TV Actor of The Day: SIMON BAKER


What he’s in: The Mentalist airing Tuesdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

His Character: Patrick Jane, an independent consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI), who has a remarkable track record for solving serious crimes by using his razor sharp skills of observation. Within the Bureau, Jane is notorious for his blatant lack of protocol and his semi-celebrity past as a psychic medium, whose paranormal abilities he now admits he feigned. Jane’s role in cracking a series of tough high-profile cases is greatly valued by his fellow agents.

Why we like him: Simon Baker is a smooth operator. His acting is very calm and precise which lets him exude as sense of undeniable coolness. In his new role as Patrick Jane in the Hit Show “The Mentalist“, he is displaying that talent front and center as one of the most compelling characters on TV right now.


Baker was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, the son of Elizabeth Labberton, a high school English teacher, and Barry Baker, a groundskeeper and mechanic. Baker, then known as Simon Denny, grew up in the Northern NSW village of Lennox Head and attended Ballina High School, graduating in 1987. He moved to Sydney to study nursing however didn’t complete his degree as he caught the acting bug when he tagged along to an audition with a friend.

Baker was a champion sportsman who competed at state level in surfing and water polo. He began acting on Australian television during the late 1980s using the name “Simon Baker Denny”. He first appeared in music video clips for Melissa Tkautz (“Read My Lips”) and Aussie dance outfit Euphoria (“Love You Right”) in 1991 before appearing in the successful series E Street, Home and Away and Heartbreak High. Baker relocated to the U.S. where he was occasionally known by his stepfather’s surname (as Simon Baker-Denny or Simon Denny).

He was cast in a small but important part as a young would-be actor in L.A. Confidential, which led to further opportunities in supporting roles in films. In 2000 he played an astronaut in Red Planet with Val Kilmer, Carrie Anne Moss and Benjamin Bratt. He played the male lead in the television series The Guardian for three seasons beginning in 2001, and also appeared in The Affair of the Necklace. He played a distressed husband in 2004’s Book of Love. In 2005, he starred as an altruistic hero in George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead.

In 2006, he played Brian Kelly in the film Something New, writer Christian Thompson in The Devil Wears Prada and had a leading role as Jeff in the short-lived television series Smith. That following year, he was cast as Roderick Blank in Sex and Death 101.

In 2008 Baker received the lead role in the CBS television series The Mentalist where he plays an extremely intelligent and observant detective.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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