Philip Baker Hall

by follers on April 4, 2014

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Place of Birth: Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

Date of Birth: September 10, 1931

Ethnicity: English, some German, possibly other

Philip Baker Hall is an American actor.

He is the son of Alice Birdene (McDonald) and William Alexander Hall. On his father’s side, he has English, and a small amount of German, ancestry. His mother may have had other ancestry. Philip is married to Holly Wolfle, and has four children.

Philip’s paternal grandfather was James Madison Hall (the son of William Baker Hall and Sarah Saniscah Johnson). James was born in Alabama. William was the son of Matthew Hall and Altha Barksdale. Sarah was the daughter of Elhanan Winchester Johnson and Frances Augusta Palmer.

Philip’s paternal grandmother was Hattie Lillis “Dimples” Dix (the daughter of Alexander/Albert Franklin Dix and Helen Lillis “Nellie” Beach). Hattie was born in Alabama, to New York-born parents. Alexander was a Baptist minister, and was the son of Daniel L. Dix and Dyanthia Butterfield. Helen was the daughter of William Beach and Susanna Roop.

Philip’s maternal grandfather was named Louis A. McDonald. Louis was born in Ashland, Mississippi, to a Tennessee-born father and a North Carolina-born mother.

Philip’s maternal grandmother was named Martha A. “Mattie” Williamson. Martha was born in Indiana, to a father from Indiana and a mother from Kentucky.

Sources: Genealogy of Philip Baker Hall (focusing on his father’s side) –

Philip’s father on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Philp’s paternal grandmother, Hattie Lillis “Dimples” Dix, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Philip’s mother on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Death record of Philip’s maternal grandfather, Louis A. McDonald –

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madman June 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm
follers April 21, 2014 at 1:25 am

I didn’t include it in his entry because I just wasn’t sure enough, but I believe Philip Baker Hall’s maternal grandfather, Louis A. McDonald, who was listed as “White” on the 1910, 1920, and 1930 censuses, was the same man who was listed as “Black” in 1880.

andrew March 20, 2017 at 1:17 pm

Considering his facial features, it could be even be possible. About Tom Sizemore…what makes you think that?

madman March 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm

Seems likely. The birthplace of Philip’s maternal grandfather an his parents are the same as those of the Louis on the 1880 census. Philip’s grandfather left his family in the 1910’s and went to Detroit, where he lived as a lodger on the 1920 and 1930 censuses. Assuming this is his death record, he died in december 1930 and was born in Ashland, Mississippi, which isn’t far from Hudsonville, Mississippi, where the black Louis McDonald lived.

The divorce of Philip’s maternal grandparents might explain why little information is available about them.

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