Monster M*A*S*H
Philip Baker Hall
Philip Baker Hall.jpg
Philip Baker Hall made a guest appearance as Quartermaster Sgt. Hacker in the Season 6 episode "The Light That Failed".
Personal Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1931-09-10)September 10, 1931
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Died June 12, 2022(2022-06-12) (aged 90)
Death Location Glendale, California, U.S.
Years active: 1951–2022
Spouse(s): Dianne Lewis (1973–76; divorced)
Holly Wolfle (?–?; 2 children)
Series connection
Appeared on/Involved with: M*A*S*H
Character/appeared as: Sergeant Hacker
Episode appearances/
Involved with:
The Light That Failed (TV series episode)

Philip Baker Hall (September 10, 1931 - June 12, 2022) made a guest appearance as Sergeant Hacker in the Season 6 episode of M*A*S*H titled "The Light That Failed".

Early life[]

Born in Toledo, Ohio, Phiilp is the son of a factory worker father who was from Montgomery, Alabama.[1] He attended the University of Toledo.[2] As a young man, Hall served in the military, had two children, and became a high school English teacher.[3] In 1961, he decided to become an actor. He moved to New York, enjoying success in both Off and On Broadway theatre productions.


In 1975, Hall moved to Los Angeles to make a career in television. Since then, he has had over 200 guest roles on television shows.

He starred in many films, including Robert Altman's Secret Honor in which he played the film's only role, Richard Nixon. Hall got his first high-profile film role when Paul Thomas Anderson wrote a role in his film Hard Eight, specifically for Hall. Hall went on to have roles in two of Anderson's subsequent films, Boogie Nights and Magnolia. He also had a minor role as Captain Diel in the Rush Hour trilogy (though his scenes were cut from the theatrical release of Rush Hour 2 and he was uncredited for his scenes in Rush Hour 2).

Additionally, Hall has had roles in Midnight Run, Say Anything..., The Rock, The Truman Show, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Bruce Almighty, You Kill Me, In Good Company, Dogville, The Amityville Horror, The Matador, The Sum of All Fears, The Zodiac and Zodiac. More recently, he had a starring role in the 2006–07 Fox sitcom The Loop and had a guest starring role in The West Wing. Hall also appeared as a guest star in the HBO animated series The Life & Times of Tim. He appeared in the 2010 film, All Good Things.

Hall acted in the NBC-TV series Seinfeld as Lt. Joe Bookman, the 'library cop' who tracks down Jerry for a long-overdue library book in "The Library". He reprised the role in the May 1998 finale where his character is one of many to testify against Jerry. More recently he has appeared as the crotchety Dr. Morrison, Larry David's physician, on Curb Your Enthusiasm and an equally crotchety neighbor of the Dunphy family on Modern Family. In 2012, he appeared in an episode of Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.

Hall also appears in a series of humorous Holiday Inn TV commercials.


Year Title Role Notes
1951 A Butler's Night Off Crook
1951 Quo Vadis Sol Toby
1953 Titanic Kent John
1953 The Robe David Belzer
1954 Broken Lance Richard Jean
1954 Prince Valiant Dudley James
1955 East of Eden Owen Trask
1955 Rebel Without a Cause Nicholas Wood
1956 Giant Fred Stevens
1957 Oedipus Rex Chorus
1958 The Brothers Karamazov Philip Brooks
1960 The Magnificent Seven Horst Brad
1961 Splendor in the Glass Leonard Stephen
1961 The Brothers Karamazov Paul Stuart
1961 The Comancheros Tim Marshall
1962 The Manchurian Candidate Major Flick
1963 Irma la Douce Ranald Burton
1963 Cleopatra Alex Leon
1963 The Great Escape Ferris Burnett
1964 My Fair Lady Fred Butter
1965 The Greatest Story Ever Told David Needleman
1965 The Cincinnati Kid Frank Smithy
1965 Doctor Zhivago Alec Lean
1966 Blow-Up Frank David
1967 In the Heat of the Night Rod Walter
1967 Bonnie and Clyde Charles Allen
1967 Cool Hand Luke Sugi Garb
1967 The Graduate Tim Troob
1968 Planet of the Apes John Fortina
1968 Bullitt Chris Richards
1970 M*A*S*H Bob Floyd
1970 Patton Alstar John
1970 Zabriskie Point Diner Owner Uncredited
1970 Love-In '72 Father Reis
1970 The Hawaiians Mako Frank
1970 Kelly's Heroes Miguel James
1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller Leon Shermer
1971 The Omega Man Joseph Cardone
1973 Soylent Green Russell Brock
1973 Westworld Gordon Stuart
1973 Mean Streets Juan Pulido
1974 Throw Out the Anchor! Ryan Credited as "Phillip Hall"
1974 Blazing Saddles Sydney Carton
1974 The Towering Inferno Charles Darnay
1975 Dog Day Afternoon Pat David Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Acting Debut in a Motion Picture
Nominated—New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1977 A Bridge Too Far Market Garden
1977 Sorcerer Bud Griggs
1978 Coma Doctor
1979 Mad Max Grover Duning
1979 The Bushido Blade The Chief
1980 Caddyshack Lom Blair
1980 The Man with Bogart's Face Dr. Inman
1980 Raging Bull Victor Ken
1980 Altered States Howard Stuart
1981 Excalibur The Windows
1981 Outland David Todd
1981 Dream On!
1981 Time Bandits Matthew Otto
1982 The Last Reunion Mike Sills
1982 The Thing Martus Mazur
1984 This Is Spinal Tap Michael Ransome
1984 Once Upon a Time in America John Weller
1984 Secret Honor Richard Nixon
1984 Electric Dreams Burt Woods
1984 The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension Harry Paul
1986 Nothing in Common Colonial Airlines Executive Uncredited
1987 Three O'Clock High Detective Mulvahill
1988 Midnight Run Sidney
1989 Say Anything... IRS Boss
1989 How I Got into College Dean Patterson
1989 Ghostbusters II Police Commissioner
1989 An Innocent Man Judge Kenneth Lavet
1991 Blue Desert Joe
1991 Silent Victim
1992 Live Wire Senator Thyme
1993 Cigarettes & Coffee Sydney Short film
1994 The Last Laugh William T. Short film
1995 Kiss of Death Big Junior Brown
1996 Eye for an Eye Sidney Hughes
1996 Hard Eight Sydney
1996 The Rock Chief Justice Uncredited
1996 The Little Death Detective Snyder
1996 Hit Me Lenny Ish
1997 Buddy Minister
1997 Air Force One U.S. Attorney General Andrew Ward
1997 Boogie Nights Floyd Gondolli
1998 Sour Grapes Mr. Bell
1998 The Truman Show Network Executive
1998 Judas Kiss Pobby Malavero
1998 Rush Hour Captain Diel
1998 Enemy of the State Mark Silverberg, Attorney Uncredited
1998 Psycho Sheriff Chambers
1999 Let the Devil Wear Black Sol Hirsch
1999 Cradle Will Rock Gray Mathers
1999 Implicated John Swayer
1999 The Insider Don Hewitt
1999 Magnolia Jimmy Gator
1999 The Talented Mr. Ripley Alvin MacCarron
2000 Rules of Engagement General H. Lawrence Hodges
2000 The Contender Oscar Billings
2000 Lost Souls Father James
2001 Rush Hour 2 Captain Diel Scenes deleted
2002 The Sum of All Fears Defense Secretary David Becker
2002 A Gentleman's Game Charlie Logan
2003 Die, Mommie, Die! Sol Sussman
2003 Dogville Tom Edison Sr.
2003 Bruce Almighty Jack Baylor
2003 A House on a Hill Harry Mayfield
2004 In Good Company Eugene Kalb
2005 The Matador Mr. Randy
2005 A Buck's Worth Voice
2005 Duck Arthur Pratt
2005 The Amityville Horror Father Callaway
2005 The Zodiac Chief Frank Perkins
2006 The Shaggy Dog Lance Strictland
2006 The TV Set Vernon Maxwell
2006 Islander Popper
2007 Zodiac Sherwood Morrill
2007 You Kill Me Roman Krzeminski
2007 Rush Hour 3 Captain Diel Uncredited
2009 The Lodger Captain Smith
2009 Fired Up Coach Byrnes
2009 Wonderful World The Man
2010 All Good Things Malvern Bump
2011 The Chicago 8 Judge Julius Hoffman
2011 Mr. Popper's Penguins Franklin
2011 50/50 Alan Lombardo
2012 Bending the Rules Herb Gold
2012 People Like Us Ike Rafferty
2012 Departure Date Old Jake
2012 Dog Eat Dog Short film
2012 Argo CIA Director Stansfield Turner Uncredited
2013 Bad Words Dr. William Bowman
2014 Playing It Cool Granddad
2017 Person to Person Jimmy
2017 The Last Word Edward
2018 Dear Chickens Emil Short film
2021 Checkered: Richard Nixon, False Consciousness, & The Reasons Behind The Reasons Behind Robert Altman's 'Secret Honor' Himself Documentary
Year Title Role Notes
1975 The Last Survivors Holmes' Defence Attourney Television film
1975; 1978 Emergency! Oliver Warren / Dr. Scott Episodes: "Pressure 165"
"The Steel Inferno"
1976 Good Times Motel Owner Episode: "J.J.'s Fiancee: Part 2"
1976 Mayday at 40,000 Feet! Reporter Television film
1976–77 Visions Mr. Severson / Boyle Episodes: "Gold Watch"
"You Can Run, But You Can't Hide"
1977 Man from Atlantis George Episode: "Man from Atlantis"
1977 The Hostage Heart Dr. Harvey Fess Television film
1977 Kill Me If You Can Phillips Television film
1977 M*A*S*H Sergeant Hacker Episode: "The Light That Failed"
1978 The Fitzpatricks Bertram Episode: "A Living Wage"
1978 The Bastard Shopkeeper Miniseries
1978 Terror Out of the Sky Starrett Television film
1979 Samurai Professor Owens Television film
1980 The Waltons Major Gordon Episode: "The Furlough"
1980 The Night the Bridge Fell Down Warren Meech Television film
1980 It's a Living Man in Hotel Room Episode: "The Lois Affair"
1980 Riding for the Pony Express Mr. Durfee Television film
1981 This House Possessed Clerk Television film
1982 McClain's Law Mr. Harris Episode: "Takeover"
1982 Quincy, M.E. Deputy DA Marty Shell / Captain Rasmussen Episodes: "Sleeping Dogs"
"Smoke Screen"
1982 Cagney & Lacey Lieutenant Sweeny Episode: "Hot Line"
1982 T. J. Hooker Judge Wallace Episode: "A Cry for Help"
1982 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Prosecutor / Wilcox Episodes: "The Man in the White Hat"
"Christmas Song"
1982 Games Mother Never Taught You Lester Greene Television film
1984 Benson Harrison Fowler Episode: "The Election"
1984 Lottery! Episode: "Houston: Duffy's Choice"
1985 Hardcastle and McCormick Jack Marsh Episode: "Too Rich and Too Thin"
1986 Who Is Julia? Dean May Television film
1987 Mariah James Malone 7 episodes
1987 The Spirit Sevrin Television film
1987 Miami Vice Judge DeLaporte Episode: "Contempt of Court"
1988 Goddess of Love Detective Charles Television film
1988 Family Ties Dr. Harrison Episodes: "Heartstrings: Part 1"
"Heartstrings: Part 2"
"Heartstrings: Part 3"
1989 A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story Judge Blumenfeld Television film
1989 Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers Ice Breaker (voice) Episode: "The Carpetsnaggers"
1989 Incident at Dark River Dr. Leo Manus Television film
1989–90 Falcon Crest Ed Meyers 13 episodes
1990 Matlock Judge Episode: "The Mother"
1990 Bagdad Cafe Herb Episode: "This Bird Has Flown"
1991 Murder, She Wrote Len Costner Episode: "Moving Violation"
1991 L.A. Law Tom Baker Episode: "He's a Crowd"
1991 Equal Justice Judge S.E. Cleveland Episode: "Do the Wrong Thing"
1991 Dark Justice Winchester Keller Episode: "The Neutralizing Factor"
1991–92 Civil Wars Judge Bianchi Episodes: "Daveja-Vu All Over Again"
"His Honor's Offer"
"A Bus Named Desire"
1991; 1998 Seinfeld Lt. Joe Bookman Episodes: "The Library"
"The Finale"
1992 A Thousand Heroes Sam Gochenour Television film
1992 Stormy Weathers Dr. Comden Television film
1992 Nurses Mr. Todd Episode: "Playing Doctor"
1993 Cheers City Councilman Kevin Fogerty Episode: "Woody Gets an Election"
1993 Bob Jeweler Episode: "Have Yourself a Married Little Christmas"
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. 'Smitty' Television film
1994 Empty Nest Jerod Episode: "Brotherly Shove"
1994 The Good Life Mr. Humphreys Episode: "Melissa the Thief"
1994 Roswell Roswell General Television film
1994 Madman of the People Kent Episode: "All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Mad Boy"
1994 Chicago Hope Mr. Wellington Episode: "You Gotta Have Heart"
1994 Hardball Beanball McGee Episode: "Lee's Bad, Bad Day"
1994 Without Warning Dr. Kurt Lowden Television film
1996 Life's Work Judge Conklin Episode: "Contempt"
1996 The John Larroquette Show Mr. Frank Episode: "Napping to Success"
1997 3rd Rock from the Sun President Dewey Episode: "Proud Dick"
1997 The Practice Judge Joseph Vinocour 4 episodes
1997–98 Millennium Group Elder Episodes: "The Hand of Saint Sebastian"
1997–98 Michael Hayes William Vaughn 20 episodes
1998 Tempting Fate Dr. Bardwell Television film
1998 Witness to the Mob Toddo Aurello Television film
1998 L.A. Doctors Vincent Cattano Episode: "Fear of Flying"
1999 Partners Scarpatti Pilot
2000 The Fugitive Stuart Kimble Episode: "St. Christopher's Prayer"
2000 Jackie Bouvier Kennedy Onassis Aristotle Onassis Television film
2000; 2002 Baby Blues Mr. Thompson / Mr. Saunders (voices) Episodes: "Ugly Zoe"
"Wanda Proof"
2001 Pasadena George Reese Greeley 7 episodes
2001 Oswald Converse (voice) Episode: "Rollerskating"
2001 Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat Andy (voice) Episode: "Sagwa's Swan Song"
2001 Loomis Episode 1.1: "Pilot"
2002 Path to War Everett Dirksen Television film
2002 The Simpsons Clyde (voice) Episode: "Poppa’s Got a Brand New Badge"
2002 Night Visions Dennis Brascom (segment "Cargo") Episode: "Cargo/Switch"
2002 Without a Trace Noah Ridder Episode: "Silent Partner"
2003 The Fairly OddParents Fox (voice) Episode: "Information Stupor Highway"
2003 Everwood Dr. Donald Douglas Episodes: "Home"
"Do or Die"
"Your Future Awaites"
2004 Monk Salvatore Lucarelli Episode: "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather"
2004 Boston Legal Ernie Dell Episode: "Head Cases"
2004 The West Wing Senator Matt Hunt Episodes: "An Khe"
"A Change Is Gonna Come"
2004; 2009 Curb Your Enthusiasm Dr. Morrison Episodes: "Mel's Offer"
"The Hot Towel"
2005 Mrs. Harris Arthur Schulte Television film
2005 Danny Phantom Jack Oswald (voice) Episode: "Pirate Radio"
2005 My Life as a Teenage Robot Lincoln Langford (voice) Episode: "Toying with Jenny"
2005 The Buzz on Maggie The Flag (voice) Episode: "Scout of Order"
2006–07 The Loop Russ McDonald 17 episodes
2006 Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Log (voice) Episode: "A Little Help From Your Friends"
2007 Wayside Gerald (voice) Episode: "Age of Aquarium"
2007 Big Love Ned Johanssen Episode: "Take Me as I Am"
2007 Wildlife Pilot
2008 Yin Yang Yo! Walden (voice) Episode: "The Manotaur"
2008 Psych Irving Parker Episode: "Dis-Lodged"
2008 Worst Week Reverend Lowell Episodes: "The Vows"
"The Wedding"
2009 Jimmy Two-Shoes Freddy (voice) Episode: "I've Totally Shredded My Cheese"
2009 True Jackson, VP Mr. Jenkins Episode: "Flirting with Fame"
2010 The Life & Times of Tim Norman Walker (voice) Episode: "London Calling/Novelist"
2010 Warren the Ape Dr. Ralph Schwartz Episode: "Rock Opera"
2010 Fish Hooks Dr. Pete (voice) Episode: "Bea Becomes an Adult Fish"
2011–12 Modern Family Walt Kleezak Episodes: "Boys' Night"
"Lifetime Supply"
"Election Day"
2012 The Newsroom Bryce DeLancy Episode: "The 112th Congress"
2012 Childrens Hospital Josef Mengele Episode: "A Year in the Life"
2012 Ruth & Erica Harry 8 episodes
2013 Scaredy Squirrel Floyd (voice) Episode: "Stash N' Hoarder"
2013-18 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Dag (voice) Episodes: "Games Ponies Play"
"To Where and Back Again Pt. 2"
"School Daze Pt. 1"
2013 Clear History McKenzie Television film
2013 T.U.F.F. Puppy The King (voice) Episode: "Acting T.U.F.F."
2014 Rake Mitch Markham Episode: "Remembrance of Taxis Past"
2014-15 Doki Scraps (voice) Episodes: "The Treasure Hunters"
"The Amazing Maze"
2014 Wander Over Yonder Luke the Hedgehog (voice) Episode: "The Rider"
2014 Altman Himself Documentary
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Office (voice) Episode: "Star Comes to Earth"
2015 Harvey Beaks Clive (voice) Episodes: "The Finger"
"Nightclub Night"
2015 Steven Universe Richard (voice) Episode: "Keystone Motel"
2015 Clarence Albert (voice) Episode: "Tuckered Boys"
2015 Madam Secretary Ezra Helsinger Episode: "The Necessary Art"
2015 Supernoobs Norris (voice) Episode: "Shake Your Noobie"
2015 BoJack Horseman Hank Hippopopalous (voice) Episodes: "Higher Love"
"Hank After Dark"
2016 Teen Titans Go! Justice Pike (voice) Episodes: "Pyramid Scheme"
"Beast Boy's St. Patrick's Day Luck, and It's Bad"
"History Lesson"
2016-17 The Loud House Sheldon Morpheus (voice) Episodes: "Sound of Silence"
"Space Invader"
"Lock 'n' Loud"
"The Whole Picture"
"ARGGH! You For Real?"
2016 Second Chance Old Jimmy Pritchard 5 episodes
2017 Room 104 Charlie Episode: "My Love"
2018 Corporate Arthur Stockheed Episode: "Powerpoint of Death"
2020 Messiah Zelman Katz 6 episodes


External links[]