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Birth Place: Toledo, OH

Birthday: September 10, 1931, Virgo

Profession: Actor, Director, Writer

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Fast Facts

  • Early TV credits include bit parts on M*A*S*H, Good Times and Man From Atlantis.
  • Breakthrough role was Richard Nixon in 1984's Secret Honor at the University of Michigan, where director Robert Altman was a visiting professor. The production was crewed by UM students.
  • Met director and frequent collaborator Paul Thomas Anderson in 1992 on the set of a PBS special, where Anderson was a production assistant.
  • Nominated for 1997 IFP Best Actor Spirit Award for Hard Eight.
  • Memorably appeared in an episode of Seinfeld as library investigation officer Mr. Bookman, with whom Jerry haggles about an overdue book.
  • Appeared as two different judges on ABC's The Practice.

Awards

  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1997, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee

Relationships

  • Anna Ruth Baker — Daughter
  • Holly Baker — Wife

College

  • University of Toledo, Toledo, OH

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