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Welcome to Michael C. Hall Online, a website dedicated to Michael C.
Hall, the accomplished and unique Emmy nominated actor best known for his roles in Showtime's
Dexter, HBO's Six Feet Under and feature films like Gamer or various stage shows.
On this unofficial fan site you will find an archive of Michael's career including photographs, videos, information and the latest news on this gifted actor.
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Name: Michael Carlisle Hall Birthdate: February 1, 1971 Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, USA Education: Ravenscroft in Raleigh, graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, in 1993, and attended New York University's Master of Fine Arts program in New York City
» Growing Up in NC
Michael Carlisle Hall was born on February 1, 1971 and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. His father, William Hall, an employee of IBM, died from prostate cancer when Hall was only 11-years old. "At that age, my father's death was a real marker. Certainly, for a young boy, there's no good age, but I think I was on the cusp of a time in my life where I was starting to reach puberty, to relate to my father--or as a result, I was becoming more like him. To have him ... Something gets frozen. As you revisit it for the rest of your life, it's sort of this slow but hopefully sure crawling-out of that frozen moment." Michael's mother, Janice Hall, a guidance counselor, earned her doctorate in education after his father passed. Hall grew up an only child, a sister having died in infancy before his birth. "There was a very one-on-one, immediate family relationship, my mom and I", he says.
» Discovering Acting
Early on in life, Michael C. Hall discovered acting, cutting his teeth in "What Love Is" while in the second grade. When he was in fifth grade, he began singing in a boy's choir, then graduated to musicals in high school, performing in all the old standards - "The Sound of Music," "Oklahoma!" and "Fiddler on the Roof." He was also a member of a chamber choir that spent 10 weeks touring Austria. "There was always an impulse to perform in one way or another. Most of my experiences performing growing up were doing musicals, singing, being in choirs--I sang in choirs when I was in college as well. I was a choir geek the first couple of years. Then I became a theater geek. I took an acting class my sophomore year and realized that in terms of [my] enthusiasm and aptitude, it was definitely the thing." After graduation, Hall attended Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1993, a liberal arts school from which he assumed he would emerge as a lawyer. Instead, Michael began taking acting classes and thinking about performing as a viable, yet riskier, career.
» Stage Actor
He finished his studies at Earlham as one of only three theater majors, an unenviable position for someone looking to find acting work. Hall found some cache when he ventured to New York to attend grad school at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, earning a master's of fine arts in 1996. Hall immediately scored an agent and began performing theater, landing understudy roles in Henry V and Timon of Athens, before playing Malcolm in Alec Baldwin's production of Macbeth at the Public Theater - his first major role in New York City. From there, Hall gained wider exposure on the stage as Posthumous in Cymbeline and as the Apostle Peter in Terrence McNally's gay-themed take on The Gospels, Corpus Christi. Across the continent, he appeared in David Hare's Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum. But his big break - on the stage at least - came when he was in a workshop performance of Stephen Sondheim's musical Wiseguys (later renamed Bounce for its Broadway run), directed by Sam Mendes, who later directed Hall in Cabaret.
» Six Feet Under
Sam Mendes directed American Beauty (1999), which was written by Alan Ball, who later created Six Feet Under, which, in turn, starred Hall in the role that kick-started his on-screen career. As David Fisher, a repressed gay man coming to terms with his sexuality while struggling to run the family's mortuary business after the sudden death of their patriarch (Richard Jenkins), Hall exuded considerable chops playing the deeply conflicted, anal retentive and obsessive middle sibling whose struggle with his closeted sexuality eventually transforms into acceptance through his relationship with Keith Charles (Mathew St. Patrick). Hall's performance earned the actor an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series, while sharing two Screen Actors Guild Awards and an AFI Award in the ensemble category.
During his run on Six Feet Under, Hall found little time to do other acting, though he did occasional work on stage. In 2002, Hall was cast in a brief stint as Billy Flynn in a Broadway production of the always-popular Chicago opposite wife Amy Spangler (the couple separated in 2006). He had a supporting role as an FBI agent hunting a computer engineer (Ben Affleck) trying to recover his erased memory in John Woo's Paycheck (2003) and appeared in the made-for-television indie drama Bereft (2004). In 2005, Hall said goodbye to Six Feet Under when the show finished its fifth and final season. Though unsure of what his next step was, Hall was certain he didn't want to jump right onto another television show - until he read the script for Showtime's Dexter, a darkly comic drama about a blood-splatter technician in the Miami Police Department who moonlights as a serial killer who hunts other killers who have managed to slip through the judicial cracks. "Looking back, I guess it was kind of nuts to go straight into something else after Six Feet Under, but I recognized that Dexter would give me a chance to do something really different in a significant way," Hall says. "I couldn't pass it up." The challenge of playing such a complex and ambiguous character piqued Hall's interest right away, particularly Dexter's inability to express authentic human emotions, giving him the opportunity to portray one of the most controversial and talked-about television characters in recent memory.
» Award Recognition
While at the 67th Annual Golden Globes Awards, Michael C. Hall won Best Actor in a Drama series for his work in the fourth season of Dexter. John Lithgow who played the Trinity Killer in season four also took home Best Supporting Actor so it was a huge win for the show.
Michael and Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter married in a private ceremony on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2008. They dated for a year and a half prior to getting hitched. The ring was passed down from Carpenter's grandfather.
In late 2009 Michael was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymphatic system, which is part of the body's immune system. In a statement Michael said "I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care." Jennifer Carpenter who is by his side said "Every second's special with him, it sounds corny but it's true. I'm very lucky." Hall says his cancer is currently in remission.
Michael C. Hall recently was seen in Gamer (2009), in which he starred alongside Gerard Butler and Alison Lohman. He is currently working on the fifth season of Dexter. He resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Jennifer Carpenter.
- 1993 Took on the role of the emcee in his college production of Cabaret
- 1996 Acted in a New York Shakespeare Festival presentation of Timon of Athens
- 1996 Played Warwick in the New York Shakespeare Festival production of Henry V starring Andre Braugher
- 1996 Understudied Christian Camargo in the Broadway play Skylight
- 1998 Featured in the New York Shakespeare Festival presentation of Cymbeline at the Delacorte Theater
- 1999 Succeeded Alan Cumming in the role of the Emcee in Sam Mendes' hit Broadway production of Cabaret
- 1999 Took a leave from Cabaret to appear in the Sam Mendes-directed workshop of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Wise Guys (October); returned to Cabaret in November
- 2001-2005 Starred as David Fisher in the HBO series Six Feet Under; earned an Emmy nomination in 2002 for Best Actor
- 2002 Cast as Billy Flynn in Broadway's Chicago
- 2003 Appeared in the John Woo thriller Paycheck
- 2004 Appeared in Bereft
- 2006-2009 Played Dexter Morgan in the Showtime series Dexter; earned Golden Globe (2007) and SAG (2007) nominations for Best Actor and in 2010 won.
- 2009 Starring in Gamer
- 2009 Starring in Gamer
- 2010 Won Best Drama Actor for Dexter at the 67th Annual Golden Globes and 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
(On Dexter) "He's a bit of a chameleon so [with this character] I never have to try and convince myself that I am not acting."
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