Michael Anthony Hall, known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall is an American actor, film producer, as well as a director. Hall, who has been appearing in commercials and on stage since he was a child, made his film debut with a minor role in the American comedy-drama film 'Six Pack'. He came to popularity with the American road comedy film 'National Lampoon's Vacation'. Directed by Harold Ramis, the film was a huge commercial hit. It eventually received a cult status. He also gained appreciation for his role in the comedy film 'Sixteen Candles’. He has had a successful career on TV as well and has appeared in TV movies such as 'The Gold Bug' and 'A Bucket of Blood'. Hall made his directorial debut with the American comedy film 'Hail Caesar'. The film also starred him in the lead role. He has served as a producer for two films as well. He was latest seen in the American comedy-drama film 'Bodied' in a minor role. The film, which was produced by popular American rapper Eminem, won a People's Choice Award.
Childhood & Early Life
Antony Michael Hall was born on April 14, 1968 in West Roxbury, in Boston, Massachusetts to mother Mercedes Hall, a blues-jazz singer, and father Larry Hall, who owned an auto-body shop. His parents divorced when he was only six months old.
Along with his mother, he relocated to the West Coast when he was only three. Later they moved to New York City, where Hall grew up. He studied at St. Hilda & Hugh’s School of New York. Later, he attended Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School.
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Antony Michael Hall started appearing in commercials when he was only seven years old. At the age of nine, he made his stage debut portraying a young Steve Allen in the semi-autobiographical play ‘The Wake’.
At the age of 12, he appeared in the Emmy Award winning TV movie ‘The Gold Bug’. In 1982, he appeared in the American comedy film ‘Six Pack’ which slowly brought him to popularity.
Hall gained prominence for his work in the 1983 American road comedy film ‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’. He portrayed the on-screen son of the lead actors. The film did well commercially, grossing four times its budget. It received mostly positive reviews. He next played an important role in the 1984 comedy film ‘Sixteen Candles’.
In 1985, he appeared in the comedy drama ‘The Breakfast Club’, in a significant role. The film won him a ‘Sliver Bucket of Excellence Award’. He then played lead roles in films such as ‘Johnny Be Good’ (1998) and ‘A Gnome named Gnorm (1990).
Other films he starred in over the next few years include ‘Into the Sun’ (1992), ‘Six Degrees of Separation’ (1993), ‘Trojan War’ (1997) and ‘2 Little 2 Late’ (1999). He portrayed Bill Gates in the 1999 television movie ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley.
He has also played guest roles in several TV series. He played the lead role in the TV series ‘The Dead Zone’ a science fiction drama series which aired from 2002 to 2007.
The films in which he appeared in the 2000s are ‘The Cavemen’s Valentine’ (2001), ‘Freddy Got Fingered’ (2001), ‘Funny Valentine’ (2005), ‘LA Blues’ (2007) and ‘The Dark Knight’ (2008).
In 2013, he appeared in the horror action film ‘Dead in Tombstone’ playing a main role. The same year, he played the lead role in a horror TV film ‘Zombie Night’. His latest movies include ‘Results’ (2015), ‘War Machine’ (2016) and ‘Bodied’ (2017).
‘National Lampoon’s Vacation’, a 1983 American road comedy film, was one of Anthony Michael Hall’s early works. The film, which was directed by Harold Ramis, also starred Chevy Chase, Beverley D’Angelo, Randy Quaid, John Candy, Dana Baron and Christy Brinkley. The film was a huge commercial success, earning more than four times its budget. It was also met with positive reviews from critics.
Hall played a supporting role in the 1990 romantic dark fantasy film ‘Edward Scissorhands’. The film, which was directed by Tim Burton, revolved around a young “artificial” man who falls in love with the daughter of the suburban family who takes him in. The film starred actor such as Johnny Depp, Winona Ryder, Dianne Wiest, and Kathy Baker alongside Anthony Michael Hall. The film was a commercial success, and was met with positive reviews. It also earned an Oscar nomination.
Hall portrayed Bill Gates in ‘Pirates of Silicon Valley’, a 1999 American biographical drama film. Directed by Martyn Burke, the film explored the rivalry between Steve Jobs and Bill Gates as the two were developing the personal computer. The film was appreciated by critics. It also won multiple awards and nominations.
Hall played a supporting role in the 2014 crime sports drama film ‘Foxcatcher’. The film, which was directed by Bennett Miller, also starred actors Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Vanessa Redgrave. The film was a commercial failure. However, it was nominated for several Oscars. It also won a few other awards such as the ‘Satellite Award’ and the ‘Hollywood Film Award’.
Awards & Achievements
Anthony Michael Hall received the ‘Young Artist Award’ in 1985 for his role in ‘Sixteen Candles’.
He won the ‘MTV Movie Silver Bucket of Excellence Award’ in 2005 for his role in ‘Breakfast Club’. This award was shared with Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy
Anthony Michael Hall has mostly kept his personal life private. There is not much known about his dating life. However, he is known to have dated Sandra Guerard and Elisabeth Röhm in the past.