Michael C. Hall is a North Carolina native and graduate of NYU's Master of Fine Arts program in acting. His most recent performance was on Broadway as the emcee in Cabaret. Hall has previously starred in nearly a dozen major off-Broadway plays, including Macbeth for the New York…more
In 2010, Michael was awarded a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama for Dexter.
Michael secretly married Jennifer Carpenter, his co-star on the TV show Dexter after dating for a year and a half. Family members and friends weren't invited.
Michael provided a commentary for the episode Static with his co-star Lauren Ambrose for the Six Feet Under Season 5 DVD.
Michael shares a birthday with Clark Gable and Brandon Lee.
Michael has been nominated for seven SAG Awards. In 2007 and 2008, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for Dexter. From 2002-2006, he was nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for Six Feet Under. He won in 2003 and 2004.
In 2007 and 2008, Michael was nominated for Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama for Dexter.
Michael won the 2007 Saturn Award for Best Actor.
As of 2008, Michael is dating his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter.
Michael played a small role in the movie Paycheck.
Michael was nominated for the January 13th Golden Globes Awards in the category of Lead Actor in a TV Drama, for his part of Dexter Morgan on the show Dexter.
Michael was chosen as one of People Magazine's Sexiest Men Alive for 2007.
In 2007, Michael C. Hall won a Television Critics Association Award for his portrayal of the main character of the Showtime TV show "Dexter", Dexter Morgan.
After four years of marriage, Michael and his wife, Amy Spanger have separated.
Michael's mother is head of guidance and dean of students at a high school in North Carolina.
Michael's father's name is William Carlyle Hall. His mother's name is Janice Styons Hall.
Michael's mother, Janice, lives in Wake Forest.
For the part of Dexter, Michael read some stuff by FBI profilers on what they know about serial killers. He read some interviews with different serial killers. Spent some time with a blood spatter analyst at the police department in Miami, and got an idea of what he does day in and day out.
Michael says his mother was both parents to him.
Michael is an only child.
Michael auditioned twice for the part of his Six Feet Under's character "David Fisher" in New York, then had a third and final screen-test day.
Michael's big break came when he did a workshop of a Sondheim musical directed by Sam Mendes.
After "Six Feet Under" ended, Michael starred as the imaginary friend of a 4-year-old girl in the play "Mr. Marmalade."
Hall played sports in school and sang in school choirs.
Michael appeared with his wife on Broadway in the musical "Chicago".
Michael was married to actress Amy Spanger from 2002 to 2006.
In 1993, Michael graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana.
His father died of cancer when he was 11.
Michael is 5 feet 10.5 inches (1.79 metres) tall.
Michael: (About the character of Dexter) I think Dexter is a man who…a part of himself is very much frozen, or arrested in a place that is pre-memory, pre-conscious, pre-verbal. Something very traumatic happened to him, he doesn't know what that is. And I think on some level he wants to know. He denies his humanity, he describes himself as someone who is without feeling, and yet I think that he maybe suspects - in a way that maybe isn't even conscious yet when we first meet him - that he is in fact a human being. Dexter's a unique killer in that his father saw his dark impulses, shined a light on them, and told Dexter that he saw them, he accepted them, that Dexter is good and that he is worthy of love. And I think that's what enables him to focus his energies in this unique way.
Michael C. Hall: I don't think closeted homosexual morticians have the market cornered on self-loathing or sense of shame.
Michael C. Hall: In a strange way, playing David during the first season (of Six Feet Under) required me to get in touch with my homophobia. He had such internalized loathing for who he was. I certainly have moved forward in my life, in my own relationship to my self-loathing, by having played David.
Michael C. Hall: Ultimately, I'm a mess. I don't mean I'm a mess, like, emotionally--I mean, I think probably everybody's a mess. David's a mess. But. I'm talking about ... I'm messy.
Michael C. Hall: I'm definitely not as fastidious as David (Six Feet Under).
Michael C. Hall: I certainly know there are people in positions of power in the business who lack imagination and, perhaps as a result of that, think of me as David (Six Feet Under). But I wouldn't really want to work with those people, you know?
Michael C. Hall: (About his Golden Globe nomination for "Dexter") The show has momentum, it's captured people's imagination.... I won't deny that it's a thrill to be recognized in this way. I'll bring as many people [to the Jan. 15, 2007, Globes ceremony] as I can, based on how many tickets they give me.
Michael C. Hall: (In reference to Hall's character Dexter) He's obviously a very cunning and capable guy, but in certain instances there's an innocence about him that is potentially funny, potentially endearing. I like the guy. Would that we all took such responsibility for our shadow sides.
Michael C. Hall: I'm very focused on "Dexter" right now. I want to make it as good of a show as we can.
Michael C. Hall: It's interesting to play a role where you don't really have to preoccupy yourself with any need to convince yourself that you're not acting.
Michael C. Hall: My mother is a survivor who's had a lot of things happen in her life that have been very trying.
Michael C. Hall: I think I had a shyness about me, I think I discovered acting as a way to break out of that and as a way of belonging, a sense of being special.
Michael C. Hall: I like to think I am well-mannered. If I have the option at a breakfast place, I'll go with the grits. That's how Southern I am.
Michael C. Hall: People feel like they know me from the work I have done, but it's not me.
Michael C. Hall: I never really considered acting as a career until I moved to New York.
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