Warner Baxter (March 29, 1889 - May 7, 1951) was an American actor. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he moved to San Francisco, California when he was nine. Following the 1906 earthquake, he and his family lived in a tent for two weeks. By 1910 Baxter was in vaudeville, and from there began acting on the stage.
His first starring role was as the Cisco Kid in In Old Arizona (1929), for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. By 1936, Baxter was the highest paid actor in Hollywood, but by 1943, he had slipped to B-movie roles, and he began to star in a series of Crime Doctor films.
Suffering the pain of arthritis, Baxter had a lobotomy to ease the pain. He died shortly after of pneumonia and was interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California.
He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6290 Hollywood Boulevard.
Preceded by: Emil Jannings for The Last Command and The Way of All Flesh Academy Award for Best Actor 1929 for In Old Arizona Succeeded by: George Arliss for Disraeli