Joe Don Baker

Joe Don Baker

Highest Rated: 100% Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Lowest Rated: 2% Strange Wilderness (2008)

Birthday: Feb 12, 1936

Birthplace: Groesbeck, Texas, USA

An imposing, Texas-born character actor and occasional lead who specialized in hardboiled types on either side of the moral fence, Joe Don Baker rose to fame as crime-smashing sheriff Buford Pusser in the blockbuster "Walking Tall" (1971) and enjoyed a three-decade career in its wake that included the BBC miniseries "Edge of Darkness" (1986), Martin Scorsese's "Cape Fear" (1991) and three appearances in the James Bond franchise, including "The Living Daylights" (1987). He began on Broadway and headed West in the mid-1960s, where he labored as hoods on episodic television. "Walking Tall," based on the tragic and violent life of a Tennessee lawman, made him a star, but he struggled to maintain a career as a leading man throughout the 1970s. He stepped back into character parts in the 1980s and 1990s, where he enjoyed steady and critically praised work, most notably in the TV biopic "Wallace" (TNT, 1997). Throughout his lengthy tenure on screen, he maintained an air of authentic toughness that made him a favorite among a wide variety of viewers.

Highest rated movies

Cool Hand Luke
Junior Bonner
Charley Varrick
The Natural
Fletch Walking Tall




97% 80% Mud King (Character) $21.6M 2013
2% 35% Strange Wilderness Bill Calhoun (Character) $6.6M 2008
14% 47% The Dukes of Hazzard Governor Jim Applewhite (Character) $80.3M 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Commission Rep. Hale Boggs (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 20% Poodle Springs P.J. Parker (Character) - 1998
56% 53% Tomorrow Never Dies Jack Wade (Character) $145.0M 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Dance With Olivia Horace Henley (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 65% George Wallace Unknown (Character) - 1997
55% 53% Mars Attacks! Richie's Dad (Character) $37.8M 1996
No Score Yet 29% Felony Donovan (Character) - 1995
50% 93% The Grass Harp Sheriff Junius Candle (Character) $511.6K 1995
60% 39% The Underneath Clay Hinkle (Character) $386.9K 1995
22% 29% Congo R.B. Travis (Character) $80.1M 1995
80% 83% GoldenEye Jack Wade (Character) $106.0M 1995
31% 75% Panther Brimmer (Character) $6.3M 1995
64% 74% Reality Bites Tom Pierce (Character) $20.0M 1994
No Score Yet 33% Ring of Steel Man in Black (Character) - 1994
No Score Yet 20% Complex of Fear Det. Frank Farrel (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet 66% Citizen Cohn Sen. Joseph McCarthy (Character) - 1992
13% 36% The Distinguished Gentleman Olaf Andersen (Character) $46.5M 1992
74% 77% Cape Fear Claude Kersek (Character) $76.4M 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Children Cliffe Wheater (Character) - 1990
33% 27% Criminal Law Det. Mesel (Character) $9.1M 1988
8% 20% Leonard Part 6 Nick Snyderburn (Character) $4.2M 1987
74% 66% The Living Daylights Brad Whitaker (Character) $51.2M 1987
No Score Yet 35% The Killing Time Carl Cunningham (Character) $17.9K 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Abduction of Kari Swenson Sheriff Onstad (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 83% Getting Even King R. Kenderson (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hostage: Dallas King R. Kenderson (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 13% Final Justice Deputy Sheriff Thomas Jefferson Geronimo III (Character) - 1985
77% 81% Fletch Chief Jerry Karlin (Character) - 1985
83% 88% The Natural The Whammer (Character) - 1984
No Score Yet 28% Joysticks Joseph Rutter (Character) - 1983
No Score Yet 39% Wacko Dick Harbinger (Character) - 1981
No Score Yet No Score Yet Power Tommy Vanda (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Speedtrap Pete Novick (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 14% Wishbone Cutter Wishbone Cutter (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 46% The Long Dark Night Jerry (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Checkered Flag or Crash Walkaway Madden (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 29% Mitchell Mitchell (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 88% Golden Needles Dan (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 72% The Outfit Cody (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 50% Framed Ron Lewis (Character) - 1974
84% 82% Charley Varrick Molly (Character) - 1973
75% 71% Walking Tall Buford Pusser (Character) - 1973
92% 63% Junior Bonner Curly Bonner (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Welcome Home, Soldier Boys Danny (Character) - 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Summer Phil Bonner (Character) - 1972
57% 43% Wild Rovers Paul Buckman (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mongo's Back in Town Mongo Nash (Character) - 1971
No Score Yet 43% Adam at 6 A.M. Harvey Gavin (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet 40% Guns of the Magnificent Seven Slater (Character) - 1969
100% 95% Cool Hand Luke Fixer (Character) - 1967


24% No Score Yet The Cleaner Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Too Rich: The Secret Life of Doris Duke Unknown (Character) 1999
No Score Yet No Score Yet Wallace Unknown (Character) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Eischied Chief Earl Eischied (Character) 1979-1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco Leonard Collier Cord (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The High Chaparral Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mod Squad Willie Turner (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Big Valley Unknown (Guest Star) 1969
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Tom Butler (Guest Star) 1966 1969
No Score Yet 100% Bonanza Unknown (Guest Star) 1968
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Felony Squad Shep Taubs (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet Iron Horse Unknown (Guest Star) 1966