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Overview (3)

Born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameMichael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Anthony Michael Hall was born in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. His parents are Mercedes Hall, an actress-blues and jazz singer, and Larry Hall, who owned an auto body shop. His stepfather is a show-business manager. His sister, Mary Christian, is also a performer. He has Irish and Italian ancestry. 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, and his breakthrough role was as Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983) alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo. Following the success of National Lampoon's 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). His early 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), 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".

Following a one-year stint on Saturday Night Live (1975), excessive drinking and partying threatened to sidetrack Hall's career. However, he was able to regain control and has been sober since 1990, the year he played the role of Jim in Edward Scissorhands (1990). After a series of minor roles in the 1990s, he starred as Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in the television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). Since that time, Hall has focused on television work, including an 81-episode run on Stephen King's The 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, Caifornia.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Pedro Borges

Trade Mark (1)

During the early years of his career, he often played dweebish, unpopular teenagers

Trivia (27)

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.
Turned down roles in Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) so he would not be typecast.
He was in negotiations to star as Private Joker in the Stanley Kubrick film Full Metal Jacket (1987), but after eight months of negotiations a deal between Kubrick and Hall fell through.
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.
Is a singer, plays bass, guitar, drums and composes songs 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.
Brother of Mary Christian, who played his on-screen sister in The Breakfast Club (1985) as well.
All of the characters played by Anthony in John Hughes films are actually based on Hughes himself.
His favorite character he ever played was Bill Gates in Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). He thought this was fun playing the richest man in the world.
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.
For his role as Whitey Ford in 61* (2001), rather than learning to pitch left-handed, he wore his Yankee uniform number and logo backward, and pitched right-handed. The image was then flipped.
Has appeared with actor and friend Robert Downey Jr. in Weird Science (1985), Johnny Be Good (1988) and Hail Caesar (1994) (which he directed himself).
Stanley Kubrick claimed that the collaboration between Hall and director John Hughes was "the most promising since James Stewart and Frank Capra".
Was one of the nine original members of the 1980s "brat pack", along with Judd Nelson, Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Sean Penn, Rob Lowe, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez and Ally Sheedy.
Is the youngest member of the Brat Pack.
Ranked #41 in VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Kid Stars"
While not related to musician Daryl Hall, he did play Daryl in a skit on Saturday Night Live (1975) with Robert Downey Jr..
Was cast on The Dead Zone (2002) after executive producer Michael Piller saw his performance in Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999).
In the roller coaster scenes in National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), he was not acting when looked scared. He was really terrified of the roller coaster.
Portrayed Tony Kushner in Kushner's production of "Only We Who Guard the Mystery Shall Be Unhappy" in Hollywood, California, starring Mimi Kennedy, Sally Field and JoBeth Williams. [October 2004]
Beat out Jim Carrey for the role of Farmer Ted in Sixteen Candles (1984).
Auditioned for the role of Ponyboy Curtis in The Outsiders (1983), which went to C. Thomas Howell.
Has Irish and Italian ancestry.
Currently resides in Playa del Rey, California.
Owner of AMH Entertainment, a film production company.
In a relationship with his War Machine (2017) co-star, Lucia Oskerova. [June 2017]

Personal Quotes (9)

[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 television 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 on The 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. In reality, the film's budget was $14 million and it grossed $14.25 million.
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.
[2003] 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.

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