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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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 2012 Mud
King
 2009 The Cleaner (TV Series)
Major Larry Duren
- Last American Casualty (2009) ... Major Larry Duren
 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard
Gov. Jim Applewhite
 2001 Joe Dirt
Don, Brandy's Dad (uncredited)
 2001 Vegas, City of Dreams
Dylan Garrett
 1998 Poodle Springs (TV Movie)
P.J. Parker
 1997 George Wallace (TV Movie)
Big Jim Folsom
 1996 The Siege at Ruby Ridge (TV Movie)
Gerry Spence
 1995 Felony
Donovan
 1995/I Panther
Brimmer
 1995 The Underneath
Clay Hinkle
 1994 Traps (TV Series)
- Retirement Party (1994)
 1994 Ring of Steel
Man in Black
 1993 Complex of Fear (TV Movie)
Det. Frank Farrel
 1992 The Distinguished Gentleman
Olaf Andersen
 1989 Screen Two (TV Series)
Hunter McCall
- Defrosting the Fridge (1989) ... Hunter McCall
 1987 Leonard Part 6
Nick Snyderburn
 1987 The Killing Time
Carl Cunningham
 1987 The Abduction of Kari Swenson (TV Movie)
Sheriff Onstad
 1986 Getting Even
King R. Kenderson
 1983 Joysticks
Joseph Rutter
 1982 Wacko
Dick Harbinger
 1980 Power (TV Movie)
Tommy Vanda
 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
 1973 The Streets of San Francisco (TV Series)
Leonard Collier Cord
- Beyond Vengeance (1973) ... Leonard Collier Cord
 1973 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Aaron Hickey
- Pilot (1973) ... Aaron Hickey
 1972 That Certain Summer (TV Movie)
Phil Bonner
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Eric Blair
- Camera... Action... Murder! (1972) ... Eric Blair
 1972 Junior Bonner
Curly Bonner
 1971 Mongo's Back in Town (TV Movie)
Mongo Nash
 1971 Mission: Impossible (TV Series)
Frank Kearney
- The Miracle (1971) ... Frank Kearney
 1971 Wild Rovers
Paul Buckman
 1971 The High Chaparral (TV Series)
Yuma
- The Hostage (1971) ... Yuma
 1970 The Most Deadly Game (TV Series)
Alan
- Breakdown (1970) ... Alan
 1970 Adam at Six A.M.
Harvey Gavin
 1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series)
Alex Drake
- Summer Terror (1970) ... Alex Drake
 1968-1970 Lancer (TV Series)
Clovis Harner / Santee / Day Pardee
- Shadow of a Dead Man (1970) ... Clovis Harner
- Cut the Wolf Loose (1969) ... Santee
- The High Riders (1968) ... Day Pardee
 1970 Bracken's World (TV Series)
Nick Fontaine
- Focus on a Gun (1970) ... Nick Fontaine
 1969 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Willie Turner
- Willie Poor Boy (1969) ... Willie Turner
 1969 The Big Valley (TV Series)
Tom Lightfoot
- Lightfoot (1969) ... Tom Lightfoot
 1966-1969 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Tom Butler / Woody Stoner
- The Reprisal (1969) ... Tom Butler
- Prime of Life (1966) ... Woody Stoner
 1968 The Outsider (TV Series)
Billy Joe Corey
- A Wide Place in the Road (1968) ... Billy Joe Corey
 1968 Bonanza (TV Series)
Luke Harper
- The Real People of Muddy Creek (1968) ... Luke Harper
 1967 Felony Squad (TV Series)
Shep Taubs
- My Mommy Got Lost (1967) ... Shep Taubs
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Fixer (uncredited)
 1967 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Merle Williams
- Shadow of a Killer (1967) ... Merle Williams
 1966 Iron Horse (TV Series)
Johnson
- Cougar Man (1966) ... Johnson
 1965 Honey West (TV Series)
Rocky Hansen
- Rockabye the Hard Way (1965) ... Rocky Hansen
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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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