Shaun Baker (actor)
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Baker had a minor role in the 1990 Kid 'n Play film House Party. In 1991, Baker appeared in In the Heat of the Night (the television series). His first major television role was Malcolm on the ABC sitcom Where I Live, co-starring with Doug E. Doug and Flex Alexander. After that series was cancelled, he landed the recurring role of womanizing Jamaican immigrant Russell Montego on the popular FOX sitcom Living Single. He also guest starred on the TV show Family Matters (as Harriet Winslow's nephew "Easy C" Clarence Baines), CSI: Miami, The District, NYPD Blue, Martin, and A Different World.
From 1998 to 2002, Baker portrayed boxer-turned-private investigator Quick Williams on Pamela Anderson's campy action series V.I.P. The show afforded Baker frequent opportunities to showcase his considerable martial arts skills. He holds a first-degree Black Belt in Shotokan karate. He is a member of Toastmasters International. He won first place in the International Speech Competition at the Club, Area, and Division Levels. He took third place at the Division Level.
Baker started acting in theater in New York at ten years old.His first professional production was in Oscar Brown Jr.'s play "In De Beginin'". It was at the story of "The Creation" and he played the role of Adam. He continued to hone his acting skills while attending East Harlem Performing Arts (Junior High). Baker graduated with honors from New York's famed High School for the Performing Arts.
In Los Angeles he received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike for his portrayal of Mercutio in William Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" at the Artworks and Odyssey Theaters.
- "Male Celebs Who Practice Martial Arts", Jet, Sept. 24, 2001, at p. 39.