Tony Hale

Anthony 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. He also voiced Forky in the 2019 animated comedy Toy Story 4. Hale played Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy Veep from 2012 until its conclusion in 2019, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. Hale also voices Archibald in the DreamWorks show, Archibald's Next Big Thing

Tony Hale
Hale at the 2010 Streamy Awards
Anthony Hale

(1970-09-30) September 30, 1970
ResidenceLos Angeles County, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, comedian
Years active1997–present
Martel Thompson (m. 2003)
AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)

Early life

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.[1][2] 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.[3] 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.[4]


Hale first obtained his Screen Actors Guild card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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 Numbers 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.[8]

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).[9] 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.[10] 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.

In 2017, Hale hosted the 9th Annual Shorty Awards at the PlayStation Theater in New York City. The next year, Hale began portraying Jerome Squalor on the second season of the Netflix comedy drama series A Series of Unfortunate Events.[11]

Personal life

Hale married Emmy Award-winning makeup artist Martel Thompson on May 24, 2003.[12]



1999Raging HormonesWiseguy Driver
2003My Blind BrotherBill
2005FortunesPhil Yount
2006Unaccompanied MinorsAlan Davies
2006Stranger Than FictionDave
2006The Beach Party at the Threshold of HellRemington biographer
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorJack Dabbs
2006The Proper Care & Feeding of an American MessiahHomeowner with demons
2007Flatland: The MovieKing of Pointland (voice)
2007Because I Said SoStuart
2007Cruel LogicDr. Pomerenke
2007Dante's InfernoPope Nicholas III (voice)
2008My SuicideSocial worker
2008The Tale of DespereauxFurlough (voice)
2008The Year of Getting to Know UsNickie
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardWade
2009The Informant!James Epstein
2009 Weathered Stanway Steini Short
2009The Answer ManMailman
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeDr. Mindbender
2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSam #2
2010In My SleepBen
2011WussMr. Crowder
2012First in FightWilbur WrightShort film
2012Not That FunnyStefan Lane
2013The HeatThe John
2013The Kings of SummerBus Passenger
2013The NobodiesPostal BossShort film
2015American UltraAgent Petey Douglas
2015Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road ChipAgent James Suggs
2015April and the Extraordinary WorldDarwin (voice)
2016Yoga HosersBob Collette
2016The Angry Birds MovieRoss, Mime, Cyrus (voices)
2016Brave New JerseyClark Hill
2017Transformers: The Last KnightJPL Engineer
2017And Then I GoMr. Mosley
2018The 15:17 to ParisCoach Murray
2018Love, SimonVice Principal Worth
2018Batman NinjaThe Joker (voice)
2019To the StarsGerald Richmond
2019Toy Story 4Forky (voice)
2019The Angry Birds Movie 2Mime (voice)
TBANine DaysAlexanderFilming


1997Ghost StoriesBilly ThorpeEpisode: "Personal Demons"
1998LegacyHyramEpisode: "The Gift"
2000The $treetTraineeEpisode: "Closet Cases"
2001Sex and the CityTigerEpisode: "The Real Me"
2001The SopranosRN / OCN CollinsEpisode: "Second Opinion"
2001Dawson's CreekDoctor BroninEpisode: "A Winter's Tale"
2013, 2018–2019
Arrested DevelopmentBuster BluthMain role, 74 episodes
2005StackedBrent LambleEpisode: "Beat the Candidate"
2007Big DayDavidEpisode: "Last Chance to Marry Jane"
2007Andy Barker P.I.Simon
2008–2010ChuckEmmett Milbarge14 episodes
2008–2009ERNorman2 episodes
2008Samantha Who?Dr. Andy AdamsEpisode: "The Pill"
2009United States of TaraOral GershenoffEpisode: "Aftermath"
2009Rules of EngagementSteveEpisode: "May Divorce Be With You"
2009CTRLStuartWeb series
2009–2010NumbersRussell Lazlo2 episodes
2010The Life and Times of TimVince (voice)Episode: "Tim's Beard"
2010CommunityProfessor HollyEpisode: "Beginner Pottery"
2010Law & OrderPhillip ShoemakerEpisode: "Brazil"
2010JustifiedDavid MortimerEpisode: "The Collection"
2010MediumGil BureliEpisode: "The Match Game"
2011Human TargetHarry2 episodes
2011Royal PainsAndyEpisode: "Ta Da For"
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Dr. KarlEpisode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011Good VibesWadska (voice)12 episodes
2011PsychJerry KincaidEpisode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRick Simms[8]Episode: "Learning Curve"
2012Up All NightDr. WelbornEpisode: "Ma'am'd"
2012–2019VeepGary WalshMain role
2013The High Fructose Adventures of Annoying OrangeRutabaga / Caesar (voice)2 episodes
2013Doc McStuffinsTobias The Elf (voice)Episode: "A Very McStuffins Christmas"
2013–2016Comedy Bang! Bang!Himself / King of Cards2 episodes
2013–2016Sanjay and CraigMr. NoodmanVoice role
2013–2018Drunk HistoryVarious6 episodes
2014About a BoyHugh WompleEpisode: "About a Boy's Dad"
2014The Birthday BoysReginaldo AlphonsyEpisode: "Cerf's Folly"
2015Jake and the Never Land PiratesDoctor Undergear (voice)4 episodes
2015Childrens HospitalBrad LendricksEpisode: "Me, Owen"
2016VeggieTales in the HouseVarious voicesEpisode: "Yambot"
2017Animals.Matthew (voice)Episode: "Worms Birds Possums"
2017Rick and MortyDeath Stalker Eli (voice)Episode: "Rickmancing the Stone"
2017Difficult PeopleHimselfEpisode: "The Silkwood"
2017Pickle and Peanut FunwagonEpisode: "Funwagon"
2018–2019A Series of Unfortunate EventsJerome Squalor4 episodes
2018Mickey and the Roadster RacersDr. Victor Von Goose (voice)Episode: "Super-Charged"
2019Star vs. the Forces of EvilThe Pie King (voice)Episode: "Escape from the Pie Folk"
2019AmphibiaApothecary Gary/Floyd (voice)Episode: "Children the Spores"
2019–presentArchibald's Next Big ThingArchibald (voice)Main role; Creator
2019–presentForky Asks A QuestionForky (voice)
2019Harley Quinn[13]Doctor Psycho, Felix Faust (voice)

Music videos

2008Fall Out Boy"Beat It"
2014Lady Antebellum"Bartender"

Awards and nominations

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2013 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Won [14]
2014 Nominated
2015 Won
2016 Nominated
2017 Nominated
2019 Nominated

Screen Actors Guild Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2004 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Arrested Development Nominated [15]
2005 Nominated [16]
2013 Nominated [17]
Veep Nominated
2014 Nominated [18]
2015 Nominated [19]
2016 Nominated [20]
2017 Won [21]

Critics' Choice Television Awards

Year Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2014 Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series Veep Nominated [22]
2015 Nominated [23]
2016 Nominated [24]


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