Charles Baker (actor)

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Charles Baker
Born Charles Edward Baker
(1971-02-27) February 27, 1971 (age 44)
Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999 - present
Website
www.charlesbakeractor.com

Charles Baker (born February 27, 1971) is an American film, television, theatre, voice actor, writer and director. He is most well known for playing Skinny Pete on the hit AMC show Breaking Bad and since early 2014 has had a recurring role on the NBC television series The Blacklist.

Early life[edit]

Baker was born in Washington, D.C. but was raised in Hawaii. He is the son of an army colonel. His father was written up in the Los Angeles Times in 1994 by famous writer Robin Wright. He had travelled around the world by the time he turned 17. His father was stationed around the world including Israel and England. He studied at many schools in the U.S. including Fort Worth and London Central Elementary High School. He gained a vocal scholarship at Tarrant County College in music and later he attended University of Texas at Arlington.[1] He was a music major and he took theatre as a means to improve his singing career. After a few early acting stints, he decided to pursue his acting career. He worked at some of the better known theatres around Texas.[citation needed] He met his future wife, Rachel, at one of the theatres (The Hip Pocket Theatre).[citation needed]

Career[edit]

He started off playing small roles in small budget movies including "Playing Dead" and "Fat Girls". He also dubbed for Japanese manga series, One Piece. In 2006, he wrote, composed, cinematographed, produced and directed his own short movie called "The Waterson Project". In 2007, he was cast in the direct-to-video, sequel of Walking Tall. In 2008, he was cast in the horror film, Splinter.[2] He was cast in Terrence Malick's, To the Wonder in 2011.[3]

He was cast in Breaking Bad as Skinny Pete, a close associate and friend of Jesse Pinkman who served time in prison. His original character name was supposed to be "skinny stoner" in the audition. He was called back a few days later and his part was expanded and after the filming of his first episode, he was called and told to return for future episodes.[4] His ability to play the piano was noticed by the writers of the show and in one Season Five episode, he plays an intricate piano melody (CPE Bach - Solfeggietto) on a keyboard.[4] In early 2013, he was cast in the television pilot of The Blacklist starring James Spader, which was later picked to series. In mid 2013, was cast in Ain't Them Bodies Saints.[5] In Mid 2014, he was cast in Wild starring Reese Witherspoon.[6] He was also cast in a recurring role in TNT's Murder in the First.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Herman Van Horne TV Movie
2006 Fat Girls Roller Rink Attendant
2007 Walking Tall: The Payback Nate
2008 Splinter Blake Sherman Jr.
2009 Shroud William 'Billy' Sidehammer
2010 Temple Grandin Billy TV Movie
2012 To the Wonder Carpenter
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Bear
2013 Flutter Lonny
2014 Wild Tj

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999-2004 One Piece Kuromarimo
Braham
various
English Dub
27 episodes
2001 Baki the Grappler Kohei English Dub
Episode: "Here Comes the King"
2003 The Galaxy Railways Hijacker English Dub
Episode: "Big One Hijacked"
2006 Prison Break Camper Guy Episode: "Manhunt
2006 D.Gray-man Additional Voices English Dub
2 episodes
2007 El Cazador de la Bruja Jose English Dub
Episode: "A Woman Who Puts It On"
2007 Claymore Bandits' Head Episode Dub
2008 Comanche Moon TV Miniseries
2008-2013 Breaking Bad Skinny Pete 15 episodes
2010 In Plain Sight TJ Episode: "Father Goes West"
2010 The Good Guys Wolf
Cellmate
2 episodes
2010 Detroit 1-8-7 Marcus Mosier Episode: "Pharmacy Double/Bullet Train"
2011 Chase Wiry Inmate Episode: "Seven Years"
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Milo Episode: "Trading Faces"
2013 The Blacklist Grey 3 episodes
2014 Murder in the First Chris Walton Recurring

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Actor Charles Baker". WordPress. June 11, 2011. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Icons of Fright News and Updates: SPLINTER On DVD January 27th!". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Casting News: Pan, Burial, Davis, Silver - News - Dark Horizons". Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  4. ^ a b Martin, Denise (7 August 2013). "Breaking Bad’s Matt Jones and Charles Baker on Playing Lovable Stoners Badger and Skinny Pete". Vulture.com. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Ain't Them Bodies Saints' gets comic book prologue". Digital Spy. 20 August 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wild review: Reese Witherspoon breaks out of rom-com rut". Digital Spy. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "Review: Steven Bochco goes retro with TNT's 'Murder in the First'". HitFlix. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 

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