Dylan Baker

For the baseball player, see Dylan Baker (baseball).
Dylan Baker

Baker in February 2008
Born (1959-10-07) October 7, 1959
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Southern Methodist University
Yale University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Becky Ann Baker (1990–present)
Children Willa

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.[1]


Baker's Broadway theatre credits include Eastern Standard, La Bête, Mauritius, and God of Carnage. He won an Obie Award in 1986 for his performance in the off-Broadway play Not About Heroes.[1]

The next year, he made his motion picture debut in the 1987 film Planes, Trains and Automobiles.[1]

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.

During the short-lived 2007 series Drive, Baker played the role of John Trimble, a father suffering from a terminal illness.

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 November 2010 House episode "A Pox on Our House".

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.[2]

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.[3]


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)[4] to Argo, the true story of how six Americans were rescued from Iran, by the CIA and Hollywood. [5]

Dylan garnered the 2002 Audie Award for Abridged Fiction for his reading of The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Baker has also recorded Jonathan Franzen's latest novel, (Purity).


Personal life

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.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
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
1991 Delirious Blake Hedison
1992 Passed Away Unsworth
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
1994 Disclosure Philip Blackburn
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 Committed Carl's Editor
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
2002 Changing Lanes Finch
2003 Head of State Martin Geller
2003 How to Deal Steve Beckwith
2003 Rick Buck
2003 The Elizabeth Smart Story Ed Smart Television movie
2004 Spider-Man 2 Dr. Curt Connors
2004 Kinsey Alan Gregg
2006 The Matador Lovell
2006 Stealing Martin Lane Parker Banks
2006 Hide and Seek Sheriff Hafferty
2006 Fido Bill Robinson
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
2010 Secretariat Hollis Chenery
2011 About Sunny Max
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
2015 Applesauce Stevie Bricks
2015 Nightfire Olivetti Short film
2016 Confirmation Orrin Hatch TV movie


Year Title Role Notes
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"


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