Fast Facts

  • Made his stage debut in a 1977 Philadelphia production of the Steve Allen play The Wake.
  • Made his big-screen debut in 1982 dramedy Six Pack, starring Kenny Rogers and Diane Lane.
  • Was a regular on sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live during the 1985-86 season; at 17, he was the youngest person ever to join the cast.
  • Following roles in John Hughes' popular teen comedies Sixteen Candles (1984) and The Breakfast Club (1985), reportedly turned down parts the director wrote for him in the back-to-back 1986 hits Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
  • Nominated for a 2003 Saturn Award for Best Actor (Television) for sci-fi series The Dead Zone, adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name.
  • Had a cameo as a newscaster in The Dark Knight (2008) and appeared in-character in a viral-marketing campaign for the film.


  • 2009, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee


  • Larry Chestaro — Father
  • Mercedes Hall — Mother
  • Sandra Guerard — Ex-significant Other
  • Teresa De Saint — Ex-significant Other
  • Mary Christian — Sister
  • Molly Ringwald — Ex-significant Other
  • Thomas Chestaro — Stepfather

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  • Birth Name: Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall
  • Birth Place: West Roxbury, MA
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Director

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