Bob Baker informs Mar-Ken.org that in his early years he attended Lawlor Professional School for a short time while it was on Hollywood Boulevard, and then again for another short time when it was Mar-Ken School on Franklin Avenue. During these periods of time he was always working. He also attended Hollywood High School, from which he graduated.
Bob’s website gives this history:
Bob Baker’s marionettes have entertained thousands of children and adults worldwide over the years.
Bob learned the magic of puppetry at the early age of eight. He trained with several different local companies and put his skills to work with his first professional performance for director Mervyn Leroy.
While attending Hollywood High School, Bob began manufacturing toy marionettes that sold both in Europe and the United States. After graduation at the age of eighteen, he began his extensive career in animation at the George Pal Studios. He began as an apprentice and soon became a head animator of “Puppetoons” a year later.
After WWII, Bob served as an animation advisor at many film studios including Walt Disney.
With his partner, Alton Wood, Bob turned a run-down scenic shop near downtown Los Angeles into a family entertainment institution. An innovative artist and puppet master, Bob and his company have performed puppets around the globe, even on Navy ships and submarines. Mr. Baker currently has an inventory of over three thousand puppets as he creates more.
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