Birth Date: September 10, 1931 / Age: 86
Birth Place: Toledo, Ohio, USA
Also Credited as: Phillip Baker Hall
Biography: Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American screen actor. He did not have aspirations to be an actor until late in his life. He first served in the military, started a family and became a high school English teacher. In 1961, having become bored with his life, he decided to become an actor. He moved to New York, enjoying success both on and off Broadway.
In 1975, he moved to Los Angeles to make a career in television. Since then, he has had over 200 guest roles on television shows, including Seinfeld.
He starred in many films, including Robert Altman's film Secret Honor in which he played Richard Nixon, but had not gained much attention for his performances. It was not until Paul Thomas Anderson wrote a role in his film (Anderson was a big fan of Hall's career) Hard Eight, specifically for Hall, that a cult following arose. He went on to have significant roles in Anderson's two subsequent films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
As of late, he has had roles in Bruce Almighty, In Good Company and The Amityville Horror.