Phillip Baker Hall as Arthur
Along with starring in DUCK, beloved character actor Philip Baker Hall is soon to be seen in David Fincher’s Zodiac, You Kill Me, The TV Set, and The Loop. Hall has been seen in such features as In Good Company, The Matador, Bruce Almighty, Dogville, The Sum of All Fears, The Rules of Engagement, The Talented Mr. Ripley, The Insider, The Contender, Cradle Will Rock, Psycho, Rush Hour, Enemy of the State, The Truman Show, Air Force One, The Rock, and Midnight Run.
Hall received critical acclaim, and shot to cult fame, turning in an electrifying performance as “Sydney”, the veteran gambler, in Paul Thomas Anderson’s debut feature Hard Eight. He’s subsequently worked with Anderson, playing indelible roles in Boogie Nights and Magnolia. Hall, too, is celebrated for his astonishing performance as Richard Nixon in the Robert Altman one-man-show classic Secret Honor.
Philip Baker Hall is currently appearing in, and has guest starred on, such television shows as HBO miniseries Path to War, Boston Legal, Monk, Everwood, The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Millennium, The Practice, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Chicago Hope, Cheers, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, Matlock, Family Ties, Miami Vice, Cagney & Lacey, Quincy, The Waltons, Emergency!, M*A*S*H, and Good Times.
Philip Baker Hall began his career in theatre, appearing in many Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional productions, including The Skin of Our Teeth opposite Helen Hayes, J.B. opposite John Cazale, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons opposite Bill Pullman, and more recently the 25th anniversary revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo opposite William H. Macy, which played to tremendous success in London at the Donmar and in New York at the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Yet—having performed in over eighty movies, fifty television shows, and countless Broadway, Off-Broadway, and regional theatre productions since 1970—Philip Baker Hall may very well best be known for the virtuosic tongue-lashing he dealt Jerry Seinfeld (over an overdue book) in the classic episode of Seinfeld. His signature star-turn as library detective “Lt. Bookman” is vintage Hall. That is—until you’ve seen DUCK.