Joby Baker

Joseph N. "Joby" Baker (born March 26, 1934) is a Canadian-born actor and painter.

Joby Baker
Baker on Good Morning World in 1967.
Born (1934-03-26) March 26, 1934
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
OccupationActor, painter
Years active1952-1984
Spouse(s)
Joan Blackman
(m. 1959; div. 1961)

Joyce H. Winter
(m. 1961; div. 1975)

Dory Previn
(m. 1984; died 2012)

Megan Moore
(m. 2014)
Children5

Career

Baker was born in Montreal, Quebec. An early role in his career can be seen in a 1958 episode of The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, "Ronnie Makes A Record", where he was cast as a recording studio vocalist. In the early 1960s he made guest appearances on many television series. In 1962 he appeared on Perry Mason as Kenneth Carter in "The Case of the Bogus Books." He also appeared as a semi-regular in the first season of the WWII TV series Combat! as Pvt. Kelly.

Other television series included Dr. Kildare and The Dick Van Dyke Show. In 1960 he co-starred with Jack Lemmon and Ricky Nelson in The Wackiest Ship in the Army. He appeared in the Elvis Presley movie Girl Happy (1965), and also in all three Gidget movies.

In 1967, Baker was cast as a traveling magician, Dr. William Davis, in the episode "The Saga of Dr. Davis" on the syndicated series Death Valley Days, hosted by Robert Taylor. Judi Meredith played his wife, Jenny, whose death leads him to take an adopted son, Tad, on his remaining westward journeys.[1]

Baker began a long association with Walt Disney Studios where he appeared in The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1966), Blackbeard's Ghost (1968) and Superdad (1974). In 1967-68, he had a lead role in Good Morning World, a short-lived sitcom about a pair of disc jockeys named Lewis and Clarke. This was followed by a succession of character roles, including an appearance in an episode of the 1973 situation comedy A Touch of Grace and a stint as Colonel Marvin on the 1980 sitcom Six O'Clock Follies.[2]

Personal life

Baker was first married to Joan Blackman, whom he met while both of them were filming an Elvis Presley movie. In 1984, he married lyricist and songwriter Dory Previn. He illustrated The Dory Previn Songbook, published in 1995. He has exhibited as an abstract painter in major Los Angeles art galleries.

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