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George Baker

George Baker

(1931 – 2011)

  • A wonderful talent. Sadly missed.
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George Baker

George Baker
(1931 – 2011)

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George Baker

(1931 – 2011)
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About George
This is an online obituary to George Baker. George Baker was an English actor, famous as Tiberius in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.
George Baker was born in Varna, Bulgaria. His father was an English businessman and honorary vice consul. He attended Lancing College, Sussex; he then appeared as an actor in repertory theatre and at the Old Vic. George Baker's third wife, Louie Ramsay, who died earlier in 2011, played his onscreen wife Dora in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. George Baker was survived by five daughters and a number of grandchildren. He was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his fundraising activities for his local youth club.
George Baker first made his name in The Dam
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Busters and his first starring role was in The Ship That Died of Shame with Richard Attenborough. This was followed by a string of Ealing films, and his film the 1950s swashbuckler, The Moonraker has been shown all over the world since 1958. However, George has become better known as a television actor. He was the second (to Guy Doleman) of many actors to portray the role of "Number Two" in the series The Prisoner, appearing in the series' first episode. He appeared in his own TV comedy series Bowler. He was also in the first episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave 'Em, playing a company boss interviewing the show's hapless main character. In the acclaimed 1976 drama serial, I, Claudius, George Baker played the emperor
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Tiberius Caesar.
In the late 1970s, he starred as Inspector Roderick Alleyn in four adaptations of the mystery novels of Ngaio Marsh with New Zealand settings, in a production for New Zealand television. Since 1988, he has played Inspector Reg Wexford in numerous television adaptations of mysteries by Ruth Rendell and this is probably the role for which he is best known. In 1993, following the death of his second wife, he married the actress Louie Ramsay, who plays Mrs Wexford in the same television series.
He also appeared in The Baron, Minder in Series 1's You Gotta Have Friends, Coronation Street (as brewery owner Cecil Newton) and in the Doctor Who story Full Circle.
George Baker also appeared
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in the British comedy television series The Goodies' episode "Tower of London" as the "Chief Beefeater", as well as in the sitcom No Job for a Lady, and he is popularly known for playing Captain Benson, the James Bond ally in the film The Spy Who Loved Me and for his appearances in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, and You Only Live Twice. Ian Fleming considered George Baker to be the ideal candidate to play James Bond in the films but the role went to Sean Connery. Ironically, in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, George Baker dubbed George Lazenby's voice for the central segment of the film, where Bond is impersonating Sir Hilary Bray (George Baker's character in the film), as can clearly be heard.
George Baker
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died on the 7th October 2011. This is an online tribute created to honour his life and his career. May he rest in peace.
Remembrance Messages
On 13th Oct 2011
Ken Spencer
wrote:
You were a great guy George. One of the U.K.'s very best actors too. I have fond memories of the 'Oscars' concert you arranged with Pag, Mike and friends, and the other concerts in previous years, - all part of your generous charity work. I shall miss those times. In an effort to recommunicate I'll now re-read your autobiography. Have a well deserved rest George. Affectionately, Ken
Remembrance Messages
On 13th Oct 2011
Paul Arden-Griffith
wrote:
I shall always remember George for his care and consideration of other people. I sang in several of the concerts he organized at Dauntsey's School in Wiltshire, to raise money for his charity, "From Cradle to College". The charity provides funds to give disadvantaged young people training in a skill which will equip them for a better future. This ethic reflects George's desire to help people of all backgrounds and ages. He was a wonderful person, and a
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Paul Arden-Griffith
message continued:
shining example of true humanitarianism.
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A wonderful talent. Sadly missed.
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George Baker

This is an online obituary to George Baker. George Baker was an English actor, famous as Tiberius in I, Claudius, and Inspector Wexford in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries.
George Baker was born in Varna, Bulgaria. His father was an English businessman and honorary vice consul. He attended Lancing College, Sussex; he then appeared as an actor in repertory theatre and at the Old Vic. George Baker's third wife, Louie Ramsay, who died earlier in 2011, played his onscreen wife Dora in The Ruth Rendell Mysteries. George Baker was survived by five daughters and a number of grandchildren. He was awarded an MBE in 2007 for his fundraising activities for his local youth club.
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