Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Skinny On... Philip Baker Hall 12.30.99

NAME: Philip Baker Hall

DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Toledo, Ohio, September 10, 1931

ANAGRAM: Hi, Bake Ralph Pi

SECRET ORIGINS: The University of Toledo and The Second City

SECRET HONOR: Playing Richard Nixon in the Altman film, Secret Honor.

POSSE: Hall is a member of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s ensemble that includes John C. Reilly, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters and William H. Macy. He has appeared in Anderson’s Hard Eight, Boogie Nights and Magnolia.

CLOSET CLASSIC: Three O’Clock High in which he played Detective Mulvahill.

LOST TV EPISODE: M*A*S*H “The Light That Failed”

NEXT ON THE PLATE: Lost Souls, a horror/thriller with Winona Ryder

DEFINING QUOTE: “I like simple pleasures, like butter in my ass, lollipops in my mouth. That's just me. That's just something that I enjoy.”

LOST RELATIVE?: Anthony Michael Hall

SIX DEGREES OF WILLIE AAMES: Hall portrays Gray Mathers in Cradle Will Rock with Angus McFayden… who was in Titus with Alan Cumming… who was lordly in Plunkett & Macleane with Jonny Lee Miller… who married his co-star from Hackers, Angelina Jolie… who starred in The Bone Collector with Denzel Washington… who portrayed Malcolm X in the Spike Lee biopic starring… Willie Aames!

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