A Golden Globe and Emmy nominated actor, Australian-born SIMON BAKER has an
background that spans both film and television, capturing the attention of
Baker can currently be seen playing â€˜Patrick Jane' in the hugely popular series
MENTALIST on CBS. Now shooting its 3rd season, Baker plays a former â€˜psychic'
who now uses his gifts of human observation to help the California Bureau of
performance has earned him both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor
Drama Series. THE MENTALIST is one of the networks highest rated shows, breaking
records right out of the gate.
Last year, Baker was seen in director Michael Winterbottom's THE KILLER INSIDE
opposite Casey Affleck. Prior to this, Baker starred in the 20th Century Fox
smash hit, THE
DEVIL WEARS PRADA opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway; he also starred in
SOMETHING NEW, a romantic comedy from Focus Features co-starring Sanaa Lathan.
Baker first gained attention in Curtis Hanson's Academy Award winning film LA
CONFIDENTIAL opposite Kevin Spacey and Danny Devito. Other early roles for Baker
include; AFFAIR OF THE NECKLACE opposite Hilary Swank, RED PLANET opposite Val
Kilmer, SUNSET STRIP opposite Anna Friel and Nick Stahl, SEX AND DEATH 101
Wynona Ryder, and Ang Lee's critically acclaimed RIDE WITH THE DEVIL which
screened at the 1999 Deauville Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival.
Other feature film credits include, Universal's LAND OF THE DEAD, George
anticipated continuation of his famous zombie series, which co-starred Dennis
Hopper and John
Leguizamo, DreamWorks' horror sequel THE RING 2 opposite Naomi Watts and Sissy
and the independent feature film BOOK OF LOVE opposite Frances O'Connor, which
in competition at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival.
Baker starred in the highly rated, CBS drama THE GUARDIAN from 2001 to 2004. He
portrayed a hardened corporate lawyer sentenced to work as a legal child
advocate after being
found guilty of drug possession. Baker's standout performance garnered him his
Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Other television credits
include the critically
acclaimed but short lived CBS series, SMITH, created by John Wells and also
Liotta and Virginia Madsen.
Baker and producer Mark Johnson have acquired the screen rights to the
BREATH written by Tim Winton, one of Australia's best-known and most celebrated
Baker and Johnson will produce, and Simon will play one of the lead roles.
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