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.
Anthony Russell Hale
September 30, 1970
|Awards||Primetime 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).
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. Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended the Young Actors Theatre and participated in numerous theatrical and musical productions. He graduated from Leon High School in 1988. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, where he became a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, with a journalism degree in 1992. He completed graduate studies in 1995 from the School of Communication and the Arts of Regent University in Virginia. After graduating, he lived in New York City for eight years. While in New York, Hale helped found The Haven, an artistically minded community of Christians that meets weekly. He also studied acting at The Barrow Group, as well as the William Esper Studio 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. 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. 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 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.
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). 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. 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.
|1999||Raging Hormones||Wiseguy Driver|
|2003||My Blind Brother||Bill|
|2006||Unaccompanied Minors||Alan Davies|
|2006||Stranger Than Fiction||Dave|
|2006||The Beach Party at the Threshold of Hell||Remington Biographer|
|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||The Answer Man||Mailman|
|2009||The Ballad of G.I. Joe||Dr. Mindbender|
|2010||In My Sleep||Ben|
|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||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||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||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|
|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"|
|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||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"|
|2009–2010||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||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||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||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
|2008||Fall Out Boy||"Beat It"|
|2020||David Cross featuring "Weird Al" Yankovic||"Eat It"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2013||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Won|||
|2004||Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|||
|2014||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|||
|2020||Outstanding Voice Acting in a Feature Production||Toy Story 4||Nominated|
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