Kathy Baker

Actor, Caterer
A versatile and appealing performer who excelled in both film and on television, actress Kathy Baker first made her presence known on the stage in several Sam Shepard productions before making her screen debut in "The ... Read more »
Born: 06/07/1950 in Midland, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (95)

Big Time in Hollywood, FL 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

The Age of Adaline 2015 (Movie)

Kathy (Actor)

Good Day for It 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Return to Zero 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Shades of Ray 2014 (Movie)

Janet (Actor)

Those Who Kill 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boulevard 2013 (Movie)

Joy (Actor)

Saving Mr. Banks 2013 (Movie)

Tommie (Actor)

The Trials of Cate McCall 2013 (Movie)

Therapist (Actor)

Big Miracle 2012 (Movie)

Ruth McGraw (Actor)

Criminal Minds 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Private Practice 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Against the Wall 1995 - 1996, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1993 - 1998, 2001 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boston Public 1993 - 1998, 2000 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chicago Hope 1993 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gideon's Crossing 1993 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

Daisy (Actor)

Picket Fences 1993 - 1996, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seven Days in Utopia 2011 (Movie)

Mabel (Actor)

Take Shelter 2011 (Movie)

Sarah (Actor)

Touched By an Angel 1993 - 2002, 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Medium 2005, 2008, 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Saving Grace 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Miss Nobody 2009 (Movie)

Claire McKinney (Actor)

Grey's Anatomy 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Chance Harvey 2008 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

The Cleaner 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jane Austen Book Club 2007 (Movie)

Bernadette (Actor)

All The King's Men 2006 (Movie)

Mrs Burden (Actor)

Fathers and Sons 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Nine Lives 2005 (Movie)

Camille (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sucker Free City 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

13 Going On 30 2004 (Movie)

Bev Rink (Actor)

Jack & Bobby 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Assassination Tango 2003 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Cold Mountain 2003 (Movie)

Sally Swanger (Actor)

The 5th Annual Family Television Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

10 Tiny Love Stories 2002 (Movie)

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The Guardian 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Glass House 2001 (Movie)

Nancy Ryan (Actor)

Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her 2001 (Movie)

Rose (Actor)

ATF 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Marlee Matlin 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Narrator

Prism Awards 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cider House Rules 1999 (Movie)

Nurse Angela (Actor)

The Practice 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Gun 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Inventing the Abbotts 1997 (Movie)

Helen Holt (Actor)

To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday 1996 (Movie)

Esther Wheeler (Actor)

46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

The 16th Annual CableACE Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad Dog and Glory 1993 (Movie)

Lee (Actor)

The American Television Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Article 99 1992 (Movie)

Dr Diana Walton (Actor)

Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

Margie Ross (Actor)

Edward Scissorhands 1990 (Movie)

Joyce (Actor)

Mister Frost 1990 (Movie)

Dr Sarah Day (Actor)

The Image 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Dad 1989 (Movie)

Annie (Actor)

Jacknife 1989 (Movie)

Martha (Actor)

A Killing Affair 1988 (Movie)

Maggie Gresham (Actor)

Clean & Sober 1988 (Movie)

Charlie Standers (Actor)

Permanent Record 1988 (Movie)

Martha Sinclair (Actor)

Street Smart 1987 (Movie)

Punchy (Actor)

My Sister's Keeper 1986 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Right Stuff 1983 (Movie)

Louise Shepard (Actor)

A Season For Miracles (TV Show)

Actor

Bull (TV Show)

Actor

Door to Door (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: No Remorse (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Sea Change (TV Show)

Actor

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (TV Show)

Actor

Lush Life (TV Show)

Actor

Nobody's Child (TV Show)

Actor

Nora Roberts' Sanctuary (TV Show)

Actor

Not in This Town (TV Show)

Actor

One Special Victory (TV Show)

Actor

Picking Up and Dropping Off (TV Show)

Actor

Ratz (TV Show)

Actor

Shake, Rattle & Roll (TV Show)

Actor

Spring Break Shark Attack (TV Show)

Actor

Too Big to Fail (TV Show)

Actor

Too Young To Be a Dad (TV Show)

Actor

Unstable (TV Show)

Actor

Weapons of Mass Distraction (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A versatile and appealing performer who excelled in both film and on television, actress Kathy Baker first made her presence known on the stage in several Sam Shepard productions before making her screen debut in "The Right Stuff" (1983). Baker earned widespread acclaim for her gritty performance in "Street Smart" (1987) before tackling a challenging part in the recovery drama "Clean and Sober" (1988). She turned to a more comedic role as a flirtatious housewife in "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and eventually found her way onto television with a regular role as a small town doctor and wife to the sheriff on David E. Kelley's quirky drama "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96). From there, Baker jumped back and forth between television and film, landing recurring roles on shows like "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004) and "Medium" (NBC/CBS, 2005-2011), while showing up in movies like "The Cider House Rules" (1999), "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her" (2001) and "Cold Mountain" (2003). She excelled in a number of small screen movies, earning award recognition for performances in "Door to Door" (2002), while delivering a quality turn in the critically acclaimed TV movie "Too Big to Fail" (HBO, 2011), all of which underscored the fact that Baker was one of the most talented character actresses working in the business.

Relationships

Lany Baker

Mother
French

Donald Camillieri

Husband
Married 1984 Divorced 1999

Julian Camillieri

Son
born on November 27, 1984

Steven Robman Director

Husband
Married June 2003

EDUCATION

California Institute of the Arts

Valencia , California 1970
entered at age 20; dropped out

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley , California

Boston University

Boston , Massachusetts
attended for one year before transferring to UC Berkeley

Cordon Bleu

Paris 1975 - 1977
earned Le Grande Diplome(haute cuisine)

Milestones

2012

Acted alongside Drew Barrymore in "Big Miracle," a drama centered on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle

2011

Cast in the action drama feature "Machine Gun Preacher," starring Gerard Butler

2011

Cast in the drama "Take Shelter" opposite Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain

2008

Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in "Last Chance Harvey"

2007

Cast in the feature adatation of "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Bernadette a 67-years-young yoga enthusiast

2005

Joined the cast of supernatural drama series "Medium" (NBC, CBS) in the recurring role of Marjorie Dubois

2005

Cast in the ensemble "Nine Lives"; Rodrigo García directs a series of vignettes, offering glimpses into the lives of nine women

2004

Played Jennifer Garner's mother in the coming-of-age romantic comedy "13 Going on 30"

2003

Featured in "Cold Mountain," which starred Nicole Kidman and Jude Law

2002

Acted opposite Robert Duvall in "Assassination Tango"

2002

Played Gladys in the made for television movie "Door to Door"; received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a TV-movie

2001

Co-starred in the thriller "The Glass House"

2001

Received sixth career Emmy nomination for guest role of a controling mother on Fox's "Boston Public," created by David E. Kelley; joined cast as series regular during the 2001-02 season

2000

Earned an Emmy nomination for a guest appearance on "Touched By an Angel" (CBS)

2000

Starred as a woman who employs a magic ring to make her ordinary life spectacular in the Showtime original children's movie "Ratz"

2000

Had featured role in the Sundance-screened episodic film "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her"; aired on Showtime in 2001

1999

Had featured role as one of the nurses at the orphanage in Lasse Hallstrom's adaptation "The Cider House Rules"

1999

Reteamed with director Michael Pressman as a single-minded social worker in the holiday drama "A Season for Miracles" (CBS)

1998

Had a recurring role on "The Practice" (ABC) as a woman accused of murdering a baby

1998

Starred as a survivor of the Oklahoma City bombing who struggles to deal with her life after the tragedy in Lifetime's "Oklahoma City: A Survivor's Story"

1997

Starred in the fact-based TV-movie "Not in This Town" (USA Network) as a community activist working to lessen the influence of white supremecists

1997

Played a widowed mother of two sons in the period drama "Inventing the Abbotts"

1997

Featured in the HBO original TV-movie "Weapons of Mass Distraction"

1997

Featured on the ABC anthology series "Gun"

1996

Played the sister-in-law of a man mourning his wife's death in "To Gillian on her 37th Birthday"

1994

Featured in the independent drama "Lush Life" (Showtime)

1993

Reteamed with De Niro in "Mad Dog and Glory"

1992

Was a supporting player in the comedy "Article 99" and the thriller "Jennifer 8"

1992

First role as a TV series regular, "Picket Fences" (CBS); won three Emmy Awards playing the wife of the town sheriff in this quirky drama-comedy created by David E. Kelley

1991

Starred in the NBC TV-movie "One Special Victory"

1990

Featured in the HBO original film "The Image"

1990

Had a memorable featured role as a flirty neighbor smitten with Johnny Depp in "Edward Scissorhands"

1989

Starred with Robert De Niro as a spinster schoolteacher who puts her life on hold to watch over her troubled brother (Ed Harris) in the drama feature "Jacknife"

1988

Played the mother of a suicidal teen in the moving drama "Permanent Record"

1988

Co-starred with Michael Keaton as a recovering drug addict in "Clean and Sober"

1987

Co-starred as a doomed prostitute in the feature "Street Smart"

1987

Guest starred on episodes of "Amazing Stories" (NBC) and "Mariah" (ABC)

1986

First feature leading role, "My Sister's Keeper"

1986

Had early television credit as co-star in the fact-based TV-movie "Nobody's Child" (CBS)

1983

Made Off-Broadway debut reprising role in "Fool For Love"

1983

Film acting debut in "The Right Stuff", starring Shepard and Harris

1982

Starred opposite Ed Harris in the San Francisco premiere of Sheperd's "Fool for Love"; credited as Kathy Whitton Baker (date approximate)

1977

Returned to California

1975

Moved to Paris to study cooking at Le Cordon Bleu

1969

Successfully auditioned for the CalArts acting program; attended for one year and subsequently dropped out

1960

Began acting in Albuquerque Children's Theatre at age ten (date approximate)

While working as a pastry chef in San Francisco, auditioned at the Magic Theatre

Featured in the Magic Theatre production "The Man Who Killed the Buddha", where she was spotted by Sam Shepard

Raised in New Mexico

Bonus Trivia

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"'Jacknife' could have just been this buddy movie about a Vietnam vet coming back to find another one, but when you throw a woman into a movie, well, well, well. I loved 'Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown'. Movies should always have women in them to shake things up. Not just to tag along with the guys. Not this lover/wife/mother baloney. I mean all kinds of women.""When I first saw the script for 'Clean and Sober' it looked like 'Flashdance' to me. The woman's part calls for a 'beautiful blonde' working in a steel mill. Twenty-five-years old. I auditioned anyway." – Kathy Baker quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 1989

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Baker on abandoning acting school in the early 1970s: "I was brought up in a very polite household and I didn't feel happy doing that violent, '70s kind of 'Oh, Calcutta' theater.We were all told that we would have to be completely naked on stage, have blood thrown all over us. Genet came to visit us with a play, and in it a guy was naked, hanging from chains and everybody threw blood all over him. That's admirable. That's kamikaze acting, but I wasn't going to do it with Joe Blow or Fred Normal in acting class on a Thursday afternoon." – quoted in The New York Times, March 5, 1989

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Sam Shepard on Kathy Baker: "To me the main characteristic about her is that she'll sort of go right off the cliff for you. In 'Fool For Love', there was a lot of emotional territory that was scary. It was very volatile and physical, and she was up against an actor [Ed Harris] who was equally as unpredictable. The two of them wound up with all kinds of bruises on their bodies." – quoted in Premiere, April 1989

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"I do start dressing like the character. I can't go to the set wearing something that isn't similar to the character. I could never wear a pair of jeans to the set of 'Jacknife'. I don't think I wore a dress for six months while I was doing 'Clean and Sober.'" – Baker to Premiere, April 1989

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"People just want to watch her. She doesn't have that kind of classic beauty. She has something inside of her that makes men find her so sexy. When Kathy was getting the job of 'Clean and Sober', I remember the director telling me, 'She's concerned that she's not physically attractive enough.' And I thought, 'She doesn't have anything to worry about there.'" – co-star Michael Keaton on Baker, quoted in The New York Times, March 31, 1997

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"It was like no matter how many good report cards we brought home, Mommy and Daddy were still never happy." – Baker on the network's dismissal of the critically acclaimed "Picket Fences," quoted in ^The New York Times, March 31, 1997

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"I'm at the point im my career where life's too short, I want to work with people I enjoy hanging out with." – Baker quoted in the New York Post, April 14, 1997

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