Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Sep. 10th, 1931
Born in
Toledo, Ohio, USA
5' 6

Philip Baker Hall's Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
The Loop TV Show
The Loop
Bagdad Cafe TV Show
Bagdad Cafe
Mariah TV Show
Pasadena TV Show

Main Movie Roles

2015 - Playing It Cool (AMany Splintered Thing)
2014 - Showing Up
2013 - Bad Words
2012 - Argo
2012 - People Like Us
2011 - 50/50
2011 - Mr. Popper's Penguins
2010 - All Good Things
2009 - Fired Up!
2009 - Wonderful World
2007 - You Kill Me
2007 - Rush Hour 3
2006 - The TV Set
2006 - The Shaggy Dog
2005 - The Amityville Horror
2005 - The Matador
2004 - In Good Company
2003 - Die, Mommie, Die!
2003 - Bruce Almighty
2003 - Dogville
2002 - A Gentlemen's Game
2002 - The Sum of All Fears
2000 - Lost Souls
2000 - The Contender
2000 - Rules of Engagement
1999 - Magnolia
1999 - The Insider
1999 - The Talented Mr. Ripley
1999 - Let The Devil Wear Black
1998 - Enemy of the State
1998 - Hit Me
1998 - Rush Hour
1998 - Psycho
1998 - The Truman Show
1998 - Sour Grapes
1997 - Buddy
1997 - Air Force One
1997 - Boogie Nights
1996 - The Rock
1995 - Kiss of Death
1992 - Live Wire
1989 - Say Anything...
1989 - How I Got Into College
1989 - An Innocent Man
1989 - Ghostbusters II
1988 - Midnight Run
1987 - Three O'Clock High
1986 - Nothing in Common
1970 - Zabriskie Point

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
William Vaughn
Ed Meyers
Judge Joseph Vinocour
Dr. Donald Douglas
Walt Kleezak
Judge Bianchi
Dr. Harrison
Group Elder
Reverend Lowell
Doctor Morrison
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Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor.
Early life Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of a factory worker father who was from Montgomery, Alabama.[1] He attended the University of Toledo.[2] As a younger man, Hall served in the military, started a family, and became a high school English teacher.[3] In 1961, he decided to become an actor. He moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway and Broadway productions.
Career In 1975, Hall moved to Los Angeles to make a career in television. Since then, he has had over 200 guest roles on television shows.
He starred in many films, including Robert Altman's Secret Honor in which he played the film's only role, Richard Nixon. Hall got his first high-profile film role when Paul Thomas Anderson wrote a role in his film Hard Eight, specifically for Hall. Hall went on to have roles in two of Anderson's subsequent films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He also had a minor role as Captain Diel in the Rush Hour trilogy (though his scenes were cut from the theatrical release of Rush Hour 2).
Additionally, Hall has had roles in Midnight Run, Say Anything..., The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bruce Almighty, You Kill Me, In Good Company, Dogville, The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac and Zodiac. More recently, he had a starring role in the 2006–07 Fox sitcom The Loop and had a guest starring role in The West Wing. Hall also appeared as a guest star in the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim. He appeared in the 2010 film, All Good Things.

  • Graduated from the University of Toledo.
  • Starred alone in Robert Altman's _Secret Honor (1984)_ (qv), a fictional account of 'Richard Nixon' (qv)'s life after the White House, making him one of the few actors to ever carry an entire film.
  • Philip Baker Hall is one of those character actors who you see all the time but never take note of. However, his portrayal of Mr. Bookman, the library cop in an episode of _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv) has to go down as one of the all time comedy classics. His dead pan delivery about overdue library books, made this episode of _"Seinfeld" (1990)_ (qv) one of their best ever.
  • Appeared in _The Zodiac (2005)_ (qv) and _Zodiac (2007/I)_ (qv), both about the serial killer nicknamed the Zodiac Killer.
  • Is frequently cast by 'Paul Thomas Anderson' (qv).

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