Dylan Baker is an American actor known for playing supporting roles in both stage, film and television. He had a starring role as a father in the short-lived FOX TV-series, "The Pitts," but he is possibly most recognized for playing Professor Curt Connors in the "Spider-Man" franchise.
Baker was born in Syracuse, New York on October 7, 1959 and was raised in Lynchburg, Virginia. He started acting as a teenager in regional theater productions, later attended Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and Darlington School. He graduated from the Georgetown Preparatory School in 1976, going on to attend the College of William and Mary in Virginia and Southern Methodist University in 1980. He received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama.
Performing on Broadway, his theater credits include "Eastern Standard," "La Bête," "Mauritius" and "God of Carnage." He won an Obie Award in 1986 for his performance in the off-Broadway play "Not About Heroes" and made his motion picture debut in the 1987 film "Planes, Trains and Automobiles" with John Candy. His later film roles include parts in "The Wizard of Loneliness," "The Long Walk Home," "Judgment," Delirious, "Passed Away," "The Last of the Mohicans" and "Love Potion No. 9." His TV appearances include a recurring role on Steven Bochco's highly acclaimed "Murder One," followed by appearances on "Northern Exposure," "Law & Order," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Without a Trace," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and "The West Wing" before starring on the short-lived sitcom "The Pitts" about a chronically unlucky family. He garnered major critical attention in 1998 with his performance as a tormented pedophile in Todd Solondz's "Happiness," but he became well-known because of his portrayal of Dr. Curt Connors in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" franchise, appearing in all three films in the franchise and getting replaced by Rhys Ifan in the reboot.
Baker married in 1990 actress Becky Gelke, now known professionally as Becky Ann Baker. They have a daughter and reside in New York City.
In 2000, he portrayed Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in "Thirteen Days," a historical drama about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also had roles in "Requiem for a Dream,""The Cell," "Along Came A Spider," "The Laramie Project," "Road To Perdition," "The Big Time" and "The Elizabeth Smart Story." He starred in two short-lived series, "Drive" in 2007 and "Kings" in 2009, but he still mostly split his time between television and movies. He has also been a prolific narrator of audio books, having narrated a wide range of books, such as "The Grapes of Wrath" and a biography for Steve Jobs. He garnered the 2002 Audie Award for Abridged Fiction for his reading of "The Corrections" by Jonathan Franzen.
In November 2014, he joined Helen Mirren on Broadway in "The Audience."