Brian Baker (actor)
Brian Edward Baker
July 16, 1967
(m. 2002; div. 2015)
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. 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.
Baker moved to Los Angeles, California in 1999, and within six weeks, had landed the role that would be his big break—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. 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.
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.
He is currently in a long-term relationship with the violinist-composer Susan Voelz.
- Brian Baker on IMDb
- "Sprint's Trench Coat Guy Loses His Connection, but He's Waiting for a Redial" The Washington Post, October 3, 2005