Philip Baker Hall Death – Philip Baker Hall, the prolific cinema and theater character actor who played in Paul Thomas Anderson’s earliest films and famously tracked down a long-overdue library book in Seinfeld, has died. He was 90 years old. The actor’s wife of nearly 40 years, Holly Wolfle Hall, confirmed on Monday that he died on Sunday in Glendale, California, surrounded by loved ones. Mr Hall had been in good health until a few weeks ago, she claimed, and had spent his final days in good spirits, reflecting on his life.
Hall was a ubiquitous hangdog face with a doleful, weary expression that could conceal a booming intensity and humble sensitivity throughout the course of a half-century career. Hall’s acting range was broad, although he was best known for playing men in suits, trench coats, and lab coats.
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Hall appeared in almost 200 episodes of M*A*S*H, The West Wing, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Murder She Wrote, Modern Family, and Cheers, among others. However, his portrayal of Lt. Joe Bookman, a library cop in season three of the popular 1990s comedy Seinfeld, is one of his most well-known performances. In the memorable episode, Bookman follows Jerry Seinfeld with the zeal of a seasoned detective in search of a book that the comedian neglected to return.
In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Hall claimed that the persona “made an impression” on him and that he still gets recognized for it.
Hall’s lucrative career began while he was in his 30s, with one-off performances in shows like Good Times and MASH spirit The Waltons. He continued to appear on episodes like Miami Vice, Family Ties, and Falcon Crest throughout the 1980s and 1990s. But it was as the hard-nosed library investigator Lt. Joe Bookman on the third season of Seinfeld, who was hunting down a book that Jerry had taken in 1971 and never returned, that he was most remembered.