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Dylan Baker

Baker and his daughter, Willa, at the premiere of Spider-Man 3, April 2007
Born October 7, 1959 (1959-10-07) (age 50)
Syracuse, New York, USA
Spouse(s) Becky Gelke

Dylan Baker (born October 7, 1959) is an American actor, known for playing supporting roles in both major studio and independent films.


Early life

Baker was born in Lynchburg, Virginia after his family moved from Syracuse, New York, where his three older brothers were born. He began his 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. He 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, in which he studied alongside Chris Noth and Patricia Clarkson.[1]


Baker's Broadway theatre credits include Eastern Standard, La Bête, and Mauritius. 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, as the disgustingly unforgettable character Owen.[1][2]

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 Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent 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 Conners in Spider-Man 2.

In 2000, he portrayed Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in Thirteen Days, a historical drama about the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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

Baker most recently 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 who murders his girlfriend in "Mr Monk and the Critic".

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.


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