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
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present
Spouse(s) Martel Thompson (2003–present)
Awards Emmy - 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 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]


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 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.



Year Title Role Notes
2003 My Blind Brother Bill
2004 Stateside Donny
2005 Fortunes Phil Yount
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Alan Davies
2006 Stranger Than Fiction Dave
2006 The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell Remington biographer
2006 RV Frank
2006 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Jack Dabbs
2006 The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah Homeowner with demons
2007 Flatland: The Movie King of Pointland Voice
2007 Because I Said So Stuart
2007 Dante's Inferno Pope Nicholas III Voice
2008 My Suicide Social worker
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Furlough Voice
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Nickie
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Wade
2009 The Informant! James Epstein
2009 Answer Man Mailman
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Dr. Mindbender
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Sam #2
2010 In My Sleep Ben
2011 Wuss Mr. Crowder
2011 Perfect Gene Short
2011 Sironia Chad
2012 First in Fight Wilbur Wright Short film
2012 Not That Funny Stefan Lane
2013 The Heat The John
2013 The Kings of Summer Bus Passenger


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ghost Stories Billy Thorpe Episode: "Personal Demons"
1998 Legacy Hyram Episode: "The Gift"
2000 The $treet Trainee Episode: "Closet Cases"
2001 Sex and the City Tiger Episode: "The Real Me"
2001 The Sopranos RN / OCN Collins Episode: "Second Opinion"
2001 Dawson's Creek Doctor Bronin Episode: "A Winter's Tale"
Arrested Development Byron "Buster" Bluth
2005 Stacked Brent Lamble Episode: "Beat the Candidate"
2007 Big Day David Episode: "Last Chance to Marry Jane"
2007 Andy Barker P.I. Simon
2008–2010 Chuck Emmett Milbarge 14 episodes
2008–2009 ER Norman Episodes: "Life After Death" and "T-Minus-6"
2008 Samantha Who? Dr. Andy Adams Episode: "The Pill"
2009 United States of Tara Oral Gershenoff Episode: "Aftermath"
2009 Rules of Engagement Steve Episode: "May Divorce Be With You"
2009–2010 Numb3rs Russell Lazlo Episodes: "Hydra" and "Devil Girl"
2010 The Life and Times of Tim Vince Voice
Episode: "Tim's Beard"
2010 Community Professor Holly Episode: "Beginner Pottery"
2010 Law & Order Phillip Shoemaker Episode: "Brazil"
2010 Justified David Mortimer Episode: "The Collection"
2010 Medium Gil Bureli Episode: "The Match Game"
2011 Human Target Harry Episodes: "Communication Breakdown" and "The Trouble With Harry"
2011 Royal Pains Andy Episode: "Ta Da For"
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Dr. Karl Episode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011 Good Vibes Wadska Voice
2011 Psych Jerry Kincaid Episode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012–present Veep Gary Walsh Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rick Simms[8] Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012 Up All Night Dr. Welborn Episode: "Ma'am'd"
2013 Drunk History Meriwether Lewis Episode: Nashville
2013 Comedy Bang! Bang! King of Cards Episode: Jessica Alba Wears a Jacket with Patent Leather Pumps
2013–present Sanjay and Craig Mr. Noodman Voice

Music videos[edit]

Year Band Song
2008 Fall Out Boy "Beat It"
2007 Switchfoot "Awakening"


Year Title Role
2009 CTRL Stuart

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2013 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Won
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated


  1. ^ Jonathan Davis (1981-01-01). "MSC Today - Macon State College". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  2. ^ "'Hale' to the comedy chief". 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)". 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". Retrieved 2013-08-01. 
  10. ^ "Emmy Nominees Full List: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey' Dominate 2013 Awards". 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-08-01. 

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