|Is||Actor Teacher Stage actor Television actor Film actor|
|From||United States of America|
|Type||Academia Film, TV, Stage & Radio|
|Birth||10 September 1931, Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA|
|Residence||Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA|
Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American film and television actor. He has played leading roles in Secret Honor, Hard Eight, Duck, and other films.
Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Alice Birdene (née McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker who was from Montgomery, Alabama. He attended the University of Toledo. As a young man, Hall served in the military, had two children, and became a high school English teacher. In 1960, he decided to become 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.
Hall played a priest in his film debut Cowards (1970). In 1975, he began acting on television and joined the Los Angeles Theatre Center. His first television appearance came in an episode of the sitcom Good Times in 1976. The following year, Hall guest starred in episodes of M*A*S*H and Man from Atlantis. Since 1977 he has had more than 200 guest roles on television shows. He starred in many films, including Robert Altman's Secret Honor, a one-man show in which he played Richard Nixon. After playing the leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut film Hard Eight, Hall had roles in Anderson's next two 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 and he was uncredited for his scenes in Rush Hour 3).
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, Ghostbusters II, The Insider, Dogville, The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac, 50/50, and Zodiac. Hall starred in the Fox sitcom The Loop and had a guest starring role in The West Wing. Hall guest starred in the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim and appeared in All Good Things.
Hall acted in Seinfeld as Lt. Joe Bookman, the 'library cop' who tracks down Jerry for a long-overdue library book in "The Library". He reprised the role in the May 1998 finale where his character is one of many to testify against Jerry. More recently he has appeared as the crotchety Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm and an equally crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family. In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom. Hall appeared in a series of humorous Holiday Inn commercials.
Awards and nominations
|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|