Mark Linn-Baker

Highest Rated: 96% My Favorite Year (1982)
Lowest Rated: 32% How Do You Know (2010)
Birthday: Jun 17, 1954
Birthplace: Not Available
His role as the hapless "Cousin Larry" in the immortal 1980s sitcom Perfect Strangers forever earning him a secure position in the annals of television history, comic actor Mark Linn Baker may have since become notably less prominent on the world of television, though a key role in the 2001 television adaptation of Neil Simon's enduring Laughter on the 23rd Floor hinted at something of a comeback in the new millennium. Though Baker's father eschewed acting in favor of a more stable position in advertising, a childhood spent witnessing his father's community theater activities seemed to instill a somewhat more perseverant spirit in the star-stricken youngster. Though he would enter Yale as math major and ultimately emerge with a degree in drama, Baker's first true acting experience came with an appearance in the New York Shakespeare Festival. Baker's film debut in Woody Allen's Manhattan was quick to follow, and despite the fact that he didn't receive a notable amount of screen time, he was subsequently cast in a more weighty role in director Richard Benjamin's My Favorite Year (1982). Frustrated that the name Mark Baker was already taken at the actor's union, Baker assumed his better-known moniker at the suggestion of his father (who offered the name as a tribute to Leonid Tolstoy). His talents soon recognized by television casting agents, it wasn't long before Baker was offered the lead in the upcoming sitcom Perfect Strangers. Cast as the straight man to Bronson Pinchot's wacky foreign cousin, the fish-out-of-water, odd-couple comedy was an instant hit due in no small part to the unmistakable chemistry shared by its stars. Baker would continue to appear in numerous stage productions following the show's cancellation in 1993, though his absence on the small screen prompted many to speculate on his television and film career. Aside from appearances in Doonesbury: A Broadway Musical (1983) and Noises Off (1992), it appeared as if Baker had virtually disappeared from the spotlight. Of course, this was far from the truth, and in 1995 Baker could be spotted in the Broadway production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. The new millennium found the still-busy actor becoming a partner in Manhattan's popular West Bank Café, and in 2001, Baker once again split television viewers' sides in Laughter on the 23rd Floor.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Bereavement Actor 2015
32% How Do You Know Ron $30.3M 2010
65% Adam Mr. Klieber $2.2M 2009
73% Twelve and Holding Mr. Farmer 2006
No Score Yet Neil Simon's 'Laughter on the 23rd Floor' Val 2001
61% Noises Off Tim 1992
No Score Yet Me and Veronica Producer 1992
No Score Yet Bare Essentials Gordon Perkins 1991
No Score Yet Me and Him Him 1988
No Score Yet Going to the Chapel Norman 1988
96% My Favorite Year Benjy Stone 1982
No Score Yet Alice at the Palace Actor 1982
No Score Yet End of August Victor 1982
95% Manhattan Shakespearean Actor 1979

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Carlton Miller
  • 2018
  • 2017
91% The Leftovers
2014-2017
Mark Linn-Baker
  • 2017
96% The Good Wife
2009-2016
Judge Linden
  • 2012
72% Life on Mars
2008-2009
Lincoln James
  • 2009
No Score Yet Twins
2005-2006
Alan Arnold
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Law & Order: Criminal Intent
2001-2011
Wally Stevens
  • 2003
No Score Yet Law & Order
1990-2010
Wilder Tom Wilder
  • 1999
61% Ally McBeal
1997-2002
  • 1998
66% Spin City
1996-2002
Dr. Alan Benjamin
  • 1997
No Score Yet Family Matters
1989-1998
Director
  • 1997
  • 1990
No Score Yet Step by Step
1991-1998
Director
  • 1993
No Score Yet Full House
1987-1995
Dick Donaldson Dick
  • 1992
97% Moonlighting
1985-1989
Phil West
  • 1985
No Score Yet American Playhouse
1982-1996

QUOTES FROM Mark Linn-Baker CHARACTERS