Anthony Michael Hall

Actor + Producer and Director
Born Apr 14, 1968

Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, film producer and director who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980. His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1984 coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career.… Read More

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1968 Birth Born on April 14, 1968.
1977 9 Years Old Hall started his career in commercials when he was seven years old. He was the Honeycomb cereal kid and appeared in several commercials for toys and Bounty. His stage debut was in 1977, when he was cast as the young Steve Allen in Allen's semi-autobiographical play The Wake. … Read More


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…  Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980.
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His films with director-screenwriter John Hughes, beginning with the popular 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation and the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career.
Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, both in 1985. … Read More
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To avoid being typecast, Hall turned down roles written for him by John Hughes in Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Cameron Frye) and Pretty in Pink (Phil "Duckie" Dale), both in 1986.
1987 19 Years Old Hall was offered the starring role in the 1987 film Full Metal Jacket in a conversation with Stanley Kubrick, but after an eight-month negotiation, a financial agreement could not be reached. "It was a difficult decision, because in that eight-month period, I read everything I could about the guy, and I was really fascinated by him," Hall said when asked about the film. "I wanted to be a part of that film, but it didn't work out. … Read More


1988 20 Years Old His next film would be 1988's Johnny Be Good, in which he worked with Uma Thurman and fellow Saturday Night Live cast member Robert Downey, Jr. The film was a critical failure, and some critics panned Hall's performance as a high school football star, claiming that he, the movies' reigning geek, was miscast for the role. … Read More
1990 22 Years Old After a two-year hiatus due to a drinking problem, Hall returned to acting by starring opposite Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder in Tim Burton's 1990 hit Edward Scissorhands, this time as the film's villain. … Read More
1992 24 Years Old After Scissorhands, he appeared in a series of low-budget films, including the 1992 comedy Into the Sun, where he starred as a visiting celebrity at a military air base. … Read More
1994 26 Years Old In 1994, Hall starred in and directed his first feature film, a low-budget Showtime comedy named Hail Caesar about a would-be rock star who works in a pencil eraser factory. … Read More


1999 31 Years Old After a series of appearances in low-budget films and guest roles on TV series in the mid and late 1990s, he gained media attention once again in the 1999 Emmy-nominated TNT original movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, co-starring Noah Wyle as Apple Computer's Steve Jobs. … Read More
2000 32 Years Old After making a cameo appearance as himself in the 2000 comedy film Happy Accidents, Hall appeared in several made-for-TV films.
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He starred opposite Sheryl Lee as a cheating husband in the 2001 USA Network cable movie Hitched. … Read More
2002 34 Years Old Hall began his first regular series role in 2002, starring as Johnny Smith in USA Network's supernatural drama The Dead Zone, a TV series adapted from Stephen King's best-selling novel. He was cast in the show after executive producer Michael Piller saw his performance in Pirates of Silicon Valley. The show debuted on June 16, 2002, and drew higher ratings for a premiere than any other cable series in television history with 6.4 million viewers. … Read More


2008 40 Years Old …  In 2008, Hall appeared as Gotham City television reporter/anchor Mike Engel in The Dark Knight.
2010 42 Years Old In 2010, Hall made a guest appearance in NBC season one of Community as a former nerd turned bully.
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During 2011, he played the main antagonist in Season 3 of Warehouse 13, Walter Sykes.
2012 44 Years Old Reprised his role as Rusty Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family.
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