Actor Philip Baker Hall, of 'Seinfeld’ and 'Modern Family', dies at 90

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Philip Baker Hall, the legendary actor and playwright of theater

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Film who played many characters in Paul Thomas Anderson's first films and who famously searched for a missing book in "Seinfeld," died. He was 90.

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Holly Wolfle Hall, actor's wife for nearly 40 years, died Sunday in Glendale, California, surrounded by her loved ones.

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She stated that Hall was well up until a few weeks before his death and that he spent his last days in good spirits reflecting back on his life.

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Wolfle Hall said that his voice at the end was just as powerful.

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Hall was born in Toledo, Ohio. He had been a stage actor for many years and was a bit-part presence on TV

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and films before Paul Thomas Anderson, then a little-known, sought him out to appear in his 1993 short film, "Cigarettes & Coffee."

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Anderson made the short with Hall as an itinerate gambler and it was accepted into the Sundance Film Festival. Anderson then expanded the film into "Hard Eight," his feature debut in 1997, which launched Hall's career.

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Anderson would cast him in "Boogie Nights," and "Magnolia." Hall is well-known for his intense appearance on "Seinfeld".

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" Hall was Lt. Joe Bookman who plays Seinfeld as a library investigator. He is looking for "Tropic of Cancer" and has been waiting years.

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He was also a crotchety neighbor on ABC's hit show "Modern Family." Hall also played Richard Nixon in Robert Altman’s 1984 drama, "Secret Honor."

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He was part of "The Truman Show", "The Insider", "Zodiac", "Argo", and "Rush Hour." Hall is survived by his spouse, four daughters, four grandchildren, and his brother.

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