Tom Baker Biography

Birthday: 1934-01-20
Place of Birth: Liverpool, England UK
Height: 6' 3" (1.91 m)
Wiki Biography: The British character actor Tom Baker, best known as the fourth incarnation of The Doctor, was born in 1934 in Liverpool, England. Tom, along with his younger sister Lulu and younger brother John, was raised in a poor Irish Catholic community by his mother Mary Jane Fleming Baker, a house-cleaner and barmaid, who was a devout Catholic and his father John Stewart Baker, a Jewish sailor, who was rarely at home. At age 15, Baker left school to become a monk with the Brothers of Ploermel on the island of Jersey. Six years later, he abandoned the monastic life and performed his National Service in the Royal Army Medical Corps., where he became interested in acting. Baker then served on the Queen Mary for seven months as a sailor in the Merchant Navy before attending Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on scholarship. Baker acted in repertory theaters around Britain until the late 1960s when he joined up with the National Theatre, where he performed with such respected actors as Maggie Smith, Anthony Hopkins and Laurence Olivier, who helped him get his first prominent film role as Rasputin in Nicholas and Alexandra (1971). His performance in this film earned him two Golden Globe Award nominations, one for best actor in a supporting role and another for best new star of the year. A couple of years earlier, Baker had made his theatrical film debut in The Winter's Tale (1967). Despite appearances in a spate of films, including Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Canterbury Tales (1972), The Mutations (1974), The Vault of Horror (1973) and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973), Baker was working as a labourer at a building site when he landed the role of the main character in the popular, long-running British television series "Doctor Who" (1963), a role that brought him international fame and popularity. After his seven-year stint as Dr. Who from 1974 to 1981, Baker returned to theatre and made occasional television and film appearances, playing Sherlock Holmes in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" (1982), Puddleglum in The Chronicles of Narnia story "The Silver Chair" (1990) and Hallvarth, Clan Leader of the Hunter Elves, in Dungeons & Dragons (2000). Throughout his career, Baker's acting style has been to portray his characters with a "larger-than-life" air.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Doctor Who (1963) Doctor Who 1963
Doctor Who Doctor Who 1963 - 1989 Adventure
Medics Prof. Geoffrey Hoyt, general surgeon 1990 Drama
Cluedo Prof. Plum 1990 - 1993
Little Britain 2003 - Comedy
Little Britain USA 2008 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Passionate Pilgrim 0000
Nicholas and Alexandra Rasputin 1971 Drama, History
The Vault of Horror 1973
Frankenstein: The True Story 1973 Horror, Sci Fi
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad 1974 Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Doctor Who Doctor Who 1975 Adventure, Drama, Sci Fi
Zany Adventures of Robin Hood Sir Guy de Gisbourne 1984 Comedy
Hyperland 1990
Backtime Sarge 1998
New York Beat Movie Go-Go Bar Patron 2001 Biography, Comedy, Drama
Sprung! The Magic Roundabout Zeebad 2005 Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Break Glass in Case Of... Monica 2013 Adventure, Comedy
Saving Santa Santa 2013 Animation, Comedy, Family
God's Compass Judge 2016 Drama