Tony Hale
Tony Hale
Tony Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards (cropped).jpg
Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards
Birth name Anthony Hale
Born (1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 47)
West Point, New York, U.S.
Spouse Martel Thompson (m. 2003)
Children 1

Anthony "Tony" Hale (born September 30, 1970) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as the neurotic Buster Bluth. Since 2012, he has played Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy Veep, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Early life

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 completed graduate studies in 1995 from the School of Communication and the Arts of Regent University in Virginia.[3] After graduating, he lived in New York City 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.[4]

Career

Hale first obtained his Screen Actors Guild card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired.[5] 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 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.[6] 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.[7] Hale had a recurring role as Emmett on Chuck, beginning in October 2008 and ending 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. 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-turned-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 major award.[10] He earned his second nomination in 2014, but lost the award to Ty Burrell. However, Hale won his second Primetime Emmy Award with his third nomination in 2015, in the same ceremony where Veep won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

Personal life

Hale married Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Martel Thompson on May 24, 2003.[11] They reside in Pasadena, California with their daughter Loy.[]

Filmography

Television

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"
2003-2006
2013
Arrested Development Buster Bluth 59 episodes
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 2 episodes
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 CTRL Stuart Web series
2009, 2010 Numb3rs Russell Lazlo 2 episodes
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 2 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Andy Episode: "Ta Da For"
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Dr. Karl Episode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011 Good Vibes Wadska (voice) 12 episodes
2011 Psych Jerry Kincaid Episode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rick Simms[8] Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012 Up All Night Dr. Welborn Episode: "Ma'am'd"
2012-present Veep Gary Walsh Main role
2013 Drunk History Meriwether Lewis Episode: "Nashville"
2013 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Rutabaga / Caesar (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Doc McStuffins Tobias The Elf (voice) Episode: "A Very McStuffins Christmas"
2013, 2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / King of Cards 2 episodes
2013-2016 Sanjay and Craig Mr. Noodman Voice role
2014 About a Boy Hugh Womple Episode: "About a Boy's Dad"
2014 The Birthday Boys Reginaldo Alphonsy Episode: "Cerf's Folly"
2014-2016 Drunk History Ub Iwerks / Edward Cope /
Buster Keaton / James Monroe
4 episodes
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Doctor Undergear (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Childrens Hospital Brad Lendricks Episode: "Me, Owen"
2016 The $100,000 Pyramid Himself/celebrity guest Episode: "Tony Hale vs. Justin Long"
2016 VeggieTales in the House Yambot, Marshmallow henchmen,
and computer voice
Episode: "Yambot"
2017 Animals. Matthew (voice) Episode: "Worms Birds Possums"
2017 Rick and Morty Death Stalker Eli (voice) Episode: "Rickmancing the Stone"
2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Jerome Squalor [12]

Film

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Raging Hormones Wiseguy Driver
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 role
2007 Because I Said So Stuart
2007 Cruel Logic Dr. Pomerenke
2007 Dante's Inferno Pope Nicholas III Voice role
2008 My Suicide Social worker
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Furlough Voice role
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Nickie
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Wade
2009 The Informant! James Epstein
2009 The 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
2013 The Nobodies Postal Boss Short film
2015 American Ultra Agent Petey Douglas
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Agent James Suggs
2016 Dominion Brinnan
2016 Yoga Hosers Bob Collette
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Ross/Mime/Cyrus Voice role
2016 Brave New Jersey Clark Hill
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight JPL Engineer
2017 And Then I Go Mr. Mosley
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Post-production
2018 Love, Simon Principal Worth Post-production

Music videos

Year Artist Song
2007 Switchfoot "Awakening"
2008 Fall Out Boy "Beat It"
2014 Lady Antebellum "Bartender"

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated work Result
2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated
2005 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 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2014 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2015 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2015 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Won
2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2016 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated
2017 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated

References

  1. ^ Jonathan Davis (1981-01-01). "MSC Today - Macon State College". Mga.edu. Retrieved . 
  2. ^ "'Hale' to the comedy chief". Nl.newsbank.com. November 9, 2003. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ Wilson, Brett. "Reasons Tony Hale '95 Says, "Your Next Big Thing is Here"". Regent University. Regent University. Retrieved 2015. 
  4. ^ Birkner, Gabrielle (February 21, 2007). "For These Artists, Inspiration Is Most Important". The New York Sun. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "How Did You Get Your SAG-AFTRA Card?" TV Guide. January 13, 2014. p. 10.
  6. ^ Heffernan, Virginia (March 15, 2007). "The Standard Six with Tony Hale". Six Degrees Magazine. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ Coleman, Rachael Lee (March 2007). "With a Couch Potato's Style, Private Eye Works the Mall". The New York Times. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ a b Ross, Robyn (March 21, 2012). "Exclusive: Martha Stewart, Tony Hale to Guest Star on Law & Order: SVU". TV Guide. Retrieved 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website for the HBO Series Veep". Hbo.com. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ "Emmy Nominees Full List: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey' Dominate 2013 Awards". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved . 
  11. ^ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (26 August 2016). "Tony Hale: "My Character's An Awful Person"" - via YouTube. 
  12. ^ UPI (June 14, 2017). "Nathan Fillion, Tony Hale Book Roles on 'A Series of Unfortunate Events'". TV Insider. Retrieved 2017. 

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