Tony Hale

Anthony Russell Hale (born September 30, 1970) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as Buster Bluth. Hale played Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy Veep from 2012 until its conclusion in 2019, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Tony Hale
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Hale in 2019
Anthony Russell Hale

(1970-09-30) September 30, 1970 (age 51)
  • Actor
  • comedian
Years active1997–present
Martel Thompson
(m. 2003)
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)

Hale has appeared in feature films including The Informant! (2009), In My Sleep (2010), The Heat (2013) and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (2015). He has provided voice-work for The Tale of Despereaux (2008), The Angry Birds Movie (2016), The Angry Birds Movie 2 and Toy Story 4 (both 2019) as Forky, a role he reprised in Forky Asks a Question. Hale also created and voiced Archibald in the Netflix and Peacock's original series Archibald's Next Big Thing. He has also appeared in the Disney+ original The Mysterious Benedict Society (2021).

Early lifeEdit

Hale was born in West Point, New York. His mother, Rita (née Garnett), worked as a staff assistant to State Representative Kathy Ashe, and his father, Mike Hale, taught nuclear and atomic physics and served in the military.[1] Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended the Young Actors Theatre and participated in numerous theatrical and musical productions.[2] He graduated from Leon High School in 1988.[3] He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, with a journalism degree in 1992.[4][5] He completed graduate studies in 1995 from the School of Communication and the Arts of Regent University in Virginia.[5][6] After graduating, he lived in New York City for eight years.[5] While in New York, Hale helped found The Haven, an artistically minded community of Christians that meets weekly.[7] He also studied acting at The Barrow Group,[8] as well as the William Esper Studio[9] in the Professional Actor Training Program.


Hale first obtained his Screen Actors Guild card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired.[10] 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, 2018, and 2019, 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.[11] 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.[12] 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 Numbers 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.[13]

In 2012, Hale was cast in the HBO comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the personal assistant to Vice President-turned-President Selina Meyer (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus).[14] 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.[15] He earned his second nomination in 2014, but lost the award to Ty Burrell. However, Hale won his second Primetime Emmy Award with his third nomination in 2015, in the same ceremony where Veep won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

In 2017, Hale hosted the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. The next year, Hale began portraying Jerome Squalor on the second season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[16]

Personal lifeEdit

Hale married Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Martel Thompson on May 24, 2003. They have a daughter.[17] Hale and his wife are practicing Christians.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Raging Hormones Wiseguy Driver
2003 My Blind Brother Bill
2004 Stateside Donny
2005 Fortunes Phil Yount
2006 Unaccompanied Minors Alan Davies
2006 Stranger Than Fiction Dave
2006 The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell Remington Biographer
2006 RV Frank
2006 Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector Jack Dabbs
2006 The Proper Care & Feeding of an American Messiah Homeowner with demons
2007 Flatland: The Movie King of Pointland (voice)
2007 Because I Said So Stuart
2007 Cruel Logic Dr. Pomerenke
2007 Dante's Inferno Pope Nicholas III (voice)
2008 My Suicide Social worker
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Furlough (voice)
2008 The Year of Getting to Know Us Nickie
2009 The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Wade
2009 The Informant! James Epstein
2009 Weathered Stanway Steini Short
2009 The Answer Man Mailman
2009 The Ballad of G.I. Joe Dr. Mindbender
2010 Happythankyoumoreplease Sam #2
2010 In My Sleep Ben
2011 Wuss Mr. Crowder
2011 Perfect Gene Short
2011 Sironia Chad
2012 First in Fight Wilbur Wright Short film
2012 Not That Funny Stefan Lane
2013 The Heat The John
2013 The Kings of Summer Bus Passenger
2013 The Nobodies Postal Boss Short film
2015 American Ultra Agent Petey Douglas
2015 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip Agent James Suggs
2015 April and the Extraordinary World Darwin (voice)
2016 Dominion Brinnan
2016 Yoga Hosers Bob Collette
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Ross, Mime, Cyrus (voices) Cameo
2016 Brave New Jersey Clark Hill
2017 Transformers: The Last Knight JPL Engineer
2017 And Then I Go Mr. Mosley
2018 The 15:17 to Paris Coach Murray
2018 Love, Simon Vice Principal Worth
2018 Sadie Bradley
2018 Batman Ninja The Joker (voice)
2019 To the Stars Gerald Richmond
2019 Toy Story 4 Forky (voice)
2019 The Angry Birds Movie 2 Mime (voice) Cameo
2020 Nine Days Alexander
2020 Eat Wheaties! Sid Straw
2021 Arlo the Alligator Boy Teeny Tiny Tony (voice)
TBA Clifford the Big Red Dog Peter Post-production
TBA Being the Ricardos Jess Oppenheimer Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1997 Ghost Stories Billy Thorpe Episode: "Personal Demons"
1998 Legacy Hyram Episode: "The Gift"
2000 The $treet Trainee Episode: "Closet Cases"
2001 Sex and the City Tiger Episode: "The Real Me"
2001 The Sopranos RN / OCN Collins Episode: "Second Opinion"
2001 Dawson's Creek Doctor Bronin Episode: "A Winter's Tale"
2013, 2018–2019
Arrested Development Buster Bluth Main role, 74 episodes
2005 Stacked Brent Lamble Episode: "Beat the Candidate"
2007 Big Day David Episode: "Last Chance to Marry Jane"
2007 Andy Barker P.I. Simon
2008–2010 Chuck Emmett Milbarge 14 episodes
2008–2009 ER Norman 2 episodes
2008 Samantha Who? Dr. Andy Adams Episode: "The Pill"
2009 United States of Tara Oral Gershenoff Episode: "Aftermath"
2009 Rules of Engagement Steve Episode: "May Divorce Be With You"
2009 CTRL Stuart Web series
2009–2010 Numbers Russell Lazlo 2 episodes
2010 The Life and Times of Tim Vince (voice) Episode: "Tim's Beard"
2010 Community Professor Marion Holly Episode: "Beginner Pottery"
2010 Law & Order Phillip Shoemaker Episode: "Brazil"
2010 Justified David Mortimer Episode: "The Collection"
2010 Medium Gil Bureli Episode: "The Match Game"
2011 Human Target Harry 2 episodes
2011 Royal Pains Andy Episode: "Ta Da For"
2011 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Dr. Karl Episode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011 Good Vibes Wadska (voice) 12 episodes
2011 Psych Jerry Kincaid Episode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Rick Simms[13] Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012 Up All Night Dr. Welborn Episode: "Ma'am'd"
2012–2019 Veep Gary Walsh Main role
2013 The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying Orange Rutabaga / Caesar (voice) 2 episodes
2013 Doc McStuffins Tobias The Elf (voice) Episode: "A Very McStuffins Christmas"
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Himself / King of Cards 2 episodes
2013–2016 Sanjay and Craig Mr. Noodman Voice role
2013–2018 Drunk History Various 6 episodes
2014 About a Boy Hugh Womple Episode: "About a Boy's Dad"
2014 The Birthday Boys Reginaldo Alphonsy Episode: "Cerf's Folly"
2015 Jake and the Never Land Pirates Doctor Undergear (voice) 4 episodes
2015 Childrens Hospital Brad Lendricks Episode: "Me, Owen"
2016 VeggieTales in the House Various voices Episode: "Yambot"
2017 Animals. Matthew (voice) Episode: "Worms Birds Possums"
2017 Rick and Morty Death Stalker Eli (voice) Episode: "Rickmancing the Stone"
2017 Difficult People Himself Episode: "The Silkwood"
2017 Pickle and Peanut Funwagon Episode: "Funwagon"
2018–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events Jerome Squalor 4 episodes
2018 Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dr. Alex Noe (voice) Episode: "Todd Scouts"
2018 Mickey and the Roadster Racers Dr. Victor Von Goose (voice) Episode: "Super-Charged"
2019 Star vs. the Forces of Evil The Pie King (voice) Episode: "Escape from the Pie Folk"
2019 Spirit Riding Free Bellhop (voice) Episode: "Lucky and the New Frontier Part 1"
2019 Amphibia Apothecary Gary / Floyd (voice) Episode: "Children the Spores"
2019 Ask the StoryBots The Recycling Plant Owner Episode: "Why Do We Have To Recycle?"
2019–present Archibald's Next Big Thing Archibald (voice) Also creator and executive producer
2019–2020 Forky Asks a Question Forky (voice) 10 episodes
2019–present Harley Quinn[19] Doctor Psycho, Felix Faust, Man, Hench, Lead Goon, Snow Rat (voices)
2019 RuPaul's Drag Race Himself (Snatch Game contestant, guest judge) Episode: "Snatch Game at Sea"
2020 When the Streetlights Go On Mr. Boque 4 episodes
2020 Crossing Swords Blarney (voice) 9 episodes
2020 The Twilight Zone Tom Episode: "Downtime"
2020 Game On! Himself (contestant) Episode: "Celebrity Guests: Tony Hale and Bobby Moynihan"
2020 Woke Butter (voice) 3 episodes
2020 The George Lucas Talk Show Himself Episode: "Streamers of the Lost Art (of Conversation)"
2021–present Birdgirl Paul "The Feels" (voice) 6 episodes
2021–present Rugrats[20] Chas Finster (voice) Main role
2021–present HouseBroken Diablo / Max (voice)
2021 The Mysterious Benedict Society Nicholas Benedict / Ledroptha Curtain Main role
2021 I Heart Arlo Teeny Tiny Tony (voice) In production
Web series; main role

Music videosEdit

Year Artist Song
2007 Switchfoot "Awakening"
2008 Fall Out Boy "Beat It"
2014 Lady A "Bartender"
2020 David Cross featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic "Eat It"[21]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Won [22]
2014 Nominated
2015 Won
2016 Nominated
2017 Nominated
2019 Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated [23]
2005 Nominated [24]
2013 Nominated [25]
Veep Nominated
2014 Nominated [26]
2015 Nominated [27]
2016 Nominated [28]
2017 Won [29]

Critics' Choice Television Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated [30]
2015 Nominated [31]
2016 Nominated [32]

Annie Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2020 Outstanding Voice Acting in a Feature Production Toy Story 4 Nominated


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