeles, 1981
*Harpagon, The Miser, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA, 1982
*Hector, Heartbreak House, Theatre Royal, London, 1983
*Anthony Absolute, The Rivals, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1983
*Freddy, Noises Off, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City, 1983-85
*Title role, Richard III, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1985
*Benedick, Much Ado About Nothing, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1986
*Richard Willey, Out of Order, Paper Mill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ,1997
*Sherlock Holmes, The Mask of Moriarty, Paper Mill Playhouse, 1998
*Narrator, Rocky Horror Show, Tiffany Theater, Hollywood, CA, 1998
*Sir Hugo Latymer, A Song at Twilight, Mirage Theater Company, Lucille Lortel Theater, New York City, 2000
*George Hilgay, Shadows of the Evening, Mirage Theater Company, Lucille Lortel Theater, 2000
*Xanadu Live, Male, The Gascon Center Theatre (Culver City, CA) 2001
*Twelfth Night, Malvolio, Old Globe Theatre (San Diego, CA) 2001
*The Circle, Clive Champion-Cheney, South Coast Repertory (Costa Mesa, CA) 2001
*Where's Charley, Mr. Spettigue, Williamstown Theatre Festival (Williamstown, MA) 2002
*The Voysey Inheritance, Mr. Voysey, Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA) 2003
*The Harlequin Studies, Pantalone, Peter Norton Space (Off-Broadway) 2003
*What the Butler Saw, Dr. Rance, Boston University Theatre (Boston, MA) 2004
*Absurd Person Singular, Ronald, Biltmore Theatre (Broadway) 2005
*Also appeared in A Little Hotel on the Side; King Lear, Manitoba Theatre Centre; Neil Simon's London Suite."Tour History"
*Francisco, Hamlet, Royal Shakespeare Company, Moscow and Leningrad, Russia, 1958
*Lead role, The Grass Is Greener, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K. cities, 1959
*Freddie, Pygmalion, Royal Shakespeare Company, U.K. cities, 1960
*Beyond the Fringe, U.S. cities, 1963
*The Bed Before Yesterday, U.S. cities, 1976
*Pellinore, Camelot, U.S. cities, 1980-81
*Also toured with the Andrew McMaster Company, U.K. cities, 1957.

Director

*The Circle, Shaw Festival, 1967
*The Chemmy Circle, Shaw Festival, 1968
*A Flea in Her Ear, Charles Playhouse, 1969
*Forty Years On, Shaw Festival, 1970
*The Secretary Bird, Main Stage, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1970
*The Chemmy Circle, Main Stage, Vancouver, 1971
*The Sorrows of Frederick, Main Stage, Vancouver, 1971
*Misalliance, Shaw Festival, 1972
*Getting Married, Shaw Festival, 1972
*Charley's Aunt, Shaw Festival, 1972
*Widowers' Houses, Shaw Festival, 1973
*Arms and the Man, Main Stage, Vancouver, 1973
*Misalliance, Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, PA, then Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, 1982
*The Real Thing, Seattle Repertory Theatre, WA, 1986
*Beyond the Fringe, Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, transferring to the Los Angeles Theatre Centre, 1986

Writer (with Suzanne Grossman)

*The Chemmy Circle, 1968
*There's One in Every Marriage, 1972
*A Flea in Her Ear, 1982

Filmography

Movies

Television

References

External links

*
* [http://www.theatredb.com/QPerson.php?pid=p001738 Paxton Whitehead] at the Internet Theatre Database
* [http://www.ibdb.com/person.asp?id=8081 Paxton Whitehead] at the Internet Broadway Database
* [http://broadwayworld.com/galleryperson.cfm?personid=9160 Paxton Whitehead] at Broadway World.com
* [http://www.lortel.org/LLA_archive/index.cfm?search_by=people&keyword=name&first=Paxton&last=Whitehead&middle= Paxton Whitehead] at the The Internet Off-Broadway Database
* [http://www.filmreference.com/film/66/Paxton-Whitehead.html Paxton Whitehead] at filmreference.com


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