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Name:
Leslie David Baker
Birth Date:
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth Place:
February 19, 1958
Height:
5' 10" (1.78 m)
BIOGRAPHY
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The Office

Background:

Leslie David Baker is an American actor of television and film. He is famous for portraying Stanley Hudson in the American version of “The Office” (NBC, 2005-?), from which he has shared two Screen Actors Guild Awards, not to mention several SAG nominations, and a TV Land Award. Prior to becoming an actor, Baker became involved in public service, education, and health care.

“I got a call to audition for something called 'The Office.' It was very crowded for the callback, and I had another audition scheduled, so I went to the other audition. On the way back, I ran into a whole bunch of traffic … And by then I was kind of sweaty, my clothes were rumpled, and I was cranky. And the character was written the way I was feeling that day, and I just let 'er rip. Two weeks later I got a call: “You got the pilot.” And, voilà, here I am.” Leslie David Baker (on how he got cast as Stanley)


Teacher

Childhood and Family:

Leslie David Baker was born on February 19, 1958, in Chicago, Illinois. He received a B.S. in Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and a M.S. in Human Services Administration from Spertus College of Judaica Chicago. While working on his masters, he taught special education, grades K-8. In addition to teaching, Leslie also worked as a mental therapist in Chicago and was involved in public service before deciding to pursue acting full-time. He moved to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1998.

“It just felt right. I had been to L.A. once before, looked around and taken an acting course at this place called TVI. I signed up for it like a year before and they would bring in casting directors and agents where you meet and you had to do your monologues in front of them and if they liked it then they would want to represent you. So I happened to meet an agent and he was on me to move out here. When I made the move, I didn't even tell him I was coming. I got here, got settled in my apartment and then I called him one day and I said, “You probably don't remember me, but”-- He said, “Leslie I know who you are. I remember you. When are you moving?” I said “I'm actually here." He saw me the next day and I got the first part he sent me out on.” Leslie David Baker (on moving to L.A)


Elizabethtown

Career:

Leslie David Baker made his television debut by playing a security guard in an episode of “Action” called “Love Sucks,” aired in 1999. He then portrayed Uncle Vin Arlen in the 2000 episode “Waterworld” of the CBS serial drama Judging Amy” and appeared as a cop in an episode of “Malcolm in the Middle” (also 2000). In the following year, he made his big screen debut as two truck driver in “Road to Redemption,” a comedy film written and directed by Robert Vernon and starring Johnny Meyer, Pat Hingle and Julie Condra.  

Baker continued to make guest appearances in television shows like “That '70s Show” (2001, as Janitor), “Just Shoot Me!” (2002), “Scrubs” (2003) and “Line of Fire” (2004). He played the recurring role of Teddy Desica in the CBS drama series “The Guardian” during 2001-2003.  

In 2005, Baker landed an uncredited part as airport security #2 in the comedy/drama film “Elizabethtown,” which was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst.

However, Baker did not gain his big break until he was cast in the supporting role of Stanley Hudson on the critically acclaimed sitcom “The Office,” an adaptation of the BBC series of the same name, which premiered on NBC on March 24, 2005. For his work on the series, Baker has been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards several times and won the award in the category of Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series twice in 2007 and 2008. He also jointly picked up TV Land's 2008 Future Classic Award. Baker also played his character on the webisodes “The Office: The Accountants” (2006) and “The Office: Kevin's Loan” (2008).

In 2012, Baker provided the voice of  Al Sharpton's College Roommate on an episode of “The Life & Times of Tim” called “The Smug Chiropractor/Corporate Disaster.” The same year, he finished the shooting of the short film “Old Rivalry,”directed and written by Daniel Beals.


Awards:

TV Land: Future Classic Award, “The Office,” 2008
Screen Actors Guild: Actor, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2008
Screen Actors Guild: Actor, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, “The Office,” 2007
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