Brian Baker (actor)

Brian Edward Baker (born July 16, 1967) is an American actor best known for his recurring role as a trenchcoated spokesman in Sprint's television commercials.

Brian Baker
Born
Brian Edward Baker

(1967-07-16) July 16, 1967
ResidenceHershey, Pennsylvania
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)
Terry Farrell
(m. 2002; div. 2015)
ChildrenMax

Biography

Early career

Baker began his acting career at the age of 11 as a member of a now-defunct community film enthusiast club known as Cinekyd, based in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, where youngsters acted in, directed, edited, and produced amateur movies under adult supervision.[1] In Chicago, Illinois, following college, he studied at The Second City improvisational comedy troupe, while also working as a stand-up comedian and in the Seanachai Theatre Company. To make ends meet he waited tables at John's Place in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood.

Sprint

Baker moved to Los Angeles, California in 1999, and within six weeks, had landed the role that would be his big breakā€”The Sprint Guy. Although originally contracted to appear in only five ads, the overwhelming popularity of the commercials led to Baker's appearance in 155 spots over six years. In 2001, People named him to their "50 Most Beautiful People" list, dubbing him "Sexiest Pitchman". Soon Baker's image appeared all over Sprint's in-store signage, printed material, and even the company's website, providing a human face for an otherwise faceless telecommunications behemoth.[2] The 2005 merger of Sprint and rival Nextel spelled the end of the commercials when the company implemented a "new look" campaign, and marketing for the new company was handed over to Nextel's ad agency.

Television work

In addition to his work in commercials, Baker appeared on the short-lived NBC series M.Y.O.B.. He appears as Representative John Tandy on the television series The West Wing and guest-starred on episodes of Providence, The Drew Carey Show, and V.I.P.

Personal life

Baker lives in Hershey, Pennsylvania and Chicago. He was married to actress Terry Farrell of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Becker. The couple divorced in 2015. They have one child.

Baker is a 1985 graduate of William Tennent High School in Warminster, Pennsylvania. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in marketing from Penn State University in 1990.

While at Penn State, Baker became a member of Phi Kappa Theta.

He is currently in a long-term relationship with the violinist-composer Susan Voelz.

References

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