Jul. 30th, 1969
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
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Simon Baker (born July 30, 1969) is an Australian actor and director.
Born to a high school English teacher, Elizabeth Labberton, and a groundskeeper/mechanic, Barry Baker, in Launceston, Tasmania. He was raised as a Roman Catholic. His parents divorced while he was still young. His mother later married Tom Denny, a butcher. Baker also has a sister, currently a doctor in Australia, and three younger half brothers. By 1972, the family had moved from Launceston to Ballina, New South Wales, where Baker's parents hoped to secure better paying jobs. In 1986, he graduated from Ballina High School as Simon Baker-Denny, after completing his primary school education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, also in Ballina.
Baker began acting on Australian television during the late 1980s using the name "Simon Denny". He first appeared in music videos for Melissa Tkautz ("Read My Lips") and Australian dance outfit Euphoria ("Love You Right") in 1991 before appearing in the successful series E Stret, Home and Away and Heartbreak High. As "Simon Baker Denny" he was a co-star of the David Croft/Jeremy Lloyd sitcom pilot, Which Way to the War, which was not developed into a series.
In 1995, he was in an episode of the Australian television (ABC TV) series Naked (episode title: Blindside Breakaway) in the role of a rugby player. His character was an easy going mummy's boy until he met a girl who challenged his safe existence. He called the role "physically demanding" due to the fact most of the extras were actual rugby players. At the time he referred to this role as an important opportunity as well as being "the best job I've had in my life". He went on to say it was going to be hard afterwards to want to do anything offered.
He relocated to the United States, where he was cast in a small role in L.A. Confidential, which led to further opportunities in supporting roles in films. In 1998 he starred in a small, independent film by filmmaker Stephen Grynberg titled "Love from Ground Zero", and in 1999 appeared in Ang Lee's Ride with the Devil. In 2000, he played Michael Scott in Adam Collis's Sunset Strip. He also played an astronaut in Red Planet with 'Val Kilmer', 'Carrie-Anne Moss' and 'Benjamin Bratt'. He played the male lead in the television series The Guardian for three seasons beginning in 2001, and also appeared in The Affair of the Necklace. He played a distressed husband in 2004's Book of Love. In 2005, he starred as an altruistic hero in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead.
In 2006, he played Brian Kelly in the film Something New, writer Christian Thompson in The Devil Wears Prada, and had a leading role as Jeff in the short-lived television series Smith. In 2007, he was cast as Roderick Blank in Sex and Death 101. In 2008, Baker received the lead role of Patrick Jane, a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in CBS's The Mentalist. In 2009, Baker was nominated for an Emmy Award for The Mentalist. In late 2009, Baker was also nominated for his second Golden Globe Award (for The Mentalist) and his first SAG Award for his work. He played Howard Hendricks in The Killer Inside Me, which starred 'Casey Affleck', 'Kate Hudson', 'Jessica Alba' and 'Bill Pullman'. He was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2012 along with 175 other individuals.
On February 14, 2013, Baker was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to the entertainment industry. Baker's star can be found at 6352 Hollywood Blvd.
In 1998, Baker married Australian actress 'Rebecca Rigg' after five years of living together. They have three children: Stella Breeze (b. August 8, 1993), Claude Blue (b. 1998), and Harry Friday (b. September 19, 2001). Fellow Australian, actress 'Nicole Kidman', is godmother to Harry while actress 'Naomi Watts' is godmother to Claude. Baker and his family resided in Malibu, California, before moving back to Sydney; they then returned to Los Angeles so Simon could appear on Smith, and later on The Mentalist. He also owns property in Australia, near Byron Bay.
In January 2009, Baker told Parade Magazine that he and his wife were interested in becoming American citizens. Baker has been a dual U.S./Australian citizen since 2010.
Baker and his sons are fans of the Parramatta Eels in the Australian NRL. His name first appeared in Who's Who in Australia in 2011. In July 2009, Baker told PopMatters that he is an agnostic.
- He and Rebecca are very good friends with actress, 'Nicole Kidman' (qv). Rebecca has known Kidman for many years - they met on the audition circuit in Australia. Kidman is youngest child Harry's godmother.
- As a teen, competed on a state level in surfing and water polo.
- Voted among People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (2002).
- He was one of the singers/dancers in the band Euphoria's film clip Love You Right.
- He, 'Russell Crowe' (qv), and 'Guy Pearce (I)' (qv) were all raised in Australia. All three of them also appeared in _L.A. Confidential (1997)_ (qv). Baker is the only one of the three who was born in Australia. Pearce was born in England, Crowe in New Zealand.
- Named among Fade-In Magazine's 100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know in 2005.
- Children with 'Rebecca Rigg' (qv): Stella Breeze (b. August 1993), Claude Blue (b. 1998) and Harry Friday (b. 19 September 2001). 'Nicole Kidman' (qv) is Harry's godmother.
- Former bricklayer.