|Kevin Hagen played the recurring role of Dr. Hiram Baker on Little House on the Prairie.|
|Born:||April 3, 1928|
|Birthplace:||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Died:||July 9, 2005(aged 77)|
|Deathplace:||Grants Pass, Oregon, U.S.|
|Spouse (s):||Adaline Sohns Heidt (1960–?) (divorced)|
Susanne Cramer (1967–1969, her death)
Dorali Dossantos (1969–) (divorced) 1 child
Jan Hagen (1993–2005, his death)
|Appeared as:||Dr. Hiram Baker|
|Appeared on/in:||Little House on the Prairie (TV series)|
Life and career
Born to professional ballroom dancers, Hagen was raised by his mother, grandmother, and aunts.
Kevin worked for the US State Department in West Germany, and spent a year in law school at UCLA after attending Oregon State University and the University of Southern California before deciding to try acting at the age of 27.
He was spotted in a production of Eugene O'Neill's Desire Under the Elms and given a guest role on the 1950s television series Dragnet. He than began to work steadily in television and film.
Hagen's first regular role on a series was 1958's popular cult western Yancy Derringer as city administrator of New Orleans, John Colton, circa 1868. As Colton, at the beginning of the episode, he asks Yancy to solve New Orleans present threat, and at the end of the episode arrests Yancy for breaking the law to do it.
In additon to LHOTP, Kevin's guest TV show appearances also included Bat Masterson, Riverboat, Wagon Train, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, The Twilight Zone, Daniel Boone, Mission: Impossible, Rawhide, 77 Sunset Strip, M*A*S*H, The Rifleman, Lancer, The Virginian, The Cowboys, and Lost in Space
He was once married to actress Susanne Cramer until her death in 1969.
In 1992, he moved to Grants Pass in southwestern Oregon, and continued his acting career. In 2004, he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer. At his death, Hagen left a widow, Jan (his fourth wife; he met her in 1993), and a son, Kristopher.
- "Kevin Hagen: Kindly Doc Baker in 'Little House on the Prairie'", The Independent (UK), July 28, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12.
- "Doc Baker on 'Little House' dies at 77", USA Today, July 11, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12.
- "Little House Star Kevin Hagen Dies at 77", Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, July 12, 2005. Retrieved on 2015-04-12.