Anthony Michael Hall
American actor, producer and director
Anthony Michael Hall
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 1983 comedy National Lampoon's Vacation and the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles, shaped his early career.
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How A Guy Who Looked Like A Crazed Gunman Drove Me Crazy At The New Star Wars Movie
Huffington Post - 4 months
By midnight, on the opening night of Rogue One, the new Star Wars movie, I felt dizzy with adrenaline. My fight-or-flight response had little to do with the sci-fi drama unfolding on screen, and everything to do with the guy sitting next to me. He looked and seemed to be acting as if he'd been sent from central casting to play a mass shooter, like, say, the gunman who killed a dozen people four years ago and injured many more in Aurora, Colo., at a midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises, then the latest Batman sequel. As I settled into my seat, I first noticed this guy's camouflage pants -- no big deal, since camo is often less about function than fashion, but his side pockets bulged. With what, I could not tell. But that fact, too, I might have dismissed, if not for the odd black satchel he clutched in his lap. He also had earbud-style headphones on, and he wore a bulky black bomber jacket -- another case of military garb as fashion, or...? While most patrons were easing ...
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Former 'Brat Pack' star Anthony Michael Hall charged with attacking neighbor
LATimes - 5 months
“Breakfast Club” actor Anthony Michael Hall is facing a charge of felony battery with serious bodily injury after he allegedly shoved a neighbor to the ground and broke his wrist, according to authorities. The incident occurred at Hall’s Playa del Rey condominium complex on Sept. 13, when a neighbor...
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Anthony Michael Hall facing felony charge over alleged assualt
Fox News - 5 months
Actor Anthony Michael Hall could be in big trouble.
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Anthony Michael Hall heads back to high school
CBS News - 8 months
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50 Things I'd Actually Want to Hear from Donald Trump
Huffington Post - about 1 year
At this point, the relationship between Donald Trump and the press is the sort that makes Ike and Tina Turner seem like Mike and Carol Brady. The more he attacks his chroniclers, the more he enjoys it and the less the media seems to be able to do about it. In fact, every insult just brings him more airtime. He's the Kanye West of politics. Every ridiculous thing he utters becomes a headline that only encourages him to say more ridiculous things because he's been given a forum. Don't get me wrong. I know a precious few interviewers have gamely attempted to bottle up the slippery garden snake that is The Donald's world view. For the most part, though, he still seems to be getting a free pass from the mainstream media because... let's face it... he is pretty damned entertaining! (Although so is Mr. Burns from The Simpsons and I'd never want him to be president either...) As a lifelong journalist, it's killing me to see how few revealing questions he's ever answered honestly. And, as ...
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Between Rocco's and a Hard Place
Huffington Post - about 2 years
I'm about to leave the house on my way to the airport and when I pat my jacket pocket to make sure I've got my wallet, it's not there. Don't panic, I tell myself -- it's somewhere in the house. Only, it isn't. My guts go into a horrible free-fall and my shoulders sag. I am screwed. I can't go to JFK without my wallet. I can't go anywhere without my wallet. And just the thought of calling those 800 numbers to cancel my cards, and following endless prompts before finally being connected to a trainee in Bombay who asks me to please hold and enjoy the sitar music while he seeks his supervisor...oh boy. The clock, as they say, is ticking. I remember something my mother used to say when I was a kid, and couldn't find one of my toys: "Pray to St. Anthony! He'll help you find it!" Well, it's been a long time since I prayed to St. Anthony, and he probably wouldn't recognize me after all these years, so I can't ask him for help. Anyway, he's got a big weekend ahead, what ...
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The Most Important Message of the <i>The Breakfast Club</i> Is a Lie
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"When you grow up, your heart dies." Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club captured the teen angst of a generation, delving into themes such as stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying. At the core of this movie was this central thesis: "When you grow up, your heart dies." This sentiment has been echoed for generations, from The Who's "Hope I die before I get old," to Pearl Jam's "All that's sacred comes from youth." But as we approach the 30 year anniversary of the movie, we notice that a funny thing happened after we all graduated -- we actually learned the lessons of The Breakfast Club and made sure our hearts didn't die. And we did so by taking the rebellion of youth and trying to tackle the social problems addressed in the movie. The characters in The Breakfast Club were originally presented as caricatures: a "brain," (Brian Johnson played by Anthony Michael Hall), an "athlete" (Andrew Clark played by Emilio Estevez), a " ...
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Man Rolls Car Onto Ant Hill, Is Bitten, Charged With Reckless Driving
Huffington Post - over 3 years
We don't mean to make mountains out of ant hills, but... The Roanoke Times reports on the fate of 59-year-old Lewis Wyrick, whose car went "off the road, up an embankment, rolled upside down, then slid back down the embankment into a ditch" before coming to rest about 20 feet from the road -- on top of an ant hill. Wyrick was driving too fast just after 5 p.m. on Sunday when the accident happened, according to the newspaper. The road, Interstate 81, was backed up from an earlier accident. Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Gary Chafin told the Times that Wyrick swerved from the right lane into the left after realizing he couldn't stop in time. This launched his 1997 Toyota Camry into an unfortunate trajectory that ended with "lacerations, head and back injuries, and numerous ant bites" -- all of which he is recovering from, according to the Associated Press -- in addition to a charge of reckless driving.
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Mike Ryan: Why You Should Stop Saying 'SNL' Is In Trouble
Huffington Post - over 3 years
It's hard not to assume that the overwhelming majority of people who write stories about "Saturday Night Live" either don't watch "SNL" on a regular basis or don't have a clue how the show works. Or both. That's really the only explanation I can find for the proliferation of headlines this week referencing a "crisis" that requires a "miracle" to solve, "upheavals," another "crisis," and an "exodus" that the show may not "survive." All this because three members of a 14-person cast decided to leave the show. On the scale of "SNL" crises over the past 38 seasons, this one strikes me as decidedly underweight. Yes: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudeikis are longstanding veterans of the show and will be missed. (And, no, I'm not forgetting that Seth Meyers is leaving the show in December, but we'll cross that bridge when we come to it.) The only sure bet any "SNL" cast member can make is that one day, he or she will no longer be on "SNL." This is not a "crisis"; this is ju ...
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Dalton Agency buys Ant Hill Communications
The Business Journals - almost 4 years
The Dalton Agency bought Atlanta-based PR firm Ant Hill Communications, for an undisclosed amount. The purchase comes a year after Jacksonville, Fla.-based Dalton initially entered the Atlanta market, after it merged with Kilgannon in early 2012. Ant Hill’s founder Samantha Lueder will be Dalton’s vice president and director of public relations for the Atlanta office. “As the agency’s presence in the Southeast continues to expand, we are seeing more and more demand for fully-integrated…
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Anouska Stahlmann: The 10 Best Movie Scenes Of All Time
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Hello all! I'm now 15-years-old and I've realized I spend all my time watching films. I watch a lot of films and I suppose you could say I am quite good at movie trivia. What I find shocking is how many films aren't well-known when they're beyond amazing. There are some scenes that break your heart. There are some scenes that grip you and have you on the edge of your seat. There are those scenes that make your heart melt. There are those scenes that make you feel, cry, laugh and "aww." I've collected a list of 10 scenes. I've narrowed down all the scenes that have evoked so much emotion that I didn't know how to feel after watching the scene. This is my list of 10 scenes that are extra special and have that wow factor. These scenes are the ones that stared me down when I was scouring the earth for the scenes and screamed "I AM FABULOUS" or "I am the walrus" in number 8's case... 10. Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg and is a film to inform audiences of the tr ...
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'80s Icon Makes Major Waves On 'Psych' Finale
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On the season finale of "Psych," nerdy '80s icon and "Dead Zone" alum Anthony Michael Hall guest starred, and made big waves. Hall played consultant Harris Trout, who was brought in to keep tabs on how the station was running. By the end of "Pysch" finale, he fired Chief Vick and told Lassiter, "We'll no longer be hiring psychics. And you're no longer head detective. And I'm painting these walls." "It's on now," a shocked and angry Gus replied. said Hall's guest spot was a great way to end the season and TVFanatic loved the "Psych" finale, saying it shows how far the crew has come as a team. "They can be the most dysfunctional group of co-workers in the building," Chandel Charles wrote. "But when you come into their house and threaten their people ... it is on." Hall's character is the new interim chief of police, so, yeah ... it might be on. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amaz ...
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Trouble Ahead For Jenna And Matty?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
On tonight's "Awkward" (10 p.m. ET on MTV), Jenna (Ashley Rickards) sees a different side of her mysterious new classmate Collin (Nolan Funk) after their writing teacher, Mr. Hart (Anthony Michael Hall), challenges her to lay herself bare in a very public place. Things have been going well with Matty (Beau Mirchoff) lately -- he even learned to dance for her -- but Collin has also been on her mind, and it seems like that rivalry might be evolving into something new. In the clip above, Jenna and Collin share a surprisingly friendly moment, and it may force Jenna to reevaluate her relationship with her first love. Watch out, Matty. "Awkward" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET on MTV. Do you want Jenna to stay with Matty, or would you like to see her with Collin?
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Huffington Post - about 4 years
What would you little maniacs like to do first? Well, here's hoping the answer is remake "Weird Science." reports that Universal is planning a new take on John Hughes' 1985 teen-boy fantasy, with "21 Jump Street" and "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" screenwriter Michael Bacall handling the script. Per, the new film will be rated-R; Hughes' take was PG-13. Details on the proposed remake are non-existent at this point, but writer Brian Lynch floated one brilliant idea: The original film, of course, focused on two horny teens (Anthony Michael Hall and Ilan Mitchell-Smith) who used their nerdy science brains to create a perfect woman, complete with "womdigous mammary glands." Kelly LeBrock played the result of the boys' science project. Watch the original "Weird Science" trailer here. For more on the film, head over to [via]
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Set Your DVRs!
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Awkward" Season 3 will premiere on Tuesday, April 16 at 10 p.m. ET on MTV, the network announced Monday. The teen comedy will return with two back-to-back episodes on April 16. The super-sized third season of "Awkward" will air in two parts: The first 10 episodes will air before taking a midseason hiatus and returning for the second 10 episodes later in the year. will also be hosting "Awkward" webisodes that tie into the on-air storylines of the show, with the first webisode available before the season premiere and subsequent installments to follow throughout the season. Watch the first full-length trailer for "Awkward" Season 3 below: Here's what fans can expect from the new season, per MTV: In the first two seasons of “Awkward,” Jenna Hamilton (Ashley Rickards) tackled the age old questions all teenagers face: “who am I” and “who do I want be with?” Now, as she enters her junior year at Palos Hills High, Jenna is finally confronting the daunting ques ...
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WATCH: First Look At 'Awkward' Season 3
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Awkward" Season 3 is right around the corner, and it looks like Jenna's in for another season of cringe-inducing moments. In the "Awkward" Season 3 promo (above), Jenna (Ashley Rickards), Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed), Sadie (Molly Tarlov) and newcomer Nolan Funk make their debut on an appropriately uncomfortable school picture day. The MTV series received a 20-episode order for Season 3 after a successful second season. In addition to more episodes for the show's third season, "Awkward" will also see the arrival of "Glee" actor Funk, as well as "Breakfast Club" vet Anthony Michael Hall. "Awkward" Season 3 will premiere this April.
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Jen M.L.: Hey Girl... Happy Valentine's Day
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I don't know about you, but I spent many a Valentine's Day home alone wishing someone would spend his allowance on a ridiculously over-sized teddy bear holding a plush heart that I could perch in the corner of my room as a constant reminder that someone loved me. I've written a letter to that girl. Dear Jenni [because you know, I was still Jenni in those days], How's it going, girl? Happy Valentine's Day. I'm from the future. Yeah, your style doesn't get much better as you age. Sorry. But look how good your teeth look now! I know those braces seem like a real pain in the ass, but they're really going to pay off. And look at your hair! Amazeball invention: the straightening iron. It's like your very best friend in the future. I know it seems crazy to think you might actually want to straighten that glorious permed hair, but someday, I think you might realize that you've got a face for straight hair -- and hats (you might try a hat now). I'm not trying to be bossy or an ...
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Jon Chattman: A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Two for Thursday - Bright Light Bright Light and Mary C
Huffington Post - over 4 years
In the summer of 1984, my parents took my sister and I to see Gremlins, and it scared the bejesus out of me - whatever the word "bejesus" means. An avid moviegoer and fan of executive producer Steven Spielberg, the film selection seemed like a no-brainer for my parents and I even though I was eight years old. But, after the sweet introduction to Gizmo - the second the Gremlins appeared (or didn't - I bolted after the science teachers gets it), I bolted the theater in tears. That brings me to today's A-Sides. Say what? Yes. My favorite Mogwai's catchphrase was "bright light bright light," and the name of our first artist today is just that: Bright Light Bright Light. Convoluted opening graphs aside, this singer/songwriter is quite good whether you feed him after midnight or not. The Welsh artist, who NME described as the male "Robyn," has been touring in support of his substantive danceable pop debut Make Me Believe In Hope. While Bright Light Bright Light AKA Rod Thomas' ...
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Nico Lang: 10 Love Lessons You Can Learn From the '80s
Huffington Post - over 4 years
1. Dancing is the key to winning someone's heart. (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Fame, Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) For anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing and the wonder of Patrick Swayze's torso (#neverforget), you know that nobody can resist dancing. What's sexier than someone who is in touch with their body and knows how to move it? It doesn't even matter what they're dancing to or whether it's a tune as admittedly dopey as "I've Had the Time of My Life." When you see those hips moving to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' words, nothing else matters; not maudlin theme songs, botched backstreet abortions, the high expectations of your parents (Emily Gilmore and pre-L&amp;O Jerry Orbach) or that you think you can't do that lift. You can do that lift. You just have to learn to believe in yourself. His sweet moves will show you the way. Also, you know you kind of still love that song anyway. 2. Any problems you have with your romantic partner can b ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Anthony Michael Hall
  • 2016
    Age 48
    In 2016, he plays himself as the customer being serviced in an AT&T Mobile commercial.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Hall was cast in a recurring role on the TNT drama series Murder in the First. Hall became a regular subject of tabloid media after New York Magazine named him a member of the "Brat Pack," the group of young actors who became famous in the 1980s and frequently starred together. In the late '80s, Hall's drinking problem, which began in his early teens, made headlines. Hall eventually quit drinking and became fully sober by 1990. "The truth is, I had my partying nights, but I never really bounced at the bottom," he said. "I never went to rehab I was able to govern myself and continue my work." In 1990, Hall's physical appearance in Edward Scissorhands caught audiences off guard. His more muscular image provoked rumors of steroids, but Hall later said that "the weight gain was natural."
  • 2011
    Age 43
    From 2011-12, he guest starred in Warehouse 13 in the role of Walter Sykes, a man who once benefited from the use of an artifact but harboured a deep-seated anger towards the Warehouse and its agents when the artifact was taken from him (episodes 3.09, 3.11, 3.12).
    More Details Hide Details He also guest starred in Z Nation in the role of Gideon, a former communications manager leading a group of zombie apocalypse survivors (only episode 2.11).
    During 2011, he played the main antagonist in Season 3 of Warehouse 13, Walter Sykes.
    More Details Hide Details He reprised his role as Rusty Griswold in 2012 in a series of Old Navy holiday commercials featuring the Griswold family.
  • 2010
    Age 42
    In 2010, Hall made a guest appearance in NBC season one of Community as a former nerd turned bully.
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  • 2008
    Age 40
    In 2008, Hall appeared as Gotham City television reporter/anchor Mike Engel in The Dark Knight.
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  • 2002
    Age 34
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The Dead Zone quickly developed a loyal audience, with the show and Hall receiving strong reviews. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrote that "Hall's Johnny flashes the qualities - comic timing, great facial expressions - that made him a star in the 1980s movies Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club." The Dead Zone, Hall said, "has transformed my career." The show proved to be one of USA Network's top shows and one of the highest-rated programs on basic cable. The Dead Zone opening credits list Hall as co-producer (seasons 1-3), producer (seasons 5) and co-executive producer (season 6). Hall also directed an episode from season three, "The Cold Hard Truth," guest starring standup comic Richard Lewis. "Cold Hard Truth, I feel, is my best work as a director, because I had this great crew that knows me well and has been working with me," said Hall. "I also had the best script that I've had an opportunity to direct." The show's sixth and final season premiered on June 17, 2007. USA Network officially canceled The Dead Zone in December 2007.
  • 2001
    Age 33
    The 2001 film Not Another Teen Movie pays tribute to Hall's numerous appearances in the teen-oriented, '80s comedy films parodied by the movie.
    More Details Hide Details A brief shot of the sign over the door of a high school cafeteria reveals that the facility is named the "Anthony Michael Dining Hall." In 2006, Hall was ranked #4 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Teen Stars" and #41 in "100 Greatest Kid Stars." In June 2005, The Breakfast Club was rewarded with the "Silver Bucket of Excellence Award" at the MTV Movie Awards, in honor of the film's twentieth anniversary. For the show, MTV attempted to reunite the original cast. Sheedy, Ringwald, and Hall appeared together on stage, and Paul Gleason gave the award to his former castmates. Estevez could not attend because of family commitments, and Nelson appeared earlier on the red carpet, but left before the on-stage reunion, for reasons unknown. Hall joked that the two were "in Africa with Dave Chappelle."
    He starred opposite Sheryl Lee as a cheating husband in the 2001 USA Network cable movie Hitched.
    More Details Hide Details In the same year, he played renowned music producer Robert "Mutt" Lange in VH1's movie Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story and starred as legendary lefty baseball pitcher Whitey Ford in Billy Crystal's highly acclaimed HBO film, 61*. On the big screen, Hall took on supporting roles in the mystery-drama The Caveman's Valentine (2001) opposite Samuel L. Jackson, the critically panned Freddy Got Fingered (2001) opposite Tom Green, and the action-comedy All About the Benjamins (2002) opposite Ice Cube.
  • 2000
    Age 32
    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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  • 1999
    Age 31
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hall was widely praised for his portrayal of Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates. "I really fought for this part because I knew it would be the role of a lifetime," Hall said. "It was a thrill and a daunting challenge to play someone of his stature and brilliance." Hall described his physical appearance as 20-year-old Gates to the San Francisco Chronicle: "First, you have to lose the neck." The top six inches of his spine seem to disappear. "You go down, down. You lose the body; you get softer shoulders, you slump, you create a little gut." He is almost there. "Then you extend the neck and you do a little duck walk." He walks across the room. Add ill-fitting clothes, mop-top hair, a pair of oversize glasses and a cold stare, and the impersonation is complete.
  • 1994
    Age 26
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The film also co-starred Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey, Jr., and Judd Nelson. In addition, he produced the soundtrack for the film with composer Herbie Tribino. The film featured songs written and performed by Hall.
  • 1992
    Age 24
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Film critic Janet Maslin praised his performance, writing that "Mr. Hall, whose earlier performances (in films like National Lampoon's Vacation and Sixteen Candles) have been much goofier, remains coolly funny and graduates to subtler forms of comedy with this role." The following year, he played a gay man who teaches down-and-out Will Smith to dupe rich people in the critically acclaimed film Six Degrees of Separation. Hall claimed that it was "the hardest role he ever had."
  • 1990
    Age 22
    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.
    More Details Hide Details By then in his 20s, he shifted to more mature roles, trying to establish himself as an adult actor.
  • 1988
    Age 20
    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.
    More Details Hide Details A review for The Washington Post claimed that the film was "crass, vulgar, and relentlessly brain-dead."
  • 1987
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details But all sorts of stories circulated, like I got on set and I was fired, or I was pissed at him for shooting too long. It's all not true." He was replaced with Matthew Modine.
  • 1986
    Age 18
    Instead, he starred in the 1986 film Out of Bounds, Hall's first excursion into the thriller and action genre.
    More Details Hide Details The film grossed only US$5 million domestically, and was a critical and financial disappointment. Critic Roger Ebert described Out of Bounds as "an explosion at the cliché factory," and Caryn James from the New York Times claimed that not even "Hall, who made nerds seem lovable in John Hughes' Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club, could do much to reconcile" the disparate themes of the movie.
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 17
    Hall joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (SNL) during its 1985–86 season at the age of 17.
    More Details Hide Details He was, and remains, the youngest cast member in the show's history. His recurring characters on the show were 'Craig Sundberg, Idiot Savant,' an intelligent, talented teenager with a vacant expression and stilted speech, and 'Fed Jones,' one half of the habitually high, hustling pitchmen known as The Jones Brothers (the other Jones Brother was played by short-lived featured player Damon Wayans). Art Garfunkel, Edd Byrnes, Robert F. Kennedy, and Daryl Hall were among Hall's celebrity impersonations. Hall had admired the show and its stars as a child, but he found the SNL environment to be far more competitive than he had imagined. "My year there, I didn't have any breakout characters and I didn't really do the things I dreamed I would do," he said, "but I still learned a lot, and I value that. I'll always be proud of the fact that I was a part of its history." Hall was one of six cast members (the others being Joan Cusack, Robert Downey, Jr., Randy Quaid, and Terry Sweeney) who were dismissed at the end of that season.
    Hall and fellow costar Molly Ringwald dated for a short period of time after filming The Breakfast Club together in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, Hall portrayed Gary Wallace, another likable misfit, in Weird Science. Critic Sheila Benson from the Los Angeles Times said "Hall was the role model supreme" for the character, but she also acknowledged that "he was outgrowing the role" and "didn’t need to hold the patent on the bratty bright kid." Weird Science was a moderate success at the box office but was generally well-received for a teen comedy. Those roles established him as the 80s "nerd-of-choice," as well as a member in good standing of Hollywood's Brat Pack. Hall, who portrayed John Hughes' alter egos in Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, credits the director for putting him on the map and giving him those opportunities as a child. "I had the time of my life," he said. "I'd consider with Hughes again any day of the week."
    Hall starred in two 1985 teen classics, both written and directed by John Hughes.
    More Details Hide Details He was cast as Brian Johnson, "the brain," in the quintessential teen film The Breakfast Club, co-starring Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, and Molly Ringwald. Film critic Janet Maslin praised Hall, stating that the 16-year-old actor and Ringwald were "the movie's standout performers."
    After Vacation, Hall moved on to other projects and declined to reprise his role in the 1985 sequel.
    More Details Hide Details Hall's breakout role came in 1984, when he was cast as Farmer Ted, the scrawny, braces-wearing geek, who pursued Molly Ringwald's character in John Hughes' directing debut Sixteen Candles. Hall tried to avoid the clichés of geekness. "I didn't play him with 100 pens sticking out of his pocket," he said. "I just went in there and played it like a real kid. The geek is just a typical freshman." Hall landed a spot on the promotional materials, along with co-star Ringwald. Reviews of the film were positive for Hall and his co-stars, and one for People Weekly even claimed that Hall's performance "pilfered the film" from Ringwald. Despite achieving only moderate success at the box office, the film made overnight stars of Ringwald and Hall.
    Hall's next movies with Hughes were the teen classics The Breakfast Club and Weird Science, both in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Hall diversified his roles to avoid becoming typecast as his geek persona, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live (1985–1986) and starring in films such as Out of Bounds (1986), Johnny Be Good (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft's Bill Gates in the 1999 television film Pirates of Silicon Valley. He had the leading role in the USA Network series The Dead Zone, from 2002 to 2007. During its run, the show was one of the highest-rated cable television series. Hall was born in West Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. He is the only child of blues-jazz singer Mercedes Hall's first marriage. She divorced Hall's father, Larry, an auto-body-shop owner, when their son was six months old. When Hall was three, he and his mother relocated to the West Coast where she found work as a featured singer. After a year and a half, they returned to the East, eventually moving to New York City, where Hall grew up. Hall's ancestry is Irish and Italian. He has one half-sister, Mary Chestaro, from his mother's second marriage to Thomas Chestaro, a show business manager. His half-sister is pursuing a career as a singer under the name of Mary C. Hall uses the name Anthony, rather than Michael.
  • 1983
    Age 15
    The film was a significant box office hit in 1983, grossing over US$61 million in the United States.
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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.
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  • 1980
    Age 12
    In 1980, he made his screen debut in the Emmy-winning TV movie The Gold Bug, in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe, but it was not until the release of the 1982 Kenny Rogers film Six Pack that he gained real notice.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, Hall landed the role of Rusty Griswold, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's son, in National Lampoon's Vacation, catching the attention of the film's screenwriter John Hughes, who was about to make the jump to directing. "For Hall to upstage Chevy, I thought, was a remarkable accomplishment for a 13-year-old kid," said Hughes.
    Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child, and made his screen debut in 1980.
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  • 1977
    Age 9
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He went on to appear in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of St. Joan of the Microphone, and in a play with Woody Allen.
  • 1968
    Age 0
    Born on April 14, 1968.
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