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Biography #2 (for Bruce Almighty)Philip Baker Hall is one of America's most distinguished and prolific character actors. In recent years, Hall has been a mainstay in Paul Thomas Anderson's films, toplining the director's first feature, Hard Eight, and then acting in the ensembles of Boogie Nights and Magnolia.
Born in Toledo, Ohio, Hall graduated from the University of Toledo and embarked on an acting career which has now spanned more than 30 years. His numerous features since the early 1970s have included Midnight Run, Say Anything, Ghostbusters II, Eye for an Eye, Air Force One, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, Psycho, The Cradle Will Rock, The Insider, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Rules of Engagement, The Contender (which brought him a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award), Lost Souls, The Sum of All Fears, Dogville and Die Mommie Die, which recently premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.
Hall has also appeared in many television movies and mini-series, among them Kill Me If You Can, The Bastard, Roswell, Witness to the Mob, Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis (as Aristotle Onassis) and Path to War. He has guest starred on such shows as M*A*S*H, Miami Vice, Cheers, Chicago Hope, 3rd Rock from the Sun, and recurring roles on Family Ties, Seinfeld, The Practice and Millennium.
Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Bruce Almighty" (27-May-2003)