Biography

This stage-trained actor first made a name for himself in the New York theater scene, racking up impressive off-Broadway credits before landing his breakthrough role as the sleazy emcee in the 1990s revival of the musical Cabaret. Although he took over the role from Tony winner Alan Cumming, Hall made the character his own with his unsettling intensity, a quality that would soon be showcased on the small screen on Six Feet Under. For five seasons, Hall captivated audiences and earned an Emmy nod as a meticulous, gay funeral director on the lauded HBO drama. During his tenure, he occasionally returned to the stage — notably opposite his then-wife, Amy Spanger, in the Broadway revival of Chicago — and made his big-screen debut in the muddled actioner Paycheck. But TV remained his medium, and in 2006 Hall returned to cable as the title character in Dexter, a forensic blood-spatter specialist who also happens to be a serial killer. Aside from racking up several award nominations, Hall's work on the show also introduced him to costar Jennifer Carpenter, whom he married at the end of 2008. In 2010, Hall announced that he'd been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma and was undergoing treatment. Within the next few weeks, he accepted the Best Actor Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award for his work on Dexter.

Fast Facts

  • Started acting in college productions before moving on to New York's Shakespeare Festival.
  • Replaced originator Alan Cumming in the role of Emcee for a Broadway revival of Cabaret in 1999.
  • The producers of Six Feet Under originally chose Peter Krause for the role of David Fisher before casting Hall as David and Krause as his brother, Nate.
  • Met his ex-wife, Amy Spanger, during auditions for the musical Rent.  In 2002, they costarred in the Broadway production of Chicago.
  • Provided voice-overs for several Dodge commercials starting in 2009.

Awards

  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2008, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2010, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Winner
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2007, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
  • 2008, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2006, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • Jennifer Carpenter — Ex-wife
  • Amy Spanger — Ex-wife
  • Morgan MacGregor — Significant Other

College

  • Earlham College, Richmond, IN (1993); New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, NY (MFA, 1996)

Details

  • Birth Name: Michael Carlyle Hall
  • Birth Place: Raleigh, NC
  • Birthday: February 1, 1971, Aquarius
  • Profession: Actor, Producer
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