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Also Known As: Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Chestaro, Michael Anthony Hall Died:
Born: April 14, 1968 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor, singer, composer, director, musician

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Star of a number of classic John Hughes high school comedies in the 1980s, Anthony Michael Hall reinvented himself after a considerably rocky transition to adult roles. Hall's breakout as a gawky but self-possessed freshman geek opposite Molly Ringwald in "Sixteen Candles" (1984) led to similar outcast roles in "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Weird Science" (1985), cementing the freckled actor's status as the '80s nerd-of-choice. He was considered a member of Hollywood's Brat Pack, a loosely associated group of young actors who surfaced ad nauseum in dozens of high school and young adult movies of the era, though Hall disassociated himself from that scene and his typecasting when he unsuccessfully ventured into action films and sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). Hall subsequently put aside his genuine comedic talent and likeable smartass appeal in favor of earnest TV movies and scowling villains in low budget films. He finally earned positive attention again in the new millennium as the paranormally powered protagonist of the Stephen King-based series, "The Dead Zone" (USA, 2002-07), which brought him back into the spotlight and effectively erased his status as a kid-star...

Star of a number of classic John Hughes high school comedies in the 1980s, Anthony Michael Hall reinvented himself after a considerably rocky transition to adult roles. Hall's breakout as a gawky but self-possessed freshman geek opposite Molly Ringwald in "Sixteen Candles" (1984) led to similar outcast roles in "The Breakfast Club" (1985) and "Weird Science" (1985), cementing the freckled actor's status as the '80s nerd-of-choice. He was considered a member of Hollywood's Brat Pack, a loosely associated group of young actors who surfaced ad nauseum in dozens of high school and young adult movies of the era, though Hall disassociated himself from that scene and his typecasting when he unsuccessfully ventured into action films and sketch comedy on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ). Hall subsequently put aside his genuine comedic talent and likeable smartass appeal in favor of earnest TV movies and scowling villains in low budget films. He finally earned positive attention again in the new millennium as the paranormally powered protagonist of the Stephen King-based series, "The Dead Zone" (USA, 2002-07), which brought him back into the spotlight and effectively erased his status as a kid-star has-been.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

DIRECTOR:

1.
  Hail Caesar (1994) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Zombie Night (2013)
2.
 Foxcatcher (2013)
3.
4.
 Dark Knight, The (2008)
5.
 All About the Benjamins (2002) Lil' J
6.
 Dirt Merchant (2002) Jeffry Alan Spacy
7.
 Hysteria: The Def Leppard Story (2001) Robert "Mutt" Lange
8.
 Caveman's Valentine (2001) Bob
9.
 Hitched (2001) Ted
10.
 61* (2001) Whitey Ford
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Milestones close milestones

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Started acting in commercials when he was seven years old
1977:
Made his stage debut as the young Steve Allen in Allen's semi-autobiographical play "The Wake"
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Appeared in the Lincoln Center Festival's production of "St. Joan of the Microphone"
1980:
Made his TV debut in the ABC movie "The Gold Bug" as a young Edgar Allan Poe
1982:
Made his feature film-acting debut in "Six Pack"
1982:
Played Huck Finn in the CBS TV-movie "Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn"
1983:
Cast as Rusty Griswold, Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo's son, in "National Lampoon's Vacation"; first association with writer John Hughes
1984:
Landed breakout role as Farmer Ted, the geek who pursued Molly Ringwald's character, in John Hughes' directing debut "Sixteen Candles"
1985:
Cast as Brian Johnson, "the brain," in writer/director John Hughes' "The Breakfast Club"
1985:
Starred as Gary Wallace, another likable geek, in John Hughes' "Weird Science"
1985:
Joined NBC's "Saturday Night Live" for one season; at the age of 17, Hall was the youngest cast member in the show's history
1986:
Starred in first action/thriller "Out of Bounds"
1988:
Starred as a high school football player in "Johnny Be Good" opposite Uma Thurman and Robert Downey Jr.
1990:
Played a villain, opposite Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder, in Tim Burton's "Edward Scissorhands"
1993:
Was critically lauded for his supporting role as an MIT student (and Will Smith's gay lover) in "Six Degrees of Separation"
1994:
Directed first film, the low-budget Showtime comedy, "Hail Caesar"; also co-starred with Robert Downey Jr. and Judd Nelson; wrote and performed the featured songs
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Formed AMH Entertainment Group
1998:
Formed the band Hall of Mirrors
1999:
Portrayed Bill Gates, opposite Noah Wyle as Steve Jobs, in the TNT movie, "Pirates of Silicon Valley"
2000:
Made a cameo appearance as himself in the comedy "Happy Accidents"
2001:
Appeared in the critically-panned "Freddy Got Fingered" opposite Tom Green
2001:
Portrayed baseball pitcher Whitey Ford in Billy Crystal's highly acclaimed HBO film "61*"
2002:
Starred as Johnny Smith in USA Network's "The Dead Zone"; also produced and directed episodes
2008:
Had a small role as a news reporter who is kidnapped by the Joker in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight"
2009:
Guest-starred on the NBC comedy series "Community"
2011:
Co-starred with Catherine Bell and Mekhi Phifer in Lifetime television movie "Last Man Standing"
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Education

Professional Children's School: New York , New York -
St. Hugh's School: New York , New York -

Notes

There is a website devoted to him at www.hallofmirrors.com

"Eventually I got sober. I wasn't on skid row or anything, but I was wasting my energy, so I just took myself out of the whole nightlife thing. Now I'm basically a homebody. I go home at night and prepare for the next day. I think a lot about those years with [Robert] Downey [Jr.]. We started together; it was me who introduced him to Lorne Michaels and SNL in the first place. But it's painful to tell you I wasn't there these last several years. I visited him in rehab, and I kept thinking, 'Why wasn't I there for him?' I wish I'd been able to help him fend off some of the losers who came his way. If I had to do it over again I'd have been there. Because friends matter." --Hall, quoted in DETAILS, March 1999

On his work with John Hughes: "During the time we made those films, the focus was just to enjoy ourselves. He was empowering as a writer and director because he was very much a collaborator. He empowered the actors to make choices and to take chances with him, and to come to him with suggestions, to embellish scenes. He was very inspired to that extant. It was a work in progress. It was never: 'The door is shut.'" --Anthony Michael Hall to THE BOSTON GLOBE, June 20, 1999

Companions close complete companion listing

companion:
Molly Ringwald. Actor. Dated when they worked together in films like '16 Candles" and "The Breakfast Club".
companion:
Teresa De Saint. Model. Born c. 1970 in Texas; involved from c. 1990; no longer together.
companion:
Sandra Guerard. Actor, model.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Larry Chestaro. Auto-body-shop owner.
mother:
Mercedes Hall. Cabaret singer, actor. Divorced Hall's father when Hall was an infant.
step-father:
Thomas Chestaro. Show business manager, producer. Part of Anthony Michael Hall's management team.

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