Baker in February 2008
October 7, 1959|
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
College of William and Mary |
Southern Methodist University
|Spouse(s)||Becky Ann Baker (1990–present)|
Dylan Baker (born October 7, 1959) is an American actor, known for playing supporting roles in both major studio and independent films along with regular work in television and on stage.
Early life and education
Baker was born in Syracuse, New York, but was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. He began his acting career as a teenager in regional theater productions. He attended Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and then went on to attend Darlington School and finally graduated from the Georgetown Preparatory School in 1976.
Baker attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and later graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1980. Baker then received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, where he studied alongside Chris Noth and Patricia Clarkson.
The next year, he made his motion picture debut in the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
Baker's first recurring TV role was on Steven Bochco's highly acclaimed Murder One. Since then, he has appeared in such TV series as Northern Exposure, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Without a Trace, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The West Wing, and the short-lived sitcom The Pitts.
He garnered major critical attention in 1998 with his performance as a tormented pedophile in Todd Solondz's Happiness. He also gained notice for his portrayal of Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3.
In 2000, he portrayed Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in Thirteen Days, a historical drama about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also held a small role in Requiem for a Dream, where he played a doctor who sees Jared Leto's character with a severely infected, rotting arm. In 2002 he portrayed Alexander Rance, an accountant for the Chicago Outfit, in Road to Perdition.
In 2009, Baker played William Cross in NBC's Kings, in which his wife Becky Ann Baker played Jessie Shepherd, the mother of protagonist David Shepherd. Baker also guest starred in an episode of Monk, playing a theater critic in "Mr. Monk and the Critic".
Baker guest starred in the season four finale of Burn Notice as Raines, an old spy friend of Michael's. He reprised the role in the season five premiere, and also permitted his likeness to be used in the Burn Notice graphic novel "A New Day". In 2010, Baker played Hollis B. Chenery in Secretariat.
Baker played Pashto-speaking CIA agent Jerry Boorman in season 4 of Damages.
In 2012, Baker guest-starred in "Upper West Side Story", an episode of the TV series White Collar; he also has a recurring role as the father of Katharine McPhee's character Karen Cartwright on the NBC TV series Smash. He appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals which aired in summer 2012. For his performance as Colin Sweeney on The Good Wife, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
In November 2014 it was announced that Baker will join Helen Mirren on Broadway in The Audience. The play depicts meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and important historical figures. Baker will play former Prime Minister John Major. The play opened on March 8, 2015.
Baker is a prolific narrator of audiobooks, having narrated a wide range of books, from fiction (The Grapes of Wrath, The Corrections) to biographies (Steve Jobs) to Argo, the true story of how six Americans were rescued from Iran, by the CIA and Hollywood.
In 1990, he married actress Becky Gelke, now known professionally as Becky Ann Baker. They have a daughter, Willa, and reside in New York City.
On September 1, 2015, Baker tried to save the life of his neighbor, Broadway and movie actress and dancer Vivien Eng, in the high-rise where he lives in New York City when her apartment caught fire but was driven back by smoke and fire. Firefighters eventually got the seriously injured woman out of the apartment and rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately her injuries were too severe and she succumbed to her injuries September 3, 2015.
|1986||A Case of Deadly Force||Kevin O'Donnell||Television movie|
|1987||Planes, Trains & Automobiles||Owen|
|1988||The Wizard of Loneliness||Duffy Kahler|
|1990||The Long Walk Home||Tunker Thompson|
|1990||Judgement||Father Delambre||Television movie|
|1992||The Last of the Mohicans||Capt. De Bougainville|
|1992||Love Potion No. 9||Prince Geoffrey|
|1993||Love, Honor & Obey: The Last Mafia Marriage|
|1993||Life with Mikey||Mr. Burns|
|1995||The Stars Fell on Henrietta||Alex Wilde|
|1996||True Blue||Michael Suarez, S.J.|
|1998||Happiness||Bill Maplewood|| Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Performance|
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1998||Celebrity||Priest at Catholic Retreat|
|1999||Simply Irresistible||Jonathan Bendel|
|1999||Random Hearts||Richard Judd|
|1999||Oxygen||FBI Agent Jackson Lantham|
|2000||Requiem for a Dream||Southern Doctor|
|2000||The Cell||Henry West|
|2000||Thirteen Days||Robert McNamara|
|2001||The Tailor of Panama||General Dusenbaker|
|2001||Along Came a Spider||Ollie McArthur|
|2002||Road to Perdition||Alexander Rance|
|2002||A Gentleman's Game||Mr. Price|
|2003||Head of State||Martin Geller|
|2003||How to Deal||Steve Beckwith|
|2003||The Elizabeth Smart Story||Ed Smart||Television movie|
|2004||Spider-Man 2||Dr. Curt Connors|
|2006||Stealing Martin Lane||Parker Banks|
|2006||Hide and Seek||Sheriff Hafferty|
|2006||Let's Go to Prison||Warden|
|2007||When a Man Falls||Bill|
|2007||Spider-Man 3||Curt Connors|
|2007||The Hunting Party||CIA Operative|
|2007||Across the Universe||Mr. Carrigan – Lucy's Father|
|2007||The Stone Angel||Marvin Shipley|
|2007||Trick 'r Treat||Principal Steven Wilkins||Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actor|
|2008||Diminished Capacity||Mad Dog McClure|
|2008||Revolutionary Road||Jack Ordway||Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Cast|
|2009||Under New Management||Legal Aid Lawyer|
|2012||2 Days in New York||Ron|
|2013||23 Blast||Larry Freeman||Director|
|2013||Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues||Freddy Shapp|
|2014||Turks & Caicos||Gary Bethwaite|
|2014||The Humbling||Dr. Farr|
|2014||Selma||J. Edgar Hoover|| Nominated—Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble|
Nominated—San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated—Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Ensemble
|2015||Actor Seeks Role||Dr. Freidman||Short film|
|2015||America Is Still the Place||Mr. Bennett|
|2016||Confirmation||Orrin Hatch||TV movie|
|1988||The Murder of Mary Phagan||N/A||2 episodes|
|1988||Miami Vice||Lt. Edward Jerell||Episode: "Honor Among Thieves?"|
|1988||Spenser: For Hire||Sam Reynolds||Episode: "Substantial Justice"|
|1988||American Playhouse||N/A||Episode: "Journey Into Genius"|
|1991||Law & Order||Sean Hyland||Episode: "His Hour Upon the Stage"|
|1993||Return to Lonesome Dove||Nigel Winston, Cattleman's Alliance||3 episodes|
|1993||Northern Exposure||Jeffy O'Connell||Episode: "Grosse Pointe, 48230"|
|1995–96||Murder One||Det. Arthur Polson||18 episodes|
|1997||Feds||Jack Gaffney||Episode: "Smoking Gun"|
|1998||Law & Order||Aaron Downing||Episode: "Flight"|
|1998||Oz||Schillinger's Defense Attorney||Episode: "Great Men"|
|2000||Strangers with Candy||Minister Arsenew||Episode: "Is Freedom Free?"|
|2001||Big Apple||Inspector Bob Cooper||2 episodes|
|2001||The Practice||Sen. Keith Ellison||2 episodes|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Father Powell||Episode: "Alter Boys"|
|2003||The Pitts||Bob Pitt||7 episodes|
|2003||The West Wing||Attorney General Alan Fisk||Episode: "Abu el Banat"|
|2004–06||Law & Order||Sanford Rems||3 episodes|
|2004||Third Watch||Councilman Daniels||Episode: "Broken"|
|2004||Life as We Know It||Roland Conner||2 episodes|
|2005||Without a Trace||Brian Stone||Episode: "Manhunt"|
|2006||The Book of Daniel||Roger Paxton||6 episodes|
|2007||Drive||John Trimble||6 episodes|
|2009||Kings||William Cross||12 episodes|
|2009||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Henry Muller||Episode: "Major Case"|
|2009||Monk||John Hannigan||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Critic"|
|2009||Ugly Betty||Bennett Wallis||3 episodes|
|2010–15||The Good Wife||Colin Sweeney|| 8 episodes|
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (2010, 2012, 2014)
|2010||House||Dr. Dave Broda||Episode: "A Pox on Our House"|
|2010–11||Burn Notice||Raines||2 episodes|
|2011||Damages||Jerry Boorman|| 10 episodes|
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Guest Performer in a Drama Series
|2012||White Collar||Andy Woods||Episode: "Upper West Side Story"|
|2012||Political Animals||Fred Collier||5 episodes|
|2012–13||Smash||Roger Cartwright||3 episodes|
|2013||Zero Hour||FBI Chief Terrence Fisk||3 episodes|
|2013–14||Chicago Fire||Dr. David Arata||2 episodes|
|2014||Chicago P.D.||Dr. David Arata||Episode: "8:30 PM"|
|2015||The Mentalist||Bill Peterson||2 episodes|
|2016||The Americans||William Crandall||8 episodes|
|2016||Blindspot||FBI Director Pellington||Episode: "If Love a Rebel, Death Will Render"|
- "Dylan Baker Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
- "2012 Emmy Nominations". Emmys.com. Retrieved 2015-01-12.
- "Dylan Baker and Judith Levy Will Join Helen Mirren on Broadway in The Audience".
- "Narrator Profile – Dylan Baker". AudioFile Magazine.
- "Argo:How the CIA and Hollywood Pulled Off the Most Audacious Rescue in History".
- Variety article reposted on zap2it.com
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