Happy birthday Becky Ann Baker, born February 17, 1953.
Becky Ann Baker, formerly known as Betty Gelke, is a television, film, and stage actress from Fort Knox, Kentucky, who played the Nechani guide in the Star Trek: Voyager episode “Sacred Ground”.
Baker has also made guest appearances on L.A. Law, Frasier, Sex and the City, Oz, and Law & Order, and also had a recurring role on the WB series Life As we Know It. However, she is perhaps best known to TV audiences for her featured role as Jean Weir on the acclaimed but short-lived “dramedy” Freaks and Geeks, which ran during the 1999-2000 season and has acquired a cult following. She also made an appearance in the supporting role of Nancy Chambers in director Sam Raimi’s 1998 thriller A Simple Plan, which garnered Baker a Blockbuster Entertainment Award as “Favorite Supporting Actress” in the suspense genre.
On Broadway, Baker performed several roles (and was understudy for a few others) in the original production of The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas from 1978 through 1982. She also performed in the return engagement from March through July of 1982. Her later Broadway productions included a 1988 revival of A Streetcar Named Desire, the original musical Titanic from 1997 through 1999, and the musical Assassins in 2004.
After making her film debut in the 1985 Jackie Chan action film The Protector, Baker went on to have a supporting role in the 1988 drama Full Moon in Blue Water, starring Teri Garr. In 1990, Baker played in the war drama Come See the Paradise. Other films in which Baker has appeared include the 1986 action-drama Agent on Ice, the 1990 thriller Blue Steel, the acclaimed 1990 horror/thriller Jacob’s Ladder, the 1992 drama Lorenzo’s Oil, the 1995 remake of Sabrina, the 1996 comedy I’m Not Rappaport, the 1997 science fiction blockbuster Men in Black, 1997’s In & Out, 1998’s Celebrity, 2002’s Two Weeks Notice, and Steven Spielberg’s 2005 remake of War of the Worlds.
Baker had a role in the controversial film Death of a President, which involves the fictional assassination of US President which opened in limited release on October 27, 2006. She also appeared in Spider-Man 3, in which she and James Cromwell played the parents of Gwen Stacy.
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