Kathy Baker is an American actress best known for her starring role as small-town Dr. Jill Brock, the town doctor who is married to the sheriff, in the comedy-drama television series Picket Fences, from 1992-1996.
She won three Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award and the Screen Actor's Guild Award for her work on the series.
She also received a 2003 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in the TNT film Door To Door, which garnered multiple Emmy Awards and an AFI Creative Ensemble Award. Baker was also nominated for back-to-back Emmys for her guest performances on Touched by an Angel and Boston Public.
Baker also co-starred in the feature films Everybody Loves Whales, starring Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, Seven Days in Utopia with Robert Duvall, Machine Gun Preacher starring Gerard Butler and Take Shelter, winner of the Grand Prix Nespresso Award at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
On television, Baker had a role in the hit Jesse Stone franchise for CBS starring Tom Selleck. Her character was introduced in Jesse Stone: Sea Change, continued in Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, Jesse Stone: No Remorse and Jesse Stone: Innocents Lost, and reappeared in the eighth installment, Jesse Stone: Benefit of a Doubt.
She also had a starring role as Sheila Kowalski, the wife of Don Kowalski and mother of Abby, Richie, Donnie and Steve Kowalski, in the police procedural television series Against the Wall, in 2011.
Baker's other television credits include recurring roles on Medium, Grey's Anatomy, Nip/Tuck, and Bull, with guest starring roles on Law & Order and Saving Grace among others.
Her TV movie credits include Picking Up, Dropping Off, Sucker Free City, Sanctuary, Ten Tiny Love Stories, Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her, Ratz, Shake, Rattle & Roll: An American Love Story, Lush Life, Not in This Town, A Season For Miracles and The Image.
She also portrayed Wendy Paulson opposite William Hurt in HBO's Too Big to Fail.
Baker made her film debut in The Right Stuff. She has appeared in the remake of All the King's Men, the independent feature Nine Lives and the critically-acclaimed Cold Mountain, as well as 13 Going on 30, Fathers and Sons, Assassination Tango and The Glass House.
For the Academy Award-winning film The Cider House Rules, she shared a Screen Actor's Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Theatrical Motion Picture.
Baker's other feature film credits include Last Chance Harvey, The Jane Austen Book Club, Inventing the Abbotts, To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday, Mad Dog and Glory, Jennifer Eight, Article 99, Edward Scissorhands, Street Smart (National Society of Film Critics' Best Supporting Actress Award), Clean and Sober, Jacknife, Dad and Mister Frost.
A veteran of the stage, Baker originated the role of May in Sam Shepard's Fool for Love, for which she received an Obie Award. She has also appeared in other successful stage productions such as Desire Under the Elms, Aunt Dan and Lemon, A Man From Nebraska, and Memory House.
Baker was born in Midland, Texas and currently resides in Los Angeles. She was married to Donald Camillieri from 1985-1999, with whom she had two children. The marriage ended in divorce. She has been married to television director Steven Robman since June 2003.