Celebrity Birthday of the Day – October 7

Dylan Baker is one of my favourite character actors working today. He’s acted in such a wide range of diverse and unusual roles, but is always recognizeable, and every time he turns up in a movie or TV show that I’m watching, I immediately start grinning because I know he’ll deliver a great performance. Baker has been acting since he was a teenager, and received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. Following his graduation, he took to the Broadway and off-Broadway stages and gained much acclaim, earning himself an Obie in the process for his performance in Not About Heroes. As tends to happen with stage actors, Baker then made the transition to film and television and has been working in the two mediums ever since. You know your career is off to a good start when your first feature film is Planes, Trains and Automobiles! Other noteable titles from Baker’s filmography (and there are many) include The Last of the Mohicans, Northern Exposure, Happiness, Requiem for a Dream, The Cell, Thirteen Days, CSI, House, The West Wing, Road to Perdition, Kinsey, Across the Universe, Revolutionary Road, Ugly Betty, Trick ‘r’ Treat, and Fido. Talk about an awesome resume! Baker also played the role of Kurt Connors in Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3, and among the numerous tragedies of Spider-Man 3 is the fact that Baker never got to see his character through to the end of his arc to become the villain known as the Lizard. Baker turns 52 today.

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