Death of Philip Baker Hall, popular actor of US cinema, and follower of Paul Thomas Anderson

Seen in The Rock, Boogie Nights, Magnolia or Dogville, he had also played in many series: MASH, Seinfeld, Michael Hayes, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Messiah…

“My neighbor, my friend and one of the kindest, smartest and most talented people I have ever met, Philip Baker Hall, died painlessly last night. He was surrounded by those who loved him. The world is emptier without him.” It is by this tweet that the reporter of Los Angeles Times Sam Farmer announced the disappearance of the 90-year-old actor, who was very active in cinema and television in the 1990s/2000s: he appeared in a hundred films during his career!

Beginning to shoot in films and series during his thirties, he was first noticed in episodes of MASH or of The Man from Atlantisin the 1970s, before getting a starring role in the prison drama Mariahin 1987. He then became a familiar face on the small and big screen for the American public, for example causing a sensation in Seinfeld, The Practice Where Michael Hayes on the television. More recently, he also appeared in Curb Your Enthusiam, Modern Family and Messiahthe Netflix series airing in 2020.

In the cinema, we saw it in particular with Paul Thomas Anderson, in Boogie Nights, Cigarettes & Coffee, Hard Eight and Magnoliabut also in The Rockby Michael Bay, Dogvilleby Lars Von Trier, The Truman Showby Peter Weir or Zodiac, by David Fincher. Over time, he has built up an eclectic filmography, comfortable in all genres.

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