Simon Baker

Actor
After turning heads in a just a few minutes of onscreen time as an earnest, ill-fated aspiring actor in "L. A. Confidential" (1997), Aussie actor Simon Baker went on to become a deft specialist in playing rapier-edged ... Read more »
Born: 07/30/1969 in Launceston, Tasmania, AU

Filmography

Actor (36)

The Mentalist 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

I Give it a Year 2013 (Movie)

Guy (Actor)

Stand Up to Cancer 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2008 - 2010, 2012 (Tv Show)

Guest

Conan 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2011 (Tv Show)

Guest

Margin Call 2011 (Movie)

Jared Cohen (Actor)

The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Killer Inside Me 2010 (Movie)

Howard Hendricks (Actor)

Not Forgotten 2009 (Movie)

Jack Bishop (Actor)

The 51st Annual Grammy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Lodger 2009 (Movie)

Malcolm (Actor)

Women in Trouble 2009 (Movie)

Travis McPherson (Actor)

Journey to the Center of the Earth 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Sex and Death 101 2008 (Movie)

Roderick Blank (Actor)

Smith 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Something New 2006 (Movie)

Brian Kelly (Actor)

The Devil Wears Prada 2006 (Movie)

Christian Thompson (Actor)

George A. Romero's Land of the Dead 2005 (Movie)

Riley (Actor)

The Ring Two 2005 (Movie)

Max Rourke (Actor)

Book of Love 2003 (Movie)

David Walker (Actor)

The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The Guardian 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Affair of the Necklace 2001 (Movie)

Retaux de Vilette (Actor)

Red Planet 2000 (Movie)

Chip Pettingil (Actor)

Restaurant 2000 (Movie)

Kenny (Actor)

Sunset Strip 2000 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Ride With the Devil 1999 (Movie)

George Clyde (Actor)

The Judas Kiss 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Love from Ground Zero 1998 (Movie)

Eric (Actor)

L.A. Confidential 1997 (Movie)

Matt Reynolds (Actor)

Most Wanted 1997 (Movie)

Stephen Barnes (Actor)

Biography

After turning heads in a just a few minutes of onscreen time as an earnest, ill-fated aspiring actor in "L. A. Confidential" (1997), Aussie actor Simon Baker went on to become a deft specialist in playing rapier-edged television heroes with distinct antiheroic tendencies or smarmy lotharios in various film roles. Once he gained notice from "L.A. Confidential," Baker landed supporting roles in Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil" (1999) and the big-budget bomb "Red Planet" (2000) before starring on the hit lawyer drama, "The Guardian" (CBS, 2001-04). Though he had made significant strides in his career, Baker's Hollywood fortunes fluctuated, thanks to a string of misfire movies like "The Affair of the Necklace" (2004) and "The Ring Two" (2005). He stepped up with key supporting roles in "Something New" (2006) and "The Devil Wears Prada" (2006), only to stumble when his regular role on the high-profile crime drama "Smith" (CBS, 2006) was cut short after only three aired episodes. Undeterred, Baker finally received his proper due as the star of "The Mentalist" (CBS, 2008-15), which allowed the actor to fully display the promise he had demonstrated from the start of his career.

Relationships

Stella Baker

Daughter
Born Aug. 8, 1993; mother, Rebecca Rigg

Claude Baker

Son
Born in 1998; mother, Rebecca Rigg

Harry Baker

Son
Born Sept. 19, 2001; mother, Rebecca Rigg; godmother, Nicole Kidman

Terry Baker

Sister
Older

Barry Baker

Father
Divorced from Simon's mother when the actor was two

Elizabeth Labberton

Mother
Divorced from Simon's father when the actor was two Remarried to Tom Denny and together they had three more children

Rebecca Rigg Actor

Wife
Acted together on the Australian soap "E Street" Reportedly met at a pub in 1992 Married in 1998

EDUCATION

Ballina High School

New South Wales 1987

Milestones

2011

Joined the ensemble cast of the financial drama thriller "Margin Call"

2010

Acted in Michael Winterbottom's controversial noir drama "The Killer Inside Me"

2009

Starred in the independent thriller "Not Forgotten"

2008

Starred in the dark comedy "Sex and Death 101," written and directed by Daniel Waters

2008

Cast as Patrick Jane, a consultant to the California Bureau of Investigation, on the CBS series "The Mentalist"; earned Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG nominations in 2009 for Best Actor in a Drama Series

2006

Co-starred with Sanaa Lathan in the romantic comedy "Something New"

2006

Cast in a leading role on the short-lived CBS series "Smith"

2006

Played writer Christian Thompson in the adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's best-selling novel "The Devil Wears Prada"

2005

Co-starred opposite Naomi Watts in "The Ring Two"

2005

Starred as an altruistic hero in George A. Romero's "Land of the Dead"

2001

American TV series debut, played the title role on the CBS series "The Guardian"; earned a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination in 2002

2001

Once again played Adrien Brody's rival in the period drama "The Affair of the Necklace"

2000

Cast as a photographer of album covers in "Sunset Strip"

1999

Co-starred in Ang Lee's "Ride With the Devil"

1998

Cast as a egocentric actor and rival of Adrien Brody in "Restaurant"

1998

Played a sex-crazed kidnapper opposite Carla Gugino in "Judas Kiss" (Cinemax)

1997

Made American feature debut in "L.A. Confidential"

1995

Breakthrough role on the Australian series "Heartbreak High"

1995

Moved to Los Angeles

1994

Appeared on the popular Australian soap "Home and Away"

1989

Cast on the Australian series "E Street" as Sam Farrell; met future wife, Rebecca Rigg

Competed as a surfer and water polo player

Settled in Sydney after his mother remarried

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with Canadian-born actor Simon Baker, who was a member of the Cree nation.

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Baker briefly studied nursing in Sydney after high school.

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