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Thesp Tab Baker dies

Chicago stage performer was in 'Prison Break'

Thesp Tab Baker, who was a major legit performer on the Chi stage, died Aug. 10 in Chicago of a heart attack. He was 47.

Baker performed in a wide arena of theaters including the Chicago Theater Company, Northlight, Goodman and Wisdom Bridge Theater, Chicago Shakespeare Theater and the Pegasus Players. He was a principal narrator for the Chicago Symphony’s youth concerts.

Overseas Baker worked at Bristol Old Vic in the U.K. and English Theater in Austria.

He also had credits in film including 1992’s “Gladiator,” “Hoodlum” and “Stranger Than Fiction.” In TV he was seen in “ER” nad “Prison Break,” in which he had a recurring arc.

The Marquette U. grad was on the faculty of Act One Studios and taught at Columbia College, both in Chicago.

He earned an Emmy for PBS show “ArtBeat” and was nominated for a Jefferson prize in 1992 for Wisdom Bridge’s “My Children! My Africa!”

Survivors include a daughter, five brothers and four sisters.

Services 2-3 p.m. on Aug. 18 at A.A. Rayner Funeral Home 318 E. 71st St. Chicago.

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