Anthony Michael Hall Biography
Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, film producer, and director who starred in several teen-oriented films of the 1980s. Hall began his career in commercials and on stage as a child and made his screen debut in 1980.
Anthony Michael Hall Age
Hall was born on Easter Sunday, April 14, 1968, in West Roxbury, a neighbourhood in Boston, Massachusetts United States. He is 50 years old as of the year
Anthony Michael Hall Marriage
Anthony Michael Hall so far has never been married, although he has been dating and he has not committed to anyone by marriage.
Anthony Michael Hall Marriage
Anthony Michael Hall has never attended college but St. Hilda’s & St. Hugh’s School of New York. And later he joined Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School.
Anthony Michael Hall Career
Hall made his career debut from TV movie The Gold Bug where he played the character of Edgar Allan Poe. Later in 1983, he appeared in American comedy film National Lampoon’s Vacation. In 1985 he was featured in two movies, American coming of age comedy-drama film The Breakfast Club and American teen comic science fiction film Weird Science. He played the role of Trent Conway for American comedy-drama film Six Degrees of Separation in 1993. In 1994 movie Hail Caesar he presented himself in the directorial role. For 1997 American drama film Pirates of Silicon Valley he appeared in the lead role of Bill Gates. In the year 2002 Hall made his acting presence in the movie All About the Benjamins.
Anthony Michael Hall Awards
After five years of starting the professional career, Hall won “Young Artist Award” in the category of Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical, Comedy, Adventure or Drama for his incredible contribution to Sixteen Candles. He was also awarded as Silver Bucket of Excellence Award for “The Breakfast Club” in 2005 and shares the award with Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Molly, and Ringwald. In 2003, he was nominated for the Saturn Award for “The Dead Zone.” In 2015, he got nominated for COFCA Award (Best Ensemble).
Anthony Michael Hall Networth
He has been able to build a net worth of $8 million.
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What are some of your memories from Six Pack? Oh my, gosh, good one. What a gentlemen Kenny Rogers was. He was such a big star and still is. He was a great guy to work with. I’ll tell you what else; I was in love with Diane Lane when I was a little kid. I’d had seen A Little Romance. When I got on the set she was playing my sister and I remember thinking, “Wow. This is awesome. I’m making movies and we’re in Atlanta, Georgia.” I remember Kenny threw a huge wrap party at his ranch, which was beautiful. It was a great experience. That was my first movie. 1980!
Another early role for you was in National Lampoon’s Vacation where you played Rusty Griswold and Chevy Chaseplayed your father, Clark Griswold. Another situation where I was just ecstatic because I was born in the late 1960s and I grew up looking up to Chevy in the1970s. So to suddenly to be on set with him and John Candy was amazing for me. You know, we made that trip across the country. We were in Colorado and Arizona. It was a great experience as a kid. I still look up to all those people.
Did Chevy Chaseimpart any “fatherly advice” since you had many comedic roles in your future? You know what…, I learned just by watching Chevy. I think I got a lot from him in terms of his timing. He was always great by his fast timing and his sarcastic wit. So his advice would come in the form of just watching how he did it. I admired him and John Candy, God rest his soul; he was such a wonderful man. He was so great to work with. That was a great experience too. My eyes were wide open. I was only 14-years old. That really changed my career.
You’ve now taken on many different roles throughout your career. What do you love doing most, acting, producing, or directing and why? I’ve always been an actor, as you know; I love it and hope to do it until I’m an old man. I think that happens with actors when you grow up doing it in that they move on to try other things. I have produced. I was one of the producers on the TV show, The Dead Zone, which was a blessing. I’ve directed too. I’ve directed videos. I’ve directed a feature, which was called, Hail Caesar. It was a Showtime movie. I have a project now called, The Lost Shields that I wrote with a New York City cop. I think I might have the financing this summer. I’ve been trying to make it for three years. That’s my passion project. It’s kind of like Dirty Harry meets Heat. Clint Eastwood is my hero. I just idolize him. It’s really my passion to go in that direction by directing my own films and keep producing; but, also to make comedies and do other stuff too. It wasn’t my intentsion to go and steer away from comedies. It’s just that I never found anybody as great as John Hughes. In the past years I’ve never fit in with the Ben Stiller click, or the Vince Vaughn click, but I would love to work with those guys. Guys like Adam Sandler too. I would love to work with them.
Can you talk a little more about this passion project, The Lost Shields? I actually have Mr. Michael Uslan, who’s Executive Producer for the Batman films; he’s going to produce it with me. I hope to have the funding this summer and to make it in the fall. I have a great cinematographer whose name is Andrzej Sekula. He shot Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogsand American Psycho, so he’s going to be the DP. I’ve been trying to raise the money for three years, but it has a 12 million dollar budget. I might try to do it for a little less. The money fell out twice, so it was really tough; but, I’m going to get it made. I’m going to get it made. I got that DP now and we’re going to shoot on film and be a purest about it. Everything is digitized anyway. When we started shooting The Dead Zone, we shot on film for the first three years, then we switched, like everything, to HD. It kept down the lab costs because we found out we were saving five to eight grand a week on processing film. That’s why we did it.
What do you think of the RED camera? I shot a commercial for Hilton Resorts last November in Santa Fe. It was a great experience. It was the first commercial I directed and I shot on the RED camera. It was very cool.
Which John Hughes film was the most rewarding to work on and why? All three of them! He wrote Vacation, so the first four movies were his scripts. I didn’t meet him until Sixteen Candles. He was like an angel sent to me. He was like the big older brother that had everything paid for. We would just go on set and goof off. He was a great writer and his scripts were always right there, but he was great about letting it develop and he let us improvise and we would go beyond the script. That was a testament to his confidence in his writing that he was never like, “Say it like this!” He was really a great guy and a great collaborator.
Is it true there is a longer, two and a half hour; director’s cut of The Breakfast Club out there? You know what, there may be. The editor on that movie was Dede Allen, she passed away too. In 1987 John Hughes called me with John Candy on the phone and he was talking about doing a sequel. Of course, I was blown away. I was 21 at the time and John Hughes was talking to both of us (me and John Candy) about it and he really wanted to do it, but it never happened.
Do you have a preference about being on a big studio picture or a small independent film? If so, what do you like? I’m going to give you the honest answer. I had a small part in The Dark Knight. I like being on big movies. I had probably about ten days work and it became six weeks. I got to go to London and work with Heath (Ledger) and Christian (Bale) and all those guys. So I have to say, it’s nice to be on the big shows and I’ve never been on a bigger one than that. And I was a Batman fan since I was a kid. I had the smallest role in that, but when I got to that set I thought I was happier than anybody to be in the movie. I was so honored to be a part of it. There are very few directors you can call “genius”, but I think, with Christopher Nolan, you can call him that. He’s pretty brilliant. I really enjoyed working with him. Let me tell you something he said. It was really funny, I asked him, “Who are your favorite director?” In a very buttoned up British way, he didn’t even look at me, he goes, “Malick (Terrence), Ridley (Scott) and Kubrick (Stanley) for his sense of control.” He was a great guy to work for. I really loved watching him, especially witnessing his relationship with his cinematographer, Wally Pfister, who just won the Oscar for Inception. They were like shoulder to shoulder, figuring it out, and sizing up the shots. I’ve been in production a real long time and when you get on the set you know who to watch and those guys were really worth watching. They were nice people too.
You were mostly known as “the loveable geek” at the beginning of your career. How did you land the role of “Jim” inEdward Scissorhands? You know what’s funny? I went and met Tim Burton and I just think he wanted me to play the part. I guess it was a funny idea to him. I had grown up and got bigger and he liked the idea of me playing this bully. It was a flip for me in the kind of roles I played beforehand. I almost think HE is Edward Scissorhands. He had grown up in Burbank. His hero was Vincent Price and that movie was like Pinocchio meets Romeo and Juliet. It’s kind of a fable. There are very few people I worked with whom I call a genius, but Tim Burton is another one.
Is there any difference working with a director who has only been a director or working with a director who has been an actor too, like Billy Crystal? That’s a great question. There’s another one: genius. He’s such a warm-hearted guy, real family guy. There is a difference, I think. I wanted to make Billy proud. We were hired to play these athletes and I’ve always been a sports fan. I grew up in New York. I was so thrilled to be in that movie (61*). You know the deal, Steven, we’re Yankee fans (Author’s note: I am a fourth generation Yankee fan). Billy was such a great guy, such a classy guy. I felt like the players when they were playing under (Joe) Torre. When Billy was directing that movie we all wanted to do our best for him. So I think there was a difference. That was the only director/actor I’ve worked with; but, he’s done it all: comedy, producing, directing; so I really admired him. I still do.
What project do you have coming up next? I have a movie coming out called, the Last Man Standing, it’s a Lifetime movie. Catherine Bell stars in it. She’s done Army Wives. It’s really her movie, but I play her husband. Mekhi Phifer is in it. It’s cool because she’s like this kick-ass, Salt-type. She’s a former military mom. I get kidnapped and she kind of saves the day. Really cool movie. That’s on Lifetime. I’m also doing four episodes of Warehouse 13 this summer. As I approach still trying to get funding for my film, I’m still putting myself to work as an actor.
What’s the funniest thing to happen to you while filming a movie? It’s like joining the circus, you know what I mean? It’s always wild when you shoot on location because everybody wants to have fun. I love it, but the funniest thing? Oh, God, I can’t think of one right now. I’ve had so many good experiences though. I can’t think of the funniest thing. You stumped me on that one.
For an upcoming actor or an upcoming filmmaker, what advice would you want to give that you’ve learned and that they might not know yet? Well, the first thing is you have to have persistence. You have to be dedicated and WANT to do something from the heart. It’s like that thing you hear from life when you want to get advice from somebody, if you do the thing you love, money will come. So pursue your passion. Do something that you love in life and makes life more valuable and gives it more meaning. Despite the ups and downs in my career, I love what I do. So to be persistent and to never give up; some of those things sound cliché, but they are really true. In any career, no matter what you do, there will be ups and downs, but to pursue your passion and never take “no” for an answer. That’s so much what it’s about. Like they say if you do the thing you love you will never “work” a day in your life. So my advice would be to stay at it and have that dedication and to believe in yourself.