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Philip Baker Hall


Philip Baker Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio, to Berdene (McDonald) and William Alexander Hall, a factory worker who was originally from Montgomery, Alabama. He did not start acting until he was 30 years old, and shot to cult fame when he turned in an electrifying performance as Sydney, the veteran gambler, in Paul Thomas Anderson's debut feature, ... See full bio »
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Known For

Magnolia
Magnolia Jimmy Gator
(1999)
Hard Eight
Hard Eight Sydney
(1996)
Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights Floyd Gondolli
(1997)
50/50
50/50 Alan
(2011)

Filmography

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 2018 Dear Chickens (Short) (post-production)
Emil
 2017 Room 104 (TV Series)
Charlie
- My Love (2017) ... Charlie
 2017 The Last Word
Edward
 2017 Person to Person
Jimmy
 2016 Second Chance (TV Series)
Old Jimmy Pritchard
- May Old Acquaintance Be Forgot (2016) ... Old Jimmy Pritchard
- Scratch That Glitch (2016) ... Old Jimmy Pritchard
- Admissions (2016) ... Old Jimmy Pritchard
- One More Notch (2016) ... Old Jimmy Pritchard
- A Suitable Donor (2016) ... Old Jimmy Pritchard
 2015 BoJack Horseman (TV Series)
Hank Hippopopalous
- Hank After Dark (2015) ... Hank Hippopopalous (voice)
- Higher Love (2015) ... Hank Hippopopalous (voice)
 2015 Madam Secretary (TV Series)
Ezra Helsinger
- The Necessary Art (2015) ... Ezra Helsinger
 2014 Playing It Cool
Granddad
 2014 Rake (TV Series)
Mitch Markham
- Remembrance of Taxis Past (2014) ... Mitch Markham
 2013 Bad Words
Dr. Bowman
 2013 Clear History (TV Movie)
McKenzie
 2012 Ruth & Erica (TV Series)
Harry
- January (2012) ... Harry
- October (2012) ... Harry
- July (2012) ... Harry
- June (2012) ... Harry
- May (2012) ... Harry
 2012 Childrens Hospital (TV Series)
Dr. Joseph Mengele
- A Year in the Life (2012) ... Dr. Joseph Mengele
 2012 Argo
C.I.A Director Stansfield Turner (uncredited)
 2012 The Newsroom (TV Series)
Bryce Delancy
- The 112th Congress (2012) ... Bryce Delancy (as Phillip Baker Hall)
 2012 Dog Eat Dog (Short)
 2012 People Like Us
Ike Rafferty
 2012 Departure Date (Short)
Old Jake
 2011-2012 Modern Family (TV Series)
Walt Kleezak
- Election Day (2012) ... Walt Kleezak
- Lifetime Supply (2012) ... Walt Kleezak
- Boys' Night (2011) ... Walt Kleezak
 2012 Bending the Rules
Herb Gold
 2011 50/50
Alan
 2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins
Franklin
 2011 The Chicago 8
Judge Julius Hoffman
 2010 All Good Things
Malvern Bump
 2010 Warren the Ape (TV Series)
Dr. Ralph Schwartz
- Rock Opera (2010) ... Dr. Ralph Schwartz
 2010 The Life & Times of Tim (TV Series)
Norman Walker
- London Calling/Novelist (2010) ... Norman Walker (voice)
 2009 True Jackson, VP (TV Series)
Mr. Jenkins
- Flirting with Fame (2009) ... Mr. Jenkins
 2004-2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV Series)
Doctor Morrison
- The Hot Towel (2009) ... Doctor Morrison
- Mel's Offer (2004) ... Doctor Morrison
 2009 Wonderful World
The Man
 2009 Fired Up!
Coach Byrnes
 2009 The Lodger
Captain Smith
 2008 Worst Week (TV Series)
Reverend Lowell
- The Wedding (2008) ... Reverend Lowell
- The Vows (2008) ... Reverend Lowell
 2008 Psych (TV Series)
Irving Parker
- Dis-Lodged (2008) ... Irving Parker
 2007 Thesis: Work vs. Play (Video short)
 2007 Wildlife (TV Movie)
 2007 Big Love (TV Series)
Ned Johanssen
- Take Me as I Am (2007) ... Ned Johanssen
 2007 Rush Hour 3
Captain William Diel (uncredited)
 2006-2007 The Loop (TV Series)
Russ
- Crazy Goat (2007) ... Russ
- The Stranger (2007) ... Russ
- Fatty (2007) ... Russ
- Stride (2007) ... Russ
- The Dutch (2007) ... Russ
 2007 You Kill Me
Roman Krzeminski
 2007 Zodiac
Sherwood Morrill
 2006 Islander
Popper
 2006 The TV Set
Vernon Maxwell
 2006 The Shaggy Dog
Lance Strictland
 2005 Mrs. Harris (TV Movie)
Arthur Schulte
 2005 The Zodiac
Frank Perkins
 2005 The Amityville Horror
Father Callaway
 2005 Duck
Arthur Pratt
 2005 A Buck's Worth (Short) (voice)
 2005 The Matador
Mr. Randy
 2004 In Good Company
Eugene Kalb
 2004 The West Wing (TV Series)
Senator Matt Hunt
- A Change Is Gonna Come (2004) ... Senator Matt Hunt
- An Khe (2004) ... Senator Matt Hunt
 2004 Boston Legal (TV Series)
Ernie Dell
- Head Cases (2004) ... Ernie Dell
 2004 Monk (TV Series)
Salvatore Lucarelli
- Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather (2004) ... Salvatore Lucarelli (as Phillip Baker Hall)
 2003-2004 Everwood (TV Series)
Dr. Donald Douglas
- Your Future Awaits (2004) ... Dr. Donald Douglas
- Do or Die (2004) ... Dr. Donald Douglas
- Home (2003) ... Dr. Donald Douglas
 2003 A House on a Hill
Harry Mayfield
 2003 Dogville
Tom Edison Sr.
 2003 Bruce Almighty
Jack Baylor
 2003 Die, Mommie, Die!
Sol Sussman
 2002 Without a Trace (TV Series)
Noah Ridder
- Silent Partner (2002) ... Noah Ridder
 2002 Night Visions (TV Series)
Dennis Brascom (segment "Cargo")
- Cargo/Switch (2002) ... Dennis Brascom (segment "Cargo")
 2002 A Gentleman's Game
Charlie Logan
 2001-2002 Pasadena (TV Series)
George Reese Greeley
- Don't It Always Seem to Go? (2002) ... George Reese Greeley
- A Lie Worth Fighting For (2002) ... George Reese Greeley
- Run Lily Run (2002) ... George Reese Greeley
- The Bones (2002) ... George Reese Greeley
- Hostile Environment (2001) ... George Reese Greeley
 2002 The Sum of All Fears
Defense Secretary Becker
 2002 Path to War (TV Movie)
Everett Dirksen
 2000-2002 Baby Blues (TV Series)
Mr. Saunders / Mr. Thompson
- Wanda Proof (2002) ... Mr. Saunders (voice)
- Ugly Zoe (2000) ... Mr. Thompson (voice)
 2001 Loomis (TV Movie)
 2000 The Fugitive (TV Series)
Stuart Kimble
- St. Christopher's Prayer (2000) ... Stuart Kimble
 2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (TV Movie)
Aristotle Onassis
 2000 Lost Souls
Father James
 2000 The Contender
Oscar Billings
 2000 Rules of Engagement
Gen. H. Lawrence Hodges
 1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley
Alvin MacCarron
 1999 Magnolia
Jimmy Gator
 1999 Aimee Mann: Save Me (Video short)
Jimmy Gator
 1999 The Insider
Don Hewitt
 1999 Partners (TV Movie)
Scarpatti
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
Gray Mathers
 1999 Implicated
John Sawyer
 1999 Let the Devil Wear Black
Sol Hirsch
 1998 Psycho
Sheriff Chambers
 1998 Enemy of the State
Attorney Mark Silverberg (uncredited)
 1998 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Vincent Cattano
- Fear of Flying (1998) ... Vincent Cattano
 1998 Rush Hour
Captain Diel
 1998 Judas Kiss
Pobby Malavero
 1997-1998 Michael Hayes (TV Series)
William Vaughn
- Vaughn Mower (1998) ... William Vaughn
- Faith (1998) ... William Vaughn
- Devotion (1998) ... William Vaughn
- Power Play (1998) ... William Vaughn
- Gotterdammerung (1998) ... William Vaughn
 1998 The Truman Show
Network Executive
 1991-1998 Seinfeld (TV Series)
Bookman / Lt. Bookman
- The Finale (1998) ... Bookman
- The Library (1991) ... Lt. Bookman
 1998 Witness to the Mob (TV Movie)
Toddo Aurello
 1998 Sour Grapes
Mr. Bell
 1998 Tempting Fate (TV Movie)
Dr. Bardwell
 1997-1998 Millennium (TV Series)
Group Elder
- Roosters (1998) ... Group Elder
- The Hand of Saint Sebastian (1997) ... Group Elder
 1997 The Practice (TV Series)
Judge Joseph Vinocour / Judge Canker
- Betrayal (1997) ... Judge Canker
- Part VI (1997) ... Judge Joseph Vinocour
- Part V (1997) ... Judge Joseph Vinocour
- Part I (1997) ... Judge Joseph Vinocour
 1997 Boogie Nights
Floyd Gondolli
 1997 Air Force One
U.S. Attorney General Ward
 1997 Buddy
Minister
 1997 3rd Rock from the Sun (TV Series)
President Dewey
- Proud Dick (1997) ... President Dewey
 1996 Life's Work (TV Series)
Judge Conklin
- Contempt (1996) ... Judge Conklin
 1996 Hit Me
Lenny Ish
 1996 The Rock
Chief Justice (uncredited)
 1996 The Little Death
Detective Snyder
 1996 Hard Eight
Sydney
 1996 Eye for an Eye
Sidney Hughes
 1996 The John Larroquette Show (TV Series)
Mr. Frank
- Napping to Success (1996) ... Mr. Frank
 1995 Kiss of Death
Big Junior Brown
 1994 The Last Laugh (Short)
William T.
 1994 Without Warning (TV Movie)
Dr. Kurt Lowden
 1994 Hardball (TV Series)
Beanball McGee
- Lee's Bad, Bad Day (1994) ... Beanball McGee
 1994 Chicago Hope (TV Series)
Mr. Wellington
- You Gotta Have Heart (1994) ... Mr. Wellington
 1994 Madman of the People (TV Series)
Kent
 1994 Roswell (TV Movie)
Roswell General
 1994 The Good Life (TV Series)
Mr. Humphreys
- Melissa the Thief (1994) ... Mr. Humphreys
 1994 Empty Nest (TV Series)
Jerod
- Brotherly Shove (1994) ... Jerod
 1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. (TV Movie)
Smitty
 1993 Cigarettes & Coffee (Short)
Sydney (as Phillip Baker Hall)
 1993 Cheers (TV Series)
City Councilman Kevin Fogerty
- Woody Gets an Election (1993) ... City Councilman Kevin Fogerty
 1993 Bob (TV Series)
Jeweler
 1991-1992 Civil Wars (TV Series)
Judge Bianchi
- A Bus Named Desire (1992) ... Judge Bianchi
- His Honor's Offer (1992) ... Judge Bianchi
- Daveja-Vu All Over Again (1991) ... Judge Bianchi
 1992 Nurses (TV Series)
Mr. Todd
- Playing Doctor (1992) ... Mr. Todd
 1992 Live Wire
Senator Thyme
 1992 Stormy Weathers (TV Movie)
Dr. Comden
 1992 Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 (TV Movie)
Sam Gochenour
 1991 Dark Justice (TV Series)
Winchester Keller
- The Neutralizing Factor (1991) ... Winchester Keller (as Phillip Baker Hall)
 1991 Equal Justice (TV Series)
Judge S.E. Cleveland
- Do the Wrong Thing (1991) ... Judge S.E. Cleveland
 1991 L.A. Law (TV Series)
Tom Baker
- He's a Crowd (1991) ... Tom Baker
 1991 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Len Costner
- Moving Violation (1991) ... Len Costner
 1991 Blue Desert
Joe
 1990 Bagdad Cafe (TV Series)
Herb
- This Bird Has Flown (1990) ... Herb
 1990 Matlock (TV Series)
Judge
- The Mother (1990) ... Judge
 1989-1990 Falcon Crest (TV Series)
Ed Meyers
- The Return (1990) ... Ed Meyers
- Crimes of the Past (1990) ... Ed Meyers
- Walking Money (1990) ... Ed Meyers
- Finding Lauren (1990) ... Ed Meyers
- Brotherly Love (1990) ... Ed Meyers
 1989 Incident at Dark River (TV Movie)
Dr. Leo Manus
 1989 An Innocent Man
Judge Kenneth Lavet
 1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story (TV Movie)
Judge Blumenfeld
 1989 Ghostbusters II
Police Commissioner
 1989 How I Got Into College
Dean Patterson
 1989 Say Anything...
IRS Boss
 1988 Family Ties (TV Series)
Dr. Harrison
- Heartstrings: Part 3 (1988) ... Dr. Harrison
- Heartstrings: Part 2 (1988) ... Dr. Harrison
- Heartstrings: Part 1 (1988) ... Dr. Harrison
 1988 Goddess of Love (TV Movie)
Detective Charles
 1988 Midnight Run
Sidney
 1987 Three O'Clock High
Detective Mulvahill
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Judge Delaporte
- Contempt of Court (1987) ... Judge Delaporte
 1987 The Spirit (TV Movie)
Sevrin
 1987 Mariah (TV Series)
James Malone
- Love (1987) ... James Malone
- Prey (1987) ... James Malone
- Scream (1987) ... James Malone
- Capital (1987) ... James Malone
- Walls (1987) ... James Malone
 1986 Who Is Julia? (TV Movie)
Dean May
 1986 Nothing in Common
Colonial Airlines Executive (uncredited)
 1985 Hardcastle and McCormick (TV Series)
Jack Marsh
- Too Rich and Too Thin (1985) ... Jack Marsh
 1984 Secret Honor
Richard Nixon
 1983 Lottery! (TV Series)
 1983 The Night the Bridge Fell Down (TV Movie)
Warren Meech
 1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (TV Series)
Wilcox / Prosecutor
- Christmas Song (1982) ... Wilcox
- The Man in the White Hat (1982) ... Prosecutor
 1982 Games Mother Never Taught You (TV Movie)
Lester Greene
 1982 T.J. Hooker (TV Series)
Judge Wallace
- A Cry for Help (1982) ... Judge Wallace
 1982 Cagney & Lacey (TV Series)
Lt. Sweeny
- Hot Line (1982) ... Lt. Sweeny
 1982 Quincy M.E. (TV Series)
Dep. DA Marty Shell / Captain Rasmussen
- Sleeping Dogs (1982) ... Dep. DA Marty Shell
- Smoke Screen (1982) ... Captain Rasmussen
 1982 McClain's Law (TV Series)
Mr. Harris
- Takeover (1982) ... Mr. Harris
 1981 Dream On!
 1981 This House Possessed (TV Movie)
Clerk (as Phillip Baker Hall)
 1980 The Last Reunion
Mike Sills
 1980 The Man with Bogart's Face
Dr. Inman
 1980 The Waltons (TV Series)
Major Gordon
- The Furlough (1980) ... Major Gordon
 1980 Riding for the Pony Express (TV Movie)
Mr. Durfee
 1979 Samurai (TV Movie)
Prof. Owens
 1978 Terror Out of the Sky (TV Movie)
Starrett
 1978 The Bastard (TV Movie)
Shopkeeper (as Phil Hall)
 1978 Emergency! (TV Series)
Oliver Warren
- The Steel Inferno (1978) ... Oliver Warren
 1978 The Fitzpatricks (TV Series)
Bertram
- A Living Wage (1978) ... Bertram
 1977 The Mask of Alexander Cross (TV Movie)
Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1976-1977 Visions (TV Series)
Boyle / Severson
- You Can Run, But You Can't Hide (1977) ... Boyle
- Gold Watch (1976) ... Severson
 1977 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Sgt. Hacker
- The Light That Failed (1977) ... Sgt. Hacker
 1977 Kill Me If You Can (TV Movie)
Phillips
 1977 The Hostage Heart (TV Movie)
Dr. Harvey Fess
 1977 Man from Atlantis (TV Series)
George
- Man from Atlantis (1977) ... George
 1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! (TV Movie)
Reporter
 1976 Good Times (TV Series)
The Motel Owner
- J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2 (1976) ... The Motel Owner
 1975 The Last Survivors (TV Movie)
 1974 Throw Out the Anchor!
Ryan (as Phillip Hall)
 1970 Love-In '72
Father Reis
 1970 Zabriskie Point
Diner Owner (uncredited)
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In 2000, appeared in a Broadway production of David Mamet's "American Buffalo" alongside William H. Macy, his Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999) co-star. See more »

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Alternate Names:

Phillip Baker Hall | Phillip Hall | Phil Hall

Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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Appeared in The Zodiac (2005) and Zodiac (2007), both about the serial killer nicknamed the Zodiac Killer. See more »

Trademark:

Often plays TV studio executives or affiliates ('The Truman Show (1998)', 'The Insider (1999)', 'Magnolia (1999)', 'Bruce Almighty (2003)'). See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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