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.

More News

  • Cannes Hit ‘The Eyes of Orson

    Cannes Classics Pick ‘The Eyes of Orson Welles’ Scores U.S., Overseas Deals (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

  • Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African

    Durban FilmMart Taps Funds for African Filmmakers

    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 […]

  • Chance the Rapper

    Chance the Rapper Buys Chicagoist Website, He Announces in New Single

    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 […]

  • ‘Meghan and Harry: The First 100

    ‘Meghan and Harry: The First 100 Days’ is Royalty-Themed SVOD Service's First Original

    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 […]

  • The Greatest Showman on Earth

    Hollywood Enjoys Rare Dominance of Japan Box Office in First Half Year

    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 […]

  • The Bureau French TV Show

    French Firm Federation Steps Into the U.S. Market

    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 […]

  • Russell Brand and Paula Patton

    Russell Brand, Paula Patton Join ‘Four Kids and It’ Cast

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content