James Robert Baker

James Robert Baker, a novelist, filmmaker and poet, died Nov. 5 by taking his own life at his home in Pacific Palisades. He was 50.

Baker earned a reputation for his over-the-top satirical novels “Adrenaline,” “Fuel-Injected Dreams,” “Boy Wonder,” “Tim and Pete” and “Right Wing,” which poke fun at Hollywood, the gay community and right-wing politics, and deal with themes of anarchy, rebellion, violence and fame.

Winner of the prestigious Samuel Goldwyn Writing Award at UCLA film school, Baker was the writer-director of “Mouse Klub Konfidential” (1976), an underground UCLA film school project that caused a scandal in the gay community.

Unapologetic, Baker followed “MKK” with another cult favorite, “Blonde Death,” a hymn to parricide and teenage rebellion in 1980s Orange County.

Baker is survived by a brother and his lifetime partner, Ron Robertson.

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