Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall

Hall at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Wonderful World
Born (1931-09-10) September 10, 1931
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California
Other names Phillip Hall, Phillip Baker Hall
Occupation Actor
Years active 1960–present[1]
Spouse(s) Dianne Lewis (1973–1976; divorced)
Holly Wolfle (?–present)
Children 2

Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. In film, Hall has portrayed the lead roles of President Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's Secret Honor (1984), Arthur Pratt in Duck (2005), and Sydney in Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1996), later collaborating with Anderson on Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). He is also known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Bookman, Library Cop on Seinfeld.

Early 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][4] He attended the University of Toledo.[5] As a young man, Hall served in the military, had two children, and became a high school English teacher.[6] In 1960, he decided to become an actor.[1] He moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway and Broadway productions. He now resides in Los Angeles, California[1] with his wife, Holly and two daughters, Adella and Anna.


In 1975, Hall moved to Los Angeles to make a career in television.[1][7] Since then, he has had over 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 the film's only role, Richard Nixon.[8] Hall got his first high-profile film role when Paul Thomas Anderson wrote a role in his film Hard Eight, specifically for Hall.[8] Hall went on to have roles in two of Anderson's subsequent films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.[9] 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).[7]

Additionally, Hall has had roles in Midnight Run, Say Anything...,[7] The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley,[9] Bruce Almighty,[10] You Kill Me, In Good Company, Dogville,[7] The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac[7] and Zodiac.[7] More recently, he had a starring role in the 2006–07 Fox sitcom The Loop[7] 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".[7] He reprised the role in the May 1998 finale where his character is one of many to testify against Jerry.[7] More recently he has appeared as the crotchety Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm[7] and an equally crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family.[7] In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.[7]

Hall also appeared in a series of humorous Holiday Inn commercials.



Year Title Role Notes
1970 Cowards Father Reis
Zabriskie Point Diner Owner Uncredited
1971 Love-In 72 Father Reis
1974 Throw Out the Anchor! Ryan Credited as "Phillip Hall"
1980 The Last Reunion Mike Sills
The Man with Bogart's Face Dr. Inman
1981 Dream On!
1984 Secret Honor Richard Nixon
1986 Nothing in Common Colonial Airlines Executive Uncredited
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
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
Hit Me Lenny Ish
1997 Buddy Minister
Air Force One U.S. Attorney General Andrew Ward
Boogie Nights Floyd Gondolli Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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
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 Nominated-Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
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
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
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
Hollywood Film Festival Award for Ensemble of the Year
2013 Bad Words Dr. William Bowman
2014 Playing It Cool Granddad
2017 Person to Person Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Last Survivors TV film
1976 Good Times Motel owner Episode 3.18: "J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2"
Mayday at 40,000 Feet! Reporter TV film
Visions Severson
Episode 1.4: "Gold Watch"
Episode 2.7: "You Can Run, But You Can't Hide"
1977 Man from Atlantis George Episode 1.1: "Man from Atlantis"
The Hostage Heart Dr. Harvey Fess TV film
Kill Me If You Can Phillips TV film
M*A*S*H Sgt. Hacker Episode 6.6: "The Light That Failed"
1978 The Fitzpatricks Bertram Episode 1.10: "A Living Wage"
Emergency! Oliver Warren Episode 7.1: "The Steel Inferno"
The Bastard Shopkeeper TV film
Terror Out of the Sky Starrett TV film
1979 Samurai Prof. Owens TV film
1980 Riding for the Pony Express Mr. Durfee TV film
The Waltons Major Gordon Episode 8.22: "The Furlough"
1981 This House Possessed Clerk TV film; credited as "Phillip Baker Hall"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Captain Rasmussen
Dep. DA Marty Shell
Episode 7.12 "Smoke Screen"
Episode 8.6: "Sleeping Dogs"
Cagney & Lacey Lt. Sweeny Episode 2.5: "Hot Line"
T. J. Hooker Judge Wallace Episode 2.9: "A Cry for Help"
Games Mother Never Taught You Lester Greene TV film
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Prosecutor
Episode 1.2: "The Man in the White Hat"
Episode 1.13: "Christmas Song"
1983 The Night the Bridge Fell Down Warren Meech TV film
Lottery! Episode 1.10: "Houston: Duffy's Choice"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Jack Marsh Episode 2.13: "Too Rich and Too Thin"
1986 Who Is Julia? Dean May TV film
1987 Mariah James Malone Seven episodes
The Spirit Sevrin TV film
Miami Vice Judge Delaporte Episode 4.1: "Contempt of Court"
1988 Goddess of Love Detective Charles TV film
Family Ties Dr. Harrison Three episodes
1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story Judge Blumenfeld TV film
Incident at Dark River Dr. Leo Manus TV film
1989-1990 Falcon Crest Ed Meyers 13 episodes
1990 Matlock Judge Episode 5.1: "The Mother"
Bagdad Cafe Herb Episode 2.1: "This Bird Has Flown"
1991 Murder, She Wrote Len Costner Episode 7.13: "Moving Violation"
L.A. Law Tom Baker Episode 5.12: "He's a Crowd"
Equal Justice Judge S.E. Cleveland Episode 2.9: "Do the Wrong Thing"
Dark Justice Winchester Keller Episode 1.17: "The Neutralizing Factor"; credited as "Phillip Baker Hall"
1991-1992 Civil Wars Three episodes
1991-1998 Seinfeld Lt. Bookman Two episodes
1992 Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232 Sam Gochenour TV film
Stormy Weathers Dr. Comden TV film
Nurses Mr. Todd Episode 2.7: "Playing Doctor"
1993 Cheers City Councilman Kevin Fogerty Episode 11.21: "Woody Gets an Election"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Smitty TV film
Empty Nest Jerod Episode 6.17: "Brotherly Shove"
The Good Life Mr. Humphreys Episode 1.11: "Melissa the Thief"
Roswell Roswell General TV film
Madman of the People Kent Episode 1.3: "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"
Chicago Hope Mr. Wellington Episode 1.4: "You Gotta Have Heart"
Hardball Beanball McGee Episode 1.6: "Lee's Bad, Bad Day"
Without Warning Dr. Kurt Lowden TV film
1996 Life's Work Judge Conklin Episode 1.3: "Contempt"
The John Larroquette Show Mr. Frank Episode 4.7: "Napping to Success"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun President Dewey Episode 2.13: "Proud Dick"
The Practice Judge Joseph Vinocour
Judge Canker
Four episodes
1997-1998 Millennium Group Elder Two episodes
Michael Hayes William Vaughn 20 episodes
1998 Tempting Fate Dr. Bardwell TV film
Witness to the Mob Salvatore "Toddo" Aurello TV film
L.A. Doctors Vincent Cattano Episode 1.4: "Fear of Flying"
1999 Partners Scarpatti TV film
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Aristotle Onassis TV film
The Fugitive Stuart Kimble Episode 1.7: "St. Christopher's Prayer"
2000-2002 Baby Blues Mr. Thompson
Mr. Saunders
Episode 1.8: "Ugly Zoe"
Episode 1.9: "Wanda Proof"
2001 Loomis Episode 1.1: "Pilot"
2001-2002 Pasadena George Reese Greeley Seven episodes
2002 Path to War Everett Dirksen TV film
Night Visions Dennis Brascom Episode 1.23: "Cargo"
Without a Trace Noah Ridder Episode 1.6: "Silent Partner"
2003-2004 Everwood Dr. Donald Douglas Three episodes
2004 Monk Salvatore Lucarelli Episode 3.5: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather"; credited as "Phillip Baker Hall"
Boston Legal Ernie Dell Episode 1.1: "Head Cases"
The West Wing Senator Matt Hunt Two episodes
2004-2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Doctor Morrison Two episodes
2005 Mrs. Harris Arthur Schulte TV film
2006-2007 The Loop Russ McDonald 17 episodes
Nominated-Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2007 Wildlife TV film
Big Love Ned Johanssen Episode 2.11: "Take Me as I Am"
2008 Psych Irving Parker Episode 2.14: "Dis-Lodged"
Worst Week Reverend Lowell Two episodes
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Norman Walker Episode 2.10: "London Calling/Novelist"; voice
Warren the Ape Dr. Ralph Schwartz Episode 1.12: "Rock Opera"
2011-2012 Modern Family Walt Kleezak Episodes: "Boys' Night", "Lifetime Supply" & "Election Day"
2012 The Newsroom Bryce Delancy Episode 1.3: "The 112th Congress"
Childrens Hospital Dr. Joseph Mengele Episode 4.10: "A Year in the Life"
Ruth & Erica Harry Eight episodes
2013 Clear History McKenzie TV film
2015 BoJack Horseman Hank Hippopopalous (voice) Two episodes
2015 Madam Secretary Ezra Helsinger Episode 1.20: "The Necessary Art"
2016 Second Chance Old Man Jimmy Pritchard Four episodes


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