Birth Date: October 7, 1959 / Age: 56
Birth Place: Syracuse, New York, USA
Biography: Dylan Baker is an American actor best known for playing supporting roles in both major studio movies (Spiderman 2) and independent films.
Born on October 7, 1959 in Syracuse, New York, Baker was raised in Maryland, where he began his acting career as a teenager in regional theater productions. In 1986 he performed in an off-Broadway production of Not About Heroes, co-starring Edward Herrmann and directed by Diane Wiest. He made his film debut in the 1987 John Candy-Steve Martin comedy, Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. By 1995, he was a regular on the television dramas Feds and Murder One.
Baker first became well-known in 1998 when he appeared in Todd Solondz's ensemble black comedy Happiness, taking on the extremely controversial role of a closeted pedophile who rapes two of his young son's friends. Baker was critically lauded for playing such an unsympathetic role as a three-dimensional human being rather than as a one-sided monster. While the film was criticized for the way in which the role was written, it launched Baker's career.
In addition to roles in films such as Thirteen Days, The Cell, and Kinsey, Baker has also appeared extensively on the Broadway stage and on television, in shows such as Law & Order and the short-lived sitcom The Pitts.
Dylan Baker appears in a non-speaking role as an arresting officer in a United States Postal Service training film, apparently made sometime in the 1980s, warning of the dangers of mail theft. The film, narrated by a characteristically grim Edward James Olmos in his "Lieutenant Castillo" mode, is entitled "Was It Worth It?" (you can probably guess the answer) and is still being shown to new USPS employees.
Attended The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Was nominated for Broadway's 1991 Tony Award as Best Actor (Featured Role - Play) for "La Bęte."