American actor Philip Baker Hall, known for more than a hundred guest and supporting roles in numerous series and films, has died at the age of 90.
Hall was one of the favorite actors of renowned Hollywood director Paul Thomas Anderson. He played in Boogie Nights 1997, which was nominated for three Oscars, and the critically acclaimed Magnolia from 1999.
After graduating, Hall worked for a while as an interpreter for the US military in Germany, until he turned to acting in the early 1970s. He has appeared in the theater and on Broadway and has appeared in many TV series ranging from M*A*S*H and Miami Vice until Modern Family†
In series, Hall mainly had guest roles. His most famous guest role was in the comedy series Seinfeld† Hall played a seasoned and serious library detective – Lt. Bookman – who was on the hunt for a book that should have been returned a long time ago. It is by Seinfeldfans have seen as one of the best guest stars in the acclaimed series.
An excerpt from the Seinfeld episode with Hall as Bookman: