Philip Baker Hall

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Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.jpg
Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival
Born (1931-09-10) September 10, 1931 (age 89)
Years active1960–present[1]
Spouse(s)Dianne Lewis (1973–1976; divorced)
Holly Wolfle (1981–present)

Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931)[citation needed] is an American actor. He has played leading roles in films, including Secret Honor, Hard Eight and Duck.

Personal life[edit]

Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Alice Birdene (née McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker in Montgomery, Alabama.[2][3] He attended the University of Toledo.[4] Hall served in the military and as a high school English teacher.[5] In 1960, he became 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 played a priest in his film debut Cowards.[6] He joined the Los Angeles Theatre Center in 1975.[1][6] His first television appearance came in an episode of the sitcom Good Times.[6] The following year, Hall guest starred in episodes of M*A*S*H and Man from Atlantis.[7][8] Since 1977, he had over 200 guest roles on each shows. He played Richard Nixon in the biopic president film Secret Honor.[9] Hall starred with Philip Seymour Hoffman in 4 films.[10] 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 scenes in Rush Hour 3).[6] Other films included 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] 50/50, and Zodiac.[6] Hall starred in the sitcom The Loop.[6] He guest starred in the animated series The Life & Times of Tim and in All Good Things. Hall starred in the Seinfeld episode "The Library".[6] He reprised the role in the final episode for the series.[6] He played 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.



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Zabriskie Point Diner Owner Uncredited cameo
1971 Love-In 72 Father Reis
1974 Throw Out the Anchor! Ryan Credited as "Phillip Hall"
1978 The Man with Bogart's Face Dr. Inman
Coma Doctor
1979 The Bushido Blade Crook
1981 Dream On!
1982 The Last Reunion Mike Sills
1984 Secret Honor Richard Nixon
1986 Nothing in Common Colonial Airlines Executive Uncredited cameo
1987 Three O'Clock High Detective Mulvahill
1988 Midnight Run Sidney
1989 Say Anything... IRS Boss
How I Got Into College Dean Patterson
Ghostbusters II Police Commissioner
An Innocent Man Judge Kenneth Lavet
1991 Silent Victim
Blue Desert Joe
1992 Live Wire Senator Thyme
1993 Cigarettes & Coffee Old man Short film
1994 The Last Laugh William T. Short film
1995 Kiss of Death Big Junior Brown
1996 Eye for an Eye Sidney Hughes
Hard Eight Sydney
The Little Death Detective Snyder
The Rock Chief Justice Uncredited cameo
Hit Me Lenny Ish
1997 Buddy Minister
Air Force One U.S. Attorney General Andrew Ward
Boogie Nights Floyd Gondolli
1998 Sour Grapes Mr. Bell
The Truman Show Network Executive
Judas Kiss Pobby Malavero
Rush Hour Captain William Diel
Enemy of the State Attorney Mark Silverberg Uncredited cameo
Psycho Sheriff Chambers
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Sol Hirsch
Implicated John Swayer
Cradle Will Rock Gray Mathers
The Insider Don Hewitt
Magnolia Jimmy Gator
The Talented Mr. Ripley Alvin MacCarron
2000 Rules of Engagement General H. Lawrence Hodges
The Contender Oscar Billings
Lost Souls Father James
2001 Rush Hour 2 Captain William Diel Scenes deleted
2002 The Sum of All Fears Defense Secretary David Becker
A Gentleman's Game Charlie Logan
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Sol Sussman
Dogville Tom Edison Sr.
Bruce Almighty Jack Baylor
A House on a Hill Harry Mayfield
2004 In Good Company Eugene Kalb
2005 The Matador Mr. Randy
A Buck's Worth Voice
Duck Arthur Pratt
The Amityville Horror Father Callaway
The Zodiac Chief Frank Perkins
2006 The Shaggy Dog Lance Strictland
The TV Set Vernon Maxwell
Islander Popper
2007 Zodiac Sherwood Morrill
You Kill Me Roman Krzeminski
Rush Hour 3 Captain William Diel Uncredited cameo
2009 The Lodger Captain Smith
Fired Up Coach Byrnes
Wonderful World The Man
2010 All Good Things Malvern Bump
2011 The Chicago 8 Judge Julius Hoffman
Mr. Popper's Penguins Franklin
50/50 Alan Lombardo
2012 Bending the Rules Herb Gold
Departure Date Old Jake
People Like Us Ike Rafferty
Dog Eat Dog Short film
Argo CIA Director Stansfield Turner Uncredited cameo
2013 Bad Words Dr. William Bowman
2014 Playing It Cool Granddad
2017 Person to Person Jimmy
The Last Word Edward
2018 Dear Chickens Emil Short film


Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Last Survivors Television film
1976 Good Times Motel owner Episode: "J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2"
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! Reporter Television film
1976–77 Visions Severson / Boyle 2 episodes
1977 Man from Atlantis George Episode: "Man from Atlantis"
The Hostage Heart Dr. Harvey Fess Television film
Kill Me If You Can Phillips Television film
M*A*S*H Sgt. Hacker Episode: "The Light That Failed"
1978 The Fitzpatricks Bertram Episode: "A Living Wage"
Emergency! Oliver Warren Episode: "The Steel Inferno"
The Bastard Shopkeeper Television film
Terror Out of the Sky Starrett Television film
1979 Samurai Prof. Owens Television film
1980 Riding for the Pony Express Mr. Durfee Television film
The Waltons Major Gordon Episode: "The Furlough"
1981 This House Possessed Clerk Television film
1982 Quincy, M.E. Captain Rasmussen
DA Marty Shell
2 episode
Cagney & Lacey Lt. Sweeny Episode: "Hot Line"
T. J. Hooker Judge Wallace Episode: "A Cry for Help"
Games Mother Never Taught You Lester Greene Television film
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Prosecutor / Wilcox 2 episodes
1984 The Night the Bridge Fell Down Warren Meech Television film
Lottery! Episode: "Houston: Duffy's Choice"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Jack Marsh Episode: "Too Rich and Too Thin"
Who Is Julia? Dean May Television film
1987 Mariah James Malone 7 episodes
The Spirit Sevrin Television film
Miami Vice Judge Delaporte Episode: "Contempt of Court"
1988 Goddess of Love Detective Charles Television film
Family Ties Dr. Harrison 3 episodes
1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story Judge Blumenfeld Television film
Incident at Dark River Dr. Leo Manus Television film
1989–90 Falcon Crest Ed Meyers 13 episodes
1990 Matlock Judge Episode: "The Mother"
Bagdad Cafe Herb Episode: "This Bird Has Flown"
1991 Murder, She Wrote Len Costner Episode: "Moving Violation"
L.A. Law Tom Baker Episode: "He's a Crowd"
Equal Justice Judge S.E. Cleveland Episode: "Do the Wrong Thing"
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 Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 Sam Gochenour Television film
Stormy Weathers Dr. Comden Television film
Nurses Mr. Todd Episode: "Playing Doctor"
1993 Cheers City Councilman Kevin Fogerty Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"
Bob Jerod Episode: "Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Smitty Television film
Empty Nest Jerod Episode: "Brotherly Shove"
The Good Life Mr. Humphreys Episode: "Melissa the Thief"
Roswell Roswell General Television film
Madman of the People Kent Episode: "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"
Chicago Hope Mr. Wellington Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart"
Hardball Beanball McGee Episode: "Lee's Bad, Bad Day"
Without Warning Dr. Kurt Lowden Television film
1995 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Himself Episode: "Get a Job"
Life's Work Judge Conklin Episode: "Contempt"
The John Larroquette Show Mr. Frank Episode: "Napping to Success"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun President Dewey Episode: "Proud Dick"
The Practice Judge Joseph Vinocour
Judge Canker
4 episodes
1997–98 Millennium Group Elder 2 episodes
Michael Hayes William Vaughn 20 episodes
1998 Tempting Fate Dr. Bardwell Television film
Witness to the Mob Salvatore "Toddo" Aurello Television film
L.A. Doctors Vincent Cattano Episode: "Fear of Flying"
1999 Partners Scarpatti Pilot
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Aristotle Onassis Television film
The Fugitive Stuart Kimble Episode: "St. Christopher's Prayer"
2000, 2002 Baby Blues Mr. Thompson / Mr. Saunders (voices) 2 episodes
2001 Loomis Episode 1.1: "Pilot"
Pasadena George Reese Greeley 7 episodes
2002 Path to War Everett Dirksen Television film
Night Visions Dennis Brascom Episode: "Cargo"
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
Boston Legal Ernie Dell Episode: "Head Cases"
The West Wing Senator Matt Hunt 2 episodes
2004, 2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Doctor Morrison 2 episodes
2005 Mrs. Harris Arthur Schulte Television film
2006 The Loop Russ McDonald 17 episodes
2007 Wildlife Pilot
Big Love Ned Johanssen Episode: "Take Me as I Am"
2008 Psych Irving Parker Episode: "Dis-Lodged"
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"
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"
Childrens Hospital Dr. Joseph Mengele Episode: "A Year in the Life"
Ruth & Erica Harry 8 episodes
2013 Clear History McKenzie Television film
2014 Rake Mitch Markham Episode: "Remembrance of Taxis Past"
Altman Himself Documentary
2015 BoJack Horseman Hank Hippopopalous (voice) 2 episodes
Madam Secretary Ezra Helsinger Episode: "The Necessary Art"
2016 Second Chance Old Man 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 nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result Ref.
1996 Independent Spirit Award Best Male Lead Hard Eight Nominated [12]
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


  1. ^ a b c d 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n 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. ^ a b 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.
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