Philip Baker Hall was an American actor who was born on September 10, 1931, in Toledo, Ohio, United States.
Although he is known primarily as a prolific character actor, Hall starred in leading roles in films, such as Secret Honor, Hard Eight, and Duck.
His other supporting roles in films include ones in Say Anything…, Boogie Nights, The Contender, Zodiac and Argo, The Truman Show, and Magnolia.
Hall starred in Paul Thomas Anderson’s short film Cigarettes & Coffee, which was adapted into Anderson’s directorial debut film Hard Eight.
For the film, Hall played a senior gambler who mentors a homeless man (John C. Reilly).
“Here is another great performance. He is a man who has been around, who knows casinos and gambling, who finds himself attached to three people he could easily have avoided, who thinks before he acts,” Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times said about Hall.
Philip Baker Hall died on June 12, 2022, at the age of 90.
Philip Baker Hall Parents: Birdene McDonald, William Hall
Philip Baker Hall mother was Alice Birdene (née McDonald), and his father, William Alexander Hall, was a factory worker from Montgomery, Alabama.
He attended the University of Toledo. He served in Germany as a United States Army translator and as a high school teacher.
William worked for Off Broadway and Broadway productions in New York City.