Philip Baker Hall, known for his roles in "Boogie Nights", "Seinfeld" and "Modern Family", has died

Philip Baker Hall, a prolific actor known for his roles in feature films such as “Boogie Nights” and “Magnolia” and series such as “Seinfeld” and “Modern Family”, has died at the age of 90, according to Variety magazine.

The actor’s family confirmed the death in a press release stating: “Our dear Philip died in peace at his home in Glendale, California, surrounded by his loving family.”

He has had an impressive career of over six decades, playing roles in some of the most beloved films and television productions of the modern era. His most memorable film roles include “Say Anything” (1989), “Hard Eight” (1996), “Boogie Nights” (1997), “Magnolia” (1999), “Bruce Almighty” ( 2003), “Zodiac” (2007), “Argo” (2012). On television, Hall has had over 200 appearances in series such as “Seinfeld”, “The West Wing”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Modern Family”, writes Agerpres.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 10, 1931, Hall worked as a translator for the United States Army in Germany and as a high school teacher, after which he began acting at the age of 40. He made his film debut with Cowards in 1970 about his refusal to do military service in the Vietnam War, which was screened at that year’s Cannes Film Festival. His first television appearances began in the 1970s in productions such as “Good Times” (1976), “M * A * S * H” (1977) and “Man From Atlantis” (1977). Film roles multiplied in the 1980s, when she played Richard Nixon in “Secret Honor” (1984) and had supporting roles in films such as “Nothing in Common” (1986), directed by Garry Marshall, “Midnight Run “(1988), starring Robert De Niro,” Say Anything “(1989) and” Ghostbusters II “(1989), in which he played a police commissioner.

In the 1990’s, Hall appeared in “Seinfeld” as Joe Bookman, a detective looking for a book borrowed from the library that should have been returned a long time ago, a role that has become so iconic that will be resumed in the final episode of the series. Around the same time he began collaborating with Paul Thomas Anderson, as part of the cast of the short film “Cigarettes & Coffee” (1993), and later in Anderson’s directorial debut film, “Hard Eight” (1996), in which Hall starred opposite John C. Reilly. He later appeared in Anderson’s “Boogie Nights” (1997) and “Magnolia” (1999). Hall’s film career began to expand in the 1990s and 2000s with feature films such as “The Truman Show” (1998), “The Talented Mr. Ripley” (1999), “The Insider” (1999), “Dogville”. (2003), “Bruce Almighty” (2003), “Zodiac” (2007) and “Argo” (2012).

Recently, he played the role of Walt Kleezak, a neighbor of the Dunphy family, in three episodes of “Modern Family” between 2011 and 2012. His latest feature film was “The Last Word” (2017), starring Amanda Seyfried, and the last appeared on television in the series “Messiah” (2020).

Editor: VM

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