- Was a classmate of actors Patricia Clarkson and Chris Noth at the Yale University School of Drama.
- Won an Obie Award for his performance in the 1986 play Not About Heroes.
- Made his big-screen debut in the 1987 comedy smash Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
- Received an Independent Spirit Award for his role as a pedophile in Todd Solondz's controversial Happiness (1998).
- An award-winning narrator of audio books, his work includes John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Wolfe's I Am Charlotte Simmons, Michael Crichton's Next and Steve Jobs: The Exclusive Biography.
- In 2012, joined the cast of Political Animals, a cable drama focusing on the lives of a former first family; he took on the role of a U.S. vice president.
- Calls his ongoing gig as a book narrator an "actor's dream" that mixes his interests in writing and storytelling.
- 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 1991, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
- 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Raymond Baker — Father
- Marion T. Baker — Mother
- Willa Baker — Daughter
- Becky Ann Baker — Wife
- Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX (BFA, 1981); Yale University, School of Drama (MFA, 1985); attended The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA