Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards
September 30, 1970
West Point, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Martel Thompson (m. 2003)|
|Awards||Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)|
Anthony "Tony" 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 the neurotic Buster Bluth. Since 2012, he has played Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy Veep, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.
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 nearly ten 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, a New York City theatre company.
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, 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 Numb3rs 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.
|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||59 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||Numb3rs||Russell Lazlo||2 episodes|
|2010||The Life and Times of Tim||Vince (voice)||Episode: "Tim's Beard"|
|2010||Community||Professor 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 role|
|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–present||Veep||Gary Walsh||Main role|
|2013||Drunk History||Meriwether Lewis||Episode: "Nashville"|
|2013, 2016||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Himself / King of Cards||2 episodes|
|2013–2016||Sanjay and Craig||Mr. Noodman||Voice role|
|2014||About a Boy||Hugh Womple||Episode: "About a Boy's Dad"|
|2014–2016||Drunk History||Ub Iwerks / Edward Cope /
Buster Keaton / James Monroe
|2016||The $100,000 Pyramid||Himself/celebrity guest||Episode: "Tony Hale vs. Justin Long"|
|2016||VeggieTales in the House||Yambot, Marshmallow henchmen,
and computer voice
|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 role|
|2007||Because I Said So||Stuart|
|2007||Cruel Logic||Dr. Pomerenke|
|2007||Dante's Inferno||Pope Nicholas III||Voice role|
|2008||My Suicide||Social worker|
|2008||The Tale of Despereaux||Furlough||Voice role|
|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 (film)||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|
|2016||Yoga Hosers||Bob Collette|
|2016||The Angry Birds Movie||Ross/Mime/Cyrus||Voice role|
|2016||Brave New Jersey||Clark Hill|
|2018||Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda||Principal Worth||Filming|
|2008||Fall Out Boy||"Beat It"|
Awards and nominationsEdit
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|2004||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2005||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2013||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Won|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Arrested Development||Nominated|
|2013||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2014||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2014||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2015||Critics' Choice Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2015||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Won|
|2015||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
|2016||Primetime Emmy Awards||Oustanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Veep||Nominated|
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- "The Official Website for the HBO Series Veep". Hbo.com. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
- "Emmy Nominees Full List: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Homeland,' 'Downton Abbey' Dominate 2013 Awards". Huffingtonpost.com. 2013-07-18. Retrieved 2013-08-01.
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