American actor Philip Baker Hall, who starred in films such as “The Truman Show”, “Rush Hour” and “Boogie Nights”, died on Sunday at the age of 90. His daughter Anna Ruth Hall said he was at his home in California and died of complications from emphysema. to the New York Times,
Another work in which the actor stood out was his participation in Classic series “Seinfeld”, In a 1991 episode, he played Lieutenant Buchman, a detective working for the New York Public Library while pursuing a late fine for a copy of Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer”.
Still in the realm of sitcoms, Hall worked on “Modern Family” – in which he played grumpy neighbor Walter – “Skid the Wave” – which, like “Seinfeld” was produced by Larry David – and “West Wing: Us”. Backstage” Lightning”.
Among other notable works, he played a CIA spy in Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning film “Argo” and also had roles in Lars von Trier’s “Dogville” and Anthony Minghella’s “The Talented Ripley”.
In a tribute post on Twitter, the official Seinfeld series account wrote, “The great Philip Baker Hall will be forever remembered by Seinfeld fans as the tough library detective Mr. Bookman. Hall has had a long and influential career in Hollywood. Leading Actor. Your talent will be valued”.
“I have a special fascination with character actors, I want to turn them into lead actors,” told the Los Angeles Times Director Paul Thomas Anderson, with whom Hall worked with in 1997’s “Boggy Nights.”
With a long-standing professional and friendly relationship, Hall and Anderson also worked together on “Magnolia”—a 1999 film famous for a torrential frog storm, in which Hall experienced a dying and mentally in control. Played the role of game show host out of — and “Running Risk.” — in a 1996 feature starring Hall, who plays a retired professional player trying to help a young man with no direction.
“tear out [Descanse em paz] Philip Baker Hall. One of the big guys. Seeing you was a gift. It was an honor to work with you in ‘Zodiac’. Kindness, generosity, humility and great talent,” wrote actor Mark Ruffalo, with whom Hall starred in David Fincher’s 2007 film.
Born on September 10, 1931, in the US state of Ohio, Hall was a translator and professor in the United States Army before becoming an actor, which only happened when he was 30.
Hall is survived by a wife, four daughters, four grandchildren and his brother.