|Birth: ||May 5, 1907|
|Death: ||Sep. 20, 1994|
Los Angeles County
Actor. Born St. Joseph, Missouri; married (one daughter); died Los Angeles September 20, 1994. The chubby comedian, Benny Baker appeared but never starred in over a hundred Hollywood movies from the Thirties to the Eighties. Baker was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1907, and went to the Kellom Grade School, in Omaha, graduating from the Lincoln High School, Nebraska. His first job was in the advertising department of the Lincoln Journal. Later he drove a grocery truck, but all the time had the urge to entertain. He made his stage debut in ‘Andy Gump Runs for Congress'. In 1935 he was featured in six pictures, including ‘Love in Bloom' with Bing Crosby, ‘The Big Broadcast' with a huge all- star cast of radio favorites, and ‘Wanderer of the Wasteland', in which he was comic relief in a Zane Grey western. Nine films followed in 1936, from ‘Rose of the Rancho' to ‘Panic on the Air'. Next year there were five more including ‘Hotel Haywire', an early script by Preston Sturges, and ‘Blonde Trouble'. Later high spots were ‘Tip-off Girls' (1938) starring Lloyd Nolan, ‘She Married a Cop' (1939), and ‘The Farmer's Daughter' (1940). Of them all, perhaps Benny Baker is best remembered for his cameo role as one of Danny Kaye's army buddies in Samuel Goldwyn's Technicolor musical comedy ‘Up In Arms' (1944). He appeared in over 125 movie/TV episodes, including Perry Mason.
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend.
Created by: Frank R. Adamski
Record added: Jun 20, 2012
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