October 29th, 2010
05:34 PM ET

'Captain Kangaroo's' Mr. Baxter dies at 92

James Wall, who played Mr. Baxter on “Captain Kangaroo” during the 1960s and '70s, died in his sleep on October 27. He was 92.

When Wall ended his run as Captain Kangaroo’s smart neighbor on the popular children’s program in 1978, he became a stage manager at CBS, where he worked up until last year.

A fixture at the network, The Director’s Guild of America presented Wall with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award in 1994.

Wall is survived by his wife.


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  1. marquee.blogs.cnn.com

    Captain kangaroos mr baxter dies at 92.. Bully :)

    April 19, 2011 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  2. ksf

    Mr. Green Jeans and the painter I remember well. I must have not paid as much attention while watching as I thought.
    I looked at a picture on USA today and I really don't remember the girl either.

    http://nellswisdom.blogspot.com/

    November 1, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Floretta

    http://invenovate.com/captain-kangaroo-neighbor-mr-baxter-played-by-james-wall-dies-at-age-92/221530/

    He was on the show from 1968-1978 which explains why many boomers may not remember him – we were beyond watching Captain Kangaroo at that point.

    October 30, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny Netguy

      I think I would have remembered hearing something about a Mr Baxter character throughout the years, even if only in clips and such... NOTHING

      October 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bttmstr

    seriously.... how about a %$#5% photo when you tell a story like this?... cause it's kind of retarded w/o one.

    October 30, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. Marco555

    Say hi to the Capm and Mr Green Jeans.

    October 30, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. ROCKWOOD

    I guess you know you're getting old when the people who used to entertain you as a kid start dying....RIP I can't remember his character.....and can't find anything on youtube. I remember Bill Cosby being on the show a lot, Captain Kangaroo, The Bunny Rabbit with is carrot, Mr. Moose, Mr. Green Jeans..... Anyway....it was a good show....longest running too.

    October 30, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reynardine Greencastle

    That will always bring back memories of the morning of the world,of summer journeys and innocence. Godspeed!

    October 30, 2010 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. John

    I was a faithful viewer of the Captain, but don't remember this man at all.

    October 30, 2010 at 12:22 am | Report abuse |
  9. christopherjohn

    one starts to see time pass as the mainstays of our lives move on, RIP,

    October 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • dan bolduc

      i could not have said it better,thats how i feel but i could not find the words toexpress what you said.great thought.

      October 31, 2010 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  10. albert miller

    I guess there were no photos of someone in show business for years.

    October 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Diane

    A childhood without Captain Kangaroo and Hobo Kelly would not be the same.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Oz

    You'll be remembered by entire generations of children/adults....blessings and God Speed my friend.

    October 29, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JR SUMMERLIN

    HE WILL BE WELL MISS I ALWAYS LOVE THAT SHOW WHEN I WAS A KID BACK IN THE 60'S

    October 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joemama

    Speaking of Captain Kangaroo, you'd think after all those years he would've become General Kangaroo or at least Colonel Kangaroo...Senator Kangaroo, Governor Kangaroo...We'll get their pop, we'll get there.

    October 29, 2010 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. sandman

    Capt. K was a decorated Navy vet. His replacement in my kids lives was Mr. Rogers ex- Special Forces. Military types make the best people in later life, they know dedication to something bigger than they are.

    October 29, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debunk

      actually this is a long-running urban legend, false – although it would be admittedly cool if it was true.

      October 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debunk

      talking about Mr. Rogers..

      October 29, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Burbank

    Thank you for being part of my childhood. God Bless You! A life well lived and such a warm, gentle contribution to humanity.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Fan Forever

    Say hi to Mr Rogers and you will forever be in my memories,

    October 29, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  18. nancy

    Ya know, there are life memories that bring back the wonderful feeling of simple truths and trust...and of a protectful arem around the shoulders...

    October 29, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. RealityCrash

    I am 60 and I enjoyed the show very much. You will be missed along with The Captain and Mr. Greenjeans.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • olddog

      I'm 59 and I watched the show a lot but I can't recall Mr.Baxter. I wish they had posted a pic.

      October 30, 2010 at 2:23 am | Report abuse |
  20. Hinoki

    I remember that show,and loved it as a kid.

    Fare thee well, traveller. May the stars guide thy path.

    October 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Aloha No

    Thanks Mr Baxter for all the wonderful and wholesome memories. I watched Captain Kangaroo as a child and I'm 63 yrs old. My children soon followed in my footsteps and enjoyed Mr Baxter too. God Bless.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bobolink

    Why wasn't "Mr.Baxter"'s photo shown on the site?

    October 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  23. dustin

    "A fixture at the network, The Director’s Guild of America presented Wall with the Franklin J. Schaffner Achievement Award in 1994."

    This suggests the Guild was a fixture at the network...

    October 29, 2010 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Wes

    I've always known that even on days such as this, good far outweighs evil. Thank all of you who take part of the good side of our planet!

    October 29, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Eddie

    We will all miss you rest in peace:[

    October 29, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Deas

    I loved that show. THank you, Mr. Baxter.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Tatawnca

    Thank you for all your wonderful CLEAN WHOLESOME memories and joys you provided the world. And will be remembered by thousands. GODSPEED to you Mr. Baxter see you in heaven.....

    October 29, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  28. HorkusMac

    Thanks for all the find memories, Mr. Baxter. Enjoy eternity – I hope to see you soon!

    October 29, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      That's a strange thing to say. Hope to see you soon? Are you going to off yourself?

      November 1, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  29. Ishmail

    OK Mo – wonder what his wife of 58 years thinks.

    October 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  30. VeeZee

    Demm> Look who's talking!
    t(*_*t)

    October 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |

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