Joe Don Baker

Joe Don Baker

Along with Charles Gray, who played both Dikko Henderson in You Only Live Twice (1967) and 'Ernst Stavro Blofeld' in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Baker is one of only two actors to play both a major Bond nemesis, Brad Whitaker in The Living Daylights (1987), and a significant Bond ally, Jack Wade in GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997).

Graduated from North Texas State (now known as the University of North Texas).

Is a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

Said in an interview that if he ever met the writers of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (1988) he would "kick [their] asses" for their grilling of Mitchell (1975). This did not stop them from sending up another one of Baker's films, Final Justice (1985), in which they ridicule him even more. Baker later said the threat was a joke.

Studied at the Actors Studio in New York City following a stint in the army.

While Carroll O'Connor was recovering from bypass surgery, Baker appeared in O'Connor's place on "In the Heat of the Night" (1988) as Tom Dugan.