Tony Hale

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Tony Hale
Tony Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards (cropped).jpg
Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards
Born(1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 43)
West Point, New York, USA
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Martel Thompson (2003–present)
AwardsEmmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, 2013
 
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Tony Hale
Tony Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards (cropped).jpg
Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards
Born(1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 43)
West Point, New York, USA
OccupationActor
Years active1997–present
Spouse(s)Martel Thompson (2003–present)
AwardsEmmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, 2013

Anthony "Tony" Hale (born September 30, 1970) is an American actor, best known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as the neurotic Byron "Buster" Bluth. He plays Gary Walsh, the sycophantic personal aide to the Vice President of the United States on the HBO comedy Veep, for which he won the 2013 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Early life[edit]

Hale was born in West Point, New York. His mother, Rita (née Garnett), worked as a staff assistant to State Representative Kathy Ashe, and his father, Mike Hale, taught nuclear and atomic physics, and served in the military.[1][2] Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended the Young Actors Theatre and participated in numerous theatrical and musical productions. He graduated from Leon High School in 1988. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he became a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, with a journalism degree in 1992. He is a 1994 graduate of the School of Communication and the Arts of Regent University in Virginia. After graduating, he set up residence in New York City and lived there for nearly ten years. While in New York, Hale helped found The Haven, an artistically-minded community of Christians that meets weekly. He also studied acting at The Barrow Group, a New York City theatre company.[3]

Career[edit]

Hale first obtained for his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired.[4] He made minor guest appearances in TV shows such as Dawson's Creek, The Sopranos, and Sex and the City. He is often recognized for his role in the famous Volkswagen television commercial aired in 1999, in which he danced to the song "Mr. Roboto", which was later spoofed on the Fox sitcom Arrested Development. From 2003 to 2006, and returning to the role in 2013, Hale found success in television when he was cast as Byron "Buster" Bluth, the hapless, neurotic son with "mother issues" on Arrested Development. Hale also appeared in a season ten episode of MADtv in a parody of COPS, where two British robbers try to stop a domestic dispute among the Royal Family.

In March 2006, Hale was cast in a co-starring role as the video store owner Simon in the NBC sitcom Andy Barker P.I., starring Andy Richter and co-created by Conan O'Brien.[5] He appeared in minor roles in Stranger Than Fiction and Because I Said So. He was the voice of Furlough in The Tale of Despereaux, an animated children's film released in 2008.[6] Hale had a recurring role as Emmett on Chuck, beginning in October 2008 and ending with the character's murder in January 2010. His departure made room for his starring role on the NBC web series Ctrl, which premiered on July 13, 2009. He appeared in a cameo in the second episode of the first season of Showtime's dramedy United States of Tara, as English teacher Oral Gershenoff. He joined the cast of Numb3rs in 2009, in the recurring role of Professor Russell Lazlo.

In 2012, Hale starred in the drama comedy Not That Funny.[7] He also guest starred on NBC's long-running show Law & Order: SVU as Rick Simms, a teacher who gets fired from his job after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.[8]

In 2012, Hale was cast in the HBO comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the personal assistant to Vice President Selina Meyer (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus).[9] On September 22, 2013, Hale won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in the show's second season. This was his first Emmy award.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hale married Emmy Award-winning make-up artist Martel Thompson on May 24, 2003. They have one daughter and reside in Los Angeles.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003My Blind BrotherBill
2004StatesideDonny
2005FortunesPhil Yount
2006Unaccompanied MinorsAlan Davies
2006Stranger Than FictionDave
2006The Beach Party at the Threshold of HellRemington biographer
2006RVFrank
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorJack Dabbs
2006The Proper Care & Feeding of an American MessiahHomeowner with demons
2007Flatland: The MovieKing of PointlandVoice
2007Because I Said SoStuart
2007Dante's InfernoPope Nicholas IIIVoice
2008My SuicideSocial worker
2008The Tale of DespereauxFurloughVoice
2008The Year of Getting to Know UsNickie
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardWade
2009The Informant!James Epstein
2009Answer ManMailman
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeDr. Mindbender
2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSam #2
2010In My SleepBen
2011WussMr. Crowder
2011PerfectGeneShort
2011SironiaChad
2012First in FightWilbur WrightShort film
2012Not That FunnyStefan Lane
2013The HeatThe John
2013The Kings of SummerBus Passenger
2015American UltraAgent Petey Douglas

Television[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1997Ghost StoriesBilly ThorpeEpisode: "Personal Demons"
1998LegacyHyramEpisode: "The Gift"
2000The $treetTraineeEpisode: "Closet Cases"
2001Sex and the CityTigerEpisode: "The Real Me"
2001The SopranosRN / OCN CollinsEpisode: "Second Opinion"
2001Dawson's CreekDoctor BroninEpisode: "A Winter's Tale"
2003–2006
2013
Arrested DevelopmentByron "Buster" Bluth
2005StackedBrent LambleEpisode: "Beat the Candidate"
2007Big DayDavidEpisode: "Last Chance to Marry Jane"
2007Andy Barker P.I.Simon
2008–2010ChuckEmmett Milbarge14 episodes
2008–2009ERNormanEpisodes: "Life After Death" and "T-Minus-6"
2008Samantha Who?Dr. Andy AdamsEpisode: "The Pill"
2009United States of TaraOral GershenoffEpisode: "Aftermath"
2009Rules of EngagementSteveEpisode: "May Divorce Be With You"
2009–2010Numb3rsRussell LazloEpisodes: "Hydra" and "Devil Girl"
2010The Life and Times of TimVinceVoice
Episode: "Tim's Beard"
2010CommunityProfessor HollyEpisode: "Beginner Pottery"
2010Law & OrderPhillip ShoemakerEpisode: "Brazil"
2010JustifiedDavid MortimerEpisode: "The Collection"
2010MediumGil BureliEpisode: "The Match Game"
2011Human TargetHarryEpisodes: "Communication Breakdown" and "The Trouble With Harry"
2011Royal PainsAndyEpisode: "Ta Da For"
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Dr. KarlEpisode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011Good VibesWadskaVoice
2011PsychJerry KincaidEpisode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012–presentVeepGary WalshPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRick Simms[8]Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012Up All NightDr. WelbornEpisode: "Ma'am'd"
2013Drunk HistoryMeriwether LewisEpisode: Nashville
2013Comedy Bang! Bang!King of CardsEpisode: Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps
2013–presentSanjay and CraigMr. NoodmanVoice
2014About A BoyHugh WompleEpisode: "About a Boy's Dad"

Music videos[edit]

YearBandSong
2014Lady Antebellum"Bartender"
2008Fall Out Boy"Beat It"
2007Switchfoot"Awakening"

Web[edit]

YearTitleRole
2009CTRLStuart

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepWon
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jonathan Davis (1981-01-01). "MSC Today - Macon State College". Mga.edu. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  2. ^ "'Hale' to the comedy chief". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  3. ^ Birkner, Gabrielle (February 21, 2007). "For These Artists, Inspiration Is Most Important". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  4. ^ "How Did You Get Your SAG-AFTRA Card?" TV Guide. January 13, 2014. p. 10.
  5. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (March 15, 2007). "The Standard Six with Tony Hale". Six Degrees Magazine. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  6. ^ Coleman, Rachael Lee (March 2007). "With a Couch Potato's Style, Private Eye Works the Mall". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-03-29. 
  7. ^ "Not That Funny (2012)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2013-10-26. 
  8. ^ a b Ross, Robyn (March 21, 2012). "Exclusive: Martha Stewart, Tony Hale to Guest Star on Law & Order: SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website for the HBO Series Veep". Hbo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Emmy Nominees Full List: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey' Dominate 2013 Awards". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

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