Family: Married to Rebecca Rigg and they have three children: Stella Breeze, Claude Blue and Harry Friday.
Education: Northern NSW village of Lennox Head and attended Ballina High School, graduating in 1987
Best known for: star of the CBS television series The Mentalist
Actor mini-bio: Baker was born to Catholic parents, high school English teacher Elizabeth Labberton and mechanic Barry Baker, on July 30, 1969. His parents divorced while he was still young and his mother later married butcher Tom Denny. Baker also has a sister called Terri, currently a doctor in Australia, and three younger half siblings. By 1972, they had moved from Launceston, Tasmania to Ballina, Australia, hoping to secure better paying jobs. In 1986, he graduated from Ballina High School. He used to be a sportsman (surfing and water polo). He was going to go to Nursing School but never finished his degree. He also sold timeshares! His middle name is Lucas and he started his career appearing in an advert for a drumstick icecream. Apparently when he was younger he was thrown in the boot of a car, driven to a swamp and thrown in as some sort of surfing initiation!
Non-acting careers: Director, The Guardian - My Aim Is True(2003) TV episode
The Devil Wears Prada, (2006) as Christian Thompson
Most Wanted, (1997) as Stephen Barnes
Restaraunt, (1998) as Kenny
Judas Kiss, (1998) as Junior Armstrong
Love From Ground Zero, (1998) as Eric
Ride With the Devil, (1999) as George Clyde
Sunset Strip, (2000) as Michael Scott
Red Planet, (2000) as Chip Pettengill
The Affair of the Necklace, (2001) as Rétaux de Vilette
Book of Love, (2004) as David Walker
The Ring Two, (2005) as Max Rourke
Land of the Dead, (2005) as Riley
Something New, (2006) as Brian Kelly
Sex and Death 101, (2007) as Roderick Blank
The Key to Reserva, (2007) as Roger Thornberry
The Lodger, (2009) as Malcolm
The Guardian, as Nick Fallin (67 episodes, 2001-2004)
E Street, as Sam Farrell (1992-93)
Home and Away, as James Healey (1 episode, 1993-1994)
Midnight Magic, (1987)
Heartbreak High, as Mr. Thomas 'Tom' Summers (8 episodes, 1995-1996)
Sweat, as Paul Steadman (1 episode, 1996)
Secret Men's Business
Smith, as Jeff Breen (7 episodes, 2006-2007)
Big break: Being cast as Matt Reynolds in L.A. Confidential
Best known for: his leading roles in The Guardian and The Mentalist
Family Television Award, 2002, Best Actor for: The Guardian - Winner
Golden Globe, 2002, Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama for: The Guardian - Nomination
Favorite New T.V. Drama People's Choice Awards (The Mentalist)
Upcoming projects: The Killer Inside Me (2010) (post-production) Fair Game (2010) (post-production) Last Man
SIMON BAKER TRIVIA
He and Rebecca are very good friends with actress, Nicole Kidman. Rebecca has known Kidman for many years - they met whilst on the auditioning circuit in Australia.
As a teen, he competed on a state level in surfing and water polo.
He was one of the singers/dancers in the band Euphoria's film clip 'Love you right.'
Children with Rigg: Stella (b. 1993), Claude (b. 1998) and Harry (b. 19 September 2001); Nicole Kidman is Harry's godmother. Naomi Watts is Stella's godmother
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.
He was voted among People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People" (2002).
He was named among Fade In Magazine's "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know" in 2005
He is a former bricklayer.
He won the Logie in 1993 for best new talent for his role in E Street
SIMON BAKER QUOTES
If you can't be proud of what you do, go and sell shoes. Do something else.
(on maintaining an American accent) It's a bit tricky. You have to keep on top of the accent. Sometimes you can slip back. What happens is you develop quite a good ear for yourself. I can hear when it's flat. But it's not easy. It's not necessarily a technical problem, it's trying to act at the same time, to make it be truthful and honest and come from deep within you, and come out of your mouth in a different way.
(on changing his name to baker) There was nothing Hollywood about me changing my name. It was about wanting to find out where you fit in the world and where you come from. A lot of that became more potent for me when I was about to become a father myself. So that was the beginning of the saga and it took me to 30 to change back to Baker.
(on his character in The Guardian) I like the fact that he's imperfect, which is like everyone. Everyone's a bit imperfect in his own way. He's imperfect in an interesting way. He means well and wants to be a good person, I just think he's overcoming a lot of his own baggage. That's what drew me to it. It didn't seem usual. It seemed like a throwback to a period where we used to have leading characters that weren't genetically, spiritually perfect. Remember those days?
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