Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor and comedian. In film, Hall played the lead roles of Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's Secret Honor (1984), Sydney Brown in Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1996) and Arthur Pratt in Duck (2005) and on television, he is best known for playing Lt. Bookman in the Seinfeld episode The Library. Hall has received Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for his work in Anderson’s films Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999).

Philip Baker Hall
Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1931-09-10) September 10, 1931
ResidenceSierra Madre, California, U.S.
Other namesPhillip Hall, Phillip Baker Hall
Years active1960–present[1]
Spouse(s)Dianne Lewis (1973–1976; divorced)
Holly Wolfle (1981–present)

Personal life

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.[2][3] He attended the University of Toledo.[4] As a young man, Hall served in the military, had two children, and became a high school English teacher.[5] In 1960, he decided to become an actor.[1] He moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway and Broadway productions. He married Holly Wolfle, and has two daughters, Adella and Anna.[1]


Hall made his film debut in the drama Love-In 72 (1970) – also known as Cowards – as a priest named Father Reis.[6] In 1975, he began acting on television and joined the Los Angeles Theatre Center.[1][6] His first television appearance came in an episode of the sitcom Good Times in 1976.[6] The following year, Hall guest starred in episodes of M*A*S*H and Man from Atlantis.[7][8] Since then, 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.[9] After playing the leading role in Paul Thomas Anderson's directorial debut film Hard Eight,[9] Hall starred in two more Anderson films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.[10] 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).[6]

Additionally, Hall has had roles in Midnight Run, Say Anything...,[6] The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley,[10] Bruce Almighty,[11] You Kill Me, In Good Company, Ghostbusters II, The Insider, Dogville,[6] The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac[6] and Zodiac.[6] More recently, he had a starring role in the 2006–07 Fox sitcom The Loop[6] 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.

Hall acted in Seinfeld as Lt. Joe Bookman, the 'library cop' who tracks down Jerry for a long-overdue library book in "The Library".[6] He reprised the role in the May 1998 finale where his character is one of many to testify against Jerry.[6] More recently he has appeared as the crotchety Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm[6] and an equally crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family.[6] In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.[6] Hall appeared in a series of humorous Holiday Inn commercials.



1970Zabriskie PointDiner OwnerUncredited cameo
1971Love-In 72Father Reis
1974Throw Out the Anchor!RyanCredited as "Phillip Hall"
1978The Man with Bogart's FaceDr. Inman
1979The Bushido BladeCrook
1981Dream On!
1982The Last ReunionMike Sills
1984Secret HonorRichard Nixon
1986Nothing in CommonColonial Airlines ExecutiveUncredited cameo
1987Three O'Clock HighDetective Mulvahill
1988Midnight RunSidney
1989Say Anything...IRS Boss
How I Got Into CollegeDean Patterson
Ghostbusters IIPolice Commissioner
An Innocent ManJudge Kenneth Lavet
1991Silent Victim
Blue DesertJoe
1992Live WireSenator Thyme
1993Cigarettes & CoffeeOld manShort film
1994The Last LaughWilliam T.Short film
1995Kiss of DeathBig Junior Brown
1996Eye for an EyeSidney Hughes
Hard EightSydneyNominated–Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
The Little DeathDetective Snyder
The RockChief JusticeUncredited cameo
Hit MeLenny Ish
Air Force OneU.S. Attorney General Andrew Ward
Boogie NightsFloyd GondolliNominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998Sour GrapesMr. Bell
The Truman ShowNetwork Executive
Judas KissPobby Malavero
Rush HourCaptain William Diel
Enemy of the StateAttorney Mark SilverbergUncredited cameo
PsychoSheriff Chambers
1999Let the Devil Wear BlackSol Hirsch
ImplicatedJohn Swayer
Cradle Will RockGray Mathers
The InsiderDon Hewitt
MagnoliaJimmy GatorNominated–Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Talented Mr. RipleyAlvin MacCarron
2000Rules of EngagementGeneral H. Lawrence Hodges
The ContenderOscar Billings
Lost SoulsFather James
2001Rush Hour 2Captain William DielScenes deleted
2002The Sum of All FearsDefense Secretary David Becker
A Gentleman's GameCharlie Logan
2003Die, Mommie, Die!Sol Sussman
DogvilleTom Edison Sr.
Bruce AlmightyJack Baylor
A House on a HillHarry Mayfield
2004In Good CompanyEugene Kalb
2005The MatadorMr. Randy
A Buck's WorthVoice
DuckArthur Pratt
The Amityville HorrorFather Callaway
The ZodiacChief Frank Perkins
2006The Shaggy DogLance Strictland
The TV SetVernon Maxwell
2007ZodiacSherwood Morrill
You Kill MeRoman Krzeminski
Rush Hour 3Captain William DielUncredited cameo
2009The LodgerCaptain Smith
Fired UpCoach Byrnes
Wonderful WorldThe Man
2010All Good ThingsMalvern Bump
2011The Chicago 8Judge Julius Hoffman
Mr. Popper's PenguinsFranklin
2012Bending the RulesHerb Gold
Departure DateOld Jake
People Like UsIke Rafferty
Dog Eat DogShort film
ArgoCIA Director Stansfield TurnerUncredited cameo
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
2013Bad WordsDr. William Bowman
2014Playing It CoolGranddad
2017Person to PersonJimmy
The Last WordEdward
2018Dear ChickensEmilShort film


1975The Last SurvivorsTelevision film
1976Good TimesMotel ownerEpisode: "J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2"
Mayday at 40,000 Feet!ReporterTelevision film
1976–1977VisionsSeverson / Boyle2 episodes
1977Man from AtlantisGeorgeEpisode: "Man from Atlantis"
The Hostage HeartDr. Harvey FessTelevision film
Kill Me If You CanPhillipsTelevision film
M*A*S*HSgt. HackerEpisode: "The Light That Failed"
1978The FitzpatricksBertramEpisode: "A Living Wage"
Emergency!Oliver WarrenEpisode: "The Steel Inferno"
The BastardShopkeeperTelevision film
Terror Out of the SkyStarrettTelevision film
1979SamuraiProf. OwensTelevision film
1980Riding for the Pony ExpressMr. DurfeeTelevision film
The WaltonsMajor GordonEpisode: "The Furlough"
1981This House PossessedClerkTelevision film
1982Quincy, M.E.Captain Rasmussen / Dep. DA Marty Shell2 episode
Cagney & LaceyLt. SweenyEpisode: "Hot Line"
T. J. HookerJudge WallaceEpisode: "A Cry for Help"
Games Mother Never Taught YouLester GreeneTelevision film
Seven Brides for Seven BrothersProsecutor / Wilcox2 episodes
1984The Night the Bridge Fell DownWarren MeechTelevision film
Lottery!Episode: "Houston: Duffy's Choice"
1985Hardcastle and McCormickJack MarshEpisode: "Too Rich and Too Thin"
Who Is Julia?Dean MayTelevision film
1987MariahJames Malone7 episodes
The SpiritSevrinTelevision film
Miami ViceJudge DelaporteEpisode: "Contempt of Court"
1988Goddess of LoveDetective CharlesTelevision film
Family TiesDr. Harrison3 episodes
1989A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman StoryJudge BlumenfeldTelevision film
Incident at Dark RiverDr. Leo ManusTelevision film
1989–1990Falcon CrestEd Meyers13 episodes
1990MatlockJudgeEpisode: "The Mother"
Bagdad CafeHerbEpisode: "This Bird Has Flown"
1991Murder, She WroteLen CostnerEpisode: "Moving Violation"
L.A. LawTom BakerEpisode: "He's a Crowd"
Equal JusticeJudge S.E. ClevelandEpisode: "Do the Wrong Thing"
Dark JusticeWinchester KellerEpisode: "The Neutralizing Factor"
1991–1992Civil Wars3 episodes
1991, 1998SeinfeldLt. Joe Bookman2 episodes
1992Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232Sam GochenourTelevision film
Stormy WeathersDr. ComdenTelevision film
NursesMr. ToddEpisode: "Playing Doctor"
CheersCity Councilman Kevin FogertyEpisode: "Woody Gets an Election"
BobJerodEpisode: "Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas"
1994M.A.N.T.I.S.SmittyTelevision film
Empty NestJerodEpisode: "Brotherly Shove"
The Good LifeMr. HumphreysEpisode: "Melissa the Thief"
RoswellRoswell GeneralTelevision film
Madman of the PeopleKentEpisode: "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"
Chicago HopeMr. WellingtonEpisode: "You Gotta Have Heart"
HardballBeanball McGeeEpisode: "Lee's Bad, Bad Day"
Without WarningDr. Kurt LowdenTelevision film
1995The Fresh Prince of Bel-AirHimselfEpisode: "Get a Job"
Life's WorkJudge ConklinEpisode: "Contempt"
The John Larroquette ShowMr. FrankEpisode: "Napping to Success"
19973rd Rock from the SunPresident DeweyEpisode: "Proud Dick"
The PracticeJudge Joseph Vinocour
Judge Canker
Four episodes
1997–1998MillenniumGroup Elder2 episodes
Michael HayesWilliam Vaughn20 episodes
1998Tempting FateDr. BardwellTelevision film
Witness to the MobSalvatore "Toddo" AurelloTelevision film
L.A. DoctorsVincent CattanoEpisode: "Fear of Flying"
2000Jackie Bouvier Kennedy OnassisAristotle OnassisTelevision film
The FugitiveStuart KimbleEpisode: "St. Christopher's Prayer"
2000–2002Baby BluesMr. Thompson
Mr. Saunders
2 episodes
2001LoomisEpisode 1.1: "Pilot"
PasadenaGeorge Reese Greeley7 episodes
OswaldConverse (voice)Episode: "Rollerskating"
Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese CatAndy (voice)Episode: "Sagwa's Swan Song"
2002Path to WarEverett DirksenTelevision film
The SimpsonsClyde (voice)Episode: "Poppa's Got a Brand New Badge"
Night VisionsDennis BrascomEpisode: "Cargo"
Without a TraceNoah RidderEpisode: "Silent Partner"
2003The Fairly OddParentsFox (voice)Episode: "Information Stupor Highway"
EverwoodDr. Donald Douglas3 episodes
2004MonkSalvatore LucarelliEpisode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather
Boston LegalErnie DellEpisode: "Head Cases"
The West WingSenator Matt Hunt2 episodes
2004, 2009Curb Your EnthusiasmDoctor Morrison2 episodes
2005Mrs. HarrisArthur SchulteTelevision film
Danny PhantomJack Oswald (voice)Episode: "Pirate Radio"
The Buzz on MaggieThe Flag (voice)Episode: "Scout of Order"
2006The LoopRuss McDonald17 episodes
Nominated–Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!Log (voice)Episode: "A Little Help From Your Friends"
Big LoveNed JohanssenEpisode: "Take Me as I Am"
The ModifyersDr. Jelly (voice)Pilot
2008Yin Yang Yo!Walden (voice)Episode: "The Manotaur"
PsychIrving ParkerEpisode: "Dis-Lodged"
Worst WeekReverend Lowell2 episodes
2009Jimmy Two-ShoesFreddy (voice)Episode: "I've Totally Shredded My Cheese"
True Jackson, VPMr. JenkinsEpisode: "Flirting with Fame"
2010The Life & Times of TimNorman Walker (voice)Episode: "London Calling/Novelist"
Warren the ApeDr. Ralph SchwartzEpisode: "Rock Opera"
Fish HooksDr. Pete (voice)Episode: "Bea Becomes an Adult Fish"
2011–2012Modern FamilyWalt Kleezak3 episodes
2012The NewsroomBryce DelancyEpisode: "The 112th Congress"
Childrens HospitalDr. Joseph MengeleEpisode: "A Year in the Life"
Ruth & EricaHarry8 episodes
2013Scaredy SquirrelFloyd (voice)Episode: "Stash N' Hoarder"
My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicDag (voice)Episode: "Games Ponies Play"
Clear HistoryMcKenzie Gordon Frederick DrennanTelevision film
T.U.F.F. PuppyThe King (voice)Episode: "Acting T.U.F.F."
2014RakeMitch MarkhamEpisode: "Remembrance of Taxis Past"
DokiScraps (voice)Episode: "The Treasure Hunters"
Wander Over YonderLuke the Hedgehog (voice)Episode: "The Rider"
2015Star vs. the Forces of EvilOffice (voice)Episode: "Star Comes to Earth"
Harvey BeaksClive (voice)Episode: "The Finger"
ClarenceAlbert (voice)Episode: "Tuckered Boys"
BoJack HorsemanHank Hippopopalous (voice)2 episodes
Madam SecretaryEzra HelsingerEpisode: "The Necessary Art"
2016Second ChanceOld Man Jimmy Pritchard5 episodes
2017Room 104CharlieEpisode: "My Love"
2018CorporateArthur StockheedEpisode: "Powerpoint of Death"


  1. Cashill, Robert (20 March 2000). "Buffalo Stance: Philip Baker Hall Takes Care of Business In Mamet Revival". Playbill. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  2. "3 Cancellations Hit Detroit Music Hall". Toledo Blade. Google News. 1975-10-29. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  3. "Philip Baker Hall (b. 1931)". =Ohio Birth Index, 1908-2011. Archived from the original on 2016-01-09. Retrieved 2017-07-28. Philip Baker Hall was born on September 10, 1931 in Ohio. Philip was born to Alice Bindine Hall and William Alexander Hall.
  4. "Biography for Philip B. Hall". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2017-07-28.
  5. Arkatov, Janice (August 1, 1988). "'Lovability' Plays No Part in Hall's Roles". Los Angeles Times.
  6. Harris, Will (6 September 2012). "Philip Baker Hall on The Chicago 8, Seinfeld, and Paul Thomas Anderson". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  7. "Phillip Baker Hall List of Movies and TV Shows". TV Guide. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  8. Brennan, Sandra. "Phillip Baker Hall Biography". AllMovie. Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  9. Lopez, John (11 December 2014). "Good Disintegration: Paul Thomas Anderson and Robert Altman's Special Relationship". Grantland. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  10. Newman, Jason (2 February 2014). "Philip Baker Hall Remembers 'Genius' Philip Seymour Hoffman". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
  11. Kehe, Jason (20 April 2011). "All the Arts, All the Time". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 April 2015.
This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.