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The active voice

Actor has the knack for applying just enough twist to his screwdriver role on show ‘Handy Manny.’

February 06, 2010|By Joyce Rudolph

“The school I was going to was producing the musical ‘Oliver,’” he said. “I auditioned, I’d never done a play before, and they gave me the role of Oliver.”

He’s done a show almost every year since, if not on a stage, then in a theme park or other venues.

“I have always performed because I liked doing it so much,” he said.

His penchant for monster movies helps when he’s doing voices for films, TV or interactive games with animals, aliens or monsters, he said.

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Baker provides the voices for an entire troop of clones on Cartoon Network’s “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

“That’s a terrific show,” he said. “I’m very proud of that show, too.”

Being a voice actor allows him to play many characters, as opposed to doing on-camera work, he said.

“If you get on a show that’s a big hit, that might be the last show you ever do, or at least the only show you’ll do while it’s up and running,” he said.

“Off camera as a voice actor, I can do something for Disney or monsters for a game for teenagers. It offers great flexibility.”

But the trade-off is anonymity, which isn’t a bad thing, he added.

“Anonymity is a valuable asset of the career; you can go buy a rutabaga and not be mobbed at the grocery store,” he said.


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