Philip Baker Hall

Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. In film, Hall has portrayed the lead roles of President Richard Nixon in Robert Altman's Secret Honor (1984), Arthur Pratt in Duck (2005), and Sydney in Paul Thomas Anderson's Hard Eight (1996), later collaborating with Anderson on Boogie Nights (1997) and Magnolia (1999). He is also known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Bookman, Library Cop on Seinfeld. Description above from the Wikipedia article Philip Baker Hall, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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50/50 (2011)

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Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Seth Rogen  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Levine
CAST:  Joseph Gordon-Levitt  •  Seth Rogen  •  Anna Kendrick  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

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Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Jude Law  •  Cate Blanchett

Tom Ripley is a calculating young man who believes it's better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody. Opportunity knocks in the form of a wealthy U.S. shipbuilder who hires Tom to travel to Italy to bring back his playboy son, Dickie. Ripley worms his way into ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Minghella
CAST:  Matt Damon  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  Jude Law  •  Cate Blanchett

Magnolia (1999)

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An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

An epic mosaic of many interrelated characters in search of happiness, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Julianne Moore  •  William H. Macy  •  John C. Reilly  •  Tom Cruise

Zodiac (2007)

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The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

The true story of the investigation of the "Zodiac Killer", a serial killer who terrified the San Francisco Bay Area, taunting police with his ciphers and letters. The case becomes an obsession for three men as their lives and careers are built and destroyed by the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Fincher
CAST:  Jake Gyllenhaal  •  Robert Downey Jr.  •  Mark Ruffalo  •  Anthony Edwards

Air Force One (1997)

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Gary Oldman  •  Glenn Close  •  Wendy Crewson

Russian terrorists conspire to hijack the aircraft with the president and his family on board. The commander in chief finds himself facing an impossible predicament: give in to the terrorists and sacrifice his family, or risk everything to uphold his principles - ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Wolfgang Petersen
CAST:  Harrison Ford  •  Gary Oldman  •  Glenn Close  •  Wendy Crewson

Boogie Nights (1997)

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Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Set in 1977, back when sex was safe, pleasure was a business and business was booming, idealistic porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Mark Wahlberg  •  Burt Reynolds  •  John C. Reilly  •  Julianne Moore

Bruce Almighty (2003)

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Bruce Nolan toils as a 'human interest' television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., but despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God—and the Almighty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Baker Hall  •  Catherine Bell

Bruce Nolan toils as a 'human interest' television reporter in Buffalo, N.Y., but despite his high ratings and the love of his beautiful girlfriend, Bruce remains unfulfilled. At the end of the worst day in his life, he angrily ridicules God—and the Almighty ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tom Shadyac
CAST:  Jim Carrey  •  Jennifer Aniston  •  Philip Baker Hall  •  Catherine Bell

Cradle Will Rock (1999)

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Rubén Blades  •  Joan Cusack  •  John Cusack

A true story of politics and art in the 1930s USA, centered around a leftist musical drama and attempts to stop its production.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tim Robbins
CAST:  Hank Azaria  •  Rubén Blades  •  Joan Cusack  •  John Cusack

Die, Mommie, Die! (2003)

You slipped into my life as easily as vermouth into a glass of gin, purrs reclusive singing star Angela Arden. Arden is not only haunted by a secret, she's treated like dirt by her louse of a husband, her snoopy maid, and her petulant daughter. Only her mentally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rucker
CAST:  Angela Paton  •  Jason Priestley  •  Natasha Lyonne  •  Charles Busch

You slipped into my life as easily as vermouth into a glass of gin, purrs reclusive singing star Angela Arden. Arden is not only haunted by a secret, she's treated like dirt by her louse of a husband, her snoopy maid, and her petulant daughter. Only her mentally ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mark Rucker
CAST:  Angela Paton  •  Jason Priestley  •  Natasha Lyonne  •  Charles Busch

Dogville (2003)

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A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

A barren soundstage is stylishly utilized to create a minimalist small-town setting in which a mysterious woman named Grace hides from the criminals who pursue her. The town is two-faced and offers to harbor Grace as long as she can make it worth their effort, so ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lars von Trier
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Harriet Andersson  •  Lauren Bacall  •  Jean-Marc Barr

Enemy of the State (1998)

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A hotshot Washington criminal lawyer becomes the target of a rogue security executive videotaped in the act of murdering a congressman when the incriminating tape is surreptitiously slipped into his shopping bag by the videographer, who is fleeing the executive's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Gene Hackman  •  Jon Voight  •  Lisa Bonet

A hotshot Washington criminal lawyer becomes the target of a rogue security executive videotaped in the act of murdering a congressman when the incriminating tape is surreptitiously slipped into his shopping bag by the videographer, who is fleeing the executive's ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tony Scott
CAST:  Will Smith  •  Gene Hackman  •  Jon Voight  •  Lisa Bonet

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Five years after they defeated Gozer, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Harold Ramis

Five years after they defeated Gozer, the Ghostbusters are out of business. When Dana begins to have ghost problems again, the boys come out of retirement to aid her and hopefully save New York City from a new paranormal threat.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ivan Reitman
CAST:  Bill Murray  •  Dan Aykroyd  •  Sigourney Weaver  •  Harold Ramis

Hard Eight (1996)

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

A stranger mentors a young Reno gambler who weds a hooker and befriends a vulgar casino regular.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Thomas Anderson
CAST:  Philip Baker Hall  •  Gwyneth Paltrow  •  John C. Reilly  •  Samuel L. Jackson

In Good Company (2004)

Dan Foreman is a seasoned advertisement sales executive at a high-ranking publication when a corporate takeover results in him being placed under naive supervisor Carter Duryea, who is half his age. Matters are made worse when Dan's new supervisor becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weitz
CAST:  Topher Grace  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Marg Helgenberger

Dan Foreman is a seasoned advertisement sales executive at a high-ranking publication when a corporate takeover results in him being placed under naive supervisor Carter Duryea, who is half his age. Matters are made worse when Dan's new supervisor becomes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Weitz
CAST:  Topher Grace  •  Scarlett Johansson  •  Dennis Quaid  •  Marg Helgenberger

Kiss of Death (1995)

Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con trying to stay clean and raise a family. When his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, Detective Calvin Hart is injured and Jimmy lands back in prison. In exchange for an early release ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbet Schroeder
CAST:  David Caruso  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Helen Hunt

Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con trying to stay clean and raise a family. When his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, Detective Calvin Hart is injured and Jimmy lands back in prison. In exchange for an early release ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Barbet Schroeder
CAST:  David Caruso  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Nicolas Cage  •  Helen Hunt

Midnight Run (1988)

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An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

An accountant embezzles $15 million of mob money, jumps bail and is chased by bounty hunters, the FBI, and the Mafia.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Brest
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Charles Grodin  •  Yaphet Kotto  •  John Ashton

Path to War (2003)

A powerful drama of soaring ambition and shattered dreams that takes a provocative insider's look at the way the USA goes to war—as seen from inside the LBJ White House leading up to and during the Vietnam War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Bruce McGill

A powerful drama of soaring ambition and shattered dreams that takes a provocative insider's look at the way the USA goes to war—as seen from inside the LBJ White House leading up to and during the Vietnam War.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Frankenheimer
CAST:  Michael Gambon  •  Donald Sutherland  •  Alec Baldwin  •  Bruce McGill

Roswell (1994)

Based on the book "UFO Crash at Roswell" by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, Roswell follows the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Martin Sheen  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Xander Berkeley

Based on the book "UFO Crash at Roswell" by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt, Roswell follows the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeremy Kagan
CAST:  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Martin Sheen  •  Dwight Yoakam  •  Xander Berkeley

Rules of Engagement (2000)

Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Guy Pearce  •  Ben Kingsley

Part war movie, part courtroom thriller, this gripping drama finds a war hero put on trial for a rescue mission gone terribly wrong with only his doubtful friend and fellow marine to represent him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Friedkin
CAST:  Tommy Lee Jones  •  Samuel L. Jackson  •  Guy Pearce  •  Ben Kingsley

Rush Hour (1998)

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Chris Tucker  •  Ken Leung  •  Tom Wilkinson

When Hong Kong Inspector Lee is summoned to Los Angeles to investigate a kidnapping, the FBI doesn't want any outside help and assigns cocky LAPD Detective James Carter to distract Lee from the case. Not content to watch the action from the sidelines, Lee and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brett Ratner
CAST:  Jackie Chan  •  Chris Tucker  •  Ken Leung  •  Tom Wilkinson
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