Irma P Hall

Actor, Playwright, Concert promoter
Sometimes fame comes later in life; and sometimes show business "discovers" you long after you've passed the ingenue status. Irma P Hall was a virtually unknown when she stole "A Family Thing" (1996) out from under ... Read more »
Born: 06/02/1935 in Beaumont, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (58)

Getting On 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Game 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jayne Mansfield's Car 2011 (Movie)

Dorothy Lambert (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wolf 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans 2009 (Movie)

Binnie Rogers (Actor)

Hurricane Season 2009 (Movie)

(Actor)

My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done 2009 (Movie)

Mrs. Roberts (Actor)

Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns 2008 (Movie)

Mildred (Actor)

Rain 2007 (Movie)

(Actor)

Black Filmmaker Showcase 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Slipping Down Life 2004 (Movie)

Clotelia (Actor)

Collateral 2004 (Movie)

Ida (Actor)

Soul Food 2000 - 2002, 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ladykillers 2004 (Movie)

Marva Munson (Actor)

Bad Company 2002 (Movie)

Mrs. Banks (Actor)

Don't Let Go 2002 (Movie)

Hazel (Actor)

The Bernie Mac Show 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

7th Heaven 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Something to Sing About 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

John, John in the Sky 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Beloved 1998 (Movie)

Ella (Actor)

Getting Personal 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Joletta (Actor)

The Love Letter 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

Minerva (Actor)

Nothing to Lose 1997 (Movie)

Bertha (Actor)

Soul Food 1997 (Movie)

Mother Joe (Actor)

Steel 1997 (Movie)

Grandma Odessa (Actor)

A Family Thing 1996 (Movie)

Aunt T (Actor)

To Sir With Love II 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mo' Money 1992 (Movie)

Lady on Phone (Actor)

Straight Talk 1992 (Movie)

Ethel (Actor)

The Babe 1992 (Movie)

Fanny Baily (Actor)

Backdraft 1991 (Movie)

1st Nurse (Actor)

Square Dance 1987 (Movie)

Preacher Dixon (Actor)

Uncle Tom's Cabin 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The Long Hot Summer 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders II 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Book of Numbers 1971 (Movie)

Georgia Brown (Actor)

A Girl Thing (TV Show)

Actor

A Lesson Before Dying (TV Show)

Actor

A Rugrats Kwanzaa (TV Show)

Voice

All Souls (TV Show)

Actor

An Unexpected Love (TV Show)

Actor

Broken Promise (TV Show)

Actor

Crisis at Central High (TV Show)

Actor

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders (TV Show)

Actor

He's Not Your Son (TV Show)

Actor

In the Company of Darkness (TV Show)

Actor

In the Shadow of a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

Miss Lettie and Me (TV Show)

Actor

Our America (TV Show)

Actor

Story of a Marriage (TV Show)

Actor

The George McKenna Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Kid Who Loved Christmas (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Sometimes fame comes later in life; and sometimes show business "discovers" you long after you've passed the ingenue status. Irma P Hall was a virtually unknown when she stole "A Family Thing" (1996) out from under established actors James Earl Jones and Robert Duvall. The actress won raves for portraying Aunt T, a blind 88-year old woman who misses nothing and has to tell Duvall about his true family roots in the black community.

EDUCATION

Texas College

Tyler , Texas

Briar Cliff College

Sioux City , Iowa
all women's college; transferred to Texas College

Milestones

2009

Played supporting role opposite Nicolas Cage in Werner Herzog's "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans"

2008

Cast in Tyler Perry's romantic comedy "Meet the Browns"

2004

Appeared in Michael Mann's "Collateral" opposite Tom Cruise

2004

Starred with Tom Hanks and Marlon Wayans in "The Ladykillers," a film by Joel and Ethan Coen

2001

Cast in featured role on the UPN supernatural-themed series "All Souls"

2000

Starred in Chicago revival of "A Raisin in the Sun"

2000

Reprised role of family matriarch on the Showtime series "Soul Food"

1999

Made NYC stage debut co-starring in the off-Broadway production of "Jar the Floor"

1997

Played the matriarch in the sleeper hit "Soul Food"

1996

Delivered breakthrough screen role of Aunt T. in "A Family Thing"

1993

Landed recurring role on ABC drama "Missing Persons"

1989

Began association with play "Jar the Floor," acting in a Chicago production

1987

Moved back to the Chicago area

1984

Retired from teaching

1981

Cast in featured role opposite Joanne Woodward in the TV-movie "Crisis at Central High" (CBS)

1979

Appeared in TV-movie "Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders" (ABC) and its 1980 sequel

1972

Formed Dallas Minority Repertory Theater with Reginald Montgomery; made stage debut in "Happy Endings"

1970

While working as a newspaper reporter met Raymond St. Jacques, who cast her in "Book of Numbers"

1940

Moved with family to Chicago area at age seven (date approximate)

Appeared in "Steppin' Out" at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre

Wrote and appeared in the stage play "Gentle Fire"

After graduating from college, worked as a high school teacher in the Dallas area

Worked as a reporter for the Dallas Express

Bonus Trivia

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"I didn't know I wanted to act, but God knew, and he didn't tell me until late." – Hall in Entertainment Weekly, April 12, 1996

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"She has to show the world what she really looks like. She's a spark plug." – "A Family Thing" casting director Vickie Thomas in Entertainment Weekly, April 12, 1996

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"My mother's mother used to say that when you're born, you're an empty vase, and all your life people put flowers in your case. Then, at some point, you have to put flowers in other peoples' vases, because you can't leave this earth with a full vase. But instead of emptying out this vase, I keep getting more flowers. It's all part of living my particular full life, I guess. He seems to keep giving me opportunities." – Hall quoted in Daily News, April 14, 1996

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"My father always told me, 'Just stand in line, and pretty soon your time will come.' But how many roles are written for 60-and-up-year-old woman, period, not to mention 60-and-up-year-old black women. And I'm not the only one standing in line." – Hall quoted in The New York Times, April 28, 1996

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"... I'm glad this [success] happened to me later in life. I always knew I would have much more interesting experiences as an actress playing older women. I also knew that I wanted to bring life experience to acting. What do you know at age 20 to bring to a character." – Hall quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, Oct. 5, 1997

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