From humble showbiz beginnings as a seven-year-old kid in Honeycomb Cereal and Bounty commercials to a fixture in the John Hughes classics of the 1980s to starring as Bill Gates in Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999) (TV) and taking a turn as Mike Engel in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight (2008), Anthony Michael Hall's over-three-decade career has made him a Hollywood icon. Born April 14,, 1968 in Massachusetts, USA, Hall's given name was Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall, but he adopted the Anthony Michael moniker upon finding that another Michael Hall was already a member of the Screen Actors' Guild.
Hall began acting in commercials at the age of seven, but his true breakthrough role was as Rusty in Vacation (1983) alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Following the success of Vacation (1983), Hall entered the defining period of his career, starring in three John Hughes classics: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Weird Science (1985). Wanting to avoid being typecast, Hall turned down roles in two subsequent 1986 Hughes films, Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986).
Following a one-year stint on "Saturday Night Live" (1975), excessive drinking and partying threatened to side-track Hall's career. He was able to regain control, however, and has been sober since 1990, the year he played the role of Jim in Edward Scissorhands (1990). Since that time, Hall has focused on television work, including an 81-episode run on Stephen King's "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (2002), but has managed to take on film projects as well, including the role of Mike Engel in The Dark Knight (2008).
In addition to acting, Hall has also pursued his musical talents, as songwriter and lead singer of his band, Hall of Mirrors, which was formed in 1998. Hall helps at-risk youth via The Anthony Michael Hall Literacy Club and lives in Los Angeles.
Anthony Michael Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His stepfather is a show-business manager and his mother, Mercedes Hall, is an actress-singer. His sister, Mary Christian, is also a performer. He started doing TV commercials, and his first major break came when he was cast as the young Steve Allen in Allen's semi-autobiographical play "The Wake." He came to the attention of movie audiences with his performance as the geeky, overbearing yet endearing "Farmer Ted" who talks Molly Ringwald into giving him her underwear in Sixteen Candles (1984). His television credits include the Emmy Award-winning "The Gold Bug," in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the TV movie Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982) (TV), and specials "The Body Human" and "Orphans, Waifs and Wards." On stage, he appeared in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of "St. Joan of the Microphone."IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous
Youngest member of "Saturday Night Live" (1975) ever, in 1985 when he was 17. Was only on SNL for one season because he had to go to rehab.
Switched his first and middle name because there was already a Michael Hall in the Screen Actors Guild. Goes by his birth name off-screen.
He is a singer, plays drums and composes songs for his band.
Writes and sings for his band, Hall of Mirrors.
Began drinking alcohol when he was 13. By the time he was 18, it was taking over his life. In 1990, he quit drinking and has been sober ever since.
Former "brat packer."
All of the characters played by Anthony in John Hughes films are actually based on Hughes himself.
In Freddy Got Fingered (2001), Anthony had trouble driving the sports car his character had. Director Tom Green commented in the DVD of the film that it took several dozen takes to get the two-second shot.
Claims his favorite book is John O'Donahue's "Eternal Echoes."
Is of Irish and Italian heritage.
Ranked #41 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
Auditioned for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders (1983).
He is the youngest member of the Brat Pack.
Plays bass, drums and guitar.
Lives in Playa del Rey, California.
Owner of AMH Entertainment, a film production company.
[on what he would do if he had to spend a million dollars on someone other than himself] Donate a portion to reputable children's and animal charities, donate a portion to churches and homeless organizations.
[on why he never went to college] I've been a working actor since age eight. It became my craft and career by high school. I did not go to college, but I'm an avid reader in the ongoing process of educating myself.
[on working in all three mediums] Movies and TV are both incredibly gratifying. I treat the work the same. Music, specifically songwriting and music production, are very gratifying as well.
[on why he chose the character Johnny Smith, in "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (2002)) Playing a character that develops from within was very attractive to me. In playing this part, it is challenging to find the mind, body, and spirit for the role of John Smith. I do watch "Star Trek" (1966) episodes a lot more closely now!
Everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.
]On Tom Green's directorial style with Freddy Got Fingered (2001)] Off-camera, he's very quiet. He'd often be walking around quietly, twirling his hair while thinking about his next shot. I think the guy's a genius. I think the guy's a social hypnotist. I think he's incredible. He's on to something big-time and it's not just stand-up comedy. If this doesn't make $100 million, something's wrong. I smell a sequel.
I don't want to go away as an actor.
I grew up in the public eye. I can't hide from that. I always embrace the work I've done before. I wouldn't be where I am now if it wasn't for those movies. I'm always baffled by actors who are like, 'I'm not going to talk about the '80s.' What? You're just forgetting that whole experience? I feel very fortunate to have been able to do those films. It gave me the tools I needed to be where I am.
 I don't really do the Hollywood party thing. Some people party every night, but years ago I figured out that people who are getting ahead are getting it done before 6 p.m.
(December 2003) his highly rated show "The Dead Zone" has been picked up for a third season.
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