Actor Leslie David Baker

Leslie David Baker (born February 19, 1958) is an American actor. He is known for playing paper salesman Stanley Hudson in The Office for nine seasons (2005–2013).

Early life

Baker was born on February 19, 1958 in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a B.S. in psychology from Loyola University Chicago and an M.S. in human services administration from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership in Chicago. He taught special education and played an office worker in OfficeMax commercials while working on his MS degree. In Chicago, he worked for the Board of Education, the Department of Public Health, and the Office of Cable and Communications.

Acting career

Baker moved to Los Angeles, California in the late 1990s.

The Office

Baker on The Office

Baker had another audition scheduled on the day he was called back for The Office. On his way to his Office audition, he was caught in traffic though producers thought he had been in the bathroom and thanked him for his patience. “By then I was kind of sweaty, my clothes were rumpled, and I was cranky,” Baker later said. “The character was written the way I was feeling that day, and I just let ‘er rip. Two weeks later I got a call: ‘You got the pilot.'”

Baker’s Office character, Stanley Hudson, is a sales representative for the fictional Dunder Mifflin paper distributor usually portrayed as a defiant, grouchy curmudgeon. It was said that his performance was “a standout” on the show, and with “his monotone voice and calm demeanor, he played well against the off-the-wall nature of many of the other characters.” “Did I Stutter?” (season 4, 2008) has a focus on Baker’s character; as with many supporting actors on The Office, some of Baker’s scenes became memorable to fans. Stanley is rarely, but sometimes, given a “soft side”; in “Stairmageddon” (season 9, 2013), Baker plays a tranquilized, and then giddy, Stanley. At the conclusion of the series, Stanley says he is happy to be living in retirement in Florida.

He was part of the Office cast which won Screen Actors Guild Awards in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series category in 2007 and 2008.

In December 2017, after several former Office actors expressed interest in a revival of the series, The Hollywood Reporter’s Lesley Goldberg said of Baker, “Why wouldn’t he return?!” After The Office ended in 2013, The Hollywood Reporter said that Baker has had few roles; Bustle said that he was “plenty busy with his other creative pursuits”. In July 2020, Baker launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of a pilot for Uncle Stan, a proposed spin-off series of The Office focusing on Stanley as he moves to Los Angeles, California to help his widowed nephew Lucky run his failing motorcycle repair/flower shop.

Other work

In 2001, Baker guest-starred in That ’70s Show in season 3’s “Backstage Pass” as a janitor at the Ted Nugent concert. In November 2011, Baker released the song “2 Be Simple” with an accompanying music video which features Baker (credited as “Black Hugh Hefner”) in a bath robe dancing with scantily clad women. “For reasons that remain unclear,” wrote Jan Chaney of The Washington Post, “Baker has released … a track destined to be the party anthem at all your yuletide throwdowns.” Cameron Matthews called the song’s hook “infectious” with lyrics that “totally [capture] the daydreams of a middle-aged man in crisis.”

Baker appeared in Raven’s Home as Principal Wentworth; previously, he had small parts in Scorpion and Life in Pieces. He appeared on the CMT series Still the King and in the films Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), in a voice role, and The Happytime Murders (2018). He also appeared in a January 2018 advertisement for FileMaker Inc., a subsidiary of Apple Inc., as a farmer alongside former Office actors Paul Lieberstein and Kate Flannery. In 2020 Baker starred in a series of commercials for Honey Nut Cheerios.



Year Title Role Notes
1998 Maggie Frank Episode: “Cats”
1999 Action Guard Episode: “Love Sucks”
2000 Judging Amy Uncle Vin Arlen Episode: “Waterworld”
Malcolm in the Middle Cop Episode: “Halloween Approximately”
2001 That ’70s Show Janitor Episode: “Backstage Pass”
2001–03 The Guardian Teddy Desica 3 episodes
2002 Just Shoot Me! Man Episode: “The Burning House”
2003 Malcolm in the Middle Customer Episode: “Stereo Store”
Scrubs Surgery Patient Episode: “My Interpretation”
2004 Line of Fire Large Man Episode: “The Best-Laid Plans”
2005–13 The Office Stanley Hudson 188 episodes
2006 The Office: The Accountants Stanley Hudson Webisode: “Stanley”
2008 Kevin’s Loan Stanley Hudson Webisode: “Taste the Ice Cream”
2012 The Life & Times of Tim Al Sharpton’s College Roommate Voice role; episode: “The Smug Chiropractor/Corporate Disaster”
2013 Key & Peele Benjamin Button Man Episode: “Meagan’s Fight”
2014 Marry Me Jake’s Boss Episode: “Pilot”
2015 The Exes Officer Wilson Episode: “Requiem for a Dream”
Austin & Ally Mr. Schxlumbraugh Episode: “Duos & Deception”
2016 Scorpion Judge Tanniston 2 episodes
Still the King Curtis 9 episodes
2017 Life in Pieces Gavin Episode: “Chef Rescue Negotiator Necklace”
Raven’s Home Principal Wentworth 2 episodes
Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television Captain Jackson #4 Episode: “Trafficking and the Traffic King”
Puppy Dog Pals Rufus / Frank Voice role; recurring, 15 episodes
2019 Fam Mr. Kersey Episode: “It’s Been A While”


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Road to Redemption Tow Truck Driver
2005 Elizabethtown Airport Security #2 Uncredited
2014 Wish I Was Here Audition Actor #1
2015 When Duty Calls Clyde Pierce Television film
2017 Fallen Stars Ron
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie Officer McPiggly Voice role
2018 The Happytime Murders Lt. Banning
2021 Vivo Florida bus driver Voice role

External Links

Actor Leslie David Baker – Wikipedia

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