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Joe Don Baker

Joe Don Baker was born and raised in Limestone County, Texas. After graduating from North Texas State College, he went to New York to pursue an acting career. He appeared in two Broadway productions. His first film role was in Cool Hand Luke, starring Paul Newman, followed by playing the brother of Steve McQueen in Junior Bonner.

Baker created the role of Buford Pusser in Walking Tall. Among his numerous feature credits are the three James Bond films Tomorrow Never Dies, Golden Eye and The Living Daylights. He played the role of Babe Ruth in The Natural and the private detective in Martin Scorsese's Cape Fear. He also appeared in Don Siegel's Charlie Varrick.

On television he starred in the British mini-series Edge of Darkness for which he received a BAFTA nomination. He received an Ace Award nomination in the HBO movie Wallace and played the role of Senator Joe McCarthy in Citizen Cohn.

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Joe Don Baker Facts

BirthdayFebruary 12, 1936 (88)
BirthplaceGroesbeck, Texas, USA
Height6' 3" (1m91)  How tall is Joe Don Baker compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Truman Show
Executive Decision
Dukes Of Hazzard
Curse of Demon Mountain
Cape Fear
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