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  • 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
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1991, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee


  • Raymond Baker — Father
  • Willa Baker — Daughter
  • Marion T. Baker — Mother
  • 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

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  • Birth Place: Syracuse, NY
  • Profession: Actor, Director

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