Tony Hale

Tony Hale

Birth name
Anthony Hale
Born
September 30, 1970 ( age: 47 )
West Point, New York, USA
Occupation (s)

Actor

Years active

1997–present

Award

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)

Spouse

Martel Thompson (2003–present)

Children

Loy

Career

Hale first obtained his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired. He made minor guest appearances in TV shows such as Dawson's Creek, The Sopranos, and Sex and the City. He is often recognized for his role in the famous Volkswagen television commercial aired in 1999, in which he danced to the song "Mr. Roboto", which was later spoofed on the Fox sitcom Arrested Development. From 2003 to 2006, and returning to the role in 2013, Hale found success in television when he was cast as Buster Bluth, the hapless, neurotic son with "mother issues" on Arrested Development. Hale also appeared in a season ten episode of MADtv in a parody of COPS, where two British robbers try to stop a domestic dispute among the Royal Family.

In March 2006, Hale was cast in a co-starring role as the video store owner Simon in the NBC sitcom Andy Barker P.I., starring Andy Richter and co-created by Conan O'Brien. He appeared in minor roles in Stranger Than Fiction and Because I Said So. He was the voice of Furlough in The Tale of Despereaux, an animated children's film released in 2008. Hale had a recurring role as Emmett on Chuck, beginning in October 2008 and ending in January 2010. His departure made room for his starring role on the NBC web series Ctrl, which premiered on July 13, 2009. He appeared in a cameo in the second episode of the first season of Showtime's dramedy United States of Tara, as English teacher Oral Gershenoff. He joined the cast of Numb3rs in 2009, in the recurring role of Professor Russell Lazlo.

In 2012, Hale starred in the drama comedy Not That Funny. He also guest starred on NBC's long-running show Law & Order: SVU as Rick Simms, a teacher who gets fired from his job after being accused of inappropriate behavior with a student.

In 2012, Hale was cast in the HBO comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the personal assistant to Vice President Selina Meyer (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus). On September 22, 2013, Hale won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his work in the show's second season. This was his first major award, let alone his first Primetime Emmy Award. He earned his second nomination in 2014, but lost to Ty Burrell. However, Hale won his second Primetime Emmy Award with his 3rd nomination in 2015, in the same ceremony where Veep won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

In February 2015, Hale was cast in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, which was released in December 2015 to dismal reviews.

Film

Year    Title

2003  My Blind Brother

2004  Stateside

2005  Fortunes

2006  Unaccompanied Minors

2006  Stranger Than Fiction

2006  The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell

2006  RV

2006  Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector

2006  The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah

2007  Flatland: The Movie

2007  Because I Said So

2007  Dante's Inferno

2008  My Suicide

2008  The Tale of Despereaux

2008  The Year of Getting to Know Us

2009  The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard

2009  The Informant!

2009  Answer Man

2009  The Ballad of G.I. Joe

2010  Happythankyoumoreplease

2010  In My Sleep

2011  Wuss

2011  Perfect

2011  Sironia

2012  First in Fight

2012  Not That Funny

2013  The Heat

2013  The Kings of Summer

2013  The Nobodies

2015  American Ultra

2015  Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

2015  Dominion

2016  Yoga Hosers

2016  The Angry Birds Movie

Television

Year    Title

1997  Ghost Stories

1998  Legacy

2000  The $treet

2001  Sex and the City

2001  The Sopranos

2001  Dawson's Creek

2003–2006

2013  Arrested Development

2005  Stacked

2007  Big Day

2007  Andy Barker P.I.

2008–2010   Chuck

2008–2009   ER

2008  Samantha Who?

2009  United States of Tara

2009  Rules of Engagement

2009–2010   Numb3rs

2010  The Life and Times of Tim

2010  Community

2010  Law & Order

2010  Justified

2010  Medium

2011  Human Target

2011  Royal Pains

2011  NTSF:SD:SUV::

2011  Good Vibes

2011  Psych

2012–present          Veep

2012  Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

2012  Up All Night

2013  Drunk History

2013  Comedy Bang! Bang!

2013–present          Sanjay and Craig

2014  About a Boy

2014  Drunk History

2015  Drunk History