Simon Baker

Highest Rated: 100% The Sweet Hereafter (1997)
Lowest Rated: 14% Red Planet (2000)
Birthday: Jul 30, 1969
Birthplace: Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Fair-haired Australian actor Simon Baker (occasionally billed as Simon Baker-Denny, and not to be confused with the Native American performer of the same name) specialized in playing suave, cultured, and sophisticated types, with many assignments as a romantic lead. He debuted as a performer in his native country, with roles on such popular Oceanian series as E Street (1989), Heartbreak High (1994), and Naked (1995), but made the Hollywood leap opposite fellow Aussie import Russell Crowe with a small supporting role in the Curtis Hanson-directed post-noir blockbuster L.A. Confidential (1997). Taking the success of this as a cue, Baker then accepted a lead in the similar, albeit less-favorably received, outing Judas Kiss (1998). He starred opposite Val Kilmer and Carrie-Anne Moss in Red Planet (2000), and opposite Hilary Swank in The Affair of the Necklace (2001), but achieved far greater recognition and acclaim in the lead role on the CBS drama series The Guardian (2001-2004). He played Nick Fallin, a coke-addled attorney who finds redemption via child advocacy, until the series was canceled after three seasons. Successive projects included a turn in the big-budget horror sequel The Ring Two (2005); a role as Anne Hathaway's prospective suitor (whom she rejects in favor of her career) in David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada (2006); and a part as one half of an interracial couple in Something New, opposite Sanaa Lathan. Meanwhile, at about the same time, Baker played Jeff Breen, a professional thief, on the short-lived CBS crime series Smith, starring Ray Liotta. In fall 2008, Baker headlined the new detective series The Mentalist, playing an investigator with razor-sharp obervational skills. He also took on the lead role -- as a parent who opens up a nasty Pandora's box when he searches for his missing daughter -- in director Dror Soref's supernatural horror outing Not Forgotten (2008). He earned an Emmy nomination in 2009 for his work on The Mentalist, and he appeared in the 2011financial drama Margin Call.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
23% Here and Now (Blue Night) Nick 2018
80% Breath Sando 2018
52% I Give It a Year Guy $5.9M 2013
87% Margin Call Jared Cohen $0.7M 2011
54% The Killer Inside Me Howard Hendricks $0.3M 2010
29% Women in Trouble Travis McPherson 2009
21% The Lodger Malcolm 2009
15% Not Forgotten Jack Bishop 2009
25% Sex and Death 101 Roderick Blank 2007
75% The Devil Wears Prada Christian Thompson $124.8M 2006
61% Something New Brian Kelly $11.5M 2006
74% Land of the Dead Riley $20.5M 2005
20% The Ring Two Max Rourke $75.9M 2005
No Score Yet Book of Love David 2004
15% The Affair of the Necklace Retaux de Villette 2001
14% Red Planet Chip Pettengill 2000
No Score Yet Sunset Strip Michael Scott 2000
77% Restaurant Kenny 2000
63% Ride With the Devil George Clyde 1999
43% Judas Kiss Junior 1998
100% The Sweet Hereafter Actor 1997
15% Most Wanted Stephen Barnes 1997
99% L.A. Confidential Matt Reynolds 1997

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen
2009
Guest
  • 2018
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Director Patrick Jane Producer
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
  • 2004
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2009
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest
  • 2012
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011-2018
Appearing
  • 2012
No Score Yet Conan
2010
Guest
  • 2011
50% Smith
2006-2007
Jeff
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Guardian
2001-2004
Director Nick Fallin
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001

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