Baker, born Arthur Shank, appeared in over forty films including Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), The Farmer's Daughter (1947), Frank Capra's State of the Union (1948), Any Number Can Play (1949) starring Clark Gable, and The Underworld Story (1950).
Baker was best noted for his work on the television series You Asked For It, for which be became affectionately dubbed, "your Genii with the light, white hair," between December 1950 and January 1958. The show featured a variety of magic acts.
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