More Simon Baker (1) Bios & Profiles
Biography #2 (for The Mentalist)Best known for his striking performance as Nick Fallin in the drama The Guardian, on the Network, Baker starred in the series from 2001 to 2004. Baker won widespread critical praise for his portrayal of a hardened corporate lawyer who was sentenced to work as a legal child advocate after being found guilty of drug possession. In the first season, Baker was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
2007 saw Baker transition from a television star to big screen leading man with two diverse roles. In the critically acclaimed feature, The Devil Wears Prada, Baker starred opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway as the dashing Christian Thompson. In the feature film Something New, a romantic comedy starring opposite Sanaa Lathan, Baker played a working class landscaper who falls in love with an uptight professional black woman.
Baker first gained attention in the Academy Award winning film L.A. Confidential, following it up with a string of memorable performances in films such as An Affair of the Necklace, Red Planet, Sunset Strip, Judas Kiss, and the horror sequel The Ring 2, opposite Naomi Watts and Sissy Spacek. Baker won great acclaim for his turn in the independent film Book of Love, which screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival." Baker was part of the all-star cast for Ang Lee's critically acclaimed Ride With the Devil, which screened at the 1999 Deauville Film Festival and was also a gala presentation at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
Next up for Baker are lead roles in two upcoming independent films. In The Lodger, he stars opposite Hope Davis, Alfred Molina, and Philip Baker Hall. The story follows a couple who rents out a room to a mysterious young man, who may or may not be guilty of a series of grisly neighborhood murders. The film is based on Alfred Hitchcock's 1927 thriller of the same name. In Not Forgotten, a psychological thriller, Simon plays a bank manager in a US/Mexico border town haunted by the death of his daughter. He and his wife approach a Latina soothsayer to find out what happened to the girl, but the old woman's visions threaten to dredge up secrets from their tortured pasts.
Baker's other film credits include Sex and Death 101 starring opposite Winona Ryder, and Land of the Dead, a critically acclaimed thriller co-starring Dennis Hopper, John Leguizamo and Asia Argento; as well as the indies Restaurant and "Love from Ground Zero.
Biography #3 (for George A. Romero's Land of the Dead)A Golden Globe-nominated actor, Australian-born SIMON BAKER has an impressive background that spans both the stage and screen and has captured the attention of audiences worldwide.
Baker has just wrapped production on the romantic comedy Something New from Focus Features starring opposite Sanaa Lathan. Lathan plays a professional African-American woman who is determined to get married and finds romance with a white working-class man, played by Baker. The film has no release date set.
Baker was most recently seen in DreamWorks' horror sequel The Ring Two, opposite Naomi Watts and Sissy Spacek. He plays David Rourke, a reporter who works at the local Asheville Gazette, alongside Watts' character, Rachel Keller.
He also recently starred in the independent film Book of Love, which screened in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The film, written and directed by Alan Brown, also stars Gregory Smith and Frances O'Connor.
Other projects include Curtis Hanson's Academy Award-winning film L.A. Confidential, The Affair of the Necklace, Red Planet, Sunset Strip, Judas Kiss, Restaurant, Love from Ground Zero and Ang Lee's critically acclaimed Ride With the Devil, which screened at the 1999 Deauville Film Festival and was also a gala presentation at the 1999 Toronto Film Festival.
Baker starred in the highly rated, CBS drama The Guardian from 2001 to 2004. He portrayed a hardened corporate lawyer who was sentenced to work as a legal child advocate after being found guilty of drug possession. In the first season, Baker was recognized by the Hollywood Foreign Press with a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series.
Other television credits include the lead roles in Disney's CBS pilot The Last Best Place, Naked: The Blind Side Breakaway and a guest lead role in Sweat.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "George A. Romero's Land of the Dead" (06-Jul-2005)
Biography #4Australian-born SIMON BAKER was most recently seen in Ang Lee's civil war drama, Ride With the Devil, and Curtis Hanson's acclaimed film, L.A. Confidential. He will next be seen in the feature Sunset Strip, opposite Anna Friel, Jared Leto and Nick Stahl. His other film credits include Judas Kiss, Restaurant and Love From Ground Zero.
Baker's television credits include the lead role in the CBS pilot The Last Best Place, Naked: The Blind Side Breakaway, a guest lead role in Sweat and ABC's acclaimed Secret Men's Business.
Bio courtesy Warner Bros. (01-Jan-2000)