Philip Baker Hall (1931-2022)

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Actor Philip Baker Hall died earlier this week (June 12) at the age of 90. He played Sgt. Hacker in the Season 6 M*A*S*H episode “The Light That Failed,” delivering unwanted supplies like an ice cream churn and salt tablets to the 4077th.

Philip Baker Hall as Sgt. Hacker in the MASH episode The Light That Failed
Philip Baker Hall as Sgt. Hacker in “The Light That Failed” (Season 6)

Hall started acting in 1970 when he was nearly 40. His guest appearance on M*A*S*H in 1976 was one of his earliest roles. During his long career, Hall guest starred on dozens of TV shows including The Waltons, T.J. Hooker, Miami Vice, Family Ties, Cheers, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Everwood, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Modern Family. One of his most memorable TV roles was Lt. Joe Bookman in a 1991 episode of Seinfeld.

On the big screen, Hall appeared in moves like Midnight Run, Ghostbusters II, Air Force One, The Truman Show, Bruce Almighty, and Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Obituaries can be found at Variety and Deadline Hollywood.

2 Replies to “Philip Baker Hall (1931-2022)”

  1. I didn’t realize it, but this was the same guy who was the library cop from SEINFELD, when Jerry had a book that was 25 years overdue.

    But I do definitely remember him from BRUCE ALMIGHTY (which, coincidentally enough, we written by SEINFELD writers).

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