Hollywood star Philip Baker Hall has died at the age of 90.
This was announced by his friend and neighbor Sam Farmer on Monday (June 13).
in a tweet, Los Angeles Times Sportswriter Farmer wrote: “My neighbor, friend and one of the smartest, most talented and kindest people I have ever met, Philip Baker Hall, passed away peacefully last night. He was surrounded by loved ones. The world has an empty space within it.”
A cause of death was not given, however, the actor suffered from pneumonia as a child from emphysema, among other things, and was only able to film a few minutes at a time towards the end of his career.
Hall has had a successful career as a character actor in Hollywood, with 185 film and television appearances, according to IMDb. He is known for his work with Paul Thomas Anderson in boogie nights (1997) and magnolia (1999), and for a turning point His field as scene-stealing library cop Lieutenant Bookman.
After news of his death, tributes immediately poured in for the actor. Better call Saul Star Michael McKean tweeted: “Never no good. RIP, Philip Baker Hall.”
“I hope he’s in heaven when he’s eating a sandwich, drinking a glass of milk and doing some shit,” wrote comedian and actor Patton Oswalt.
Writer/filmmaker Jesse Hawken wrote, “RIP to the amazing Philip Baker Hall, another ‘Always Good In Everything’ character actor.”
“He has a basset hound look, gravitas and weight,” said actor John C. Reilly, who starred with Hall in Anderson’s hard eight told in 1996 The Washington Post in 2017.
“Philip made me laugh more than any actor I’ve worked with,” Seinfeld co-creator Larry David, who repeatedly hired Hall, told the publication.
Hall is survived by his wife, Holly Wolfle, and their two daughters, Adella and Ann.