Joe Don Baker
Birth Name: Joe Don Baker
Birth Place: Groesback, Texas, USA
Born Feb. 12, 1936 in Groesbeck, TX, he became interested in acting while a student at North State Texas College, later known as the University of North Texas. A role in a student play convinced him that he could make a living as an actor, so after completing a stint in the U.S. Army, he headed for New York City to study at the famed Actors Studio. In 1963, he made his Broadway debut in "Marathon '33," a play written and directed by actress June Havoc about her experiences with the infamous dance marathons that took place during the Great Depression. The following year, Baker was directed by Burgess Meredith in "Blues for Mr. Charlie," a drama about the murder of Emmett Till, then lit out fo...