Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. Although known primarily as a prolific character actor, Hall has played leading roles in films, including Secret Honor, Hard Eight and Duck. He is known for his supporting roles in films, Say Anything... (1989), Boogie Nights (1997), The Truman Show (1998), Magnolia (1999), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Insider (1999), The Contender (2000), Zodiac (2007) and Argo (2012).
Philip Baker Hall
|Born||September 10, 1931|
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
(m. 1973; div. 1976)
Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Alice Birdene (née McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker in Montgomery, Alabama. He attended the University of Toledo. Hall served in Germany as an Army translator and as a high school English teacher. In 1960, he became an actor. He moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway and Broadway productions. He married Holly Wolfle, and has two daughters, Adella and Anna.
After his film debut Cowards, Hall joined the Los Angeles Theatre Center. His first television appearance came in an episode of the sitcom Good Times. The following year, Hall guest starred in episodes of M*A*S*H and Man from Atlantis. He had over 200 guest roles since 1977.
He played Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's biopic president film Secret Honor. Roger Ebert praised Hall's performance writing, "Nixon is portrayed by Philip Baker Hall, an actor previously unknown to me, with such savage intensity, such passion, such venom, such scandal, that we cannot turn away. Hall looks a little like the real Nixon; he could be a cousin, and he sounds a little like him. That's close enough. This is not an impersonation, it's a performance." Vincent Canby of The New York Times also praised Hall's performance writing, "Mr. Hall's immense performance, which is as astonishing and risky -for the chances the actor takes and survives". During the 1980s, Hall starred in various films in supporting roles, including Nothing in Common, Midnight Run, Say Anything... and Ghostbusters II. Hall played the detective in the Seinfeld episode "The Library", and reprised the role in the final episode of the series.
Hall starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut film Hard Eight. Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times praised Hall writing, "Here is another great performance. He is a man who has been around, who knows casinos and gambling, who finds himself attached to three people he could easily have avoided, who thinks before he acts." For his performance he received a Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead. Hall later starred in two of Anderson's films, Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and the short film Cigarettes & Coffee. Hall also starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in four films. In the 1990s, Hall had a very productive decade starring in a variety of films such as Michael Bay's action thriller The Rock, Peter Weir's science fiction drama The Truman Show, Anthony Minghella's psychological thriller The Talented Mr. Ripley and Michael Mann's drama The Insider. During the 2000s, Hall worked steadily in other films, including Lars von Trier's drama film Dogville, David Fincher's thriller Zodiac and Ben Affleck's Argo.
He played Captain Diel in the Rush Hour trilogy (though his scenes were cut from the theatrical release of Rush Hour 2 and he was uncredited for his scene in Rush Hour 3). He also appeared in the religious comedy Bruce Almighty (2003) starring Jim Carrey. He also appeared in The Sum of All Fears, In Good Company, The Amityville Horror, The Matador, You Kill Me, All Good Things and 50/50. Hall starred in the sitcom The Loop. He guest starred in the animated series The Life & Times of Tim and in. He played Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm and an equally crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family. He appeared in an episode for The Newsroom and appeared in a series of Holiday Inn commercials.
|1970||Zabriskie Point||Diner Owner||Uncredited|
|1974||Throw Out the Anchor!||Ryan||Credited as "Phillip Hall"|
|1980||The Man with Bogart's Face||Dr. Inman|
|1982||The Last Reunion||Mike Sills|
|1984||Secret Honor||Richard Nixon|
|1986||Nothing in Common||Colonial Airlines Executive||Uncredited|
|1987||Three O'Clock High||Detective Mulvahill|
|1989||Say Anything...||IRS Boss|
|1989||How I Got Into College||Dean Patterson|
|1989||Ghostbusters II||Police Commissioner|
|1989||An Innocent Man||Judge Kenneth Lavet|
|1992||Live Wire||Senator Thyme|
|1993||Cigarettes & Coffee||Sydney||Short film|
|1994||The Last Laugh||William T.||Short film|
|1995||Kiss of Death||Big Junior Brown|
|1996||Eye for an Eye||Sidney Hughes|
|1996||The Rock||Chief Justice||Uncredited|
|1996||The Little Death||Detective Snyder|
|1996||Hit Me||Lenny Ish|
|1997||Air Force One||U.S. Attorney General Andrew Ward|
|1997||Boogie Nights||Floyd Gondolli|
|1998||Sour Grapes||Mr. Bell|
|1998||The Truman Show||Network Executive|
|1998||Judas Kiss||Pobby Malavero|
|1998||Rush Hour||Captain Diel|
|1998||Enemy of the State||Mark Silverberg, Attorney||Uncredited|
|1999||Let the Devil Wear Black||Sol Hirsch|
|1999||Cradle Will Rock||Gray Mathers|
|1999||The Insider||Don Hewitt|
|1999||The Talented Mr. Ripley||Alvin MacCarron|
|2000||Rules of Engagement||General H. Lawrence Hodges|
|2000||The Contender||Oscar Billings|
|2000||Lost Souls||Father James|
|2001||Rush Hour 2||Captain Diel||Scenes deleted|
|2002||The Sum of All Fears||Defense Secretary David Becker|
|2002||A Gentleman's Game||Charlie Logan|
|2003||Die, Mommie, Die!||Sol Sussman|
|2003||Dogville||Tom Edison Sr.|
|2003||Bruce Almighty||Jack Baylor|
|2003||A House on a Hill||Harry Mayfield|
|2004||In Good Company||Eugene Kalb|
|2005||The Matador||Mr. Randy|
|2005||A Buck's Worth||Voice|
|2005||The Amityville Horror||Father Callaway|
|2005||The Zodiac||Chief Frank Perkins|
|2006||The Shaggy Dog||Lance Strictland|
|2006||The TV Set||Vernon Maxwell|
|2007||You Kill Me||Roman Krzeminski|
|2007||Rush Hour 3||Captain Diel||Uncredited|
|2009||The Lodger||Captain Smith|
|2009||Fired Up||Coach Byrnes|
|2009||Wonderful World||The Man|
|2010||All Good Things||Malvern Bump|
|2011||The Chicago 8||Judge Julius Hoffman|
|2011||Mr. Popper's Penguins||Franklin|
|2012||Bending the Rules||Herb Gold|
|2012||People Like Us||Ike Rafferty|
|2012||Departure Date||Old Jake|
|2012||Dog Eat Dog||Short film|
|2012||Argo||CIA Director Stansfield Turner||Uncredited|
|2013||Bad Words||Dr. William Bowman|
|2014||Playing It Cool||Granddad|
|2017||Person to Person||Jimmy|
|2017||The Last Word||Edward|
|2018||Dear Chickens||Emil||Short film|
|2021||Checkered: Richard Nixon, False Consciousness, & The Reasons Behind The Reasons Behind Robert Altman's 'Secret Honor'||Himself||Documentary|
|1975||The Last Survivors||Television film|
|1975; 1978||Emergency!||Oliver Warren / Dr. Scott||2 episodes|
|1976||Good Times||Motel Owner||Episode: "J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2"|
|1976||Mayday at 40,000 Feet!||Reporter||Television film|
|1976–77||Visions||Boyle / Severson||2 episodes|
|1977||Man from Atlantis||George||Episode: "Man from Atlantis"|
|1977||The Hostage Heart||Dr. Harvey Fess||Television film|
|1977||The Hostage Heart||Dr. Harvey Fess||Television film|
|1977||Kill Me If You Can||Phillips||Television film|
|1977||M*A*S*H||Sergeant Hacker||Episode: "The Light That Failed"|
|1978||The Fitzpatricks||Bertram||Episode: "A Living Wage"|
|1978||Terror Out of the Sky||Starrett||Television film|
|1979||Samurai||Professor Owens||Television film|
|1980||The Waltons||Major Gordon||Episode: "The Furlough"|
|1980||The Night the Bridge Fell Down||Warren Meech||Television film|
|1980||It's a Living||Man in Hotel Room||Episode: "The Lois Affair"|
|1980||Riding for the Pony Express||Mr. Durfee||Television film|
|1981||This House Possessed||Clerk||Television film|
|1982||McClain's Law||Mr. Harris||Episode: "Takeover"|
|1982||Quincy, M.E.||Deputy DA Marty Shell / Captain Rasmussen||2 episodes|
|1982||Cagney & Lacey||Lieutenant Sweeny||Episode: "Hot Line"|
|1982||T. J. Hooker||Judge Wallace||Episode: "A Cry for Help"|
|1982||Seven Brides for Seven Brothers||Prosecutor / Wilcox||2 episodes|
|1982||Games Mother Never Taught You||Lester Greene||Television film|
|1984||Benson||Harrison Fowler||Episode: "The Election"|
|1984||Lottery!||Episode: "Houston: Duffy's Choice"|
|1985||Hardcastle and McCormick||Jack Marsh||Episode: "Too Rich and Too Thin"|
|1986||Who Is Julia?||Dean May||Television film|
|1987||Mariah||James Malone||7 episodes|
|1987||The Spirit||Sevrin||Television film|
|1987||Miami Vice||Judge DeLaporte||Episode: "Contempt of Court"|
|1988||Goddess of Love||Detective Charles||Television film|
|1988||Family Ties||Dr. Harrison||3 episodes|
|1989||A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story||Judge Blumenfeld||Television film|
|1989||Incident at Dark River||Dr. Leo Manus||Television film|
|1989–90||Falcon Crest||Ed Meyers||13 episodes|
|1990||Matlock||Judge||Episode: "The Mother"|
|1990||Bagdad Cafe||Herb||Episode: "This Bird Has Flown"|
|1991||Murder, She Wrote||Len Costner||Episode: "Moving Violation"|
|1991||L.A. Law||Tom Baker||Episode: "He's a Crowd"|
|1991||Equal Justice||Judge S.E. Cleveland||Episode: "Do the Wrong Thing"|
|1991||Dark Justice||Winchester Keller||Episode: "The Neutralizing Factor"|
|1991–92||Civil Wars||Judge Bianchi||3 episodes|
|1991; 1998||Seinfeld||Lt. Joe Bookman||2 episodes|
|1992||A Thousand Heroes||Sam Gochenour||Television film|
|1992||Stormy Weathers||Dr. Comden||Television film|
|1992||Nurses||Mr. Todd||Episode: "Playing Doctor"|
|1993||Cheers||City Councilman Kevin Fogerty||Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"|
|1993||Bob||Jeweler||Episode: "Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas"|
|1994||Empty Nest||Jerod||Episode: "Brotherly Shove"|
|1994||The Good Life||Mr. Humphreys||Episode: "Melissa the Thief"|
|1994||Roswell||Roswell General||Television film|
|1994||Madman of the People||Kent||Episode: "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"|
|1994||Chicago Hope||Mr. Wellington||Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart"|
|1994||Hardball||Beanball McGee||Episode: "Lee's Bad, Bad Day"|
|1994||Without Warning||Dr. Kurt Lowden||Television film|
|1996||Life's Work||Judge Conklin||Episode: "Contempt"|
|1996||The John Larroquette Show||Mr. Frank||Episode: "Napping to Success"|
|1997||3rd Rock from the Sun||President Dewey||Episode: "Proud Dick"|
|1997||The Practice||Judge Joseph Vinocour||4 episodes|
|1997–98||Millennium||Group Elder||2 episodes|
|1997–98||Michael Hayes||William Vaughn||20 episodes|
|1998||Tempting Fate||Dr. Bardwell||Television film|
|1998||Witness to the Mob||Toddo Aurello||Television film|
|1998||L.A. Doctors||Vincent Cattano||Episode: "Fear of Flying"|
|2000||The Fugitive||Stuart Kimble||Episode: "St. Christopher's Prayer"|
|2000||Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis||Aristotle Onassis||Television film|
|2000; 2002||Baby Blues||Mr. Thompson / Mr. Saunders (voices)||2 episodes|
|2001||Pasadena||George Reese Greeley||7 episodes|
|2001||Loomis||Episode 1.1: "Pilot"|
|2002||Path to War||Everett Dirksen||Television film|
|2002||Night Visions||Dennis Brascom (segment "Cargo")||Episode: "Cargo/Switch"|
|2002||Without a Trace||Noah Ridder||Episode: "Silent Partner"|
|2003||Everwood||Dr. Donald Douglas||3 episodes|
|2004||Monk||Salvatore Lucarelli||Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather|
|2004||Boston Legal||Ernie Dell||Episode: "Head Cases"|
|2004||The West Wing||Senator Matt Hunt||2 episodes|
|2004; 2009||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Dr. Morrison||2 episodes|
|2005||Mrs. Harris||Arthur Schulte||Television film|
|2006–07||The Loop||Russ McDonald||17 episodes|
|2007||Big Love||Ned Johanssen||Episode: "Take Me as I Am"|
|2008||Psych||Irving Parker||Episode: "Dis-Lodged"|
|2008||Worst Week||Reverend Lowell||2 episodes|
|2009||True Jackson, VP||Mr. Jenkins||Episode: "Flirting with Fame"|
|2010||The Life & Times of Tim||Norman Walker (voice)||Episode: "London Calling/Novelist"|
|2010||Warren the Ape||Dr. Ralph Schwartz||Episode: "Rock Opera"|
|2011–12||Modern Family||Walt Kleezak||3 episodes|
|2012||The Newsroom||Bryce DeLancy||Episode: "The 112th Congress"|
|2012||Childrens Hospital||Josef Mengele||Episode: "A Year in the Life"|
|2012||Ruth & Erica||Harry||8 episodes|
|2013||Clear History||McKenzie||Television film|
|2014||Rake||Mitch Markham||Episode: "Remembrance of Taxis Past"|
|2015||Madam Secretary||Ezra Helsinger||Episode: "The Necessary Art"|
|2015||BoJack Horseman||Hank Hippopopalous (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||Second Chance||Old Jimmy Pritchard||5 episodes|
|2017||Room 104||Charlie||Episode: "My Love"|
|2018||Corporate||Arthur Stockheed||Episode: "Powerpoint of Death"|
|2020||Messiah||Zelman Katz||6 episodes|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1996||Independent Spirit Award||Best Male Lead||Hard Eight||Nominated|||
|1997||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Cast - Motion Picture||Boogie Nights||Nominated|
|1997||Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Ensemble||Won|
|1999||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Cast - Motion Picture||Magnolia||Nominated|
|1999||Florida Film Critics Circle||Best Ensemble||Won|
|2001||Broadcast Film Critics Association||Alan J. Pakula Award||The Contender||Won|
|2012||Hollywood Film Awards||Best Ensemble||Argo||Won|
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