Joby Baker

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Joby Baker
Joby Baker Ronnie Schell Lewis and Clarke Good Morning World 1967.JPG
Baker (left) as Dave Lewis with Ronnie Schell as Larry Clarke, Good Morning, World, 1967.
Born (1934-03-26) March 26, 1934 (age 82)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation actor, painter
Years active 1952-1984
Spouse(s) Joan Blackman (1959-1961) (divorced)
Joyce H. Winter (1961-1975) (divorced) (2 children)
Dory Previn (1984–2012,her death)

Joby Baker (born March 26, 1934) is a Canadian born actor and painter.

Baker was born in Montreal, Quebec. An early role in his career can be seen in a 1958 episode of The George Burns And Gracie Allen Show, "Ronnie Makes A Record" where he was cast as a recording studio vocalist. In the early 1960s he made guest appearances on many television series. In 1962 he appeared on Perry Mason as Kenneth Carter in "The Case of the Bogus Books." Other television series included Dr. Kildare and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy (1966), and also in all three Gidget movies.

In 1967, Baker was cast as a traveling magician, Dr. William Davis, in the episode "The Saga of Dr. Davis" on the syndicated series Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor. Judi Meredith played his wife, Jenny, whose death leads him to take an adopted son, Tad, on his remaining westward journeys.[1]

Baker began a long association with Walt Disney Studios where he appeared in The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1966), Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) and Superdad (1974). In 1967-68, he had a lead role in Good Morning, World, a short-lived sitcom about a pair of disc jockeys named Lewis and Clarke. This was followed by a succession of character roles, including an appearance in an episode of the 1973 situation comedy A Touch of Grace and a stint as Colonel Marvin on the 1980 sitcom Six O'Clock Follies.[2]

Baker had been married to Joan Blackman, whom he met while both of them were filming an Elvis Presley movie. In 1984 he married lyricist and songwriter Dory Previn. He illustrated The Dory Previn Songbook, published in 1995. He has also exhibited as an abstract painter in major Los Angeles art galleries.[3]

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