Simon Baker

Simon Baker (born 30 July 1969, height 5' 9¾" (1,77 m)) is an Australian actor and director. In his television acting career, he is best known for his lead role in the CBS television series The Mentalist as Patrick Jane and as Nicholas Fallin in The Guardian. In his film acting career, he is best known for the lead role of Riley Denbo in Land of the Dead and Christian Thompson in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada, based on the 2003 novel of the same name. Simon Baker was born to a high school English teacher, Elizabeth Labberton, and a groundskeeper/mechanic, Barry Baker, on 30 July 1969, in Launceston, Tasmania. He was raised as a Roman Catholic. His parents divorced while he was still young. His mother later married Tom Denny, a butcher. Simon Baker also has a sister, currently a doctor in Australia, and three younger half brothers. By 1972, the family had moved from Launceston to Ballina, New South Wales, where Baker's parents hoped to secure better paying jobs. In 1986, he graduated from Ballina High School as Simon Baker-Denny, after completing his primary school education at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School, also in Ballina.

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L.A. Confidential (1997)

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Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Guy Pearce  •  Danny DeVito  •  James Cromwell

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Curtis Hanson
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Guy Pearce  •  Danny DeVito  •  James Cromwell

Book of Love (2004)

Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Brown
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Frances O'Connor  •  Gregory Smith  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Living among fusty academics, an unusual young man gets between a high school history teacher and his wife.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alan Brown
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Frances O'Connor  •  Gregory Smith  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Land of the Dead (2005)

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The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

Red Planet (2000)

Astronauts search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antony Hoffman
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Carrie-Anne Moss  •  Benjamin Bratt  •  Tom Sizemore

Astronauts search for solutions to save a dying Earth by searching on Mars, only to have the mission go terribly awry.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Antony Hoffman
CAST:  Val Kilmer  •  Carrie-Anne Moss  •  Benjamin Bratt  •  Tom Sizemore

Something New (2006)

Kenya McQueen, a corporate lawyer, finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanaa Hamri
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Simon Baker  •  Katharine Towne  •  Wendy Raquel Robinson

Kenya McQueen, a corporate lawyer, finds love in the most unexpected place when she agrees to go on a blind date with Brian Kelly, a sexy and free-spirited landscaper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sanaa Hamri
CAST:  Sanaa Lathan  •  Simon Baker  •  Katharine Towne  •  Wendy Raquel Robinson

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

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Andy moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss is extremely demanding, cruel and won't let her succeed if she doesn't fit into the high class elegant look of their magazine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Frankel
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Emily Blunt  •  Stanley Tucci

Andy moves to New York to work in the fashion industry. Her boss is extremely demanding, cruel and won't let her succeed if she doesn't fit into the high class elegant look of their magazine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Frankel
CAST:  Meryl Streep  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Emily Blunt  •  Stanley Tucci

The Ring Two (2005)

Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Nakata
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Simon Baker  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  David Dorfman

Rachel Keller must prevent evil Samara from taking possession of her son's soul.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Hideo Nakata
CAST:  Naomi Watts  •  Simon Baker  •  Elizabeth Perkins  •  David Dorfman

Ride with the Devil (1999)

Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an immigrant's son, a freed slave, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Skeet Ulrich  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Jewel

Ride with the Devil follows four people who are fighting for truth and justice amidst the turmoil of the American Civil War. Director Ang Lee takes us to a no man's land on the Missouri/Kansas border where a staunch loyalist, an immigrant's son, a freed slave, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ang Lee
CAST:  Tobey Maguire  •  Skeet Ulrich  •  Jeffrey Wright  •  Jewel

The Affair of the Necklace (2001)

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Simon Baker  •  Christopher Walken  •  Hayden Panettiere

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Charles Shyer
CAST:  Hilary Swank  •  Simon Baker  •  Christopher Walken  •  Hayden Panettiere

Judas Kiss (1998)

The shooting of a U.S. senator's wife raises the stakes for kidnappers seeking a hefty ransom for a computer magnate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sebastián Gutiérrez
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Simon Baker  •  Emma Thompson  •  Alan Rickman

The shooting of a U.S. senator's wife raises the stakes for kidnappers seeking a hefty ransom for a computer magnate.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sebastián Gutiérrez
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Simon Baker  •  Emma Thompson  •  Alan Rickman

The Key to Reserva (2007)

Finding an unfinished script written by Alfred Hitchcock himself, Martin Scorsese attempts to recreate it himself as Hitchcock would have.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Kelli O'Hara  •  Simon Baker  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

Finding an unfinished script written by Alfred Hitchcock himself, Martin Scorsese attempts to recreate it himself as Hitchcock would have.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Kelli O'Hara  •  Simon Baker  •  Martin Scorsese  •  Michael Stuhlbarg

I Give It a Year (2013)

After a quick courtship, two lovers hastily decide to tie the knot. As their first year of marriage unfolds, temptation and incompatibility put their relationship in jeopardy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Mazer
CAST:  Rafe Spall  •  Rose Byrne  •  Anna Faris  •  Jason Flemyng

After a quick courtship, two lovers hastily decide to tie the knot. As their first year of marriage unfolds, temptation and incompatibility put their relationship in jeopardy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Mazer
CAST:  Rafe Spall  •  Rose Byrne  •  Anna Faris  •  Jason Flemyng

Margin Call (2011)

Thought provoking

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Paul Bettany  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Zachary Quinto

A thriller that revolves around the key people at an investment bank over a 24-hour period during the early stages of the financial crisis.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Kevin Spacey  •  Paul Bettany  •  Jeremy Irons  •  Zachary Quinto

Love from Ground Zero (1998)

Love From Ground Zero follows three strangers across the back roads of America with the ashes of a mutual friend. Using a series of old postcards as a map, the threesome drive from New York to Montana retracing their friend’s journey “out west” years before. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Grynberg
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Jacqueline McKenzie  •  Pruitt Taylor Vince  •  Kathryn Erbe

Love From Ground Zero follows three strangers across the back roads of America with the ashes of a mutual friend. Using a series of old postcards as a map, the threesome drive from New York to Montana retracing their friend’s journey “out west” years before. As ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Grynberg
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Jacqueline McKenzie  •  Pruitt Taylor Vince  •  Kathryn Erbe

Not Forgotten (2009)

Set in a Tex-Mex border town, Not Forgotten is a classic psychological thriller about Jack and Amaya Bishop, a couple who must come to terms with their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter. It is a tale taut with intrigue and steeped in Latino ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dror Soref
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Paz Vega  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Claire Forlani

Set in a Tex-Mex border town, Not Forgotten is a classic psychological thriller about Jack and Amaya Bishop, a couple who must come to terms with their tortured pasts in order to save their kidnapped daughter. It is a tale taut with intrigue and steeped in Latino ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dror Soref
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Paz Vega  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Claire Forlani

Women in Trouble (2009)

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A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sebastián Gutiérrez
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Adrianne Palicki  •  Connie Britton  •  Marley Shelton

A serpentine day in the life of ten seemingly disparate women: a porn star, a flight attendant, a psychiatrist, a masseuse, a bartender, a pair of call girls, etc. All of them with one crucial thing in common. Trouble.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sebastián Gutiérrez
CAST:  Carla Gugino  •  Adrianne Palicki  •  Connie Britton  •  Marley Shelton

The Killer Inside Me (2010)

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Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Kate Hudson  •  Jessica Alba  •  Ned Beatty

Deputy Sheriff Lou Ford is a pillar of the community in his small west Texas town, patient and apparently thoughtful. Some people think he is a little slow and maybe boring, but that is the worst they say about him. But then nobody knows about what Lou calls his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Winterbottom
CAST:  Casey Affleck  •  Kate Hudson  •  Jessica Alba  •  Ned Beatty

The Lodger (2009)

Follows a seasoned detective on the trail of a ruthless killer intent on slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It appears that the murderer's grisly methods are identical to that of London's infamous 19th century psychopath Jack the Ripper – ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ondaatje
CAST:  Alfred Molina  •  Hope Davis  •  Shane West  •  Donal Logue

Follows a seasoned detective on the trail of a ruthless killer intent on slaughtering prostitutes along West Hollywood's Sunset Strip. It appears that the murderer's grisly methods are identical to that of London's infamous 19th century psychopath Jack the Ripper – ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Ondaatje
CAST:  Alfred Molina  •  Hope Davis  •  Shane West  •  Donal Logue

Restaurant (1998)

A few young waiters at a popular New Jersey restaurant are dreaming of becoming actors or otherwise getting into the artistic community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Bross
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Elise Neal  •  David Moscow  •  Lauryn Hill

A few young waiters at a popular New Jersey restaurant are dreaming of becoming actors or otherwise getting into the artistic community.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eric Bross
CAST:  Adrien Brody  •  Elise Neal  •  David Moscow  •  Lauryn Hill

Sex and Death 101 (2007)

A guy's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Waters
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Winona Ryder  •  Julie Bowen  •  Leslie Bibb

A guy's life is turned around by an email, which includes the names of everyone he's had sex with and ever will have sex with. His situation gets worse when he encounters a femme fatale (Ryder) who targets men guilty of sex crime.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Daniel Waters
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  Winona Ryder  •  Julie Bowen  •  Leslie Bibb
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