Photo Credit: Greg Gorman
An early exit from British drama school led Maxwell to try his fortune in America where he instead went on to learn his craft in the small theatres of New York City. His breakthrough performance came as Iron in Nigel Williams' “Class Enemy” which, in turn, led director Jack Hofsiss to cast him in the title role of his Tony Award-winning production of “The Elephant Man” opposite Juliet Mills. This fated pairing has seen them appear together in, among other shows, Poliakoff's “Hitting Town,” Odets' “Paradise Lost,” Ayckbourn's “Bedroom Farce” and the international TV miniseries “Til We Meet Again.” Joe Orton's “Entertaining Mr. Sloane” Off Broadway was the catalyst for his prodigious film career when producer Robert Stigwood saw Maxwell's performance and selected him to star opposite a then unknown Michelle Pfeiffer in the sequel to his mega hit Grease. 1984 release “The Boys Next Door” with Charlie Sheen and he as murderous punks, his role as aging teen idol Rex Manning in “Empire Records,” and as a lothario soap actor in “The Real Blonde” have all been accorded genuine cult status among movie buffs. His work on television has seen him working with such luminaries as Geraldine Page in “The Parade,” as Charlton Heston's son Miles in the global hit series “The Colbys” and James Coburn in “Missing Pieces.” In recent years UK prime time shows “Casualty” and “Emmerdale” have exposed him to audiences on a regular basis. Back in the States recent guest shots have included the top rated shows “Modern Family,” “NCIS,” and “Castle.” But it is the theatre that remains his first calling. Last year saw him playing the grand venues of the British Isles as part of the “Singin' in the Rain” company. He has donned Billy Flynn's tuxedo in “Chicago” in the West End having previously made his Broadway debut in director Stephen Daldry's incendiary revival of “An Inspector Calls.” He toured the USA with Stacy Keach in Tony Shaffer's “Sleuth” which ranks among his favourite productions alongside his role as the doomed hero of “Sweet Bird of Youth,” Georges in “La Cage Aux Folks,” “The Woman in Black” with the venerable Roy Dotrice and “Salonika” with the incomparable Jessica Tandy as well as leading roles in “My Night With Reg,” “A Little Night Music” and most recently the neurotic half of “The Odd Couple” all point to the diversity of a stage career that leads to this new high point - touring with the legendary Mills sisters in the land Down Under.