Charles Baker (actor)

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Charles Baker
Born (1971-02-27) February 27, 1971 (age 46)
Washington, D.C., United States
Occupation Actor, writer, director
Years active 1999–present

Charles Edward Baker (born February 27, 1971) is an American actor, writer, and director. He is known for playing Skinny Pete on the AMC series Breaking Bad, and currently has a recurring role on the NBC series The Blacklist.

Early life[edit]

Baker was born in Washington, D.C. and 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 traveled around the world by the time he turned 17. His father was stationed around the world, including Israel and England. Baker studied at many schools including Southwest High School in Fort Worth, Texas and London Central High School in Buckinghamshire. He gained a vocal scholarship at Tarrant County College in music and later attended University of Texas at Arlington.[1] He was a music major and 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 theaters around Texas.[citation needed] He met his future wife, Rachel, at one of the theaters (The Hip Pocket Theatre).[citation needed]


He started off playing small roles in small budget movies including Playing Dead and Fat Girls. He also dubbed for Japanese anime series, One Piece. In 2006, he wrote, composed, produced, and directed his own short film 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]



Year Title Role Notes
2005 Walker, Texas Ranger: Trial by Fire Herman Van Horne Television film
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 Television film
2012 To the Wonder Carpenter
2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints Bear
2013 Flutter Lonny
2014 Wild Tj
2016 Approaching the Unknown Captain Frank Worsely
2016 The Neon Demon Mikey
2016 Abysm Sam Miller


Year Title Role Notes
1999–2004 One Piece Various Characters 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 Characters 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 Miniseries
2008–2013 Breaking Bad Skinny Pete 15 episodes
2010 In Plain Sight TJ Episode: "Father Goes West"
2010 The Good Guys Wolf
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
2015 Chicago P.D. Terry Warfield Episode: "What puts you on that ledge"
2016 Colony Spider Episode: "Pilot"
2017 Grimm Dan Episode: "Breakfast in Bed"
2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine George Judy Episode:"The Fugitive Pt. 1; The Fugitive Pt. 2"
2017 Lethal Weapon Peter Skrelli Episode: "Lawmen"


  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". 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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