Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Claim to Fame
Land of the Dead, The Mentalist.
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Simon Baker (born Simon Denny 30 July 1969) is an Australian film and television actor. He is currently the star of the CBS television series The Mentalist. Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, the son of Elizabeth Labberton, a high school English teacher, and Barry Baker, a groundskeeper and mechanic. Baker, then known as Simon Denny, grew up in the Northern NSW village of Lennox Head and attended Ballina High School, graduating in 1987. He moved to Sydney to study nursing; however, didn't complete his degree as he caught the acting bug when he tagged along to an audition with a friend. Baker was raised Catholic. He emigrated to the United States in 1995.
Baker was a champion sportsman who competed at state level in surfing and water polo. He began acting on Australian television during the late 1980s using the name "Simon Baker Denny". He first appeared in music video clips for Melissa Tkautz ("Read My Lips") and Aussie dance outfit Euphoria ("Love You Right") in 1991 before appearing in the successful series E Street, Home and Away and Heartbreak High. Baker relocated to the U.S. where he was occasionally known by his stepfather`s surname (as Simon Baker-Denny or Simon Denny).
He was cast in a small but important part as a young would-be actor 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". In 2000 he 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. That following year, he was cast as Roderick Blank in Sex and Death 101.
In 2008 Baker received the lead role in the CBS television series The Mentalist in which he plays a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), skilled in picking up the details of body language and visual clues of suspects` appearances. His character is further darkened by a history of mental trauma following the murder of his wife and child, which drives him in his work.
Baker is married to Australian actress Rebecca Rigg, and they have three children: Stella Breeze, Claude Blue and Harry Friday. According to a recent interview with David Letterman on the Late Show with David Letterman, Baker made mention of the fact that fellow Australian actors, Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts are godparents to two of his children. Until recently Simon and his family resided in Malibu, California, before temporarily moving back to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. They have since returned to Los Angeles.
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Ballina High School
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Barry Baker (school groundskeeper)
Elizabeth Labberton (drama teacher)
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Simon Baker (born 30 July 1969) is an Australian actor and director. In his television acting career, he is known for his lead roles in the CBS television series The Mentalist (as Patrick Jane) and The Guardian (as Nicholas Fallin). In his film acting career, he is best known for his roles as Max Rourke in the remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring Two, Riley Denbo in Land of the Dead and Christian Thompson in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.
Actor, producer, director
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
Creative Artists Agency, Endeavor Talent Agency
Givenchy, ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Limited), Longines
Terri Baker (doctor)
Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts
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