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Philip Baker Hall stars in "50/50," opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anna Kendrick, as Alan.

Philip Baker Hall is one of those character actors whom you see all the time but don't necessarily recognize by name. Notably he played the dead-pan, hard-boiled Mr. Bookman, the library cop, in an episode of "Seinfeld" (1991) that is considered one of the all-time television comedy classics.

Hall gained considerable attention for his portrayal of Richard Nixon in the Donald Freed/Arnold
Philip Baker Hall in "The Loop"
Philip Baker Hall The Loop
Stone one-man play "Secret Honor" (1983, Los Angeles Actors' Theatre), which was turned into a film by Robert Altman a year later. Though the film garnered mixed reviews, the actor's portrayal of Nixon was hailed as a tour de force. During the `80s he appeared in teen classics such as "Say Anything," "Three O'Clock High" and "How I Got Into College," then progressed to supporting roles in blockbuster action flicks such as "The Rock," "Air Force One" and "Enemy of the State."

Hall has continued to work steadily in film, television and on the stage, achieving cult fame and a Spirit Award nomination when he gave an electrifying performance as Sydney, a veteran gambler, in screenwriter/director Paul Thomas Anderson's debut feature, "Hard Eight," opposite Sam Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow. Anderson cast Hall in substantial roles in his next two films: Oscar-nominated "Boogie Nights" and the star-studded "Magnolia" which saw the actor in fine form as a game show host dying of cancer. Subsequent films include Lars Von Trier's "Dogville" opposite Nicole Kidman, "Matador" opposite Pierce Brosnan, the "Rush Hour" franchise opposite Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, David Fincher's "Zodiac," Paul Weitz's "All Good Things," Michael Mann's "The Insider," Tim Robbins' "The Cradle Will Rock," Anthony Minghella's "The Talented Mr. Ripley," William Friedkin's "Rules of Engagement," Rod Lurie's "The Contender," Wolfgang Peterson's "Air Force One," Michael Bay's "The Rock," Larry David's "Sour Grapes," John Schlesinger's "An Eye for an Eye," Barbet Schroeder's "Kiss of Death," Peter Weir's "The Truman Show," and Gus Van Sant's 1998 version of "Psycho." He received a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award shared with the ensemble cast of Rod Lurie's "The Contender," SAG Award Nominations both "Boogie Nights" and "Magnolia," and was honored with the prestigious John Cassavetes Award at the Denver International Film Festival for his body of work.

He starred again opposite Jim Carrey in both "Bruce Almighty" and in the recent "Mr. Popper's Penguins," in "All Good Things," opposite Ryan Gosling, and appears in Alex Kurtzman's upcoming film "Welcome to People," opposite Chris Pine.

Hall turned in a memorable performance as Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's award-winning "Secret Honor," which was filmed after Hall's stage turn in the Donald Freed play, directed by Robert Harders. He received a Drama Desk nomination from the New York Theater Critics Association.

Hall began his career in the theater, appearing in many Broadway, off-Broadway and regional productions. In New York, he appeared with Helen Hayes in "The Skin of Our Teeth" and with John Cazale in "J.B.," as well as playing the title role in "Gorky."

In the Los Angeles area, Hall has starred in plays at the Mark Taper Forum and the South Coast Repertory. At the Los Angeles Theater Center, he starred in "All My Sons," opposite Bill Pullman, as well as in "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," "Short Eyes" and "The Petrified Forest," among many other productions.

On television, Hall most recently starred in Will Gluck's FOX comedy "The Loop" and is also known for recurring roles on David E. Kelley's "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," as well as the ABC hit "Modern Family" and HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."


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Age: 85 years old
Birthday: September 10, 1931
Height: 5' 6"
Birthplace: Toledo, OH
Wife: Dianne Lewis (1973 - 1976, divorced)
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