About Tony Hale
Born on Sept. 30, 1970 in West Point, NY into a military family, Hale was ultimately raised in Tallahassee, FL, where he spent his middle and high school years. After realizing he was more attuned to acting than sports, he joined the Young Actors Theatre and performed in a number of local productions, before earning a journalism degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL. Even though he chose journalism as his fallback career, Hale still pursued his ambition of becoming an actor by moving to New York City and trying his hand there. While in Manhattan, he formed The Haven, an artistic group of Christians that met weekly, while also studying his craft at the prestigious theater company, The Barrow Group. Following an appearance in the sex comedy "Raging Hormones" (1999), Hale landed a nationally televised commercial for Volkswagen, where he famously sat in the driver's seat earnestly singing the Styx song "Mr. Roboto." Though the spot was his most famous, it was only one of many.
While still living in New York, Hale began landing guest spots on a number of series shot in the area, including "Sex and the City" (HBO, 1998-2004), "The Sopranos" (HBO, 1999-2007) and "The $Treet" (2000-01). After playing a doctor in an episode of "Dawson's Creek" (The WB, 1998-2003), Hale landed the role of a lifetime on the cult favorite, "Arrested Development" (Fox, 2003-06), where he played Byron "Buster" Bluth, the youngest brother of the highly dysfunctional Bluth family. A professional student who idolizes his older brothers, Michael (Jason Bateman) and GOB (Will Arnett), Buster is immature, socially inept, and possesses an unhealthy, almost oedipal connection with his domineering mother, Lucille (Jessica Walter). But despite the show's rabid cult following and its popularity with critics, "Arrested Development" was ratings challenged and ultimately lasted only three seasons to the dismay of devoted fans. Over the course of the next several years, there was continual talk about the show moving to another network and even rumors of a possible movie being developed, though the process of writing a script for the big screen proved to be a long one. After a full cast reunion in 2011 for The New Yorker Festival, Netflix announced that it would produce 10 new episodes for release in 2013, with the intention of serving as a lead-in for a potential film. All original cast members, including Hale, were set to reprise their roles.
Meanwhile, Hale had guest starring roles on the short-lived Pamela Anderson sitcom "Stacked" (Fox, 2005-06) and joined the cast of Andy Richter's "Andy Barker P.I." (NBC, 2007), and made the jump to features with supporting roles in "Stranger than Fiction" (2006), "RV" (2006) and "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector" (2006). From there, he had a recurring role on the geeky spy comedy "Chuck" (NBC, 2007-2012) during the second season, where he played the effeminate and abusive manager of the Buy More. Following a supporting role in the romantic comedy "Because I Said So" (2007) and voice work as Furlough in "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008), Hale landed a slew of guest starring roles on shows as varied as "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), "Community" (NBC, 2009- ), "Numb3rs" (CBS, 2005-2010), "Rules of Engagement" (CBS, 2007- ) and "Justified" (FX, 2010- ). While he logged in episodes of "Royal Pains" (USA Network, 2009- ), "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ) and "Human Target" (Fox, 2010-11), Hale returned to regular series status on the apolitical comedy "Veep" (HBO, 2012- ), where he delivered a deftly comic turn as the sycophantic aide to an incompetent, gaffe-prone vice president (Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
By Shawn Dwyer
|Martel Thompson. Married May 24, 2003|
|Samford University, Homewood , Alabama|
|Played the Personal Aide to vice president Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) on HBO's "Veep"|
|Appeared in Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!"|
|Co-starred with Jeremy Piven in "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard"|
|Landed recurring role on NBC's "Chuck"|
|Voiced Furlough in the animated film "The Tale of Despereaux"|
|Cast in the independent feature "Fortunes"|
|Co-starred in the Marc Forster comedy, "Stranger Than Fiction," with Will Ferrell|
|Co-starred as Byron 'Buster' Bluth, the hapless, deadpan youngest son on Fox's "Arrested Development"|
|Starred in the short film "My Blind Brother"|
|Landed bit roles on HBO's "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos"|
|Starred in the famous VW commercial featuring his dancing to the Styx song "Mr. Roboto"|
|Appeared in the sex comedy "Raging Hormones"|