Dylan Baker

  • Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, United States
  • Profession: Actor, Director
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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.


  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1999, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1991, Tony — Actor (Featured Role--Play): Nominee


  • Becky Ann Baker — Wife
  • Marion T. Baker — Mother
  • Willa Baker — Daughter
  • Raymond Baker — Father


  • Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States (BFA, 1981); Yale University, School of Drama (MFA, 1985); attended The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
MIXED-ISH - In "mixed-ish," Rainbow Johnson recounts her experience growing up in a mixed-race family in the '80s and the constant dilemmas they had to face over whether to assimilate or stay true to themselves. Bow's parents Paul and Alicia decide to move from a hippie commune to the suburbs to better provide for their family. As her parents struggle with the challenges of their new life, Bow and her siblings navigate a mainstream school in which they're perceived as neither black nor white. This family's experiences illuminate the challenges of finding one's own identity when the rest of the world can't decide where you belong. (ABC/Kelsey McNeal)

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