Irma P. Hall

Highest Rated: 86% Collateral (2004)
Lowest Rated: 10% Bad Company (2002)
Birthday: Jun 3, 1935
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



No Score Yet Concrete Kids Nana 2018
29% New Life Margaret 2016
No Score Yet Jerico Grandma 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
85% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans Binnie Rogers $1.7M 2009
No Score Yet Uncross the Stars Lulu 2008
33% Meet The Browns Mildred $42M 2008
No Score Yet Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns Mildred 2005
86% Collateral Ida Duricher $100.1M 2004
54% 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
80% 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
49% Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil Minerva 1997
81% Soul Food Mother 1997
12% Steel Grandma Odesa 1997
28% 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
36% Straight Talk Ethel 1992
74% 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


94% Hap & Leonard
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
92% Getting On
  • 2015
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Game
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Bernie Mac Show
Aunt Liva
  • 2002
No Score Yet Rugrats
  • 2001
No Score Yet 7th Heaven
  • 2000
No Score Yet Judging Amy
Beverly Raymond
  • 1999
No Score Yet Touched by an Angel
Effie Taylor
  • 1998
  • 1997