THE AMITYVILLE HORROR
PHILIP BAKER HALL (Father McNamara) received critical acclaim for
his starring role in Paul Thomas Anderson's debut feature Hard Eight,
culminating in a IFP Spirit Award nomination for Best Actor of 1997. He then
appeared in Anderson's next two films, the Academy AwardÂ® nominated Boogie
Nights and Magnolia. Recently, Hall co-starred in the hit comedy Bruce
Almighty, with Jim Carrey, in Lars von Trier's Dogville, with Nicole Kidman, in the
Weitz Bros' comedy In Good Company, where he stars opposite Dennis Quaid
and Topher Grace, and he will be seen in the upcoming feature The Matador
opposite Pierce Brosnan in addition to the remake of the classic Shaggy Dog
with Tim Allen and Robert Downey, Jr.
Hall's credits include Phil Alden Robinson's The Sum of All Fears, Rod
Lurie's The Contender, Michael Mann's The Insider, Tim Robbins' The Cradle
Will Rock, Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr. Ripley, and William Friedkin's
Rules of Engagement, opposite Tommy Lee Jones and Samuel L. Jackson.
Other credits include Wolfgang Peterson's Air Force One, Michael Bay's The
Rock, Larry David's Sour Grapes, John Schlesinger's An Eye for an Eye, Barbet
Schroeder's Kiss of Death, Peter Weir's The Truman Show, Ridley Scott's Enemy
of the State, Gus Van Sant's 1998 version of Psycho, and Brett Ratner's hit
comedy Rush Hour.
Hall is also recognized for his memorable performance as Richard Nixon
in Robert Altman's award-winning Secret Honor, which was filmed subsequent to
Mr. Hall's stage presentation of the Donald Freed play, directed by Robert
Harders. Hall received a Drama Desk nomination for this role from the New York
Theatre Critics Association.
Hall began his career in the theatre, appearing in many Broadway, Off-
Broadway and regional productions. In New York, he appeared with Helen
Hayes in "The Skin of Our Teeth" and with John Cazale in "J.B.," as well as the
title role in "Gorky." In the Los Angeles area, he has starred in plays at the Mark
Taper Forum and the South Coast Repertory. At the Los Angeles Theatre
Center, he starred in "All My Sons" opposite Bill Pullman, "Death of a Salesman,"
"The Crucible," "Short Eyes," and "The Petrified Forest," among other
Hall is also known to television audiences for recurring roles on David E.
Kelley's The Practice and Boston Legal and Chris Carter's Millennium. He has
guest starred on such series as Seinfield, where he played Mr. Bookman, the
library cop in a classic episode; 3rd Rock from the Sun, West Wing, and Curb
Your Enthusiasm among others. He was also seen in the NBC miniseries
Witness to the Mob, produced by Robert De Niro.
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