Philip Baker Hall

Actor, Costume designer, Playwright
A classic late-bloomer who launched his career well after most others had come and gone, actor Philip Baker Hall was one of few performers of a certain age able to achieve Hollywood stardom. After starting a family and ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1931 in Toledo, Ohio, USA

Filmography

Actor (124)

The Frankenstein Code 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

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Madam Secretary 2015 (Tv Show)

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Bad Words 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Bowman (Actor)

Bending the Rules 2014 (Movie)

Herb Gold (Actor)

Playing It Cool 2014 (Movie)

Granddad (Actor)

Rake 2014 (Tv Show)

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Childrens Hospital 2012 (Tv Show)

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Modern Family 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

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People Like Us 2012 (Movie)

Ike Rafferty (Actor)

50/50 2011 (Movie)

Alan (Actor)

Mr. Popper's Penguins 2011 (Movie)

Franklin (Actor)

All Good Things 2010 (Movie)

Malvern Bump (Actor)

Wonderful World 2010 (Movie)

The Man (Actor)

Curb Your Enthusiasm 2004, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Fired Up! 2009 (Movie)

Coach Byrnes (Actor)

The Lodger 2009 (Movie)

Captain Smith (Actor)

True Jackson, VP 2009 (Tv Show)

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Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

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Worst Week 2008 (Tv Show)

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Big Love 2007 (Tv Show)

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Duck 2007 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

The Loop 2005 - 2007 (TV Show)

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The TV Set 2007 (Movie)

Vernon Maxwell (Actor)

You Kill Me 2007 (Movie)

Roman Krzeminski (Actor)

Zodiac 2007 (Movie)

Sherwood Morrill (Actor)

The Shaggy Dog 2006 (Movie)

Lance Strictland (Actor)

The Zodiac 2006 (Movie)

Frank Perkins (Actor)

Islander 2005 (Movie)

Popper (Actor)

The Amityville Horror 2005 (Movie)

Father Callaway (Actor)

The Matador 2005 (Movie)

Mr. Randy (Actor)

Boston Legal 2004 (Tv Show)

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Dogville 2004 (Movie)

Tom Edison Sr (Actor)

Everwood 2004 (Tv Show)

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In Good Company 2004 (Movie)

Eugene Kalb (Actor)

Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

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The West Wing 2004 (Tv Show)

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A House on a Hill 2003 (Movie)

Harry Mayfield (Actor)

Bruce Almighty 2003 (Movie)

Jack Keller (Actor)

Die Mommie Die! 2003 (Movie)

Sol Sussman (Actor)

Pasadena 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Sum of All Fears 2002 (Movie)

Defense Secretary Becker (Actor)

Without A Trace 2002 (Tv Show)

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The Fugitive 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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A Gentleman's Game 2000 (Movie)

Charlie Logan (Actor)

Baby Blues 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Voice

Lost Souls 2000 (Movie)

Father James (Actor)

Rules of Engagement 2000 (Movie)

General H Lawrence Hodges (Actor)

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

Oscar Billings (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Gray Mathers (Actor)

L.A. Doctors 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Let the Devil Wear Black 1999 (Movie)

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Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Jimmy Gator (Actor)

The Insider 1999 (Movie)

Don Hewitt (Actor)

The Judas Kiss 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Talented Mr. Ripley 1999 (Movie)

Alvin MacCarron (Actor)

Chicago Hope 1992 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Civil Wars 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Hit Me 1998 (Movie)

Lenny Ish (Actor)

L.A. Law 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Michael Hayes 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Millennium 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Murder, She Wrote 1990 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Psycho 1998 (Movie)

Sheriff Chambers (Actor)

Rush Hour 1998 (Movie)

Captain Diel (Actor)

Seinfeld 1991, 1998 (Tv Show)

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Sour Grapes 1998 (Movie)

Mr Bell (Actor)

The Truman Show 1998 (Movie)

Network Executive (Actor)

Air Force One 1997 (Movie)

US Attorney General Ward (Actor)

Boogie Nights 1997 (Movie)

Floyd Gondolli (Actor)

Buddy 1997 (Movie)

Minister (Actor)

Empty Nest 1992 - 1994, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Hard Eight 1997 (Movie)

Sydney (Actor)

Life's Work 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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The Practice 1992 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Eye for An Eye 1996 (Movie)

Sidney Hughes (Actor)

Hardball 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Kiss of Death 1995 (Movie)

Big Junior (Actor)

Madman of the People 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Cigarettes and Coffee 1994 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

Mantis 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Good Life 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Little Death 1994 (Movie)

Detective Snyder (Actor)

Cheers 1993 (Tv Show)

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Nurses 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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The Last Laugh 1993 (Movie)

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Blue Desert 1991 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

An Innocent Man 1989 (Movie)

Judge Lavet (Actor)

Ghostbusters II 1989 (Movie)

Police Commissioner (Actor)

How I Got Into College 1989 (Movie)

Dean Patterson (Actor)

Say Anything 1989 (Movie)

IRS Boss (Actor)

The Goddess of Love 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Mariah 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Midnight Run 1988 (Movie)

Sidney (Actor)

The Spirit 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

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Three O'Clock High 1987 (Movie)

Detective Mulvahill (Actor)

Secret Honor 1984 (Movie)

Richard M Nixon (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

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The Night the Bridge Fell Down 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Riding For the Pony Express 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Samurai 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Man From Atlantis 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

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Cowards 1969 (Movie)

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Clear History (TV Show)

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Implicated (TV Show)

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Incident at Dark River (TV Show)

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Kill Me If You Can (TV Show)

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Live Wire (TV Show)

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Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Show)

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Mrs. Harris (TV Show)

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Path To War (TV Show)

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Roswell (TV Show)

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Stormy Weathers (TV Show)

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Tempting Fate (TV Show)

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Terror Out of the Sky (TV Show)

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The Bastard (TV Show)

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This House Possessed (TV Show)

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Who Is Julia? (TV Show)

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Without Warning (TV Show)

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Witness to the Mob (TV Show)

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Biography

A classic late-bloomer who launched his career well after most others had come and gone, actor Philip Baker Hall was one of few performers of a certain age able to achieve Hollywood stardom. After starting a family and teaching high school English for a living, Hall changed course to become a prominent theater actor, landing roles both on and off-Broadway while slowly carving out a career on screen. He had a number of less-than-memorable appearances before landing his breakout role as a demented Richard Nixon in the one-man show, "Secret Honor" (1983), which director Robert Altman turned into an acclaimed but often overlooked film the following year. But the industry recognition he received led to bigger and better roles. Hall landed supporting parts in films like "Midnight Run" (1988) and "Say Anything" (1989), and played the fast-talking Lt. Bookman in a classic third season episode of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). But it was his relationship with writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson that propelled Hall into a popular and widely recognized performer. Starting with Anderson's short film, "Coffee and Cigarettes" (1992), which was later turned into the feature-length "Hard Eight" (1996), Hall appeared in a number of the director's films, including "Boggie Nights" (1997) and most notably "Magnolia" (1999). From there, Hall was in-demand as a character actor, landing big movies like "The Insider" (1999), "The Sum of All Fears" (2002), "Bruce Almighty" (2003) and "Zodiac" (2007), defying the odds and proving that sometimes life could really begin after 60.

Relationships

Anna Baker

Daughter
born c. 1995

Holly Baker

Wife
third wife mother of his younger daughter

EDUCATION

University of Toledo

Toledo , Ohio
graduated

Milestones

2011

Cast opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen in "50/50"

2011

Guest starred on ABC's Emmy Award-winning series "Modern Family" as the grumpy neighbor of the Dunphys

2010

Acted in the crime drama "All Good Things" with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst

2009

Appeared in the teen comedy "Fired Up!"

2007

Co-starred with Ben Kingsley in the mafia comedy thriller "You Kill Me," directed by John Dahl

2006

Appeared in the David Fincher directed "Zodiac," based on the real life serial killer

2005

Cast opposite Pierce Brosnan and Greg Kinnear in "The Matador"

2005

Starred in "The Amityville Horror," a remake of the 1979 film about a family that is terrorized after moving into a home that was the site of a mass-murder

2004

Cast opposite Topher Grace and Dennis Quaid in the comedy "In Good Company" directed by Paul Weitz

2004

Appeared in "Dogville," directed by Lars von Trier

2003

Cast in the comedy "Bruce Almighty"

2002

Portrayed Sen. Everett Dirksen in the TV-movie "Path To War" (HBO)

2000

Portrayed a Catholic priest with a secret in "Lost Souls," starring Wynona Ryder and Ben Chaplin; feature directing debut for cinematographer Janusz Kaminski

2000

Co-starred in Off-Broadway revival of "American Buffalo" with William H Macy

2000

Played Joan Allen's father in "The Contender"

2000

Acted the part of General Lawrence H Hodges in William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement," about the trial of an army officer accused of inciting a riot killing many people in a third world country

1999

Reteamed with Paul Thomas Anderson to play a game show host in "Magnolia"

1999

Had supporting roles as a Fascist industrialist in Tim Robbins' "Cradle Will Rock" and as a detective in "The Talented Mr Ripley"

1999

Cast as "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt in Michael Mann's highly-praised look at tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigard in "The Insider"

1998

Appeared as a network executive in Peter Weir's "The Truman Show"

1998

Played the sheriff in Gus Van Sant's remake of "Psycho"

1997

Had recurring role as Judge Joseph Vinocour in three episodes of ABC's "The Practice," and played Judge Canker in an episode the following season (but same year)

1997

Appeared in Anderson's "Boogie Nights" as a businessman who tries to warn producer Burt Reynolds about the impending video revolution

1996

Returned to the boards as Chertikov, a leading follower of Tolstoy, opposite Julie Harris as Tolstoy's estranged wife in a State University of New York at Purchase production of Leon Katz's "Sonya"

1996

Garnered acclaim for his starring performance as Sydney, a paternalistic professional gambler, in "Hard Eight/Sydney," Paul Thomas Anderson's feature debut as writer-director

1995

Starred as Max, the tyrannical father of an oddball clan, in a Los Angeles stage production of Harold Pinter's "The Homecoming"

1995

Had high-profile supporting role as Big Junior, the dying father of Nicolas Cage's ruthless Little Junior, in the remake of "Kiss of Death"

1992

Starred as Sydney in neophyte writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson's short film "Cigarettes and Coffee" in a part written specifically for him; short eventually expanded into the feature, "Sydney/Hard Eight"; had originally met Anderson (then a production

1991

Portrayed Lt Bookman, the library cop who confronts Jerry with the fact that he's had a copy of Henry Miller's "Tropic of Cancer" since 1971, on NBC's "Seinfeld"

1989

Played the recurring role of Ed Meyers during the final season of the long-running CBS primetime soap "Falcon Crest"

1988

Appeared as Dr Harrison in three-part episode of "Family Ties" (NBC), centering around Steven's heart surgery

1988

Had small role as Sydney in Martin Brest's "Midnight Run"

1987

Debut as a TV series regular, playing Superintendent James Malone in the short-lived prison drama "Mariah" (ABC)

1984

Gained critical acclaim portraying Nixon in Robert Altman's film version of "Secret Honor"; also designed costumes; first starring role in a feature

1983

Starred on the NYC stage as President Richard Nixon in "Secret Honor," a one-man show he debuted at the L.A. Actors Theatre

1978

TV miniseries acting debut, "The Bastard" (syndicated)

1978

Co-wrote (with James Shepard) and co-directed (with Andrew Fye) "The Far Other Side of a Very Thin Line", performed at L.A.'s Mark Taper Forum

1977

Acted in the telefilm pilot for NBC's "Man From Atlantis", a sci-fi adventure series starring Patrick Duffy

1976

TV-movie debut, "Mayday at 40,000 Feet!" (CBS)

1975

Moved to Los Angeles, where he became involved soon after in the L.A. Actors Theatre

1969

Made feature film debut in "Cowards"

1965

Acted in NYC stage production of "In White America"

1961

Appeared as the Leader in "Donogo" at the Greenwich Mews Theatre, NYC

Entered U.S. Army after college

Raised in Ohio

Bonus Trivia

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"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.". . . We get the sensation of a man pouring out all of his secrets after a lifetime of repression. His sentences rush out, disorganized, disconnected, under tremendous pressure, interrupted by four-letter words that serve almost as punctuation. After a while the specific details don't matter so much; what we are hearing is a scream of a brilliant, gifted man who is tortured by the notion that fate might have made him a loser." – Roger Ebert, reviewing "Secret Honor" in Roger Ebert's Video Companion (1995 Edition)

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"As Richard Milhous Nixon, Philip Baker Hall delivers a wild rumination on his life – a mixture of confession and self-exoneration." – Pauline Kael, in a capsule review of "Secret Honor" in 5001 Nights at the Movies (NY: Henry Holt, 1991)

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"'I prefer the theater,' [Hall] said. 'On the stage you get two hours of fresh life, but there is no permanence in the theater.'"No permanence and no profit. Hall saw the shrinking resources for live performance and increasingly turned to film and television. He also reasoned that this would be the best way to support his family. . . .""'I would love to make more money and protect my family,' said Hall. 'I don't like to think of ever becoming a Hollywood whore. But you have to make a living.'" – From "Stardom Comes The 'Hard' Way" by Nick Charles, Daily News, Feb. 27, 1997

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"The 'Seinfeld' episode ultimately did more than 'Secret Honor' did. 'Secret Honor' was an aficionado's piece. It did better in New York than in L.A., and more so in Europe. Even video stores eventually stopped carrying it. But I can go all over the world and somebody will recognize me from 'Seinfeld'. I was in Venice working on 'The Talented Mr Ripley', and I was recognized from 'Seinfeld'. You think, 'Who gives a sh*t about an American sitcom in Venice?' I feel I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the 'Seinfeld' – although Paul Thomas Anderson had a lot to do with it, too." – Hall quoted in DETOUR, December 1999-January 2000

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