Theodore Canterbury ‘Teddy’ Baker

Helmer, choreographer, stage manager

Theodore Canterbury “Teddy” Baker, helmer, choreographer and stage manager, died Oct. 2 of complications from pneumonia in San Bernardino, Calif. He was 75.

New England native began his career in Gotham as a singer and hoofer in several nightclub and Broadway legit productions. He then moved to the West Coast where he worked as a choreographer and helmer, before joining NBC as a stage manager.

Among his NBC credits were “Laugh-In,” the Rose Parade and numerous variety shows, including the Academy Awards, the Emmys and “The Dean Martin Show.” He also served for 20 years as stage manager on the sudser “Days of Our Lives,” up until his retirement in 1993. He was a lifetime member of the DGA.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Del Rosa United Methodist Church in San Bernardino.

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