Robert David Hall

Robert David Hall


11/9/1947, East Orange, New Jersey, USA

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Robert David Hall was 31 when he had the accident that would cost him his legs. His car was crushed by an 18-wheeler in 1978 and he suffered burns over 65% of his body. He now uses prosthetics. He has married 3 times, and divorced twice. His only…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On June 1st, 2010 Robert released the album Things They Don't Teach You in School.

    • He is 5'7½" (1.71 m) tall.

    • He graduated from UCLA with an English Literature degree in 1971.

    • He plays the guitar, piano and mandolin. When he was younger he played the flute and French horn.

    • He married three times: from 1971 to 1974 with Susan Petroni, then from 1974 to 1987 with Connie Cole whom he had a child with (His son's name is Andrew), and he married Judy Stearns in 1999 they're still together.

    • Hall was in Milwaukee to raise awareness for people with disabilities, he was back in Brew City the same day to speak at the IndependenceFirst POWER LUNCH (June 15, 2006).

    • Robert appeared in the sci-fi thriller "The Gene Generation," which hit theaters in 2007.

    • Robert hopes to help and inspire disabled people by using his celebrity status. he is troubled that disabled Americans are treated differently by the rest of society. he recognizes that as a TV star, he has a platform where people will take him seriously. He says meeting people and breaking stereotypes is his favorite part of being a celebrity. "Media connects with people," he says. "Whether it's Hollywood or Milwaukee, people are fascinated with what you have to say. Hopefully people can see me and see that I'm not sitting around moping with my head in my hands," he says.

    • Hall has fought behind the scenes for disabled Americans for years. He has spoken in front of the U.S. Senate on behalf of the National Organization on Disability (NOD). He was also on hand last year at the United Nations to award King Abdullah II of Jordan for his country's progressive disability laws. Hall refused to let his disability get in the way of performing, and his stubborn nature wouldn't let him give up on a dream that for someone with a disability can be almost impossible. "Just because I'm a person with a disability, that shouldn't limit me," he says.

    • Robert got into acting while he was a student at UCLA. He took some acting classes and soon after got bit by the acting bug. "It's like Dracula," Robert says. "You get a taste of (acting) and you can't stop."

    • He is an accomplished guitarist and former professional musician.

  • Quotes

    • Robert David Hall: (On if she gets recognized overseas) People may not know my name, but many recognize me all over the world. That has less to do with me than the popularity of "CSI." It was a fun thing to be in Italy and have a little kid run up to ask if I was Dr. Robbins.

    • Robert David Hall: (On his favorite restaurants) I love to eat but I'm not a knowledgeable foodie! We went to the Commander's Palace in New Orleans and that was wonderful. One of the places we always go to in New York is called Famous Ben's Pizza. They have the best Italian ice in America. It's so good that it's actually a destination for us. And there's a cool little Italian restaurant called L'Ulivo that's nothing fancy but serves delicious food. I'll have a salad, a glass of wine and split a plate of pasta with my wife. It's not that I'm not capable of gluttony, but I'm trying to eat a little better these days.

    • Robert David Hall: (On cities with good wheelchair accessibility) That's actually one of the things I have to pay attention to when we plan a trip. I can walk, but I can't walk for miles. I have a pretty cool manual wheelchair that I enjoy using. Chicago is a great walking/rolling place. Over the past 20 years, New York has become pretty good. Parts of Boston and Washington, D.C., are really good. I'm in D.C. a lot and the hotels and restaurants are fairly accessible. A lot of places also have Braille. Last year I had the great honor of introducing President Obama at the White House for the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let me tell you, acting is easy. Introducing the president of the United States had my knees knocking.

    • Robert David Hall: (On being able to travel) I never let anything stop me,.... ...I'm Welsh and Irish and very bullheaded. As long as I have good health, I will keep on traveling. You know that book '1,000 Places to See Before You Die'? I think everybody should make their own version of that and just get out and see the world. And one of the things I would like to do with my life is to encourage people with disabilities to travel more. It can be done and it's such a fun thing to do. It's one of my big pleasures in life.

    • Robert David Hall: (on driving again after his accident) I got a Volvo 240, which is a tank of a car. A friend of mine helped arrange for me to get this used Volvo sedan equipped with hand controls. I drove over the expanse of freeway where I had almost been killed. I did that about 10 times that day. I've never had a problem driving since.

    • Robert David Hall: I want to teach others to switch as I had to do from being a victim to being a survivor.

    • Robert David Hall: I fought the odds – and won. I don't consider myself that courageous, but I am stubborn.

    • Robert David Hall: (About the other CSI shows) People assume we know each other, hang out, that sort of thing. All three are shot at different studios. We're at Universal, CSI: Miami is at Manhattan Beach. I know the actress who's the coroner on that show, Khandi Alexander, because we've worked together. But there's no real contact.

    • Robert David Hall: In the real world, disabled people are holding down all kinds of jobs.

    • Robert David Hall: (About CSI) Our viewers are deeply loyal, they've stayed with us mostly and others have actually come back.

    • Robert David Hall: I grew up in upper New York state. I know all about spring snowstorms.

    • Robert David Hall: Just because I'm a person with a disability, that shouldn't limit me.

    • Robert David Hall: Everyone involved in "CSI" has enormous respect for people who do these jobs for real. We solve crimes in 44 minutes. Of course we solve crimes more quickly than reality.

    • Robert David Hall: One of the things as an actor that I love about my role on "CSI" is they never talk about my disability.

    • Robert David Hall: It's about your ability, not your disability.

    • Robert David Hall: (Talking about his accident) One of the policemen outside was concerned the truck's gas tank might explode. I had started screaming by this time. Somebody yelled, 'Forget about him'--and I started screaming louder.

    • Robert David Hall: (Talking about "CSI") I told them (the producers) right from the get-go, 'I'm not going to play your ghoulish guy.' I want to be a guy who has respect for and sees death as part of life, and that's what they were looking for.

    • Robert David Hall: If you support diversity and think shows should give a portrayal of what America truly looks like, then performers with disabilities must be included in that equation... People have been very good at being politically correct. They say the right things. But there has been an assumption that disabled actors could slow down production, can't do this or that, or that people won't want to see them on screen.

    • Robert David Hall: At some point you turn 27 or 28 years old and you say to yourself, "God, I'm getting up there." You think you are so old at that age.

    • Robert David Hall: On 'CSI,' Dr. Robbins is an equal to the other people on the team. I'm passionate about doing my work well, just as the characters out in the field are.

    • Robert David Hall: Dr. Robbins is so damn much fun. I get to play with the fake hearts and I get to say 15-syllable medical words. I always wondered what those three years of Latin in high school were going to be about.

    • Robert David Hall: A disabled person in a TV show was somebody who had a problem that the hero of the show had to help solve. I don't say this with any bitterness, but within our group we refer to them as 'bitter cripple roles.'

    • Robert David Hall: (About his accident) I was convinced if I kept talking I would stay alive. The paramedics told me I was one of the funnier guys they ever had. I told them the name of every girl I'd ever dated, every movie I'd ever seen, every song I loved.

    • Robert David Hall: To me, it's always much better to paint with a wider palette. And it's more truthful, too.

    • Robert David Hall: I was like the guy who didn't know what he wanted to be when he grew up. A musician, a voice-over guy, an actor…

    • Robert David Hall: I pretty much spent my twenties as a musician and taking acting classes.