Simon Baker

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Simon Baker

Born

7/30/1969, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Birth Name

Simon Baker-Denny

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Simon Baker-Denny, Simon Baker-Denny, Denny Baker, Simon Denny
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9.5
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User Rating
581 votes

Biography

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Simon Baker was born to Catholic parents, high school English teacher Elizabeth Labberton and groundskeeper/mechanic Barry Baker, on July 30, 1969, in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. His parents divorced while he was still young and his mother later remarried butcher Tom Denny. Simon also has a sister, currently a…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • He played a non-speaking part as the 'hero' of an homage to Alfred Hitchcock in a 2007 Freixnet Sparkling Wine commercial featuring director Martin Scorsese.

    • He met his wife in a Sydney pub in 1991 . At the time he had a girlfriend but they met again six months later and started dating.

    • In 1991, he was listed as one of the "50 Coolest Guys Around" by Dolly magazine. In 2002, he was dubbed one of People's Magazine "50 Most Beautiful People." In 2005, he became one of the "100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know," according to Fade In magazine.

    • He was using the name Simon Denny, until he learned that Denny was not his biological father. He then used the name Simon Baker-Denny.

    • He played with his wife on E Street in 1989.

    • In 1999, he returned to Sydney, Australia to work on the telemovie Secret Men's Business (1999).

    • He received a Logie award in 1992 for "Most Popular New Talent", for his work on E Street. The Logie Awards are the Australian version of the Emmys in the United States.

    • His nickname is "Sime."

    • His height is 5' 10" (1.78 m).

    • He has been married to Rebecca Rigg since 1998 and they have three children. Stella was born in 1993, Claude was born in 1998, and Harry was born September 19, 2001. Harry's godmother is noted actress Nicole Kidman, long time family friend.

    • He was nominated for the Golden Globe for "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama" in 2002 for the television series The Guardian.

  • Quotes

    • (on maintaining an American accent)
      Simon Baker: It's a bit tricky. You have to keep on top of the accent. Sometimes you can slip back. What happens is you develop quite a good ear for yourself. I can hear when it's flat. But it's not easy. It's not necessarily a technical problem, it's trying to act at the same time, to make it be truthful and honest and come from deep within you, and come out of your mouth in a different way.

    • (on changing his name back to Baker)
      Simon Baker: There was nothing Hollywood about me changing my name. It was about wanting to find out where you fit in the world and where you come from. A lot of that became more potent for me when I was about to become a father myself. So that was the beginning of the saga and it took me to 30 to change back to Baker.

      It was really a process of letting go a lot of emotional baggage and guilt and all that sort of stuff and realising I am of my own self who I am. So it was going full circle. Who you are and the moments that you have just before you go to sleep-if you're at peace in those moments, then nothing else matters

    • (on his character in the Tv series "The Guardian")
      Simon Baker: I like the fact that he's imperfect, which is like everyone. Everyone's a bit imperfect in his own way. He's imperfect in an interesting way. He means well and wants to be a good person, I just think he's overcoming a lot of his own baggage. That's what drew me to it. It didn't seem usual. It seemed like a throwback to a period where we used to have leading characters that weren't genetically, spiritually perfect. Remember those days?

      Leading men were regular guys, someone you could identify with. Steve McQueen was a regular guy. Charles Bronson was a regular guy. Clint Eastwood's a regular guy.

    • (on his career)
      Simon Baker: Every time I'd do a film, I'd come back and have to hit the pavement again and audition for other films. I didn't get the Hugh Jackman ride, or the "Heath Ledger" ride: one movie and click. In America, it has so much to do with money.

      If you're involved in a film that makes a lot of money, suddenly you're a star. But you never know how a film's going to turn out when you're making it. You always hope for the best. People don't set out to make shitty movies. You do the best you can and you hope.

    • (on the Aussie way)
      Simon Baker: I love the stoic nature. Growing up in Australia, I saw so many of those people. You watch a football game in Australia and someone scores a try under the post and you don't see too much self-congratulatory behaviour. It's sort of, well, OK, put your head down, try not to smile. You're playing pool and you sink the black after sinking seven balls, and the other guy hasn't sunk a ball yet, and you put the black down with a tremendous shot, you don't go 'Yeah!' and Tom Cruise-ify it.

      That, to me, is interesting. I think Russell Crowe played a South Sydney footballer in "Gladiator". You know that shot where he runs on to the field? He was a bloody footballer going out for the Grand Final. For me, it was fantastic. I loved to see that. It's so Australian. I mean, c'mon, high-fives and all that crap? It's not our way

    • (on his success)
      Simon Baker: People always say I was an overnight success. No way! I've done nine movies – some of them were good and some of them were @#%$. When I left Australia I was unemployed. Now I'm gainfully employed and fortunate to be working on something that's successful and of which I'm extremely proud. Truth is, I've worked damned hard over there for eight years.Was it an easy ride to get here? No. Was it a fairytale existence? No. It was a damned hard slog.

      At times, a really tough struggle. I wasn't here on my own. I've always had a family to support. So in a practical sense, the greatest feeling that comes with being associated with a successful show is one of relief.

    • Simon Baker: I've never, ever looked at this like, 'I'm on a hit TV series in America: I've made it.' I've never approached it like that. For me it's always been about the personal fulfilment in what I'm doing at the time.

    • Simon Baker: From my early TV days here I always had this sense of being second-rate. That what I was doing wasn't much good. That it was inferior. To be honest, I had a chip on my shoulder. I found it difficult to accept a compliment.

    • Simon Baker: I miss meat pies – they don't have them in LA. Actually, all I think about the whole time I'm in America is what I'm missing out on in Australia.

    • Simon Baker: I have a certain element of self destruction, self-loathing and the fact that I have a family and a wife has given me a sense of responsibility and a purpose and I owe a lot of where I am to that. My wife has always been a real rock for me.

    • Simon Baker: I didn't grow up with money, but I grew up with a lot of space. All I did was surf. I was committed to the ocean. That's one thing about Australians – we have the capacity to embrace life.

    • Simon Baker: If you can't be proud of what you do, go and sell shoes. Do something else.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • not the same

    1.0
    Mentalist, noun. Someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion. A master manipulator of thoughts and don't see much of that in this new mentalist show. Miss PJ in the scene crime investigation. And i miss he interacting with the old crew
  • If the eyes are truly the mirror to the soul then this actor IS soul!

    9.0
    Besides "The Mentalist", I have only ever seen Simon Baker in a movie called "Something New", but he certainly is/has a powerful draw.

    The Mentalist initially interested me in the strength of his character and performance alone. Since then the other aspects of the cast and story have begun to develop nicely, but I doubt without Simon's presence I would have been around to see it.

    He has an uncanny way of making this viewer at least, feel as though I'm an actual part of the proceedings and so the commercials often come as a surprise. And thats what good performance is all about!

    I don't know what the future holds for his show next season, but his success in a performance career is a given, and many of us will be watching. Those eyes of his will accept nothing less...moreless
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