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Also Known As: Warner Leroy Baxter Died: May 7, 1951
Born: March 29, 1889 Cause of Death: pneumonia following a lobotomy
Birth Place: Columbus, Ohio, USA Profession: actor, salesman, office boy

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Entered movies in 1918 and emerged as a star in his first sound film, "In Old Arizona" (1929), playing the Cisco Kid. A capable middle-aged lead through the 1930s in such fine films as "Daddy Long Legs" (1931), "One More Spring" (1935), "Thr Prisoner of Shark Island" (1936) and "The Road to Glory" (1936), Baxter suffered a sharp career decline following a nervous breakdown in the early 1940s. He did keep working until shortly before his death, including appearances in a series of "Crime Doctor" mysteries, though many of his final films were low-budget affairs. He was married to silent screen performer Winifred Bryson.

Entered movies in 1918 and emerged as a star in his first sound film, "In Old Arizona" (1929), playing the Cisco Kid. A capable middle-aged lead through the 1930s in such fine films as "Daddy Long Legs" (1931), "One More Spring" (1935), "Thr Prisoner of Shark Island" (1936) and "The Road to Glory" (1936), Baxter suffered a sharp career decline following a nervous breakdown in the early 1940s. He did keep working until shortly before his death, including appearances in a series of "Crime Doctor" mysteries, though many of his final films were low-budget affairs. He was married to silent screen performer Winifred Bryson.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 State Penitentiary (1950) Roger Manners
2.
 The Crime Doctor's Diary (1949) Dr. Robert Ordway
3.
 Devil's Henchmen (1949)
4.
 The Devil's Henchman (1949) Jess Arno
5.
 Prison Warden (1949) Victor Burnell
6.
 The Gentleman from Nowhere (1948) Earl Donovan/Robert Ashton
7.
 The Millerson Case (1947) Dr. Robert Ordway
8.
 The Crime Doctor's Gamble (1947) Dr. Ordway
9.
 Just Before Dawn (1946) Dr. Robert Ordway
10.
 Crime Doctor's Man Hunt (1946) Dr. Robert Ordway
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1898:
Moved to San Francisco with widowed mother
:
After 1906 earthquake, began vaudeville career
:
Acted on Broadway
1918:
Film acting debut in "All Woman"
1929:
Played the Cisco Kid in the Western "In Old Arizona"; received Academy Award
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wife:
Viola Caldwell.
wife:
Winifred Bryson. Actor. Second wife; married in 1918; appeared opposite husband in "The Awful Truth" (1925).

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Baxter underwent the lobotomy that led to his death in in a desperate attempt to relieve the crippling and unbearably painful rheumatoid arthritis he had suffered from for years. The pain was intense enough that at times he could not even use his hands (which is apparent in some of his movies if the viewer is aware of his condition).

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