Simon Baker Biography
Simon Baker is an Australian actor and director born on 30th July 1969 in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. He is popularly known for his roles as in the CBS television series The Mentalist (as Patrick Jane) and The Guardian (as Nicholas Fallin). He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2012.
In Simon Baker film acting career, he is best known for his roles as Max Rourke in the remake of the Japanese horror film The Ring Two, Riley Denbo in Land of the Dead and Christian Thompson in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada.
Simon Baker Background
Simon Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania; his mother was a high school English teacher, his father a mechanic. Along with his older sister the family relocated to New Guinea when Baker was nine months old. His parents’ marriage ended when he was still a toddler and much of his childhood and teenage years were spent in Lennox Head, near Byron Bay. A second marriage also ended and Simon Baker was out of contact with his biological father until adulthood.
Simon Baker Age
Simon Baker was Born on 30 July 1969.
Simon Baker Movies and Tv shows
- 1992 – 1993: E Street as Constable Sam Farrell
- 1993: A Country Practice as Stewart Waterman
- 1993: GP as Ben Miller
- 1993 – 1994: Home and Away as James Hudson
- 1994: Which Way to the War as Pte Stan Hawke
- 1995 – 1996: Heartbreak High as Mr. Thomas ‘Tom’ Summers
- 1996: Naked: Stories of Men as Gabriel
- 1996: Sweat as Paul Steadman
- 1997: L.A. Confidential as Matt Reynolds
- 1997: Most Wanted as Stephen Barnes
- 1998: Restaurant as Kenny
- 1998: Judas Kiss as Junior Armstrong
- 1998: Love from Ground Zero as Eric
- 1999: Ride with the Devil as George Clyde
- 1999: Secret Men’s Business as Andy Greville
- 2000: Sunset Strip as Michael Scott
- 2000: Red Planet as Chip Pettengill
- 2001– 2004: The Guardian as Nick Fallin
- 2001: The Affair of the Necklace as Rétaux de Villette
- 2004: Book of Love as David Walker
- 2005: The Ring Two as Max Rourke
- 2005: Land of the Dead as Riley Denbo
- 2006: Something New as Brian Kelly
- 2006: The Devil Wears Prada as Christian Thompson
- 2006 – 2007: Smith as Jeff Breen
- 2007: Sex and Death 101 as Roderick Blank
- 2007: The Key to Reserva as Roger Thornberry
- 2008 – 2015: The Mentalist as Patrick Jane
- 2009: The Lodger as Malcolm Slaight
- 2009: Not Forgotten as Jack Bishop
- 2009: Women in Trouble as Travis McPherson
- 2010: The Killer Inside Me as Howard Hendricks
- 2011: Margin Call as Jared Cohen
- 2013: I Give It a Year as Guy Harrap
- 2017: Breath as Bill “Sando” Sanderson
Simon Baker Awards
- 2002: Best Actor ,’The Guardian’, Family Television Awards.
- 2009: Best new series (season 1: with cast), People’s Choice Award.
- 1993: Most Popular New Talent, ‘E Street’, Logie Awards
Simon Baker Wife
Simon Baker married his long-term girlfriend Rebecca Rigg on 2nd October 1998. After dating for years the couple finally knots their ties on 2nd October 1998. Simon and Rebecca are blessed with three children named as Stella Breeze Baker, Harry Friday Baker, and Claude Blue Baker.
Interview about The Breath Film
Interviewer: What’s its been like doing the dirty work of financing and producing Breath?
Simon Baker: All this time trying to figure out and organizing the financing has been a real eye opener and not the most pleasurable experience for me. It’s been hard to disconnect creatively from the piece and talk about it like a product. That’s obviously a necessary evil, but that’s been challenging.
Interviewer: What’s the appeal of Tim Winton for you?
Simon Baker: The exported idea of Australians is more like me: blond, outdoorsy guy who drinks too much and is a bit brash. Tim Winton manages to combine that traditional, rugged Australian view of things with a more deep and sensitive side. … I spent some time with him and we really identified on a certain level. He grew up in a coastal area too, he’s into fishing, surfing and all that stuff. He’s really a man’s man, but he has been interested in literature and writing from a very young age. I grew up in this environment where there were six guys to one girl, very male-dominated, but I secretly wanted to become an actor. I understand where he is coming from, how difficult it is in that environment to become your own person.
Interviewer: How has directing episodes of The Mentalist prepared you for the leap to feature films?
Simon Baker: I had been working towards wanting to direct when I signed on to The Mentalist. After I did The Guardian [the CBS series that ran from 2001-2004], I didn’t want to ever do TV again. I didn’t think that I could handle that kind of grind. But when I signed on to The Mentalist, I made a very conscious decision to use it as a film school. We made 151 hours of TV and it’s sort of the speed dating of film production. You have to pull pieces together at high speed. You have to do the script development, you have to do casting, do location scouting. You are always working with different people. I directed as many of those as I could physically.
Interviewer: How difficult has it been to adapt Winton’s work?
Simon Baker: He is not an easy writer to adapt because his prose is so good. The developing of the script has been difficult — it’s taken time to distill the book down. I worked with [Top of the Lake writer] Gerard Lee on the last couple of drafts. He did the drafts, I did the re-writes. He has a real understanding of the material and definitely a real understanding of the kind of film I wanted to make. He really understands how to create the voice of the teenage boys that are at the center of the story.
Interviewer: What will be your cinematic approach with Breath?
Simon Baker: The story suggests a lot of the cinematic style of the piece — it is a big broad canvas. We’re planning to shoot it in Western Australia on the coast — it is so vast and impressive, it is like Jurassic. Seeing 13-year-old boys against that landscape says a lot about the themes of the book, without the need for dialogue.
Interviewer: Australia has produced a number of prominent actors and directors. But Australian films, with a few exceptions such as George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road, are rarely successful with local audiences. Why do you think that is?
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Simon Baker: It’s an eternal question in Australia. We are incredibly fortunate to have an organization like Screen Australia and they have been incredibly supportive [of Breath]. That is an ongoing question with them: Why don’t more Australians go to Australian films? Australian films can be a bit slow because we aren’t a very verbose culture — until we’ve had a couple of beers, at least. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot going on under the surface. So the challenge is to find that and not to feel that we had to push in a certain way.
I think we are a nation of story-tellers but we also struggle with our identity. If you look at a lot of the [local] films that do really well in Australia, many of them parody Australian culture. Because maybe otherwise there is a slight cultural cringe with our own content.
The other side of it is sometimes we try to make films that fit into the American mold, which I don’t understand because Americans make those films better. I feel that you have to run the course and try to make films that we can identify with without boring us senseless. I can say all this now but I’m going to have to get into the director’s chair and try and do it.
Interviewer: What films have you been looking at for inspiration?
Simon Baker: I have been looking a lot of films that use the environment as a character. I really enjoyed the [2014 Cannes Best Screenplay winner] Leviathan for that. I have also been looking a lot at films that deal with coming-of-age themes — the French film [and 2013 Palme d’Or winner] Blue is the Warmest Color was a really well-made film. It was a very simplistic story but it was very identifiable and you were drawn into it by the way it was shot and the fluidity of it. I probably could have done without the 15 minute sex scene in the middle of it — watching that in the cinema was pretty awkward.
Interviewer: The Mentalist is a hugely successful show here in France. Do you ever get special celebrity treatment when you’re here?
Simon Baker: When people travel with me they say they can’t believe how nice the French service is, how polite the waiters are. And how different it is when I’m not with them.