Kevin Peter Hall

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Kevin Peter Hall
Born(1955-05-09)May 9, 1955
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 10, 1991(1991-04-10) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
AIDS-related pneumonia
NationalityAmerican
Other namesKevin Hall
EducationPenn Hills High School
Alma materGeorge Washington University
OccupationActor
Years active1977–91
Height7'2 ¾" (220 cm)
Spouse(s)Alaina Reed Hall (m. 1988–91)
 
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Kevin Peter Hall
Born(1955-05-09)May 9, 1955
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedApril 10, 1991(1991-04-10) (aged 35)
Hollywood, California, U.S.
Cause of death
AIDS-related pneumonia
NationalityAmerican
Other namesKevin Hall
EducationPenn Hills High School
Alma materGeorge Washington University
OccupationActor
Years active1977–91
Height7'2 ¾" (220 cm)
Spouse(s)Alaina Reed Hall (m. 1988–91)

Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor best known for his roles as the title character in the first two films in the Predator franchise and the title character of Harry in the film and television series, Harry and the Hendersons. He also appeared in the television series Misfits of Science and 227 along with the film, Without Warning.

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were of above-average stature; his father, Charles Hall, was 6' 6", and his mother, Sylvia Hall, was 6' 2". At 7' 2 ¾" (220 cm) tall,[1] he was the tallest of seven brothers, all over 6' 5". During his high school years at Penn Hills High School, he excelled at basketball and earned a scholarship to George Washington University in Washington, D.C. In college, Hall continued to play basketball and majored in Theatrical Arts.[2] After graduation, Hall moved to Venezuela to play basketball.

Career[edit]

Hall made his acting debut in the 1979 horror film Prophecy. Due to his height, he was often cast in monster roles. He appeared as the alien in the 1980 horror film Without Warning and as Gorvil in the 1982 television movie Mazes and Monsters. In 1985, he co-starred in the short-lived series Misfits of Science. He guest-starred on the sitcom Night Court as a huge but gentle mental patient who humorously towered over bailiff Bull Shannon (played by Richard Moll, who is 6'8" (203 cm)) and fellow mental patient; played by James Cromwell (who is 6'7" (201 cm)). The next year, Hall portrayed yet another monster in the horror film Monster in the Closet, followed by the role of Harry in Harry and the Hendersons.

In 1986, Hall was cast as the main antagonist in Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During its developmental stages, the Predator was going to be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played the Predator for the first few scenes but was not billed in the end credits. The producers decided to recast the role with Hall so that the Predator could more convincingly dominate the film's human characters with its greater size. Hall would go on to reprise the role in the 1990 sequel.

Following his role in Predator, Hall appeared in the film Big Top Pee-wee (1988) and had a guest spot on Star Trek: The Next Generation. From 1989 to 1990, he had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 227. In 1990, Hall reprised his role as Harry in the television series Harry and the Hendersons, based on the 1987 film of the same name. He died during the series' first season.

Personal life and death[edit]

Hall met actress Alaina Reed while taping a guest spot on the television show 227. The couple would marry both on the show and in real life.[3]

While working on the TV series Harry and the Hendersons, Hall announced that he had contracted HIV from a blood transfusion.[4] He died from AIDS-related pneumonia on April 10, 1991.[5] He was 35 years old.

Honors[edit]

Hall was posthumously inducted into the Penn Hills Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class on May 8, 2009.[6]

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979ProphecyMutant bearUncredited
1980Without WarningThe AlienCredited as Kevin Hall
1982Mazes and MonstersGorvilTelevision movie
1983One Dark NightEddie
1984The Wild LifeBouncerCredited as Kevin Hall
1984E/RDonald HainesEpisode: "Mr. Fix-It"
1985Night CourtWendell MartinEpisode: "Nuts About Harry"
1985The Dukes of HazzardFloyd MaloneEpisode: "Opening Night at the Boar's Nest"
1985 to 1986Misfits of ScienceDr. Elvin "El" Lincoln16 episodes
1986Monster in the ClosetMonster
1987Harry and the HendersonsHarry
1987PredatorThe Predator/Helicopter pilot
1988Big Top Pee-weeBig John
1989Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's PlaceRichard SmallTelevision special
1989Shannon's DealHarryTelevision movie
1989Star Trek: The Next GenerationLeyorEpisode: "The Price"
1989 to 1990227Warren Merriwether11 episodes
1990Predator 2The Predator
1990 to 1991Harry and the Hendersons (TV series)Harry4 episodes
1991Highway to HellCharon

References[edit]

  1. ^ Halliwell, Leslie; Walker, John (2003). Halliwell's Who's Who In the Movies (15 ed.). HarperCollins. p. 209. ISBN 0-06-053423-0. 
  2. ^ Donnelley, Paul (2005-11-01). Fade To Black: A Book Of Movie Obituaries (3 ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 436. ISBN 1-84449-430-6. 
  3. ^ "Actor Kevin Peter Hall Dies In L.A. At Age 35". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 80 (2): 62. 2009-04-29. ISSN 0021-5996. 
  4. ^ Snauffer, Douglas; Thurm, Joel (2008). The Show Must Go on: How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television. McFarland. p. 201. ISBN 0-7864-3295-0. 
  5. ^ "Kevin Peter Hall, Actor, 35". The New York Times. 1991-04-19. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  6. ^ phameonline.org

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