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Bob Baker (actor)

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Full Name  Stanley L. Weed
Role  Singer
Name  Bob Baker
Known for  Singing cowboy
Nationality  American

Bob Baker (actor)
Born  8 November 1910 (1910-11-08) Forest City, Iowa, USA
Died  August 29, 1975, Prescott, Arizona, United States
Spouse  Evelyn McCauley (m. 1935–1975)
Movies  Courage of the West, The Singing Outlaw, The Phantom Stage, Prairie Justice
People also search for  George Waggner, Joseph H. Lewis, Carl Pierson

Bob Baker (8 November 1910 - 29 August 1975) was a singer who had several starring roles as a singing cowboy in the late 1930s.


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Early years

Baker was born Stanley Lelend Weed on 8 November 1910 in Forest City, Iowa. He spent part of his childhood and youth in Colorado and Arizona. Unlike most movie cowboys, Baker really worked as a cowboy in his youth, and was a rodeo champion when he was sixteen. He joined the army at the age of 18, where he learned to play the guitar. He began singing professionally at the age of twenty, for the KTSM (AM) radio station in El Paso, Texas. In Chicago he spent several months with WLS (AM). In 1935 he married Evelyn. They were to have four children.

Film career

Baker won a Universal Studios screen test in 1937 in competition against Leonard Slye (Roy Rogers), and became the studio's lead singing cowboy. He starred in a dozen pictures before suffering an injury and being demoted to secondary roles. Bob Baker starred in the "B" western Courage of the West (1937) with Lois January. She said, "Bob Baker was too pretty! He was nice, but didn't get friendly. He didn't want me to sing a song in his picture. That business is full of jealousy...". This movie, his first, was thought to be his best. The others suffered from predictable plots and poor scripts.

Fuzzy Knight worked with Baker as a sidekick on his first four films. Starting with The Last Stand (1938) Baker rode Apache, a pinto he had bought in Arizona. A well-trained horse, Apache tolerated his signature trick of vaulting over the horse's rear into the saddle. Between work on the sets, Baker had to tour and perform at movie theatres, in part to promote the pictures and in part to earn extra income. Bob Baker accompanied his singing with a Gibson Advanced Jumbo guitar. He did not make any recordings.

In a poll of 1939, Baker was rated tenth in a list of moneymaking Western stars. However, he did not have the star quality of a performer like Gene Autry. In 1939 he was partnered with Johnny Mack Brown and Fuzzy Knight in a series of movies where Brown clearly emerged as the star. His career went downhill, and he began playing in secondary roles, then in bit parts.

Later years

After leaving the movie industry Baker served again in the army in World War II. He then became a member of the police force of Flagstaff, Arizona. He once again served in the US Army during the Korean War. He later ran a dude ranch and became an expert in leather crafts. He had a series of heart attacks towards the end of his life. He died of a stroke on 29 August 1975 in Prescott, Arizona.


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