Todd Solondz is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been acclaimed for his examination of the dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia. His work includes Welcome to the Dollhouse, Storytelling, Life During Wartime, Solondz was born in Newark, New Jersey. Solondz wrote several screenplays while working as a boy for the Writers Guild of America. Solondz earned his degree in English from Yale and attended New York Universitys Graduate MFA Program in film and television. In his film Happiness, the character Joy finds a similar experience to be traumatic and it leads her to be more sympathetic to workers strikes. Clubs article Is There a God and he answered the question Well, me, Im an atheist, so I dont really believe there is. But I suppose I could be proven wrong, one of Solondzs short films, Schatts Last Shot, was made in 1985. The title character is a high schooler who wants to get into Stanford, the teacher fails him because he cannot make a shot in basketball.
He has no luck with the girl of his dreams, but he wishes he was more like the coach, in 1989 Solondz wrote and directed Fear, Anxiety & Depression, an episodic comedy about fledgling playwright Ira and his frustrating interactions with the opposite sex. The film contains several musical interludes, including three written for the film. Stanley Tucci appears in one of his earliest roles as an old, disliked acquaintance of Iras, the frustrations of his first feature led Solondz to swear off further involvement with the industry. More than five years later, an attorney friend urged Solondz to give filmmaking another go, the end result was 1995s Welcome to the Dollhouse, which went on to win the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. The dark comedy follows the travails of Dawn Wiener, a bespectacled, toothy and it was distinct from most earlier films about adolescent abuse due to its complex characterization. The film was a success among critics, and a moderate success at the box office.
It was a hit, with screenings all over the world. Solondzs next piece was Happiness, a controversial film due to the themes explored in it. After the original distributor October Films dropped it, the film was distributed by Good Machine Releasing, the movie received numerous awards, including International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and yielded strong critical praise for Solondz
Blind Faith (1998 film)
Blind Faith is a 1998 film starring Charles S. Dutton, Courtney B. In 1957 Bronx, Charlie Williams, the 18-year-old son of a Black NYPD policeman Charles Williams Sr. is arrested for the murder of an Irish youth in Van Cortland Park. Charles younger brother John, a lawyer defends Charlie and soon discovers there is more to the case than what appears on the surface. Charles S. Dutton as Charles Williams Courtney B, vance as John Williams Kadeem Hardison as Eddie Williams Lonette McKee as Carol Williams Garland Whitt as Charles Williams Jr. Karen Glave as Anna Huggins Jeff Clarke as Timothy Nancy Herard as Rose Jim Jones as Philip Alex Karzis as Frank Dan Lett as Frank Minor Aron Tager as Judge Aker Birdie M. Hale as Mrs, the film itself was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay. Blind Faith at the Internet Movie Database Blind Faith at Rotten Tomatoes
Happiness (1998 film)
Happiness is a 1998 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz, that portrays the lives of three sisters, their families and those around them. The film spawned the pseudo-sequel Life During Wartime which premiered at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, Trish Maplewood, the eldest Jordan sister, is an upper middle class housewife happily married to psychiatrist Bill Maplewood and has three children. Unbeknownst to Trish, Bill is a pedophile who is obsessed with 11-year-old Johnny Grasso, when Johnny comes to the Jordan house for a sleepover, Bill drugs and rapes him. Later, Bill learns that another boy, Ronald Farber, is alone while his parents are away in Europe. Under the guise of attending a PTA meeting, Bill drives to the boys house, after Johnny is taken to the hospital and found to have been sexually abused, the police arrive at the Maplewood residence to question Bill. After alerting his wife to the presence, Bill begins by asking the two detectives, You said something about Ronald Farber.
The two detectives, looking puzzled, say nothing, Bill stammers, I mean, Johnny Grasso. Out on bail, he admits to Billy that he fucked the boys, that he enjoyed it. When Billy asks, Would you ever fuck me, Helen Jordan, the middle sister, is a successful author who is adored and envied by everyone she knows, and can have any man she wants. Her charmed life leaves her ultimately unfulfilled and she despairs that no one wants her for herself, and she is fascinated by an unknown man who makes obscene phone calls to her apartment and tries to seek out a relationship with him. But she is disappointed when she finds out the man is her neighbor Allen, the youngest sister, is seen by her family as overly sensitive and lacking direction. She works in sales, but leaves to do something more fulfilling, teaching at an immigrant-education center. Her students call her a scab because their teacher was striking. Joy is let down in her personal life. After a rejected suitor, calls Joy shallow at the beginning of the film and goes on to kill himself, expecting to hear from a suitor, she instead gets an obscene call from Allen.
Later one of her Russian students, offers her a ride in his taxi and she is initially smitten, but she soon realizes Vlad was using her and that he may be married. After being attacked by his wife and lending him $500 in return for the instruments he stole from her. Finally, the parents and Lenny, are separating after 40 years of marriage
Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. She has starred in leading and supporting roles in films such as The Station Agent, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, High Art, Good Night, and Good Luck, Easy A. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her recurring role in Six Feet Under. In 2015, she was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance in The Elephant Man, Clarkson studied speech pathology at Louisiana State University, transferring to Fordham University in New York City, where she graduated summa cum laude with a degree in drama. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at the Yale School of Drama before making her debut in The Untouchables in 1987. Clarksons Broadway theatre credits include The House of Blue Leaves and Eastern Standard and she had supporting roles in a series of high-profile films in her early career. Her first movie role, at age 27, was as the wife of Eliot Ness in The Untouchables and she was featured in The Dead Pool, Rocket Gibraltar, and Everybodys All-American.
She starred in the television series Davis Rules, and in the miniseries Alex Haleys Queen. More often an actor than a leading woman, she has appeared in such major films as The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, Good Night, and Good Luck, and Lars. Her breakthrough role was in High Art where her portrayal of Greta and she has said about acting, I’m deeply invested in everything I do, and it’s a good thing, because acting is the only thing I know how to do. In 2002, she originated her role as Sarah OConnor in HBOs Six Feet Under and she went on to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series that year for her performance, she repeated for the same role in 2006. Later that same year, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for Pieces of April, in 2006, she portrayed Sadie Burke, in All the Kings Men, set in her native New Orleans. In 2008, she had supporting roles in Elegy, as a womanizers put-upon girlfriend, in 2008, producer Gerald Peary approached Clarkson to do the voice-over for the documentary film For the Love of Movies, The Story of American Film Criticism.
Says Peary, She agreed to do the narration, and she was so nice, and so cooperative, and so prepared, and so intelligent. And one of the key reasons she wanted to do the movie was that she regularly reads criticism, Clarkson returned to New Orleans for the January 17,2009, reopening of the Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts. She served as master of ceremonies for a gala featuring Plácido Domingo in concert with the New Orleans Opera and she made a cameo appearance in the Saturday Night Live Digital Short Motherlover on May 9,2009. The video featured Andy Samberg, Justin Timberlake, and Susan Sarandon and she reprised the role on May 21,2011, in the digital short 3-Way. In 2010, she starred in Martin Scorseses Shutter Island, Clarkson was honored by the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival when she received one of the 2010 Volta awards for achievements in her career
Pi, titled π, is a 1998 American surrealist psychological thriller film written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in his directorial debut. The film earned Aronofsky the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Award for Best First Screenplay, the title refers to the mathematical constant pi. The film is notable for its covering of an array of themes including religion, Max Cohen is the storys protagonist and unreliable narrator. Unemployed and living in a drab Chinatown apartment in New York City, Max suffers from cluster headaches, as well as extreme paranoia and social anxiety disorder. Other than Devi, a woman living next door who sometimes speaks to him, Maxs only social interaction is with Sol Robeson. Max begins making stock predictions based on the calculations of his computer, in the middle of printing out its picks, Euclid suddenly crashes after spitting out a seemingly random 216-digit number, as well as a single pick at one-tenth its current value.
Disgusted, Max tosses out the printout of the number, the next morning, he checks the financial pages and sees that the pick Euclid made was accurate. He searches desperately for the printout but cannot find it, Sol becomes unnerved when Max mentions the number, asking if it contained 216 digits. When Max questions him about the number, Sol indicates that he came across it years ago. He urges Max to slow down and try taking a break, at a coffee shop that he frequents on a daily basis, Max meets Lenny Meyer, a Hasidic Jew who coincidentally does mathematical research on the Torah. Lenny demonstrates some simple Gematria, the correspondence of the Hebrew alphabet to numbers, Max takes an interest when he realizes that some of the number concepts Lenny discusses are similar to other mathematical concepts, such as the Fibonacci sequence. Max is met by agents of a Wall Street firm who are interested in his work, one of the agents, Marcy Dawson, offers Max a classified computer chip called Ming Mecca in exchange for the results of his work, which Max eventually accepts.
Using the chip, Max has Euclid analyze mathematical patterns in the Torah, Euclid spits out the 216-digit number before crashing again. When his computer refuses to print out the number, Max begins to write it down, midway through the writing, Max realizes that he knows the pattern, undergoes a sudden epiphany, and passes out. Thereafter, Max appears to become clairvoyant and is able to visualize the stock market patterns he had been searching for, but his headaches increase in intensity, and he discovers a strange vein-like bulge protruding from his right temple. Max has an out with Sol after the latter urges him to quit his work. One evening and her agents grab Max on the street and they had found the original printout that Max threw away and had been trying to use it to manipulate the stock market in their favor, but as a result, caused it to crash. Although Max is held at gunpoint, Lenny drives by and rescues him, however and his companions make similar demands on Max to give them the number
William James Bill Murray is an American actor and writer. Murray received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2016, Murray was born on September 21,1950 in Evanston and was raised in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago. He is the son of Lucille, a room clerk, and Edward Joseph Murray II. Murray and his eight siblings were raised in a Roman Catholic Irish-American family, three of his siblings, John Murray, Joel Murray, and Brian Doyle-Murray, are actors. A sister, Nancy, is an Adrian Dominican nun in Michigan and their father died in 1967 at the age of 46 from complications of diabetes when Bill was 17 years old. As a youth, Murray read childrens biographies of American heroes like Kit Carson, Wild Bill Hickok and he attended St. Josephs grade school and Loyola Academy. During his teen years, he worked as a golf caddy to fund his education at the Jesuit high school, one of his sisters had polio and his mother suffered several miscarriages. During his teen years he was the singer of a rock band called the Dutch Masters and took part in high school.
After graduating, Murray attended Regis University in Denver, Colorado and he quickly dropped out, returning to Illinois. Decades later, in 2007, Regis awarded him an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, on September 21,1970, his 20th birthday, the police arrested Murray at Chicagos OHare Airport for trying to smuggle 10 lb of cannabis, which he had allegedly intended to sell. The drugs were discovered when Murray joked to the next to him that he was smuggling. Murray was convicted and sentenced to probation, with an invitation from his older brother, Murray got his start at The Second City in Chicago, an improvisational comedy troupe, studying under Del Close. In 1974, he moved to New York City and was recruited by John Belushi as a player on The National Lampoon Radio Hour. In 1975, an Off-Broadway version of a Lampoon show led to his first television role as a cast member of the ABC variety show Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell and that same season, another variety show titled NBCs Saturday Night premiered.
Cosells show lasted just one season, canceled in early 1976, after working in Los Angeles with the guerrilla video commune TVTV on several projects, Murray rose to prominence in 1976. He officially joined the cast of NBCs Saturday Night Live for the second season, following the departure of Chevy Chase. Murray was with SNL for three seasons from 1977 to 1980. S, during the first few seasons of SNL, Murray was in a romantic relationship with fellow cast member Gilda Radner. Murray landed his first starring role with the film Meatballs in 1979 and he followed this up with his portrayal of Hunter S. Thompson in 1980s Where the Buffalo Roam
High Art is a 1998 Canadian-American independent film directed by Lisa Cholodenko and starring Ally Sheedy and Radha Mitchell. Sydney, age 24, is a woman who has her whole life mapped out in front of her, living with longtime boyfriend James, and working her way up at the respected high-art photography magazine Frame, Syd has desires and frustrations that seem typical and manageable. But when a crack in her ceiling springs a leak and Syd finds herself knocking on the door of her upstairs neighbor, opening the door to an uncharted world for Syd is Lucy Berliner, a renowned photographer, enchanting and curiously retired. Now 40, Lucy lives with her glamorous, heroin-addicted German girlfriend Greta. Syd is fascinated by Lucy and becomes drawn into the center of Lucys strangely alluring life upstairs, Syd mentions Lucy to her bosses but they remain uninterested until they realise exactly who Lucy is. At a lunch, Lucy agrees to work for the magazine as long as Syd is her editor, soon a working relationship develops between the two and a project is underway which promises a second chance for Lucys career.
But as Syd and Lucys collaboration draws them together, their working relationship turns sexual. As Syd slowly discovers the darker truths of Lucys life on the edge, she is forced to confront her own hunger for recognition, the photographs themselves were made by Jojo Whilden. Official Site High Art at the Internet Movie Database High Art at Rotten Tomatoes High Art at Box Office Mojo Movie reviews, The New York Times Roger Ebert CNN
Lynn Redgrave, OBE was an English actress. A member of the Redgrave family, Lynn trained in London before making her debut in 1962. By the mid-1960s, she had appeared in films, including Tom Jones and Georgy Girl which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award. In 1967, she made her Broadway debut and performed in stage productions in New York while making frequent returns to Londons West End. She performed with her sister Vanessa in Three Sisters in London and she made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine and Gods and Monsters for which she received another Academy Award nomination. Redgrave is the person to have been nominated for all of the Big Four American entertainment awards without winning any of them. Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, to actors Sir Michael Redgrave and her sister is actress Vanessa Redgrave, her brother was actor and political activist Corin Redgrave. Her grandfather was silent screen leading man Roy Redgrave, after training in Londons Central School of Speech and Drama, Redgrave made her professional debut in a 1962 production of A Midsummer Nights Dream at the Royal Court Theatre.
Following a tour of Billy Liar and repertory work in Dundee, she made her West End debut at the Haymarket, hunters The Tulip Tree with Celia Johnson and John Clements. During that time, she appeared in such as Tom Jones, Girl with Green Eyes, The Deadly Affair. For the last of these roles, she gained the New York Film Critics Award, the Golden Globe, in 1967, she made her Broadway debut in Black Comedy with Michael Crawford and Geraldine Page. London appearances included Michael Frayns The Two of Us with Richard Briers at the Garrick, David Hares Slag at the Royal Court, in 1974, she returned to Broadway in My Fat Friend. There soon followed Knock Knock with Charles Durning, Mrs. Warrens Profession with Ruth Gordon, and Saint Joan. In the 1985-86 season, she appeared with Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, in 1983, she played Cleopatra in an American television version of Antony and Cleopatra opposite Timothy Dalton. In 1988, she narrated a television documentary, Silent Mouse. In the early winter of 1991, she starred with Stewart Granger, highlights of her early film career include The National Health, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex*, The Happy Hooker, and Getting It Right.
In the United States, she was seen on television series as Teachers Only, House Calls, Centennial. She starred in BBC productions such as The Faint-Hearted Feminist, A Woman Alone, Death of a Son, Calling the Shots, and Fighting Back
Courtney B. Vance
Courtney Bernard Vance is an American actor. O. J. Simpson, in which he played Johnnie Cochran, for the latter, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. He guest starred on the TNT series The Closer as Chief Tommy Delk from 2010–11, in 2013, he won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role in Lucky Guy. Vance was born on March 12,1960 in Detroit, the son of Leslie Anita, a librarian, and Conroy Vance and he attended Detroit Country Day School, and graduated from Harvard University with a bachelor of arts degree. While attending Harvard, Vance was already working as an actor at the Boston Shakespeare Company and he earned a Master of Fine Arts degree at Yale School of Drama where he met fellow student and future wife Angela Bassett. Vance has earned three Tony Award nominations and he won Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance as Hap Hairston in Nora Ephrons Lucky Guy at the 67th Tony Awards. He was nominated for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his role as Corey in August Wilsons Pulitzer Prize-winning and he was nominated for Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance as Paul in John Guares Six Degrees of Separation at the 45th Tony Awards.
In 1987, he won a Clarence Derwent Award for his role as Cory Maxson in Fences and his early feature film credits include Hamburger Hill, The Hunt for Red October, The Last Supper, Dangerous Minds, and The Adventures of Huck Finn. More recently, he appeared in Robert Altmans Cookies Fortune, Penny Marshalls The Preachers Wife, Vance starred in Love and Action in Chicago, a romantic comedy which he co-produced. Vance played Black Panther Bobby Seale in the Melvin and Mario Van Peebles docudrama Panther, in 2008 and 2009, he guest starred in the final season of ER, alongside his wife Angela Bassett. He was in Hurricane Season, in 2011, he starred in the American horror film Final Destination 5. Vance is set for the lead in the German-American apocalypse thriller The Divide and he appeared in a Disney Channel Original Movie titled Let It Shine, where he played the Pastor Jacob Debarge, the main characters father. Vance co-starred with Tyler James Williams, Trevor Jackson, Coco Jones, Brandon Mychal Smith and it was the third time Vance portrayed a pastor in a motion picture.
Vance has provided the voiceover for the National Football Leagues You Want the NFL and he appeared as Chief Tommy Delk on the TNT series, The Closer from 2010 to 2011. Vance played the role of Attorney Benjamin Brooks on four episodes of ABCs Revenge, in 2015, he portrayed Miles Dyson in Terminator Genisys. In 2016, he played the role of Johnnie Cochran in FXs American Crime Story, the series premiered on February 2,2016, and his performance was critically acclaimed by critics. Vance is married to Angela Bassett, whom he first met in 1980, they have twins, son Slater Josiah Vance and daughter Bronwyn Golden Vance, the twins were born on January 27,2006. He and Bassett have authored a book, Friends, A Love Story, the two participate in the annual Christmas celebration, Candlelight Processional, at Epcot
James Harrison Coburn III was an American actor. and Cross of Iron. Coburn provided the voice of Henry Waternoose in the Pixar film Monsters, Coburn was born on August 31,1928 in Laurel, the son of James Harrison Coburn II and Mylet Coburn. His father was of Scottish-Irish ancestry and his mother was an immigrant from Sweden, the elder Coburn had a garage business that was destroyed by the Great Depression. Coburn himself was raised in Compton, where he attended Compton Junior College, in 1950, he enlisted in the United States Army, in which he served as a truck driver and an occasionally disc jockey on an Army radio station in Texas. Coburn narrated Army training films in Mainz, Coburn attended Los Angeles City College, where he studied acting alongside Jeff Corey and Stella Adler, and made his stage debut at the La Jolla Playhouse in Herman Melvilles Billy Budd. Coburns film debut came in 1959 as the sidekick of Pernell Roberts in the Randolph Scott western Ride Lonesome, Coburn appeared in dozens of television roles including, with Roberts, several episodes of NBCs Bonanza.
During the 1960 to 1961 season, Coburn co-starred with Ralph Taeger and Joi Lansing in the NBC adventure/drama series, when Klondike was cancelled and Coburn were regrouped as detectives in Mexico in NBCs equally short-lived Acapulco. Coburn made two guest appearances on CBSs Perry Mason, both times as the victim in The Case of the Envious Editor and The Case of the Angry Astronaut. In 1962, he portrayed the role of Col. Briscoe in the episode Hostage Child on CBSs Rawhide, Coburn became well known in the 1960s and the 1970s for his tough-guy roles in numerous action and western films. Coburn played the part of a villainous Texan in the successful Charade and he was cast as a glib naval officer in Paddy Chayefskys The Americanization of Emily. Coburn was signed to a contract with 20th Century Fox. His performance as a one-armed Indian tracker in Major Dundee gained him much notice, in 1966, Coburn became a genuine star following the release of the James Bond parody film Our Man Flint. The following year, he was voted the twelfth biggest star in Hollywood, Coburn teamed with director Sam Peckinpah for the 1973 film Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, in which he played Pat Garrett.
The two had worked together in 1965 on Major Dundee, in 1973 Coburn was voted the 23rd most popular star in Hollywood. Peckinpah and Coburn turned next to Cross of Iron, a critically acclaimed war epic that performed poorly in the United States but was a hit in Europe. Peckinpah and Coburn remained close friends until Peckinpahs death in 1984, in 1973, Coburn was among the featured celebrities dressed in prison gear on the cover of the album Band on the Run made by Paul McCartney and his band Wings. During that same year as a spokesman for the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, in Japan his masculine appearance was so appealing he became an icon for its leading cigarette brand. He supported himself in years by exporting rare automobiles to Japan and he was deeply interested in Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and collected sacred Buddhist artwork
Todd Haynes is an American independent film director and producer. He is considered a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema movement of filmmaking that emerged in the early 1990s. Haynes had not obtained proper licensing to use the Carpenters music, prompting a lawsuit from Richard Carpenter, Poison won the Sundance Film Festivals Grand Jury Prize and is regarded as a seminal work of New Queer Cinema. Haynes received further acclaim for his feature film, Safe. Safe was voted the best film of the 1990s by The Village Voice Film Poll, Haynes next feature, Velvet Goldmine, is a tribute to the 1970s glam rock era, drawing heavily on the rock histories and mythologies of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed. The film received the Special Jury Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival, Haynes gained critical acclaim and a measure of mainstream success with his 2002 feature, Far from Heaven. The film received four Academy Award nominations, including Best Original Screenplay for Haynes and his fifth feature, Im Not There, marked another shift in direction.
A nonlinear biopic, Im Not There depicts various facets of Bob Dylan through seven fictionalized characters played by five actors, Im Not There received critical acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for Cate Blanchett. In 2015, Haynes returned to the big screen with Carol, his feature film. The film received acclaim and many accolades including six Academy Award nominations, five Golden Globe Award nominations. Haynes was born January 2,1961, in Los Angeles and his father, Allen E. Haynes, was a cosmetics importer, and his mother, Sherry Lynne, studied acting. Haynes is Jewish on his mothers side and his younger sister is Gwynneth Haynes of the band Sophe Lux. Haynes developed an interest in film at an age, and produced a short film, The Suicide. He studied semiotics at Brown University, where he directed his first short film Assassins, A Film Concerning Rimbaud, at Brown, he met Christine Vachon, who would go on to produce all of his feature films. The film presents Carpenters struggle with anorexia and bulimia, featuring several close-ups of Ipecac, Carpenters chronic weight loss was portrayed by using a Karen Barbie doll with the face and body whittled away with a knife, leaving the doll looking skeletonized.
The film is notable for staged dream sequences in which Karen, in a state of deteriorating mental health. Superstar featured extensive use of Carpenter songs, showcasing Haynes love of popular music, Haynes failed to obtain proper licensing to use the music, prompting a lawsuit from Karens brother Richard for copyright infringement. Carpenter was reportedly offended by Haynes unflattering portrayal of him as a narcissistic bully, along with several broadly dropped suggestions that he was gay
Dylan Baker is an American actor, known for playing supporting roles in both major studio and independent films along with regular work in television and on stage. Baker was born in Syracuse, New York, but was raised in Lynchburg and he began his acting career as a teenager in regional theater productions. He attended Holy Cross Regional Catholic School and went on to attend Darlington School, Baker attended the College of William and Mary in Virginia and graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1980. Baker received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama, bakers Broadway theatre credits include Eastern Standard, La Bête, and God of Carnage. He won an Obie Award in 1986 for his performance in the off-Broadway play Not About Heroes, the next year, he made his motion picture debut in the 1987 film Planes and Automobiles. Bakers first recurring TV role was on Steven Bochcos highly acclaimed Murder One and he garnered major critical attention in 1998 with his performance as a tormented pedophile in Todd Solondzs Happiness.
He gained notice for his portrayal of Dr. Curt Connors in Spider-Man 2, in 2000, he portrayed Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in Thirteen Days, a historical drama about the Cuban Missile Crisis. He held a role in Requiem for a Dream. In 2002 he portrayed Alexander Rance, an accountant for the Chicago Outfit, during the short-lived 2007 series Drive, Baker played the role of John Trimble, a father suffering from a terminal illness. In 2009, Baker played William Cross in NBCs Kings, in which his wife Becky Ann Baker played Jessie Shepherd, Baker guest starred in an episode of Monk, playing a theater critic in Mr. Monk and the Critic. Baker guest starred in the November 2010 House episode A Pox on Our House, Baker guest starred in the season four finale of Burn Notice as Raines, an old spy friend of Michaels. He reprised the role in the season five premiere, and permitted his likeness to be used in the Burn Notice graphic novel A New Day, in 2010, Baker played Hollis B. Baker played Pashto-speaking CIA agent Jerry Boorman in season 4 of Damages and he appeared in the USA Network miniseries Political Animals which aired in summer 2012.
For his performance as Colin Sweeney on The Good Wife, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series in 2010,2012, in November 2014 it was announced that Baker will join Helen Mirren on Broadway in The Audience. The play depicts meetings between Queen Elizabeth II and important historical figures, Baker will play former Prime Minister John Major. The play opened on March 8,2015, Dylan garnered the 2002 Audie Award for Abridged Fiction for his reading of The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen. Baker has recorded Jonathan Franzens latest novel, in 1990, he married actress Becky Gelke, now known professionally as Becky Ann Baker. They have a daughter and reside in New York City, firefighters eventually got the seriously injured woman out of the apartment and rushed to the hospital