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Also Known As: Albert W Hall Died:
Born: November 10, 1937 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boothton, Alabama, USA Profession: actor

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A pliable, somewhat paunchy character player of TV and films whose parts increased in size with the advent of middle age, Albert Hall made a strong impression as Baines, the brother who introduces Malcolm Little to Islam, in Spike Lee's biopic "Malcolm X" (1992) and as the nervous but firm Sal Martinella, manager of "Rookie of the Year" (1993). Like many actors who seem to have to age into their careers, Hall often played minor or unrewarding parts early in his career. His feature film work began with a comic role in "Leadbelly" (1976) and the actor had a small role as a co-pilot of an aircraft going over "The Bermuda Triangle" (1978). The next year, he could be seen as Chief Phillips, who brings Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) upriver in Francis Ford Coppola's epic "Apocalypse Now". In the 90s, the parts grew in importance, thanks in large measure to "Malcolm X" and the comedy hit "Rookie of the Year". Hall was the imperious General Decker in "Major Payne" and the slow-witted Odell in "Devil in a Blue Dress" (both 1995) and had supporting roles in "Courage Under Fire" and Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus" (both 1996).

A pliable, somewhat paunchy character player of TV and films whose parts increased in size with the advent of middle age, Albert Hall made a strong impression as Baines, the brother who introduces Malcolm Little to Islam, in Spike Lee's biopic "Malcolm X" (1992) and as the nervous but firm Sal Martinella, manager of "Rookie of the Year" (1993). Like many actors who seem to have to age into their careers, Hall often played minor or unrewarding parts early in his career. His feature film work began with a comic role in "Leadbelly" (1976) and the actor had a small role as a co-pilot of an aircraft going over "The Bermuda Triangle" (1978). The next year, he could be seen as Chief Phillips, who brings Captain Willard (Martin Sheen) upriver in Francis Ford Coppola's epic "Apocalypse Now". In the 90s, the parts grew in importance, thanks in large measure to "Malcolm X" and the comedy hit "Rookie of the Year". Hall was the imperious General Decker in "Major Payne" and the slow-witted Odell in "Devil in a Blue Dress" (both 1995) and had supporting roles in "Courage Under Fire" and Spike Lee's "Get on the Bus" (both 1996).

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 Ali (2001) Elijah Muhammad
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 Swing Vote (1999) Henry "Hank" Banks
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 Tiger Woods Story, The (1998) Hank Aaron
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 Beloved (1998) Stamp Paid
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 Anarchy TV (1997)
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 Courage Under Fire (1996) Speaker
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 Great White Hype, The (1996) Roper'S Manager
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 Cold Equations, The (1996) Keynes
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1976:
Film debut, "Leadbelly"
1979:
Had featured role in Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now"
1979:
Played small role in the ABC miniseries "Roots: The Next Generations"
1983:
Had first regular role on the ABC drama series "Ryan's Four"
1992:
Co-starred as Baines in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X"
1993:
Played the team manager, "Rookie of the Year"
1996:
Reteamed with Spike Lee for "Get on the Bus"
1998:
Played recurring role of Judge Walsh on two David E. Kelley created series, "The Practice" (ABC) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox)
2002:
Portrayed Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in the Michael Mann-directed biopic "Ali"
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