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Simon Baker

Biography

Australian television and film actor most widely known for his starring television roles within the Mentalist as well as the Guardian. He made an appearance in several little Australian television assignments beneath the name Simon Denny. He gained one of is own initial lead film assignments in 2006 playing Brian within the intimate humor, Something New. He provides three kids with wife and celebrity, Rebecca Rigg. He acted contrary Anne Hathaway within the hit humor, The Devil Wears Prada.

Quick Facts


Full Name Simon Baker
Date Of Birth July 30, 1969
Place Of Birth Launceston, Australia
Height 1.78 m
Profession TV Actor
Education St Francis Xavier's Primary School, Ashbury
Nationality American, Australian
Spouse Rebecca Rigg
Children Stella Breeze Baker, Harry Friday Baker, Claude Blue Baker
Parents Elizabeth Labberton, Barry Baker
Siblings Terri Baker
Awards Logie Award for Best New Talent, Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award
Nominations Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, People's Choice Award for Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Performance, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Fighter, Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Telefeature or Mini-Series, Logie Award for Most Popular Overseas TV Star, Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor
Movies The Devil Wears Prada, Sex and Death 101, Margin Call, Land of the Dead, I Give It a Year, Something New, The Ring Two, The Affair of the Necklace, L.A. Confidential, Red Planet, The Lodger, The Killer Inside Me, Ride with the Devil, Not Forgotten, Book of Love, Women in Trouble, Sunset Strip, The Key to Reserva, Judas Kiss, Most Wanted, Restaurant, Love from Ground Zero, Midnight Magic, Secret Men's Business
TV Shows The Mentalist, Smith, Into the West, The Guardian, Heartbreak High, Which Way to the War, E Street
Star Sign Leo

  • Facts
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#Fact
1 Best known by the public for his starring roles as Nick Fallin on The Guardian (2001) and as Patrick Jane on The Mentalist (2008).
2 Credits Dabney Coleman as his favorite acting mentor/best friend.
3 Had praised his acting mentor Dabney Coleman for his humble beginnings as an television actor.
4 Surrogate son of Dabney Coleman.
5 Like his ex-The Guardian (2001) co-star, Dabney Coleman, Baker is the second star ever to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
6 His acting mentor is Dabney Coleman.
7 Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6352 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 14, 2013.
8 Nicole Kidman is godmother of his son Harry.
9 He and wife Rebecca met in 1991 on a blind date at the Royal Hotel in Sydney's Paddington.
10 His parents, drama teacher Elizabeth Labberton, and school grounds-man Barry Baker, split when he was age 2.
11 Older sister, Terri, is a doctor. Has three half-siblings.
12 Naomi Watts is godmother of his son Claude.
13 One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People (2009).
14 Former bricklayer.
15 Named among Fade-In Magazine's 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know (2005).
16 Voted among People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2002).
17 He, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce were all raised in Australia. All three of them also appeared in L.A. Confidential (1997). Baker is the only one of the three who was born in Australia. Pearce was born in England, Crowe in New Zealand.
18 Children with Rebecca Rigg: Stella Breeze (b. 8 August 1993), Claude Blue (b. 1998) and Harry Friday (b. 19 September 2001). Nicole Kidman is Harry's godmother.
19 He was one of the singers/dancers in the music video "Love You Right" by the dance-pop band Euphoria.
20 As a teen, he competed on a state level in surfing and water polo.
21 He and Rebecca are very good friends with actress, Nicole Kidman. Rebecca has known Kidman for many years - they met on the audition circuit in Australia. Kidman is youngest child Harry's godmother.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breath 2017 post-production Sando
The Mentalist 2008-2015 TV Series Patrick Jane
I Give It a Year 2013 Guy
Margin Call 2011 Jared Cohen
The Killer Inside Me 2010 Howard Hendricks
Women in Trouble 2009 Travis McPherson
Not Forgotten 2009 Jack Bishop
The Lodger 2009 Malcolm
The Key to Reserva 2007 Short Roger Thornberry
Sex and Death 101 2007 Roderick Blank
Smith 2006-2007 TV Series Jeff Breen
The Devil Wears Prada 2006 Christian Thompson
Something New 2006/I Brian Kelly
Land of the Dead 2005 Riley Denbo
The Ring Two 2005 Max Rourke
The Guardian 2001-2004 TV Series Nick Fallin
Book of Love 2004 David Walker
The Affair of the Necklace 2001 Rétaux de Vilette
Red Planet 2000 Pettengil
Sunset Strip 2000 Michael Scott
Secret Men's Business 1999 TV Movie Andy Greville
Ride with the Devil 1999/I George Clyde
Love from Ground Zero 1998 Eric
Judas Kiss 1998 Junior Armstrong (as Simon Baker-Denny)
Restaurant 1998 Kenny (as Simon Baker-Denny)
Most Wanted 1997 Stephen Barnes (as Simon Baker-Denny)
L.A. Confidential 1997 Matt Reynolds (as Simon Baker Denny)
The Last Best Place 1996 TV Movie
Heartbreak High 1996 TV Series Tom Summers
Sweat 1996 TV Series Paul Steadman
Naked: Stories of Men 1996 TV Series Gabriel
Naked 1995 TV Series as Simon Baker-Denny
Which Way to the War 1994 TV Movie Private Stan Hawke (as Simon Baker Denny)
Home and Away 1993-1994 TV Series James Hudson
G.P. 1993 TV Series Ben Miller
A Country Practice 1993 TV Series Stewart Waterman
Tales from the Crypt 1989 TV Series Party Guest
E Street 1989 TV Series Sam Farrell (1992-93) (as Simon Baker-Denny)
Midnight Magic 1988 TV Movie

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breath 2017 producer post-production
The Mentalist 2012-2015 TV Series producer - 57 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breath 2017 post-production
The Mentalist 2010-2014 TV Series 5 episodes
The Guardian 2003 TV Series 1 episode

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Mentalist 2011-2013 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Breath 2017 post-production

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bound for Greatness 2014 Short very special thanks
The Mentalist: Evidence of a Hit Series 2009 Video short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Late Show with David Letterman 2003-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Live with Kelly and Michael 2002-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2011 TV Series Himself
Soccer Aid 2010 TV Mini-Series Himself - Rest of the World Team
Going Vertical: The Shortboard Revolution 2010 Documentary Narrator
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Himself
NRJ 12 Grammys Awards 2010 2010 TV Special Himself
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series - Drama
SAG Foundation Conversations 2009 TV Series Himself
Rachael Ray 2009 TV Series Himself
The View 2002-2009 TV Series Himself
The Mentalist: Evidence of a Hit Series 2009 Video short Himself - Patrick Jane
The 61st Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series and Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Tavis Smiley 2009 TV Series Himself
Australia Unites: The Victorian Bushfire Appeal 2009 TV Movie Himself
The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2009 TV Series Himself
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards 2009 TV Special Himself
CBS Cares 2004-2009 TV Series Himself
The Bonnie Hunt Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Extra 2008 TV Series Himself
101 Perversions 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2006 TV Series Himself
Land of the Dead: Bringing the Dead to Life 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Undead Again: The Making of 'Land of the Dead' 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Rove Live 2005 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2001-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2003 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Television Series Drama
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2002 TV Series Himself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The 4th Annual Family Television Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
The Daily Show 2002 TV Series Himself
8th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 59th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 TV Special documentary Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Television Series Drama
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2001 TV Series Himself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 TV Special
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2013-2015 TV Series documentary Himself
The Talk 2013-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - The Mentalist
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2004-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2013 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2013 TV Series Himself
Rencontres de cinéma 2013 TV Series Himself
Larry King Now 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Conan 2011-2012 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Stand Up to Cancer 2012 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Retro Report 2014 TV Mini-Series Himself
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness 2013 TV Series documentary Riley Denbo
The Gruen Transfer 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Home and Away: Romances 2005 Video James Healey (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Television On February 14, 2013. At 6352 Hollywood Blvd.
2012 Robert Altman Award Independent Spirit Awards Margin Call (2011) · J.C. Chandor (director)
· Tiffany Little Canfield (casting director)
· Bernard Telsey (casting director)
· Penn Badgley (ensemble cast)
· Paul Bettany (ensemble cast)
· Jeremy Irons (ensemble cast)
· Mary McDonnell (ensemble cast)
· Demi Moore (ensemble cast)
· Zachary Quinto (ensemble cast)
· Kevin Spacey (ensemble cast)
· Stanley Tucci (ensemble cast)
2002 Family Television Award Family Television Awards Actor The Guardian (2001)
1993 Logie Logie Awards Most Popular New Talent E Street (1989)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Crime Drama TV Actor
2012 COFCA Award Central Ohio Film Critics Association Best Ensemble Margin Call (2011) · Kevin Spacey
· Paul Bettany
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Aasif Mandvi
2011 Gotham Independent Film Award Gotham Awards Best Ensemble Performance Margin Call (2011) · Kevin Spacey
· Paul Bettany
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Aasif Mandvi
2011 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Crime Fighter The Mentalist (2008)
2011 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Acting Margin Call (2011) · Kevin Spacey
· Paul Bettany
· Jeremy Irons
· Zachary Quinto
· Penn Badgley
· Mary McDonnell
· Demi Moore
· Stanley Tucci
· Susan Blackwell
· Aasif Mandvi
· Ashley Williams
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Mentalist (2008)
2010 AFI International Award Australian Film Institute Best Actor The Mentalist (2008)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series The Mentalist (2008)
2009 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Mentalist (2008)
2005 Prism Award Prism Awards Performance in a Drama Series Storyline The Guardian (2001)
2004 Logie Logie Awards Most Popular Overseas Star
2002 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama The Guardian (2001)
2000 AFI Award Australian Film Institute Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Telefeature or Mini-Series Secret Men's Business (1999)

TitleSalary
The Mentalist (2008) $250,000 /episode (2009-10)

#Quote
1 I've seen the odd tarot reader and had my palm read in various countries and explained to me in many strains of broken English. Did I believe a word? To be honest, I didn't understand much, but I loved watching the presentation.
2 Sometimes the intensity and the grind of doing television can wear you down, but at the same time there's something about the repetition, the sheer mass of work that you do that's also liberating.
3 There's more of a family connection when you're working on a TV show. That's not to say that you don't make great connections when you're working on films, but it's different unless you're there working every day.
4 When I have to play the same role every day, I have the flexibility to play the character in so many different ways. It's almost like playing five different roles.
5 The French have the reputation of being arrogant. I don't think it's arrogance but a certain authenticity.
6 Well, capitalism is going to grow and grow. The nature of it is that the guy who has the most poker chips on the table has more leverage than everyone else. He can eventually outbluff everyone else and outraise everyone else at the table. That's what has happened and it needs to be corrected.
7 My life is pretty hectic, but I'm really into it.
8 Time goes a lot quicker when the work is a lot more enjoyable.
9 For an actor working in television or film, I think it's important to understand how the medium works - how the camera and lenses work and how the sound and the editing works.
10 I'm pretty good at gardening. It consumes my time, and it feels like I'm doing something constructive.
11 In network TV, you have to present the box before you can step outside it.
12 It's always difficult when you're on a show that goes for more than a year or a couple of years.
13 L.A.'s a better place to live than it is to visit.
14 My kids think I'm old and over the hill.
15 I don't use deodorant. If you drink enough water, you shouldn't have to. I think I smell pretty good without it.
16 I love con-men characters in film.
17 I need some challenges in love or I'm bored.
18 I think my kids are pretty well-rounded citizens of the world.
19 I try to be straightforward and honest with my kids, and I believe nothing beats good old hard work.
20 French are what they are without excusing themselves to be.
21 I am very straight-forward and direct. If I disagree with something, I say something about it.
22 I do have a lot of Australian friends.
23 I don't like fancy fiddly girlie stuff.
24 I don't like the idea of talking down to kids. I think I was talked down to, and you rebel against that.
25 I'm a big fan of Alan J. Pakula's films like 'All the President's Men', 'The Parallax View,' and 'Klute.' I'm a big fan of those movies.
26 I've always been a shy person.
27 In general, the problem in a relationship is when the couple stagnate.
28 As a kid I was always a bit of a clown, a performer.
29 Every TV show is a crapshoot, really. But every once in a while, a show gets anointed as 'the show.'
30 I cut my own hair most of the time. You just do it all by feel.
31 A shot is only as every as good as how well it tells the story.
32 I like putting my money into things like food and shelter. I'm probably a bad example of an investor.
33 I think this Occupy Wall Street thing is great. I think that is a good thing and that people need to stand up, voice their opinions, and be heard.
34 I would love to do a rom-com, but they are not good - good and successful doesn't equate to the same thing.
35 If you can't be proud of what you do, go and sell shoes. Do something else.


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