Charles Baker as Skinny Pete

Charles Baker

Most well known for his role on Breaking Bad, where he plays Skinny Pete, a close associate and friend of Jesse Pinkman who served time in prison, Charles Edward Baker is a film, television, theatre and voice actor, writer and director.

Baker was born in Washington, D.C., on February 27, 1971, but was raised in Hawaii. He is the son of an army colonel and had travelled around the world by the time he turned 17, for his father was stationed around the world including Israel and England. He studied at many schools in the US, including Fort Worth and London Central Elementary High School.

He gained a vocal scholarship at Tarrant County College in music and later he attended University of Texas at Arlington. He was a music major and he took theatre as a means to improve his singing career. After a few early acting stints, he decided to pursue his acting career. He worked at some of the better known theatres around Texas and he met his future wife, Rachel, at The Hip Pocket Theatre.

Baker started off playing supporting roles in small budget movies including Playing Dead and Fat Girls. He also dubbed for japanese manga series One Piece. In 2006, he wrote, directed, composed, cinematographed, produced and directed his own short movie called The Waterson Project. In 2007, he was cast in the direct-to-video sequel of Walking Tall and in early 2013 he was cast in the NBC television pilot The Blacklist, starring James Spader, which was later picked to series.

A gifted chameleon, Charles Baker has taken on a variety of transformational roles, such as a man attacked by an alien-infected raccoon in the horror film Splinter (2008), a soul-stealing demon in Mechanical Grave (2012) and, of course, meth-addicted thug Skinny Pete. Baker was initially cast for just one episode on Breaking Bad, but his role was expanded to recurring.

His original character name was supposed to be “Skinny Stoner” in the audition. He was called back a few days later and his part was expanded and after the filming of his first episode, he was called and told to return for future episodes. Baker’s ability to play the piano was noticed by the writers of the show and in one episode they allowed him to play it.


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