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George Baker (born 1 April 1931) is an English actor, famous for his role as Inspector Wexford on the British television series The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. Baker was born in Varna, Bulgaria. His father was an English businessman and an honorary vice consul. He attended Lancing College, Sussex; he then appeared as an actor in repertory theatre and at the Old Vic. His third wife, Louie Ramsay, is his onscreen wife Dora.
He first made his name in `The Dambusters` and his first starring role was in `The Ship That Died of Shame` with Richard Attenborough. This was followed by a string of Ealing films and his film the 1950s swashbuckler, The Moonraker has been shown all over the world since 1958. However, he has become better known as a television actor. He was the first of the many actors to portray the role of "Number Two" in the series The Prisoner, appearing in the series` first episode. He appeared in his own TV comedy series `Bowler`. He was also in the first episode of Some Mothers Do `Ave `Em, playing a company boss interviewing the show`s hapless main character. In the 1976 drama serial, I, Claudius, he played the emperor Tiberius Caesar. In the late 1970s, he starred as Inspector Roderick Alleyn in four adaptations of the mystery novels of Ngaio Marsh with New Zealand settings, in a production for New Zealand television. Since 1988, he has played Inspector Reg Wexford in numerous television adaptations of mysteries by Ruth Rendell. In 1993, following the death of his second wife, he married the actress Louie Ramsay, who plays Mrs Wexford in the same television series. He also appeared in The Baron, Minder in Series 1`s You Gotta Have Friends, Coronation Street (as brewery owner Cecil Newton) and in the Doctor Who story Full Circle. Baker also appeared in the British comedy television series The Goodies` episode "Tower of London" as the "Chief Beefeater", as well as in the sitcom No Job for a Lady, and in the James Bond films On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me and You Only Live Twice. Ian Fleming considered George Baker to be the ideal candidate to play James Bond in the movies but the role went to Sean Connery. Ironically, in On Her Majesty`s Secret Service, Baker dubbed George Lazenby`s voice for the central segment of the film, where Bond is impersonating Sir Hilary Bray (Baker`s character in the film), as can clearly be heard.
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George Morris Baker, MBE (1 April 1931 – 7 October 2011) was an English actor and writer. He was best known for portraying Tiberius in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.
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