Excellent character actor Philip Baker Hall has died at the age of 90. Baker was one of those great actors whose face you know…but not necessarily the name.
Nevertheless, Philip was tremendous in everything he was in. He was hysterical in Seinfeld as Lieutenant Bookman…a detective who worked for the New York Public Library and was tracking an overdue copy of Tropic Of Cancer which led him to Jerry.
Hall was also awesome in some classic movies from writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson…delivering amazing performances in the Anderson movies Boogie Nights, Magnolia, and Hard Eight.
Philip was also in one of my absolute favorite movies of the ”80s…the Rober DeNiro/Charles Grodin flick Midnight Run…where Hall played an advisor to mobster Dennis Farina. The picture is an underrated comedy classic…and I love when Farina yells at Hall: “Sydney, RELAX, grab a cream soda!”
Other notable films Hall was in include The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rush Hour, Zodiac, and The Insider. And he was excellent in the TV series Modern Family, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Cheers as well.
Rest in peace, Philip Baker Hall…consummate actor and classic performer.
– East Side Dave
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