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Irma P. Hall

Lowest Rated:   10% Bad Company (2002)
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Birthplace:   Beaumont, Texas, USA
A matriarchal supporting actress of film and television whose quick wit and instantly likable persona has served her well on stage and screen, Irma P. Hall has found frequent work in such African-American-oriented dramas as A Family Thing, Soul Food, and Beloved. Equally effective with comedic roles in such features as Nothing to Lose and The Ladykillers, the multi-talented educator, poet, and actress actually stumbled into a career before the cameras by accident -- impressing director Raymond St. Jacques at a poetry reading so much that the filmmaker requested she essay a role in his 1973 crime film Book of Numbers. Her acting career subsequently snowballed, and it didn't take long for the increasingly busy actress to make quite a name for herself on both the stage and screen. The Texas native's early career consisted of teaching foreign languages at public schools in her home state. An interest in acting eventually led the then educator and poet to co-found a small repertory theater in Dallas. In 1973, Hall's performance in Book of Numbers resulted in frequent small-screen work. Her career continued to blossom throughout the 1980s, and with feature-film work increasing in the 1990s, she became more recognizable than ever thanks to work in such features as Backdraft and Straight Talk. Despite the fact that the roles she essayed were frequently relegated to the supporting variety, her onscreen presence was undeniable, and Hall continued throughout the decade with roles in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil and Beloved. In A Family Thing, her role as a kindly blind African-American woman who helps her family warm to their newly discovered white relative earned Hall a Chicago Film Critics Association Award. An Image award for her role in the feature Soul Food followed in 1997 -- the same year she was voted "Chicagoan of the Year." The early 2000s found Hall flourishing on the small screen with roles in such series as Soul Food (a spin-off of the popular feature), A Girl Thing, and All Souls in addition to meatier parts in such made-for-television features as Miss Lettie and Me and An Unexpected Love. For her role as the perceptive landlady who catches wind of a criminal scheme in The Ladykillers, Irma P. Hall received the Jury Prize at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. Unfortunately, Hall suffered a massive heart attack while driving shortly before the film was released into theaters -- resulting in an automobile accident. Hall was eventually able to overcome her injuries thanks to intense physical rehabilitation, and later that same year, she could be seen in both the family short Gift for the Living (based on O. Henry's tale The Gift of the Magi) as well as the Michael Mann thriller Collateral.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
40% New Life
  • Margaret
2016
No Score Yet Uncommon
  • Aunt Shirley Bailey
2015
No Score Yet Steps Of Faith
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Hiding In Plain Sight
  • Actor
2012
83% Changing the Game
  • Grandma Barnes
2012
No Score Yet Wolf
  • Brenda
2012
No Score Yet 3 Blind Saints
  • Sister Louise
2011
No Score Yet Hurricane Season
  • Grandma Rose
2010
No Score Yet Rain
  • Actor
2010
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Binnie Rogers
$1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Uncross the Stars
  • Lulu
2008
32% Meet The Browns
  • Mildred
$42.0M 2008
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns
  • Mildred
2005
86% Collateral
  • Ida Duricher
$100.1M 2004
55% The Ladykillers
  • Marva Munson
2004
No Score Yet An Unexpected Love
  • Mary
2003
No Score Yet Miss Lettie and Me
  • Rose Griffin
2002
10% Bad Company
  • Mrs. Banks
$30.2M 2002
No Score Yet Our America
  • June Jones
2002
No Score Yet A Girl Thing
  • Alice
2001
No Score Yet Something To Sing About
  • Memaw
2000
26% A Slipping-Down Life
  • Clotelia
1999
No Score Yet A Lesson Before Dying
  • Miss Emma
1999
22% Patch Adams
  • Joletta
1998
78% Beloved
  • Ella
1998
No Score Yet The Love Letter
  • Mae Mullen
1998
48% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • Minerva
1997
80% Soul Food
  • Mother
1997
12% Steel
  • Grandma Odesa
1997
29% Nothing to Lose
  • Bertha
1997
25% Buddy
  • Emma
1997
73% A Family Thing
  • Aunt T.
1996
13% Mo' Money
  • Lady on Phone
1992
46% The Babe
  • Fanny Baily
1992
40% Straight Talk
  • Ethel
1992
72% Backdraft
  • 1st Nurse
1991
No Score Yet The Kid Who Loved Christmas
  • Mrs. Smith
1990
31% Square Dance
  • Preacher Dixon
1987
No Score Yet The George McKenna Story
  • Actor
1986
No Score Yet On Valentine's Day
  • Aunt Charity
1986
No Score Yet Split Image
  • Maid
1982
No Score Yet Crisis at Central High
  • Lulu Richards
1980
No Score Yet Book of Numbers
  • Georgia Brown
1973
No Score Yet P.N.O.K.
  • Actor

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
87% Hap and Leonard
2016
  • Actor
  • 2017
86% Getting On
2013-2014
  • Cordelia
  • 2013

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