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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 August 1975Osterville, Massachusetts, USA
Date of Death 29 March 2009Los Angeles, California, USA  (congestive heart disease)
Birth NameAndrew Alcott Hallett
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Andy Hallett is from the tiny Cape Cod village of Osterville, part of the town of Barnstable. He attended Barnstable High School and then Assumption College in Worcester. Always shy, he didn't begin singing until Patti LaBelle invited him onstage at a concert. After moving to Los Angeles he worked as a runner for an agency and then as a property manager and personal assistant. When Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997) creator Joss Whedon saw Hallett singing in a Universal City blues revue, Whedon conceived the character of The Host, an anagogic demon who reads people when they open up through singing karaoke. Hallett was invited to try out and got the part, his first job ever as an actor.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Trivia (5)

Andy Hallett got his agent *after* he appeared for the first time on Angel. She spotted him singing and acting in the second season premiere episode, "Judgment." The morning after the show was broadcast she called up the BtVS/AtS casting agent and asked about him. He signed with her shortly thereafter.
According to an interview in the Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 24, 2003), "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" executive producer Joss Whedon had been friends with Andy Hallett and they liked to visit a "dirty, old scandalous" karaoke bar in Hollywood together; then Joss asked him to audition for the role of Lorne. Hallett joined the cast during the second season, but because he was unsure about how his flashy-dressing, green-faced character would be received, he kept his day job for an entire season.
Hallett told the Cleveland Plain Dealer (April 24, 2003) that he loved singing while growing up in Osterville, Mass., but negative peer pressure made him quit. Then, at a Patti LaBelle concert, she invited him onstage to sing "Lady Marmalade" with her. When he received applause and requests for photographs, he realized that "It was really a life-changing experience."
It took him two and a half hours to have the red-eyed, green-skinned, two-horned makeup applied for his role as Lorne on "Angel."
Fans of Hallett's crooning character Lorne on "Angel" have asked whether he is going to put out a CD; he has expressed interest and says that he has been approached by recording companies. [March 14, 2003]

Personal Quotes (6)

[modestly, on being promoted to a full cast member after working 45 episodes as a guest star:] "That was a complete surprise."
[on enduring the make-up process for his demon role on "Angel":] "It doesn't make me any more pleasant. The makeup people hate me, they call me the old green bitch."
[about hiding his acting job for a long time:] "I would lie, because no one would know me anyway. My grandmother convinced me to be proud of what I do."
[on Hallett's popularity on the series "Angel":] This is his first real job ever. Isn't it sad, how long it takes some of us to get into it, and he's there, and it's like he's been there for 10 years. Hallelujah! He's the bomb. -- costar Charisma Carpenter
[on a pleasant surprise call from Joss Whedon:] I was in my trailer, and one of the girls knocked on the door and said, 'You've got a call from Joss Whedon's office. I think it's kind of important.' I'm like, 'No, tell him I'm busy! Tell him I have a towel on my head, and I won't take the call.' No, seriously, I get on the phone with him, and he says, 'How are you?' 'Fine.' 'What are you doing?' 'Nothing.' 'I have some good news. I wanted to let you know that, for the back nine, we are making you a series regular.' I was shocked, stunned. I called my agent. I was totally numb. [March 14, 2003]
[on enduring lengthy sessions in the makeup chair to be transformed into Lorne on "Angel":] The makeup artist makes it so comfortable. This year, he even bought a 13-inch, flat-screen TV and a DVD player, so I can watch movies when I'm in there. Before, it was three hours staring at the mirror. He and I talk, but there are a lot of times I can't talk because he's working on me. He keeps the air-conditioning on for me. It's so pleasant. I couldn't ask for anything more. I used to have a lot of difficulty with it, but now it's cool. [March 14, 2003]

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