Philip Baker Hall in Bruce Almighty | 2003
Clip Name: Niagra Falls Report
About this actor
Philip Baker Hall (born September 10, 1931) is an American actor. Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio and attended the University of Toledo. As a younger man, Hall served in the military, started a family and became a high school English teacher. In 1961, he decided to become an actor. He moved to New York, enjoying success in Off Broadway and Broadway productions. In 1975, Hall moved to Los Angeles to make a career in television. Since then, he has had over 200 guest roles on television shows. He starred in many films, including Robert Altman's Secret Honor in which he played the film's only role, Richard Nixon, but the film — though critically acclaimed — went largely unseen. It was not until Paul Thomas Anderson wrote a role in his film Hard Eight, specifically for Hall, that a cult following arose. (Anderson was a big fan of Hall's work, particularly Secret Honor. He has many times referred to him as his favorite actor and called him 'THE great American actor' on the Hard Eight DVD...