Michael C. Hall

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Michael C. Hall
Michael C. Hall 2011.jpg
Hall at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con
Born Michael Carlyle Hall
(1971-02-01) February 1, 1971 (age 45)
Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.
Alma mater Tisch School of Arts and Earlham College
Occupation Actor
Executive producer
Years active 1999–present
Spouse(s) Amy Spanger (m. 2002; div. 2007)
Jennifer Carpenter (m. 2008; div. 2011)
Morgan Macgregor (m. 2016)

Michael Carlyle Hall (born February 1, 1971) is an American actor, known for his role as Dexter Morgan, a serial killer and blood spatter analyst, in the Showtime TV Network series, Dexter, and as David Fisher in the HBO drama series, Six Feet Under. In 2010, Hall won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his role in Dexter.[1]

Early life[edit]

Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. His mother, Janice (née Styons) Hall, is a mental health counselor at Lees-McRae College, and his father, William Carlyle Hall, worked for IBM.[2] Hall grew up an only child; his sister died in infancy before his birth. He has said of this: "There was a very one-on-one, immediate family relationship, my mom and I." His father died of prostate cancer in 1982, at the age of 39, when Hall was 11 years old.[3] In a 2004 interview, Hall stated: "Certainly, for a young boy, there's no good age, but I think I was on the cusp of a time in my life where I was starting to reach puberty, to relate to my father. To have him.... Something gets frozen. As you revisit it for the rest of your life, it's sort of this slow but hopefully sure crawling—out of that frozen moment."[4]

Hall graduated from Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, in 1989,[5] and from Earlham College, a liberal arts college in Richmond, Indiana, in 1993. He has said that he planned to become a lawyer but later admitted to never actually intending to go to law school.[6] Hall graduated from New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts in 1996.[7]

Career[edit]

Early in life Hall discovered acting and performed in What Love Is while in second grade at Ravenscroft School. When he was in fifth grade, he began singing in a boy's choir, then in high school musicals, performing in standards such as The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, and Fiddler on the Roof. He continued acting during his time at Earlham College, where he starred in such productions as "Cabaret".

A young Hall stars in Earlham College's "Cabaret"

Hall's professional acting career began in the theater. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Macbeth and Cymbeline at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and in Timon of Athens and Henry V at The Public Theater, The English Teachers at the Manhattan Class Company (MCC), and the controversial play Corpus Christi at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He also performed in the workshop production of what was then known as Sondheim's Wise Guys, later versions of which were titled Bounce and, finally, Road Show. He sang the role of Paris Singer; this character's songs and function in the play were transferred to the character Hollis Bessamer in the final version of the play. In Los Angeles, Hall appeared in Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum. He also was part of the Texas Shakespeare Festival the summer of 1995. He played Lancelot in Camelot[8] Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream,[8] and Claudio in Much Ado About Nothing.[8]

Stage[edit]

During August 4–30, 1998, Hall performed in William Shakespeare's Cymbeline in the role of Posthumus.

In 1999, director Sam Mendes cast Hall as the flamboyant Emcee in the revival of Cabaret, Hall's first Broadway role.

In 2003, Hall toured as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. In 2005, he returned to Off-Broadway theater in the premiere of Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade, playing the title character, an emotionally disturbed little girl's imaginary friend.

In 2014, he returned to Broadway in the play The Realistic Joneses, starring in the role of John Jones.

He assumed the title role in Hedwig and The Angry Inch on Broadway on October 16, 2014 and performed the role until January 18, 2015. Hall returned to the role of Hedwig from February 17–21, 2015 to replace John Cameron Mitchell, who had a knee injury.

At the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, Hall starred as Thomas Newton in the NYTW stage production, Lazarus, created by David Bowie and Enda Walsh.[9] Hall performed the song "Lazarus", which appeared on Bowie's final album, Blackstar (2016), on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in December 2015.[10] He later appeared in the London production from October 25, 2016 until January 22, 2017.

Six Feet Under[edit]

Mendes suggested Hall for the role of closeted David Fisher, when Alan Ball began casting the TV drama Six Feet Under. "Everything opened up for me in Cabaret," but, Hall reported in a 2004 interview, "It slammed shut for David."[4]

Hall's work in the first season of Six Feet Under was recognized with a nomination for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series[11] and for an AFI Award nomination for Actor of the Year in 2002 for his role as David Fisher. In addition, he shared in the Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series all of five years that the show was in production, winning the award in 2003 and 2004.[12]

Dexter[edit]

Hall at the 2013 Comic-Con

Hall starred in and co-produced the Showtime television series Dexter, in which he played a psychopathic blood spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer / vigilante.[13] Jennifer Carpenter played his adoptive sister, Debra Morgan. The series premiered on October 1, 2006 and ended its run in 2013. For his work on Dexter, Hall was nominated for five more Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The show itself was also nominated for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 Emmy citations, in the Drama Series category.[14] He won the 2007 Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama.[15] Hall was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama in 2007 and again in 2008,[16] and won the award at the 67th Golden Globe Awards in 2010.[17] Also in 2010, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. After months of rumors, on April 18, 2013, Showtime announced via social media that season eight would be Dexter's final season.[18]

On January 16, 2014, Showtime President David Nevins said there had been discussions for a Dexter spinoff series that would take the character in a different direction and not continue the previous series. Nevins said they would only do the show if Michael C. Hall agreed to return.[19]

Hall stated he would be open to returning for a spinoff series, but said: "I can't even wrap my mind around that. And it's all just theoretical until there is some sort of script reflecting somebody's idea of where it could possibly go. But it's hard for me to imagine what that would be. Yeah, as far as playing Dexter again for an undefined amount of time, that's a little daunting to consider. But doing another television series—there's a lot of amazing stuff on TV. I don't want to do that right away. But I wouldn't say never to that."[20]

Film[edit]

Hall's film credits include the thriller Paycheck (2003), the science fiction thriller Gamer (2009), the 2011 drama The Trouble with Bliss (2011), the comedy Peep World (2012), and Kill Your Darlings (2013).[21] Hall performed in a film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's cult novel Cold in July,[22] directed by Jim Mickle.[23] The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.[24] In the next year, Hall voiced Batman in Justice League: Gods and Monsters.[25]

Personal life[edit]

On May 1, 2002, Hall married actress Amy Spanger; he played Billy Flynn opposite her Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago, the summer after their wedding. The couple separated in 2005 and filed for divorce in 2006.[citation needed]

In 2007, Hall began dating his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter.[26] They eloped on New Year's Eve, 2008 in California and publicly appeared together for the first time as a married couple at the 66th Golden Globe Awards in January 2009.[26] In December 2010, Hall and Carpenter released a statement announcing that they had filed for divorce after having been separated "for some time".[27] The divorce was finalized in December 2011 for irreconcilable differences; however, the two remain very close friends.[28][29]

In September 2012, Hall began dating Morgan Macgregor, who was an associate editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books,[30] and they married on February 29, 2016.[31]

Cancer[edit]

On January 13, 2010, Hall's agent and spokesman confirmed that Hall was undergoing treatment for a form of Hodgkin's lymphoma. In an interview, Hall said that it was upsetting to learn of his cancer when he was 38 years old, as his father had died from cancer at age 39; however, he was grateful they had found the cancer at its early stages, which made it a lot easier to treat and cure.[citation needed] Hall accepted his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 while wearing a knitted cap over his bald head, having lost his hair due to chemotherapy.[32] On April 25, 2010, Carpenter announced that Hall was fully in remission[33] and was set to get back to work for a new season of Dexter.[34]

Charity[edit]

Hall is the face of the Somalia Aid Society's Feed The People campaign. He has also worked with Kiehl's to promote a limited-edition skin care line that benefits the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental nonprofit that works toward clean and safe water worldwide.[35]

In 2011, Hall was the celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night Walk" fundraising campaign.[36]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Paycheck Agent Klein
2009 Gamer Ken Castle
2011 Peep World Jack Meyerwitz
2012 The Trouble with Bliss Morris Bliss
2013 Kill Your Darlings David Kammerer
2014 Cold in July Richard Dane Premiered at Sundance 2014
2015 The Gettysburg Address Leonard Swett Voice
2015 Justice League: Gods and Monsters Kirk Langstrom/Man-Bat Voice
2016 Christine George Peter Ryan
2017 Felt John Dean Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2001–2005 Six Feet Under David Fisher 63 episodes
2004 Bereft Jonathan Television movie
2006 Mysteries of the Freemasons Narrator Television movie
2006–2013 Dexter Dexter Morgan 96 episodes
2009–2010 Dexter: Early Cuts Dexter Morgan 12 episodes
2011 Vietnam in HD Narrator Episode: "The Beginning"
2012 Ruth & Erica Tom 3 episodes
2014 Years of Living Dangerously Himself Episode: "A Dangerous Future"
2015 Star vs. the Forces of Evil Toffee Voice; 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2002 American Film Institute Awards Male Actor of the Year in a Television Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2002 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2002 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Won
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Won
2005 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Won
2005 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2006 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2006 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Six Feet Under Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2007 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Won
2007 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Won
2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2007 Television Critics Association Awards Individual Achievement in Drama Dexter Won
2008 Astra Awards Favorite International Personality or Actor Dexter Nominated
2008 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2008 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2008 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2008 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2008 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2009 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2009 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2009 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2009 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Won
2010 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Won
2010 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2010 Satellite Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2010 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Won
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2011 Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Dexter Nominated
2011 Monte-Carlo Television Festival Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2011 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2012 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Dexter Nominated
2013 Saturn Awards Best Actor on Television Dexter Nominated
2014 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Ensemble Performance The Realistic Joneses Won
2016 Lucille Lortel Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Lazarus Nominated
2016 Drama Desk Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical Lazarus Nominated

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Tallmer, Jerry (October 26, 2005). "Take a girl in a tutu, a man in a suit, and just add writer". The Villager. Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Michael C Hall Biography". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Stockwell, Anne (June 8, 2004). "Hall of love and death". The Advocate. Retrieved April 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Hall '89 and Dexter Earn Golden Globe Nominations". Ravenscroft School. December 15, 2009. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  6. ^ Sayers, Robin (October 2010). "Q + LA Michael C. Hall". Los Angeles Times Magazine. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ "NYU Graduate Acting Alumni". 2011. Retrieved December 1, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "1995 – Camelot". Texas Shakespeare Festival. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  9. ^ "NYTW / Lazarus". 
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  11. ^ "Michael C. Hall". Emmys. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ The Hollywood Reporter, Volume 401 Publisher Hollywood Reporter Inc., 2007
  13. ^ Garret, Andrew. Andy Given Sunday. Penguin. 
  14. ^ Mike, Bruno (July 17, 2008). "Emmy Nominees: The Class of 2008". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  15. ^ "NBC Triumphs At TCA Awards". Television Critics Association. July 21, 2007. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Hollywood Foreign Press Association 2008 Golden Globe Awards For The Year Ended December 31, 2007". HFPA. 2007. Archived from the original on December 14, 2007. Retrieved December 13, 2007. 
  17. ^ 2009 Golden Globe Nominees HFPA Nominations and Winners
  18. ^ Ausiello, Michael (April 18, 2013). "Dexter's Done: Showtime Confirms Season 8 Will Be Long-Running Drama's Last". TV Line. Retrieved April 19, 2013. 
  19. ^ "'Dexter' Spinoff 'Would Have to Involve' Michael C. Hall, Showtime Boss Says". The Hollywood Reporter. January 16, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Michael C. Hall Says He Would Play Dexter Again". Huffington Post. January 21, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Kill Your Darlings". September 19, 2013 – via IMDb. 
  22. ^ Golden, Grant (May 31, 2013). "Michael C. Hall Signs on for Film Adaption of Cold in July". Paste Magazine. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  23. ^ "DEXTER's Michael C. Hall to Star in Jim Mickle's COLD IN JULY!!". Icons of Fright. May 30, 2013. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  24. ^ "MICHAEL C. HALL SAYS NEVER SAY NEVER TO RETURNING TO TV - In the Mixx". 
  25. ^ Superman Has Beard, Batman is Vampiric in New Trailer for Dark Justice League Series; article; CNET online; accessed January 2016
  26. ^ a b Dos Santos, Kristin (January 9, 2009). "Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Are Married". E! Online. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  27. ^ Snierson, Dan (December 13, 2010). "'Dexter' stars Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter file for divorce (EW exclusive)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 14, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Michael C. Hall Divorce Finalized: Who is 'Dexter' Star Dating Now?". International Business Times. December 7, 2011. Retrieved April 27, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter Divorce 2011: Why Did 'Dexter' Co-stars Split?". EzineMark. 
  30. ^ "Michael C. Hall and girlfriend Morgan take their dog for a walk". Daily Mail. London. November 4, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Surprise! Dexter's Michael C. Hall Marries Longtime Girlfriend Morgan Macgregor". E! Online. February 29, 2016. 
  32. ^ "New York Times blogger mocks Michael C. Hall's cap without knowing he had cancer". PerthNow.com.au. January 20, 2010. Retrieved December 28, 2010. 
  33. ^ "Michael C. Hall – Cancer in Remission & Back to Work on "Dexter"". National Ledger. April 27, 2010. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  34. ^ "Dexter star Hall over cancer". BBC News. April 25, 2010. 
  35. ^ "Limited Edition Rare Earth Pore Cleansing Masque by Michael C. Hall". Waterkeeper Alliance. Retrieved June 15, 2011. 
  36. ^ "Michael C. Hall Supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Annual Light The Night Walk In New PSA Campaign" (Press release). Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. March 15, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2013. 'The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society pours a tremendous amount of money directly into cutting-edge cancer research - research that I've certainly benefited from,' says Hall. 

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