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Joe Don Baker


Tall, broad shouldered character actor with Texan drawl first appeared in support in several Western vehicles both on TV and the cinema in the mid 1960s. Got himself noticed playing Steve McQueen's younger brother in Junior Bonner (1972), and then scored the lead role of Buford Pusser (!) in the unexpected hit Walking Tall (1973), an allegedly ... See full bio »
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1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

GoldenEye
GoldenEye Jack Wade
(1995)
Cape Fear
Cape Fear Claude Kersek
(1991)
Tomorrow Never Dies
(1997)
The Living Daylights
The Living Daylights Brad Whitaker
(1987)

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 2012 Mud
King
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard
Gov. Jim Applewhite
 2001 Joe Dirt
Don, Brandy's Dad (uncredited)
 2001 Vegas, City of Dreams
Dylan Garrett
 1995/I Panther
Brimmer
 1995 The Underneath
Clay Hinkle
 1994 Felony
Donovan
 1994 Ring of Steel
Man in Black
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Olaf Andersen
 1987 Leonard Part 6
Nick Snyderburn
 1987 The Killing Time
Carl Cunningham
 1986 Getting Even
King R. Kenderson
 1983 Joysticks
Joseph Rutter
 1982 Wacko
Dick Harbinger
 1977 The Pack
Jerry
 1977 Speedtrap
Pete Novick
 1977 The Shadow of Chikara
Wishbone Cutter
 1977 Checkered Flag or Crash
Walkaway Madden
 1975 Framed
Ron Lewis
 1974 Golden Needles
Dan
 1973 The Outfit
Jack Cody
 1972 Junior Bonner
Curly Bonner
 1971 Wild Rovers
Paul Buckman
 1970 Adam at Six A.M.
Harvey Gavin
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Fixer (uncredited)
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Stage Play: Marathon '33. Written by June Havoc. Based on the novel "Early Havoc" by June Havoc. Scenic Design by Peter Larkin. Costume Design by Noel Taylor. Lighting Design by Tharon Musser. Music by Conrad Janis and His Tail Gate 5. Entire production under the supervision of Lee Strasberg. Assistant Director: Tim Everett. Directed by ... See more »

Height:

6' 2½" (1.89 m)
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Personal Quote:

[on working with Sam Peckinpah in Junior Bonner (1972)] I didn't care for Peckinpah at all. He was one of those little guys who tries to bully big guys and he almost got his ass whipped for trying to do it to me. Every time I was going to throttle Peckinpah, Steve McQueen would come over and calm me down like a brother would.

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Studied at the Actors Studio in New York City following a stint in the army. See more »

Star Sign:

Aquarius

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