Hale Isaac Appleman (born January 17, 1986) is an American actor. He is known for playing Tobey Cobb in the 2007 film Teeth and Eliot in the television fantasy series The Magicians.

Hale Appleman
Born (1986-01-17) January 17, 1986 (age 34)
EducationCarnegie Mellon University
Years active2006–present

Early LifeEdit

Appleman was raised in Manhattan, New York.[1] He spent four summers at the performing arts summer camp French Woods and attended the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Art[2] (better known as the "Fame school"). After attending Carnegie Mellon for "a year and a month or two",[3] he dropped out to film a role in a movie.


Appleman's credits on stage include the revival of Streamers at the Roundabout Theater Company, Clifford Odets' Paradise Lost at the American Repertory Theater, and the New York premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play as Jesus. In 2011, he played Bob in Moonchildren at the Berkshire Theatre Festival, and can be heard on the L.A. Theatre Works recording of Sam Shepard's Buried Child. Appleman was seen at The Old Globe Theater as Mercutio in The Last Goodbye.

Appleman played Zach on the NBC musical drama series Smash.[4] He made his film debut in Beautiful Ohio and portrayed cartoonist Judd Winick in Pedro. His other credits include Mercutio in Private Romeo, the short film Oysters Rockefeller, and The Magicians, a TV series based on the novel of the same name by Lev Grossman, on which he has played the magician Eliot since 2015.

Personal lifeEdit

Appleman has said that he is "definitely not straight" and identifies as queer.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Beautiful Ohio Elliot
2007 Teeth Tobey
2008 Pedro Judd
2011 Private Romeo Josh Neff
2012 Oysters Rockefeller Gibbon Pearl
2012 Jagoo Sam Short film
2015 White Orchid Handsome


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Smash Zach
2015–present The Magicians Eliot Main role


  1. ^ https://www.advocate.com/people/2018/3/08/2018s-icons-innovators-and-disruptors?pg=2#article-content
  2. ^ https://observer.com/2016/03/hale-appleman-of-the-magicians-talks-acting-sex-and-other-interests/
  3. ^ https://observer.com/2016/03/hale-appleman-of-the-magicians-talks-acting-sex-and-other-interests/
  4. ^ Jones, Kenneth (March 13, 2012). "The Smash Report: Episode 6, Or, The Pajama Top Game". Playbill. p. 2. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ https://www.advocate.com/people/2018/3/08/2018s-icons-innovators-and-disruptors?pg=2#article-content

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