Ray Baker was born in Omaha on July 9, 1948. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in theatre, then moved east where he sought acting work. After several years working odd jobs, he finally landed his first role in The Proposition, in Cambridge. The show moved to New York off-Broadway a year later, but Baker's breakthrough didn't come until several years later when he was cast in a summer stock production of Play It Again, Sam. He then appeared on Broadway for 19 years, building a stage and film reputation, before moving to Los Angeles in 1989 to embark on a long career as a character actor. He has more than 100 movie and television credits, including Girl, Interrupted (1999), Total Recall (1990), and Silkwood (1983). In 2009 Baker played Maurice Chevalier in Dietrich and Chevalier at the Santa Monica Playhouse. He was married to actress Patricia Richardson and they had three children, including a set of twins, before divorcing. In 1997 he married actress Colleen Dodson, and they both currently work and live in Brentwood, California.