Actor Philip Baker Hall Dies at Age 90

Philip Baker Hall, known for films such as “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights” and for shows such as “Seinfeld” and “Modern Family,” died at the age of 90 on June 12.

Hall’s daughter Anna told The Hollywood Reporter that the actor passed away at his home in Glendale, California.

Born in Toledo, Ohio on Sept. 10, 1931, Hall served as an Army translator in Germany, then worked as a radio announcer and high school teacher.

In 1961, Hall moved to New York and built a career on the stage in notable productions, including “The Skin of Our Teeth,” for the next decade.

Hall made his film debut with a credited role in 1970 in “Cowards,” which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Hall’s first television guest roles came in the 1970s on “Good Times,” “M*A*S*H” and “Man from Atlantis.”

Hall’s film work picked up in the 1980s with roles in “Ghostbusters II,” “Midnight Run,” and “Say Anything,” and he continued to find work throughout the 90s with “Air Force One,” “The Rock,” and “The Truman Show.”

Hall became friends with Paul Anderson, whom he first met on a PBS film when the young director was working as a production assistant.

Anderson then gave Hall roles in “Hard Eight,” “Boogie Nights,” and “Magnolia.”

Hall’s last feature film was “The Last Word” in 2017 and his last television appearance was in “Messiah” in 2020.

Hall is survived by his wife, his brother, four daughters, and four grandchildren.


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