Simon Baker Trivia: 21 Facts About Australian Actor Simon Baker
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Simon Baker Trivia: 21 Facts About Australian Actor Simon Baker

This is a trivia article for Australian actor Simon Baker, a.k.a Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. It features miscellaneous Simon Baker info, covering both his career and private life.

1) Simon Baker was born in Tasmania, Australia, in 1969.

2) He stands at 5' 10" (1.78 m).

3) He is married to Rebecca Rigg, an Australian actress.

4) Simon Baker and Rebecca Rigg have been married since 1998 and they have three children together: one daughter and two sons. The oldest was born in 1993 and the youngest in 2001.

5) They are very good friends with actresses Nicole Kidman and Naomi Watts. In fact, both actresses are godmothers of their sons-Nicole for one son and Naomi for the other.

Simon Baker with Naomi Watts

6) Despite being both actors, Simon didn’t meet Rebecca on a set but on a blind date.

7) He starred in the short-lived drama/thriller TV series Smith, alongside Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen.

8) Although his talent was acknowledged both in Australia and worldwide before he starred in The Mentalist, he owes his current popularity to his leading role as Patrick Jane- The Mentalist- the character the show was named after.

Above: Simon Baker and Robin Tunney in The Mentalist

9) The Mentalist is not his first leading role in a TV series. He previously played Nick Fallin in the drama series The Guardian from 2001 to 2004. The show lasted for 3 seasons. It tells the story of a hotshot lawyer who now has to juggle community service with his extremely busy career.

The Guardian, Simon Baker Image via

10) The Guardian was nominated for and won many awards- both in acting and other categories. Simon Baker was nominated for Golden Globe and Prism Award. He won Family Television Award.

11) In The Mentalist, Simon plays a very talented and smart mentalist. The meaning of the word is defined at the beginning of each episode in Season 1: A mentalist is someone who uses mental acuity, hypnosis and/or suggestion- is a master manipulator of behavior and thoughts.

12) The Mentalist focuses on the story of Patrick Jane, a former psychic-turned paid consultant for CBI after his wife and daughter are murdered by a serial-killer, who solely did it to prove Jane wrong.

13) His wife Rebecca Rigg appears in one episode of The Mentalist. She plays an actress in the 19th episode of season 1.

14) Simon was nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards for his role in The Mentalist.

15) Simon has also been taking many roles in movies, both leading and supporting. Some of his supporting roles in movies include L.A. Confidential, Most Wanted, Ride with the Devil, Red Planet, The Devil Wears Prada and Women in Trouble.

16) His leading roles include movies Something New, Land of the Dead, Not Forgotten, Book of Love, The Lodger, Sex and Death 101.

17) His kids aren’t allowed to watch a majority of his works as they mostly contain a lot of violence and sexual elements.

18) His female co-stars include Robin Tunney and Amanda Righetti (both from The Mentalist), Kim Basinger, Hope Davis, Winona Ryder, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep, Hillary Swank and Frances O’Connor.

19) He was a successful surfer as a teenager.

20) In 2007, he starred in the short film The Key to Reserva, directed by Martin Scorsese

21) His movie genres include horror, sci-fi, thriller, drama, crime, mystery, comedy, romance, romantic comedy, dark comedy, history and action.


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Comments (18)

Gosh...he looks so good wet! and in the specs!! great actor, I am loving more and more of his work. Lovely write on Simon.

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Thanks, Lisa. The guy looks good, period. Wet and dry:))) But it is amazing that he is such a family man and a surfer and a hunker and a great actor all at once. Some men are just...incredible. I hope to meet someone like that...;)

Love this article - thank you, Pinar (though I think you meant "godmothers" not "grandmothers" in fact 5!) Simon Baker and I share the same home town (Launceston in northern Tasmania) so he's a special favourite of mine!

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Michelle thank you for the correction! I could swear I wrote godmothers. I corrected it. I hate it when you think something and write something else and don't see your mistake when you are editing!! Thanks for the tip and may I say, you are so lucky about your location:)) I love Simon as well. I featured 3 of his movies on my blog, wrote 2 articles on The Mentalist alone and wrote some other Simon-featuring articles. Can send you links if you are interested:)

You're welcome, Pinar. It's so hard to edit your own work - our brains 'translate' for us, reading what they know should be there rather than what is - our brains are too clever for our own good! Actually, wrote an article that mentioned this: Meantime, yes - please send me the links! Thanks!

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Thanks for the link on writing. I commented on it:) Well for Simon movies I have: For The Mentalist: Hope you don't get freaked out by the number of links, lol:)


Hi did Simon Baker as a youngster ever live in Western Australia ? If so could you please tell me where abouts..

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Hey Rhonda! He was born in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. I know he grew up in Australia, but don't know the exact whereabouts, sorry.

The looks are quite similar to that of our very own Brad Pitt.

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Excellent facts about Simon, Pinar.

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Thank you for this article. I love his character in The Mentalist he's so relaxed and clever. I also adore his smile and the way he dresses. My husband is getting annoyed at this point because every time the show comes on I can't help an OooOoooh I loove The Mentalist!

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You are welcome:) I love him too and I am looking forward to the 4th season:) Thanks for commenting. P.S. I know he does troubled with a sense of humor as defense mechanism very well, but would love to see him in lighter roles as well:)


i just want meet simon backer

where is living now pls answer me?becuse ilike him so much

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Nice article about one of my favorite actors in one of my fav shows! v'd, tt'd, dugg

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Thanks, Lorena:) I love him as well. And thanks for the extra support. What's your digg and twitter by the way? I'll follow you:)

You're welcome Pinar.

Good article