Becky Ann Baker

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Becky Ann Baker
Born Becky Gelke
(1953-02-17) February 17, 1953 (age 61)
Fort Knox, Kentucky, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1978–present
Spouse(s) Dylan Baker (1990–present; 1 child)

Becky Ann Baker (born February 17, 1953) is an American actress who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Jean Weir on NBC's Emmy Award-winning Freaks and Geeks.

Early life[edit]

Baker was born Becky Gelke[1] in Fort Knox, Kentucky. She grew up as an "army brat," moving from base to base with her parents.

Career[edit]

Baker's film credits include Blue Steel, Jacob's Ladder, Lorenzo's Oil, Unstrung Heroes, Sabrina, Ridley Scott's White Squall, Men in Black, In & Out, Woody Allen's Celebrity, Sam Raimi's A Simple Plan (for which she received a Blockbuster Entertainment Award nomination), Two Weeks Notice, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, Stay, The Night Listener, Death of a President, and Spider-Man 3. In addition to Freaks & Geeks, Baker's television credits include Stephen King's Storm of the Century and guest spots on L.A. Law, Frasier, Star Trek: Voyager, Sex & the City, Law & Order: SVU, Oz and All My Children.

An accomplished stage performer, Baker made her Broadway debut in the 1981 production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, and received a Drama-Logue Award in 1994 for her work in Night and Her Stars. She is a founding member of New York-based theatre company The Drama Dept.[2]

In 2009, she appeared in the NBC series Kings, playing the minor role of Jessie Shepherd, mother of protagonist David Shepherd. Her real-life husband, Dylan Baker, played antagonist William Cross in the series.

Personal life[edit]

Baker used her birth name, Becky Gelke, as her professional name until she married actor Dylan Baker in 1990. They have one daughter (Willa, born 1993) and reside in New York City.

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Protector, TheThe Protector Samantha Alexander
1986 Agent on Ice Mrs. Donnelli
1988 Full Moon in Blue Water Dorothy
1989 Blue Steel Nurse #1
1990 Come See the Paradise Marge McGurn
1990 Jacob's Ladder Nurse
1992 That Night Mrs. Bell
1992 Lorenzo's Oil Pellerman's Secretary
1995 Unstrung Heroes Mrs. Harris
1995 Sabrina Linda
1996 White Squall Ms. Boyde
1996 I'm Not Rappaport Nurse
1997 Bad Bosses Go to Hell Architect Boss Short film
1997 Men in Black Mrs. Redgick
1997 In & Out Darlene
1998 Celebrity Doris
1998 Simple Plan, AA Simple Plan Nancy Chambers
1999 Confession, TheThe Confession Nurse Jeannine Carrounbois
2002 Two Weeks Notice RV Woman
2005 War of the Worlds Disaster Relief Volunteer
2005 Tracks Frizzy Short film
2005 Stay Paramedic #1 / Butch Cook
2006 Night Listener, TheThe Night Listener Waitress
2006 Gretchen Lori Finkle
2006 Death of a President Eleanor Drake
2007 Spider-Man 3 Mrs. Stacy
2008 Spinning Into Butter Ruby
2008 Nights in Rodanthe Dot
2012 Discoverers, TheThe Discoverers Mary Post-production
2013 23 Blast TBA Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1988 In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders TV movie
1990 She Said No Gail TV movie
1992 L.A. Law Episode: "Beauty and the Breast"
1995 Frasier Marge Episode: "Frasier Grinch"
1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge Elizabeth TV movie
1996 Star Trek: Voyager Ritual Guide Episode: "Sacred Ground"
1998 Soul Man Margo Episode: "Little Black Dress"
1999 Storm of the Century Ursula Godsoe TV miniseries
1999 Freaks and Geeks Jean Weir 18 episodes
2000 Wonderland Dr. Reeples Episode: "Pilot"
2001 Sex and the City Betsy Episode: "My Motherboard, My Self"
2002 Education of Max Bickford, TheThe Education of Max Bickford Kathryn Episode: "Money Changes Everything"
2002 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mrs. Brice Episode: "Juvenile"
2002 Law & Order Susan Simels Episode: "Oxymoron"
2003 Oz Greta Episode: "Exeunt Omnes"
2004–2005 Life As We Know It Amanda Conner 4 episodes
2005 Exonerated, TheThe Exonerated Defense Attorney TV movie
2005 Law & Order Defense Attorney Carolyn Walters Episode: "House of Cards"
2006 Conviction Episode: "Downhill"
2007 All My Children Marj Luper 3 episodes
2009 Important Things with Demetri Martin Revenger's Mom Episode: "Power"
2009 Kings Jessie Shepherd 7 episodes
2010 Electric Company, TheThe Electric Company Natalie McNally Episode: "Bananas"
2010 Mercy Episode: "There Is No Superwoman"
2010 Nurse Jackie Elaine Episode: "What the Day Brings"
2012 Gifted Man, AA Gifted Man Mary Polanco Episode: "In Case of a Bolt from the Blue"
2012–2013 Smash Mrs. Cartwright Episode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Enter Mr. DiMaggio"
2012–2013 Girls Loreen Horvath 5 episodes
2013 Elementary Pam (the snowplow driver) Episode: "Snow Angels"
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
1978–1982 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Various Jun 1978 – Mar 1982
1982 Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, TheThe Best Little Whorehouse in Texas Doatsey Mae May 1982 – Jul 1982
1988 Streetcar Named Desire, AA Streetcar Named Desire Eunice Hubbell Mar 1988 – May 1988
1997–1999 Titanic Charlotte Cardoza Apr 1997 – Mar 1999
2004 Assassins Sara Jane Moore Apr 2004 – Jul 2004
2008–2009 All My Sons Sue Bayliss Oct 2008 – Jan 2009
2011 Good People Jean Mar 2011 – May 2011
2013 Comedy of Errors Emilia May 2013 – June 2013

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