Nick Bakay

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Nick Bakay
Bakay in 2005
Nicholas Bakay

(1959-10-08) October 8, 1959 (age 63)
Occupation(s)Actor, comedian, writer, producer, sports commentator
Years active1987–present
Robin Bakay
(m. 1994)

Nicholas Bakay (/bəˈk/; born October 8, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and sports commentator. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Sabrina: The Animated Series, and Norbert Beaver on The Angry Beavers. He played Karl on the Fox sitcom 'Til Death as well as serving as a producer of the show until it was cancelled by Fox.[1] He is also one of the executive producers of the CBS sitcom Mom.

Early life[edit]

Nicholas Bakay was born on October 8, 1959 in Buffalo, New York, where he attended Nichols School. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1981.[2] He has Hungarian roots (his surname means "from Baka").[3]


Bakay served as a writer of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in which he also voiced Salem Saberhagen, a witch who has been transformed into the Spellman family's pet cat for trying to take over the world. Bakay also served as a writer for Sabrina: The Animated Series, also providing his voice as Salem as well. He was also the voice of Norbert on The Angry Beavers.

Bakay is a lifelong sports fan. He writes a weekly column for called "Nick Bakay's Manly House of Football", as well as occasional columns for and ESPN The Magazine. He appears on SportsCenter on ESPN Wednesday and Thursday mornings during NFL season, and has frequently done segments on NFL Total Access on NFL Network. Bakay also has guest hosted numerous episodes of Up Close and Talk2, as well as contributed to Jim Rome Is Burning and numerous other sports shows.

Early in his career he wrote the storylines for the Evil Clown Comics series which appeared in National Lampoon magazine. From 1993 to 1994, he was a writer for the comedy sketch series In Living Color, and appeared as Stu Dunfy, the host of the fictional game show The Dirty Dozens. He worked at Comedy Central, writing and appearing on numerous shows, including Night After Night with Allan Havey and Sports Monster.[4]

Beginning in 2000, Bakay worked as a producer on the CBS hit comedy The King of Queens, where he also wrote and acted in several episodes. He co-wrote Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) as well as its sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) with King of Queens star Kevin James.

In 2006, Bakay created, wrote and voiced a cartoon for Comedy Central called The Adventures of Baxter and McGuire, which was nominated for an Emmy in the "Best Broadband Comedy" category.[5]

From 2006 to 2010, Bakay served as a producer for and acted in the Fox comedy 'Til Death.[1]

In 2013, Bakay began as a producer for the series Mom. Bakay also voiced the self-help radio announcer throughout the series.

Guest appearances[edit]

Bakay has guest-starred on numerous TV sitcoms. He appeared on In Living Color in a semi-recurring role as Stu Dunfy, guest-host of the sketch "The Dirty Dozens" (and other voice work). He also appeared on the Seinfeld episode "The Smelly Car" where Bakay played Elaine's boyfriend.

Bakay was seen or heard on That '70s Show. In the episode "Ski Trip", Bakay played Gus, a gay truck driver attracted to Kelso. In another episode, he was the voice of Donna's journal. In "An Eric Forman Christmas", he was the voice of Santa Claus in Kelso's Rankin-Bass-modeled dream.

Bakay had numerous recurring roles (such as Father McDaniel, Gus and miscellaneous voice work) on The King of Queens, which he also served as a producer and writer on. In the sitcom Ellen, Bakay starred as bookstore employee Lloyd in the second seasons' tenth episode, alongside comedian Ellen DeGeneres.

He had a supporting role on two late night talk shows: Night After Night with Allan Havey and Dennis Miller's short-lived show.

Personal life[edit]

Bakay has been married to his wife Robin, since February 20, 1994.[6][7][8]

In 2009, Bakay sold his condo home in West Hollywood for $2 million. He now lives in the Hollywood Hills.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1995 Jury Duty Richard Hertz
2001 Not Another Teen Movie Diner Cook Uncredited
2008 The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire: The Boss Short Film
2011 Zookeeper Franky
2011 Sabrina & Salem: Together Again Salem Saberhagen Short Film


Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Equalizer Yellow Team Member Episode: "Endgame"
1989-1992 Night After Night with Allan Havey "Sidekick"/Cohost Comedy Channel
1993 Seinfeld Carl Episode: "The Smelly Car"
1993 Morning Man at 88.0 TV movie
1993–1994 In Living Color Stu Dunfy 6 episodes
1994 Grace Under Fire Loomis P. Lemon Episode: "A Car and a Kiss"
1994 She TV Various Episode: "Episode #1.2"
1994 Ellen Lloyd Episode: "Mrs. Koger"
1994 Murphy Brown Reindeer Episode: "Brown in Toyland"
1995 Coach Rockne Dawson Episode: "Coach's Cornered"
1995 What's So Funny? Host 4 episodes
1995 The TV Wheel Various TV movie
1996 A Weekend in the Country Dr. Randall TV movie
1996–1999 ABC TGIF Salem Saberhagen 12 episodes
1996–2003 Sabrina the Teenage Witch Salem Saberhagen Main Cast; 163 episodes
1997 You Wish Salem Saberhagen Episode: "Genie Without a Cause"
1997 Teen Angel Salem Saberhagen Episode: "One Dog Night"
1997 Boy Meets World Salem Saberhagen Episode: "No Guts, No Cory"
1997–2003 The Angry Beavers Norbert Foster Beaver / Pete / Forest Friends / Additional Voices (voice) Main Cast; 63 episodes
1998 Exposed! Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets Narrator TV movie
1998 The What A Idol Star Judge 14 episodes
1998–1999 The Wonderful World of Disney Salem Saberhagen 2 episodes
1999 It's Like, You Know... Harvey 2 episodes
1999 The Brothers Flub Additional Voices (voice) 16 episodes
1999 Sabrina Down Under Salem Saberhagen TV movie
1999 Sabrina: the Animated Series Salem Saberhagen 65 episodes
1999–2001 That '70s Show Santa / Donna's Journal / Gus the Trucker 3 episodes
2000–2005 The King of Queens Gus / Father Melley / Father McDaniel / Home Center PA Announcer / Gil / Guy / Richard Nixon / Animal Channel Announcer / Sports Announcer / Theatre Usher 11 episodes
2001 Reel Classics Host
2004 The Simpsons Salem Saberhagen (voice) Episode: "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"
2007–2010 'Til Death Karl / Commercial Announcer 12 episodes
2013 Mom Man on Tape / Man's Voice 2 episodes
2019 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Warlock (voice) Episode: "OK A.U.!"
2019 The Late Late Show with James Corden Salem Saberhagen Episode: "Arnold Schwarzeneggar/Linda Hamilton"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Spellbound Salem Saberhagen
2000 Sabrina, the Animated Series: Magical Adventure Salem Saberhagen
2000 Nicktoons Racing Norbert Archival Recordings
2023 Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl 2 Norbert

Production work[edit]

Year Film Credited as Notes
Director Producer Writer
1992 Night After Night No No Yes 2 episodes
1992 The Dennis Miller Show No No Yes 5 episodes
1993 Morning Man at 88.0 No No Yes TV movie
1993–1994 In Living Color No No Yes 23 episodes
1994 She TV No No Yes Episode: "Episode #1.2"
1995 What's So Funny? No No Yes 4 episodes
1995 The TV Wheel No No Yes TV movie
1996 364 Girls a Year No No Yes
1996–2000 Sabrina the Teenage Witch No Yes Yes 25 episodes (co-producer), 22 episodes (producer), 12 episodes (writer)
2000–2006 The King of Queens No Yes Yes 118 episodes (consulting producer), 13 episodes (producer), 12 episodes (supervising producer), 5 episodes (writer)
2001 Reel Classics No No Yes
2006 The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire No No Yes
2006–2010 'Til Death No Yes Yes 58 episodes (consulting producer), 2 episodes (writer)
2008 The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire: The Boss No No Yes Short Film
2009 Paul Blart: Mall Cop No No Yes Directed by Steve Carr
2011 Zookeeper No No Screenplay Directed by Frank Coraci
2012–2013 Two and a Half Men No Yes Story and Teleplay 8 episodes (consulting producer), episode: "Throgwarten Middle School Mysteries" (story), episode: "Another Night with Neil Diamond" (teleplay)
2013–2021 Mom Yes Yes Teleplay and Story 166 episodes (executive producer), 51 episodes (teleplay), 40 episodes (story), episode: "Tiny Dancer and an Impromptu Picnic" (director)
2015 Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 No No Yes Directed by Andy Fickman
2017-2021 Young Sheldon No No Story Episode: "A Brisket, Voodoo, and Cannonball Run", One Bad Night and Chaos of Selfish Desires
2018–2019 The Kominsky Method No Yes No 16 episodes (consulting producer)
2019–2020 Bob Hearts Abishola No Yes No 19 episodes (consulting producer)
TBA How to Be a Bookie TBA Yes Yes


  1. ^ a b "About Nick". Retrieved July 15, 2007.
  2. ^ "Notable Alumni | Kenyon College".
  3. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 7, 2010). "Kevin James And Adam Sandler Drive Nick Bakay Laugher 'Valet Guys' For Sony". Deadline Hollywood.
  4. ^ "About Robin". Archived from the original on July 28, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
  5. ^ "Daytime Emmy Broadband Nominees". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 31, 2007. Archived from the original on December 27, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
  6. ^ "Out of Bounds: An interview with Nick Bakay". Archived from the original on May 6, 2021.
  7. ^ Bakay, Nick (2004). Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape: Taking on the World of Sports, One Fight at a Time. Bakay. ISBN 9780786486946.
  8. ^ "BUFFALO VS. THE WORLD NICK BAKAY'S TALE OF THE TAPE | Latest Headlines |". August 3, 2003.
  9. ^ Ann Brenoff (January 20, 2009). "Nick Bakay sells condo in West Hollywood for $2 million". Retrieved March 10, 2020.

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