the renowned actor American Philip Baker Hallknown for films such as “Argo” and “Magnolia”, has died at the age of 90.
“My neighbor, friend, and one of the wisest, most talented, and kindest people I have ever met, Philip Baker Hall, passed away peacefully last night.”announced the journalist from Los Angeles TimesSam Farmer, on Twitter, sharing a brief tribute to Hall, noting that the actor passed away surrounded by his family.
“He was surrounded by loved ones. The world has an empty space he added.
Hall’s on-screen credits span decades with titles like “Secret Honor,” “Hard Eight,” “The Truman Show,” “Argo,” and “Zodiac.”
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Hall’s career also spans television with series such as “Seinfeld” (1989-1998).
He was also from “Hard Eight”, the first film by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom he would work again in “Magnolia” (1999) and “Boogie Nights” (1997). Hall’s collaboration with Anderson began with the 1993 short film “Coffee and Cigarettes,” which became Anderson’s feature directorial debut in 1996. The role earned Hall an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Male Lead.
Other of his outstanding participations in the cinema, where he was generally a supporting actor, are in films such as “Midnight Run” (1988), “The Truman Show” (1998), “The Insider” (1999), “Zodiac” (2007 ) and “Dogville” (2003).
Hall, who was born in Toledo, Ohio, on September 10, 1931, made his film debut in the 1970 film “Cowards,” about draft evasion in the Vietnam War.
He also appeared in movies such as “The Rock”, “The Talented Mr. Ripley” and “Air Force One”.
Hall, whose first television appearance was on an episode of “Good Times,” also played a doctor on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and a grumpy neighbor on “Modern Family.” His last television role was as Zelman Katz in the 2020 Netflix series “Messiah.”
He received critical acclaim in 1984 for his one-man role as disgraced former president Richard Nixon in Robert Altman’s film “Secret Honor.”