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Look back at The Mentalist star's career in pictures

Shaun Harrison
1 of 13 Lance Staedler/CBS

The Mentalist (2008-present)

Simon Baker stars in this CBS procedural as Patrick Jane, a former fake psychic whose wife and daughter were murdered by a serial killer named Red John. Jane now uses his keen observational skills to help the California Bureau of Investigation solve crimes while also continuing his search for Red John.
2 of 13 Warner Home Video

Heartbreak High (1996)

After roles in commercials and music videos in the late 1980s, Baker appeared on such Australian TV shows as E Street, Home and Away and Heartbreak High (pictured). On Heartbreak, Baker portrayed a teacher at Hartley High, a tough high school in a multiracial area of Sydney, for seven episodes.
3 of 13 Warner Home Video

L.A. Confidential (1997)

After Baker moved to America, he quickly landed a small role in Curtis Hanson's adaptation of James Ellroy's novel. He was Matt Reynolds, a small-time movie star whose murder is investigated by Kevin Spacey's Sgt. Jack Vincennes.
4 of 13 Universal Pictures

Ride with the Devil (1999)

In this Ang Lee Civil War drama, Baker starred alongside Tobey Maguire and Skeet Ulrich as George Clyde, a member of a rag-tag group that wages guerrilla warfare against Union loyalists.
5 of 13 Warner Bros.

Red Planet (2000)

In this futuristic science fiction film, Baker portrayed terraforming scientist Chip Pettengil, a member of a team trying to prepare Mars for human colonization. Tom Sizemore, Carrie-Anne Moss, Val Kilmer and Benjamin Bratt also starred.
6 of 13 Warner Bros.

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

This period drama starred Hilary Swank as Jeanne de Saint-Rémy de Valois, who is determined to reclaim her royal title and the home taken from her family when she was orphaned at an early age a child. Baker played well-connected gigolo Rétaux de Villette, with whom Swank's character connects to raise enough money to buy back the property.
7 of 13 CBS

The Guardian (2001-2004)

Baker starred in this CBS drama for three seasons as Nick Fallin, a corporate lawyer who's sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service in Pittsburgh after a drug conviction.
8 of 13 Gemma La Mana/Dreamworks

The Ring Two (2002)

In this sequel to the hit horror film, Baker played newspaper editor Max Rourke, who assigns Namoi Watts' Rachel Keller to investigate a teen's death. The investigation leads Rachel into another haunting encounter with a cursed videotape, which forces Max to look after Rachel's son, Aidan, when he becomes very ill.
9 of 13 Universal Pictures

Land of the Dead (2005)

Baker played altruistic hero Riley Denbo, the designer and commander of a heavily armored vehicle that protects the people of Pittsburgh from the zombies that have ravaged the city.
10 of 13 Focus Features

Something New (2006)

This exploration of interracial relationships starred Baker as landscape architect Brian Kelly, who pursues Kenya McQueen (Sanaa Lathan) after she bails on their blind date because he's white.
11 of 13 20th Century Fox

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

Baker had a significant supporting role as Christian Thompson, a flirty, up-and-coming magazine writer who attempts to seduce Andrea (Anne Hathaway) — both personally and professionally.
12 of 13 CBS

Smith (2006)

Baker returned to TV, joining the ensemble cast of this short-lived CBS drama about a group of thieves led by Ray Liotta's Bobby Stevens. Baker was Jeff, the team member in charge of firepower.
13 of 13 Revolution Films

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

This adaption of the 1952 Jim Thompson novel stars Casey Affleck as Lou Ford, a small-town deputy sheriff who's also a sociopathic rapist-murderer. Baker plays Howard Hendricks, a county attorney looking to expose what Ford really is.