Bakay in 2005
October 8, 1959
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, comedian, writer, producer, sports commentator|
Nicholas Bakay (//; born October 8, 1959) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer and sports commentator. He is known as the voice of Salem Saberhagen on ABC/The WB's Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Sabrina: The Animated Series, and Norbert Beaver on The Angry Beavers. He played Karl on the Fox series 'Til Death as well as serving as a producer of the show until it was cancelled by Fox. He is also one of the executive producers of the CBS sitcom Mom.
Nicholas Bakay was born on October 8, 1959 in Buffalo, New York, where he attended Nichols School. He graduated from Kenyon College in 1981. He has Hungarian roots (his surname means "from Baka").
Bakay served as a writer of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in which he also voiced Salem Saberhagen, a warlock who has been transformed into the Spellman family's pet cat for trying to take over the world. Bakay also served as a writer for Sabrina: The Animated Series, also providing his voice as Salem as well. He was also the voice of Norbert on The Angry Beavers.
Bakay is a lifelong sports fan. He writes a weekly column for NFL.com called "Nick Bakay's Manly House of Football", as well as occasional columns for ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. He appears on SportsCenter on ESPN Wednesday and Thursday mornings during NFL season, and has frequently done segments on NFL Total Access on NFL Network. Bakay also has guest hosted numerous episodes of Up Close and Talk2, as well as contributed to Jim Rome Is Burning and numerous other sports shows.
Early in his career he wrote the storylines for the Evil Clown Comics series which appeared in National Lampoon magazine. From 1993 to 1994, he was a writer for the comedy sketch series In Living Color, and appeared as Stu Dunfy, the host of the fictional game show The Dirty Dozens. He worked at Comedy Central, writing and appearing on numerous shows, including Night After Night with Allan Havey and Sports Monster.
Beginning in 2000, Bakay worked as a producer on the CBS hit comedy The King of Queens, where he also wrote and acted in several episodes. He co-wrote Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) as well as its sequel Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015) with King of Queens star Kevin James.
In 2013, Bakay began as a producer for the series Mom. Bakay also voiced the self-help radio announcer throughout the series.
Bakay has guest-starred on numerous TV sitcoms. He appeared on In Living Color in a semi-recurring role as Stu Dunfy, guest-host of the sketch "The Dirty Dozens" (and other voice work). He also appeared on the Seinfeld episode "The Smelly Car" where Bakay played Elaine's boyfriend.
Bakay was seen or heard on That '70s Show. In the episode "Ski Trip", Bakay played Gus, a gay truck driver attracted to Kelso. In another episode, he was the voice of Donna's journal. In "An Eric Forman Christmas", he was the voice of Santa Claus in Kelso's Rankin-Bass-modeled dream.
Bakay had numerous recurring roles (such as Father McDaniel, Gus and miscellaneous voice work) on The King of Queens, which he also served as a producer and writer on. In the sitcom Ellen, Bakay starred as bookstore employee Lloyd in the second seasons' tenth episode, alongside comedian Ellen DeGeneres.
- Morning Man at 88.0 (1993)
- Jury Duty (1995) - Richard Hertz
- The TV Wheel (1995) - Various
- Statical Planets (1997)
- Sabrina, Down Under (1999) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Not Another Teen Movie (2001) - Diner Cook (uncredited)
- Zookeeper (2011) - Franky
- The Equalizer (1988) - Yellow Team Member
- Seinfeld (1993) - Carl
- In Living Color (1993–1994) - Stu Dunfy, Stu Dunphy
- Grace Under Fire (1994) - Loomis P. Lemon
- She TV (1994) - Various
- Ellen (1994) - Lloyd
- Murphy Brown (1994) - Reindeer
- Coach (1995) - Rockne Dawnson
- What's So Funny (1995) - Host
- A Weekend in the Country (1996) - Dr. Randall
- ABC TGIF (1996–1999) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2003) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Your Wish (1997) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Teen Angel (1997) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Boy Meets World (1997) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- The Angry Beavers (1997–2001) - Norbert Foster "Norb" Beaver, Additional voices
- Exposing Pro Wrestling's Greatest Secrets (1998) - Narrator (voice)
- The Wonderful World of Disney (1998–1999) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- It's Like, You Know... (1999) - Harvey
- The Brothers Flub (1999) - Additional voices
- Sabrina: The Animated Series (1999–2000) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- That 70's Show (1999–2001) - Santa, Donna's Journal, Gus the Trucker
- The King of Queens (2000-2005) - Gus, various characters
- Reel Classics (2001) - Host
- The Simpsons (2004) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- The Adventures of Baxter and McGuire (2006) - Baxter (voice)
- 'Til Death (2007–2010) - Karl, Commercial Announcer
- The Adventures of Baxter and McGuire: The Boss (2008) - Baxter (voice)
- Sabrina & Salem: Together Again (2011) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Mom (2013) - Man on Tape, Man's Voice
- OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes (2019) - Warlock (voice)
- The Late Late Show with James Corden (2019) - Salem Saberhagen (voice)
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: Spellbound (1998) - Salem Saberhagen
- Nicktoons Racing (2001) - Norbert Foster "Norb" Beaver
- Night After Night with Allan Havey (1992) - 2 episodes
- The Dennis Miller Show (1992) - 5 episodes
- In Living Color (1993–1994) - 23 episodes
- She TV (1994) - 1 episode
- What's So Funny? (1995) - 4 episodes
- The TV Wheel (1995)
- 364 Girls a Year (1996)
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1996–2000) - 12 episodes
- Reel Classics (2001)
- The King of Queens (2000–2005) - 5 episodes
- The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire (2006)
- The Adventures of Baxter & McGuire: The Boss (2008)
- 'Til Death (2007–2008) - 2 episodes
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
- Zookeeper (2011)
- Two and a Half Men (2013) - 2 episodes
- Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (2015)
- Young Sheldon (2017) - 1 episode
- Mom (2013–2019) - Teleplay (45 episodes), Story (34 episodes)
- Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1998–2000) - Co-producer (25 episodes), producer (22 episodes)
- The King of Queens (2000–2006) - consulting producer (188 episodes), producer (13 episodes), supervising producer (12 episodes)
- 'Til Death (2006–2010) - Consulting producer (58 episodes)
- Two and a Half Men (2012–2013) - Consulting producer (8 episodes)
- The Kominsky Method (2018–2019) - Consulting producer (16 episodes)
- Bob Hearts Abishola (2019) - Consulting producer (1 episode)
- Mom (2019) - Exclusive producer (140 episodes)
- He’s the Voice Behind ‘Sabrina’s’ Salem the Cat
- "About Nick". nickbakay.com. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
- Fleming, Mike Jr. (December 7, 2010). "Kevin James And Adam Sandler Drive Nick Bakay Laugher 'Valet Guys' For Sony". Deadline Hollywood.
- "About Robin". nickbakay.com. Archived from the original on July 28, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
- "Daytime Emmy Broadband Nominees". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. May 31, 2007. Archived from the original on December 27, 2007. Retrieved July 15, 2007.
- Bakay, Nick (2004). Nick Bakay's Tale of the Tape: Taking on the World of Sports, One Fight at a Time. Bakay. ISBN 9780786486946.
- Ann Brenoff (January 20, 2009). "Nick Bakay sells condo in West Hollywood for $2 million". latimes.com. Retrieved March 10, 2020.