HOLLYWOOD (CNS) – Simon Baker, the Emmy-nominated star of the CBS crime drama “The Mentalist” who has also appeared in such films as “L.A. Confidential” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” will receive the 2,490th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.
British-Australian actress Naomi Watts, who co-starred with Baker in the 2005 horror film “The Ring 2,” and Bruno Heller, the creator of “The Mentalist” and one of its executive producers, will join Baker in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Beso Restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard.
Born in Launceston in the Australian state of Tasmania on July 30, 1969, Baker began acting on Australian television in the 1980s. He made his American movie debut in 1997 in “L.A. Confidential.”
Baker’s other early movie credits included “Ride With the Devil,” directed by Ang Lee, and the independent films “Restaurant” and “Love from Ground Zero.”
In 2001, Baker got his first U.S. television series starring role on “The Guardian,” playing a corporate attorney sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service with Legal Services of Pittsburgh as the result of a drug conviction. The series ran on CBS until 2004 and brought Baker a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a drama series.
Baker then returned to films, starring in the 2005 critically acclaimed thriller “Land of the Dead,” “Something New” and “Sex and Death 101.”
Since 2008, Baker has starred on “The Mentalist” as Patrick Jane, a one-time fake psychic medium turned consultant with the California Bureau of Investigation, using his razor-sharp skills of observation to solve crimes.
Baker received an Emmy nomination in 2009 as outstanding lead actor in a drama series, losing out to Bryan Cranston from AMC’s “Breaking Bad.”
Baker has continued his film career during the run of “The Mentalist,” appearing in “The Killer Inside Me” in 2010, the 2011 financial crisis drama “Margin Call,” and the romantic comedy “I Give It A Year,” which was released in England Friday.
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