Philip Baker Hall was an American actor. Although known primarily as a prolific character actor, he starred in leading roles on films, such as Secret Honor, Hard Eight, and Duck. His other supporting roles in films include ones in Say Anything…, Boogie Nights, The Truman Show, Magnolia, The Contender, Zodiac, and Argo.



Hall was one of the stars in Cigarettes & Coffee, a short film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson that was later transformed into Anderson’s first feature picture as director, Hard Eight.

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Philip Baker

Hall portrayed an elderly gambler who helps guide a man who is living on the streets in the movie (John C. Reilly). The Chicago Sun-Times critic Ebert had this to say about Hall: “Another excellent performance is presented here.



He is a man who has been around, who is familiar with casinos and gambling, who finds himself tied to three persons he could have easily avoided, and who gives careful consideration to his actions before taking them.”

Hall received a nomination for a best male lead performance. After that, he had roles in Boogie Nights and Magnolia, two more films directed by Anderson. Additionally, he co-starred in four films with the actor Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In the 1990s, Hall appeared in a number of movies, some of the most notable of which being The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and The Insider.

Who Is Philip Baker Hall Ex-wife Dianne Lewis?

In 1973, the late Philip Baker Hall tied the knot with Diane Lewis, but after spending many happy years together, the couple eventually went their own ways.

1976 marks the end of Dianne Lewis and Philip Baker Hall’s marriage, which lasted for a total of three years. They did not provide any explanations for their breakup.

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