| Leonard Joel Baker|
January 17, 1945 (1945-01-17) Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
April 12, 1982, Hallandale Beach, Florida, United States
Next Stop - Greenwich Village, The Paper Chase, The Hospital
Malcolm Baker, Alan Baker
Lenny Baker Wikipedia
Leonard Joel “Lenny” Baker (January 17, 1945 – April 12, 1982) was an American actor of stage and film and screen best known for his Tony Award-winning performance in I Love My Wife in 1977.
Baker was born in Boston, Massachusetts, the son of Bertha and William Baker. A 1962 graduate of Brookline High School, he received his college degree from Boston University, and performed in regional theater. He spent several summers at the O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference in Waterford, Connecticut.
Baker appeared Off Broadway in plays such as Conerico Was Here to Stay, Paradise Gardens East, The Year Boston Won the Pennant, and Summertree, debuting on Broadway in 1974 in The Freedom of the City, performing in repertory in Secret Service and Boy Meets Girl, and in Pericles, Prince of Tyre, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry V and Measure for Measure with the Joseph Papp New York Shakespeare Festival. He devoted himself to the production of new plays at The O'Neill Center's National Playwrights Conference where he worked with Werner Liepolt and many other young playwrights. He was highly praised by critics Clive Barnes and Walter Kerr and won the Tony Award for his performance in I Love My Wife.
In the course of his career Baker appeared in a number of television shows, such as Kojak, Starsky and Hutch, The Rockford Files, and Taxi.
Far and away most prominent amongst his film roles, which included The Hospital and The Paper Chase, was Next Stop, Greenwich Village, for which he was widely praised by critics and for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.
Baker's career was cut short by illness. Throat problems led to him leaving the cast of the pre-Broadway show Broadway, Broadway in 1978, and his final television performances were in 1979. He died on April 12, 1982 of cancer, although critic and LGBTQ activist David Ehrenstein later claimed his death was caused by AIDS. He had two brothers, Alan and Malcolm.Broadway
The Freedom of the City – Alvin Theatre, 1974
Secret Service – Playhouse Theatre, 1976 – Henry Dumont
Boy Meets Girl – Playhouse Theatre, 1976 – Robert Law
I Love My Wife – Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 1977 – Alvin
Conerico Was Here to Stay – Fortune Theatre, 1969 – Young Man
Summertree - Players Theatre, 1969 - Young Man
Paradise Gardens East – Fortune Theatre, 1969 – Brother
The Year Boston Won the Pennant – Mitzi Newhouse Theatre, 1969 – Dillinger/Peabody
Barbary Shore – Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, 1973 – Mike Lovett
Pericles, Prince of Tyre – Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, 1974 – Thailard/Knight of Ephesus/Boult
The Merry Wives of Windsor – Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, 1974 – Abraham Slender
Henry V – Joseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, 1976 – Dauphin
Measure for Measure – oseph Papp Public Theater/New York Shakespeare Festival, 1976 – Lucio