Philip Baker Hall, the prolific character actor of movie and theater who starred in Paul Thomas Anderson's first films  

and who memorably hunted down a long-overdue library book in Seinfeld, has died. He become 90. 

Holly Wolfle Hall, the actor's wife of nearly 40 years, on Monday said Hall died Sunday surrounded by loved ones in Glendale, Calif.

She said Hall had been well until a few weeks earlier, and spent his very last days in warm spirits, reflecting on his life. 

"His voice at the give up was still just as powerful," stated Wolfle Hall. Her husband, she added, in no way retired from acting.  

In a profession spanning half a century, Hall was a ubiquitous hangdog face whose doleful, weary appearance could shroud a booming intensity and humble sensitivity.

His range was wide, but Hall, who had a natural gravitas, often played men in suits, trench coats and lab coats. 

"Men who're highly stressed, older guys, who're at the limit of their tolerance for struggling and stress and pain," 

Hall told The Washington Post in 2017. "I had an affinity for playing those roles."  

Prolific character actor Philip Baker Hall dies at 90

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