George D. Baker

George D. Baker (1868–1933) was an American motion picture director whose career began near the dawn of the silent film era. George Duane Baker was born at Champaign, Illinois on the 22nd of April, 1868, the second son and third child of Charles E. and Arminta Baker. Three or four years later a baby girl would close the gender gap before Baker’s father, an accountant and financial advisor, chose to relocate his family to the rural town of Beatrice, Nebraska sometime in the early 80s . Upon his high school graduation, Charles Baker offered his son two options, a traditional college education or art classes in Paris. George Baker declined both offers and chose instead to attend the Dramatic Conservatory of Chicago, where he may have first met Walker Whiteside, another student of Prof. Kayzer's from around that time. He debuted with the young Shakespearian actor Walker Whiteside in Hamlet as Laertes and would later tour with companies headed by Nance O'Neil, McKee Rankin, David Higgins, Russ Wytal Brady and others. Baker spent a number of seasons in vaudeville with Sadie Martinot, Marie Dupont and Eva Taylor.


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