David Walsh Naughton (born February 13, 1951) is an American Actor and singer best known for his starring roles in the 1981 horror film ‘An American Werewolf in London’, the 1980 Walt Disney comedy, ‘Midnight Madness’, the 1984 comedies ‘Hot Dog… The Movie’, ‘Not for Publication’ and the mid-80’s CBS sitcom ‘My Sister Sam’.
Naughton first became widely known as a result of his singing and dancing appearances in Dr Pepper TV commercials. He starred in the sitcom ‘Makin’ It’ and hit the Billboard Top Ten in 1979 with the show’s theme song, a US million selling disc. In 1980 he starred in ‘Midnight Madness’ followed in 1981 by his lead role in the Academy Award-winning horror film An American Werewolf in London.
The film starts with two young American men, David (David Naughton) and Jack (Griffin Dunne) on a backpacking holiday in Northern England. Following an awkwardly tense visit to a village pub, the two men venture deep into the moors at night. They are attacked by a werewolf, which results in Jack’s death and David being taken to a London hospital. Through apparitions of his dead friend and disturbing dream sequences, David becomes informed that he is a werewolf and will transform at the next full moon.
Shooting took place mostly in London but also in Surrey and Wales. It was released in the United States on August 21, 1981 and grossed $30.56 million at the box office. Critics generated mostly favourable reviews for the film. The movie won the 1981 Saturn Award for Best Horror Film. Rick Baker’s various prosthetics and fake, robotic body parts used during the film’s painful, extended werewolf transformation scenes and on Griffin Dunne when his character returns as a bloody, mangled ghost impressed the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences so much that the film won the Outstanding Achievement in Make-up in the category’s inaugural year.
During the body casting sessions, the crew danced around David Naughton singing, “I’m a werewolf, you’re a werewolf … wouldn’t you like to be a werewolf, too?” in reference to his days as a pitchman for Dr Pepper.
The film was one of three high-profile wolf-themed horror films released in 1981, alongside The Howling and Wolfen. Over the years, the film has accumulated a cult following and is been referred to as a cult classic… It’s the best werewolf movie ever.
Darren Aronofsky (born February 12, 1969) is an American film director, screenwriter and producer. He attended Harvard University to study film theory and the American Film Institute to study both live-action and animation filmmaking. He won several film awards after completing his senior thesis film, “Supermarket Sweep”, which went on to become a National Student Academy Award finalist.
Aronofsky’s feature debut, ‘Pi’ was shot in November 1997. The low-budget, $60,000 production, starring Sean Gullette, was sold to Artisan Entertainment for $1 million, and grossed over $3 million; Aronofsky won the Directing Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival and an Independent Spirir Award for best first screenplay.
Aronofsky’s follow up, ‘Requiem for a Dream’, was based on the novel of the same name written by Hubert Selby, Jr. The film depicts different forms of addiction, leading to the characters’ imprisonment in a world of delusion and reckless desperation that is subsequently overtaken and devastated by reality. Following three seasons in the lives of Sara Goldfarb (Ellen Burstyn), her son Harry (Jared Leto), Harry’s girlfriend Marion Silver (Jennifer Connelly), and Harry’s friend Tyrone C. Love (Marlon Wayans). The film received an Academy Award nomination for Ellen Burstyn’s performance.
After turning down an opportunity to direct Batman Begins and writing the World War II horror film Below, Aronofsky began production on his third film, ‘The Fountain’. The film received mixed reviews and performed poorly at the box-office, but has since garnered a cult following.
With his fourth film, ‘The Wrestler’, both of the film’s stars, Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei, received Academy Award nominations. Rourke also won the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and Bruce Springsteen won for Best Original Song. In 2010 Aronofsky was an executive producer on ‘The Fighter’; and in 2011 his fifth feature film, ‘Black Swan’, received further critical acclaim and was nominated for five Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director, four Golden Globes including Best Motion Picture – Drama and Best Director, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, a record 12 Broadcast Film Critics nominations and a Directors Guild nomination.
Aronofsky will next direct an HBO series pilot called ‘Hobgoblin’. Announced on June 16, 2011, the series will depict a group of magicians and con artists who use their powers of deception to defeat Hitler during WWII. Aronofsky will work on this project with Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon and his wife Ayelet Waldman. Aronofsky will also produce an upcoming horror film, ‘XOXO‘, written by Mark Heyman. His next directorial film project will be his long-rumored project Noah, a re-telling of the Bible story of Noah’s Ark. Thus far, the $115 million film has secured funding and distribution from New Regency and Paramount.
Hammer Films and their television series have been a staple of visual delight for all ages for over seventy years and we owe it all to the late William Hinds who started the company in its humble beginnings during 1934.
Hammer’s movies contained a dynamic recipe of elements that included vampires, werewolves and unknown entities that creep around in the night that intelligent scientists, swashbuckling adventurers and Everyman heroes faced, combined with this writer’s personal favorite – saucy, scantily dressed buxom women.
Check out this Starburst Magazine interview with Simon Oakes and Nigel Sinclair of Exclusive Media, the duo behind the new Hammer Film, The Woman In Black.
Belated congratulations to Jessica Lange for her Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards. Check out the poster for season 2 of American Horror Story… you’ll need old school 3D glasses.
Lon Chaney, Jr. (February 10, 1906 – July 12, 1973), born Creighton Tull Chaney, was an American character actor. He was best known for his roles in monster movies and as the son of legendary silent film actor, Lon Chaney. He is notable for portraying Lennie Small in ‘Of Mice and Men’ and Larry Talbot The Wolf Man’.
Creighton was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the son of silent film star Lon Chaney and Frances Cleveland Creighton Chaney, a singing stage performer who traveled in road shows across the country with Creighton. His parents’ troubled marriage ended in divorce in 1913 following his mother’s scandalous public suicide attempt in Los Angeles. Young Creighton lived in various homes and boarding schools until 1916, when his father (now employed in films) married Hazel Hastings and could provide a stable home. Many articles and biographies over the years report that Creighton was led to believe his mother had died while he was a boy, and was only made aware she lived after his father’s death in 1930. Lon always maintained he had a tough childhood.
From an early age, he worked hard to get out of his famous father’s shadow. In young adulthood, his father discouraged him from show business, and he attended business college and became successful in a Los Angeles appliance corporation.
It was only after his father’s death that Chaney started acting in movies, beginning with an uncredited role in the 1932 film ‘Girl Crazy’. He appeared in films under his real name until 1935, when he began to be billed as “Lon Chaney, Jr.” From 1942 onward, he was billed simply as “Lon Chaney,” although the “Jr.” was often added by others when they referred to him. Chaney first achieved stardom and critical acclaim in the 1939 feature film version of Of Mice and Men, in which he played Lennie Small. Chaney was asked to test for the role of Quasimodo for the 1939 remake of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, however, the role went to Charles Laughton.
With his third-billed character role in ‘One Million B.C.’ as Victor Mature’s caveman father, Chaney began to be viewed as a character actor in the mold of his father. He had in fact designed a swarthy, ape-like Neanderthal make-up on himself for the film, but production decisions and union rules prevented him from following through on emulating his father in that fashion. Put under contract by Universal Pictures Co. Inc., Chaney was cast in ‘Man Made Monster’, a science-fiction horror thriller originally written with Karloff in mind. This lead to Chaney’s signature role in ‘The Wolf Man’, a role which would typecast him for the rest of his life.
He maintained a career at Universal horror movies over the next few years, replaying the Wolf Man in ‘Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man’, ‘House of Frankenstein’, ‘House of Dracula’, ‘Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein’, Frankenstein’s monster in ‘The Ghost of Frankenstein’, Kharis the mummy in ‘The Mummy’s Tomb’, ‘The Mummy’s Ghost’ and ‘The Mummy’s Curse’. He also played the title character in ‘Son of Dracula’. Chaney is thus the only actor to portray all four of Universal’s major monsters: the Wolf Man, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Mummy, and the vampire son of Count Dracula. Universal also starred him in a series of psychological mysteries associated with the ‘Inner Sanctum’ radio series. He also played western heroes, such as in the serial ‘Overland Mail’, but the imposing 6-foot 2-inch, 220-pound actor more often appeared as heavies. After leaving Universal, where he made 30 films, he worked primarily in character roles in notable films like ‘High Noon’, and in more prominent roles in lower-budget films and television shows.
One of his most talked-about roles was a live television version of ‘Frankenstein’ on the anthology series ‘Tales of Tomorrow’, for which he allegedly showed up drunk. During the live broadcast, Chaney, playing the Monster, apparently thought it was just a rehearsal and he would pick up furniture that he was supposed to break, only to gingerly put it back down while muttering, “I saved it for you.”
He became quite popular with baby boomers after Universal released its back catalog of horror films to television in 1957 and Famous Monsters of Filmland magazine regularly focused on his films.
In the 1960s, Chaney’s career ran the gamut from horror productions such as Roger Corman’s ‘The Haunted Palace’ and b-movie fodder such as ‘Hillbilly’s in a Haunted House’ and ‘Dr. Terror’s Gallery of Horror’s’ (both 1967). His bread-and-butter work during this decade was television — where he made guest appearances on everything from ‘Wagon Train’ to ‘The Monkees’ — and in a string of supporting roles in low-budget Westerns for Paramount. In 1962 Chaney got a brief chance to play Quasimodo in a simulalcrum of his father’s make-up, as well as return to his roles of the Mummy and the Wolf Man on the television series ‘Route 66’ with friends Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre. Also during this era, he starred in Jack Hill’s ‘Spider Baby’ (filmed 1964, released 1968), for which he also sang the title song.
In later years he battled throat cancer and chronic heart disease among other aliments after decades of heavy drinking and smoking. In his final horror film, ‘Dracula vs. Frankenstein’ (1971), directed by Al Adamson, he played Groton, Dr. Frankenstein’s mute henchman.
Chaney died of heart failure at age 67 on July 12, 1973 in San Clemente, California. His body was donated for medical research.
Alcon Entertainment, the producer/financier teaming with director Ridley Scott to return to the world of the 1982 science fiction classic Blade Runner, is adamantly denying a web report claiming original star Harrison Ford is in early talks to return as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. Andrew Kosove, who runs Alcon with Broderick Johnson, said he and his partner couldn’t sit by as the unsubstantiated report spread like wildfire all over the world. That’s the downside of the digital world, where reports spread virally.
“It is absolutely patently false that there has been any discussion about Harrison Ford being in Blade Runner,” Kosove said. “To be clear, what we are trying to do with Ridley now is go through the painstaking process of trying to break the back of the story, figure out the direction we’re going to take the movie and find a writer to work on it. The casting of the movie could not be further from our minds at this moment.”
Kosove said they didn’t want in any way to disparage an iconic actor like Ford, but it certainly sounds as though they do not plan to continue his story line. “It’s like asking if we’re going to make the sky red or blue, there has been no discussion about it,” he said. “What Ridley does in Prometheus is a good template for what we’re trying to do. He created something that has some association to the original Alien, but lives on its own as a standalone movie.” Asked point blank if Ford could resurface, Kosove said: “In advance of knowing what we’re going to do, I supposed you could say yes, he could. But I think it is quite unlikely.”
Check out the Guardian interview.
Alejandro Jodorowsky Prullansky, known as Alejandro Jodorowsky, (born 17 February 1929) is a Chilean-French filmmaker, playwright, actor, author, comic book writer and spiritual guru. Best known for his avant-garde films, he has been “venerated by cult cinema enthusiasts” for his work which “is filled with violently surreal images and a hybrid blend of mysticism and religious provocation.”
Born to Jewish Ukrainian parents in Chile, Jodorowsky experienced an unhappy and alienated childhood, and so immersed himself in reading and writing poetry. Dropping out of college, he became involved in theater and in particular mime, working as a clown before founding his own theater troupe, the Teatro Mimico, in 1947. Moving to Paris in the early 1950s, Jodorowsky studied mime under Etienne Decroux before turning to cinema, directing the short film ‘Les Tetes interverties’ in 1957. From 1960 he divided his time between Paris and Mexico City, in the former becoming a founding member of the anarchistic avant-garde Panic Movement of performance artists. In 1966 he created his first comic strip, Anibal 5, whilst in 1967 he directed his first feature film, the surrealist ‘Fando y Lis’, which caused a huge scandal in its native Mexico, eventually being banned.
His next film, the acid western ‘El Topo’ (1970), became a hit on the midnight movie circuit in the United States, considered as the first-ever midnight cult film, leading rock star John Lennon to provide Jodorowsky with $1 million to finance his next film. The result was ‘The Holy Mountain’ (1973), a surrealist exploration of western esotericism. Disagreements with the film’s distributor Allen Klein however led to both The Holy Mountain and El Topo failing to gain widespread distribution, although both became classics on the underground film circuit.
After a botched attempt at filming Frank Herbert’s novel Dune, Jodorowsky produced three more films, the family film ‘Tusk’ (1980), the surrealist horror ‘Santa Sangre’ (1989) and the failed blockbuster ‘The Rainbow Thief’ (1990). Since then, his attempts at producing further films have not come to fruition. Meanwhile, he has simultaneously written a series of science fiction comic books, most notably ‘The Incal’ (1981-1989), which has been described as having a claim to be “the best comic book” ever written, but also Technopriests and Metabarons. Accompanying this, he has also written books and regularly lectures on his own spiritual system, which he calls “psychomagic” and “psychoshamanism” and which borrows from his interests in alchemy, the tarot, Zen Buddhism and shamanism.
The only Jodorowsky films I’ve seen to date are El Topo, Holy Mountain and Santa Sangre, the images stay with you… For more information than I can possibly give, check out this site for clips, interviews and more.
Haunted by the death of the fiancé, Florence spends her time debunking supernatural claims, using methodical and rational explanations to disprove the notion that the dead can still haunt us. She feels compelled to accept a request to go to Rookwood, a boarding school in the countryside where a boy has recently been found dead and rumours about a ghostly boy haunting the school are causing panic amongst pupils and parents alike.
Florence sets to work immediately, laying traps, gathering scientific evidence, uncovering secrets and seemingly unravelling the mystery. However, as Florence is about to leave, she has a chilling spectral encounter which defies all of her rational beliefs and sets her on a journey toward a heartbreaking climax…
John Michael Beck Taylor (born February 4, 1949), commonly known as Michael Beck, is an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Swan in the 1979 film, The Warriors.
Beck was born in Memphis, Tennessee, the third of nine children. He attended Memphis University School and Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, on a football scholarship. After graduating with a degree in Economics, he was one of 30 (out of 2,500) applicants chosen for London’s Central School of Speech and Drama. His stage credits, beginning with college, include: Camelot (he was King Arthur); and Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. Besides acting, his hobbies include reading, music and cooking.
Michael Beck is predominantly known for his role as “Swan” in the Walter Hill classic cult action film ‘The Warriors’ (1979). The plot follows The Warriors from Coney Island, Brooklyn. Cyrus (Roger Hill), leader of the Gramercy Riffs, the most powerful gang in New York City, has requested all NY gangs to send nine unarmed representatives to Van Cortland Park, where Cyrus proposes the assembled crowd a permanent citywide truce that would allow the gangs to control the city. Most of the gangs laud his idea, but Luther (David Patrick Kelly), leader of the Rogues, shoots Cyrus and frames the Warriors. In the ensuing panic, the Warriors escape. Unbeknownst to the Warriors, however, the Riffs call a hit on them through a DJ (Lynne Thigpen), believing them responsible for Cyrus’ death. Swan (Michael Beck) takes charge of the group and they head back to the subway… Awesome.
Beck followed The Warriors with the role of “Sonny Malone” in ‘Xanadu’ (1980), and promptly ruined his career prospects. He followed that with b-movies such as ‘Megaforce’ (1982), and ‘Triumphs of a Man Called Horse’ (1982). (Both the Xanadu and Megaforce roles garnered him Razzie nominations for Worst Actor and Worst Supporting Actor respectively.) Beck also appeared in other b-movies such as ‘Warlords of the 21st Century’, ‘The Last Ninja’, ‘The Golden Seal’, ‘Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story’, ‘Rearview Mirror’, the 1984 TV movie ‘Blackout’, and ‘Wes Craven’s Chiller’ (as a cryogenically suspended sociopath). He also starred in a short-lived television series, ‘Houston Knights’ (1987). More recently, Beck has featured in the television shows ‘JAG’, ‘Robin’s Hoods’, Walker: Texas Ranger’ (in the episodes Flashpoint and A Difficult Peace), ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (TV Series), and as a Mars-born terrorist-turned-cyborg assassin “Abel Horn” in the science fiction TV series ‘Babylon 5’ 1994 episode “A Spider in the Web”, and as “Mr.Jones” in the spinoff series ‘Crusade’.
Michael has narrated numerous audiobooks of John Grisham novels. He has also narrated Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz; A Darkness More Than Light by Michael Connelly; State of the Union by David Callahan; and the unabridged version of Bill Clinton’s My Life. He also lent his voice to the popular video game adaptation of The Warriors in 2005.
George Andrew Romero (born February 4, 1940) is a Canadian-American film director, screenwriter and editor, best known for his gruesome and satirical horror movies about a hypothetical zombie apocalypse. He is the “Godfather of Zombies.”
Romero was born in New York City to a Cuban-born father of Castilian Spanish parentage and a Lithuanian American mother. Romero attended Pittsburgh’s Carnegie-Mellon University. After graduating in 1960, he began his career shooting short films and commercials. One of his early commercial films, a segment for ‘Mister Roger’s Neighborhood’ in which Mr. Rogers underwent a tonsillectomy, inspired Romero to go into the horror film business. He, along with nine friends, formed Image Ten Productions in the late 1960s, and produced ‘Night of the Living Dead‘ (1968). The movie, directed by Romero and co-written with John A. Russo, became a cult classic and a defining moment for modern horror cinema.
Three films that followed were less popular: ‘There’s Always Vanilla’ (19710, ‘Jack’s Wife / Season of the Witch’ (1972) and ‘The Crazies’ (1973) were not as well received as Night of the Living Dead or some of his later work. The Crazies, dealing with a bio spill that induces an epidemic of homicidal madness, and the critically acclaimed arthouse success ‘Martin’ (1977), a film that deals with the vampire myth, were the two well-known films from this period. Like many of his films, they were shot in or around Pittsburgh.
In 1978, Romero returned to the zombie genre with the greatest zombie movie EVER: ‘Dawn of the Dead’ (1978). Shot on a budget of just $500,000, the film earned over $55 million worldwide and was named one of the top cult films by Entertainment Weekly in 2003. Romero made a third entry in his “Dead Series” with ‘Day of the Dead’ (1985).
Between these two films, Romero shot ‘Knightriders’ (1981), another festival favorite about a group of modern-day jousters who reenact tournaments on motorcycles, and the successful ‘Creepshow’ (1982), written by Stephen King, an anthology of tongue-in-cheek tales modeled after 1950s horror comics.
From the latter half of the 1980s and into the 1990s came ‘Monkey Shines’ (1988), about a killer helper monkey, ‘Two Evil Eyes’ (1990), an Edgar Allan Poe adaptation in collaboration with Dario Argento, the Stephen King adaptation ‘The Dark Half’ (1993) and ‘Bruiser’ (2000), about a man whose face becomes a blank mask.
Romero updated his original screenplay and executive produced the remake of Night of the Living Dead directed by Tom Savini for Columbia/TriStar in 1990. Romero had a cameo appearance in Jonathan Demme’s Academy Award-winning ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ in 1991 as one of Hannibal Lecter’s jailers.
Universal Studios produced and released a remake of ‘Dawn of the Dead’ in 2004, with which Romero was not involved. Later that year, Romero kicked off the DC Comics title Toe Tags with a six-issue miniseries titled The Death of Death. Based on an unused script that Romero had previously written as a sequel to his “Dead Trilogy,” the comic miniseries concerns Damien, an intelligent zombie who remembers his former life, struggling to find his identity as he battles armies of both the living and the dead. Typical of a Romero zombie tale, the miniseries includes ample supply of both gore and social commentary (dealing particularly here with corporate greed and terrorism — ideas he would also explore in his next film in the series, Land of the Dead). Romero has stated that the miniseries is set in the same kind of world as his ‘Dead’ films, but featured other locales besides Pittsburgh, where the majority of his films take place.
Romero, who lives in Toronto, ‘Land of the Dead’ there. The movie’s working title was “Dead Reckoning”. Its $16 million production budget was the highest of the four movies in the series. Actors Simon Baker, Dennis Hopper, Asia Argento, and John Leguizamo star in the film. It was released on June 24, 2005 to generally positive reviews.
Unlike most modern day zombie flicks, Romero’s contain a healthy dose of social commentary. Night of the Living Dead is a film made in reaction to the turbulent 1960s, Dawn of the Dead is a satire on consumerism, Day of the Dead is a study of the conflict between science and the military, and Land of the Dead is an examination of class conflict.
In June 2006, Romero began ‘Zombisodes’, broadcast on the Web, they are a combination of a series of “Making of” shorts and story expansion detailing the work behind the film ‘George A. Romero’s Diary of the Dead’, which follows a group of college students making a horror movie in the woods, who stumble on a real zombie uprising. When the onslaught begins, they seize the moment as any good film students would, capturing the undead in a cinema verite style that causes more than the usual production headaches. The film was independently financed, making it the first indie zombie film Romero has done in years.
Romero’s last zombie film, ‘Survival of the Dead’ was intended to be a direct sequel to Diary of the Dead, but the film features a new cast of characters, and did not retain the first-person camerawork of Diary of the Dead. and the majority of the story taking place on an island.
Romero says he has plans for two more Dead movies which will be connected to Diary of the Dead.
Francesco Vincent Serpico (born April 14, 1936) is a retired New York City Police Department officer who is most famous for testifying against police corruption in 1971. The majority of Serpico’s fame came after the release of the Sidney Lumet directed 1973 film ‘Serpico’ which starred Al Pacino in the lead role.
Serpico was shot during a drug bust on February 3, 1971, at 10:42 p.m., during a stakeout at 778 Driggs Avenue, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Four officers from Brooklyn North had received a tip that a drug deal was going down.
Two of the officers, Gary Roteman and Arthur Cesare, stayed in a car out front; the third, Paul Halley, was standing in front of the apartment building. Serpico got out of the car, climbed up the fire escape, watched from the roof, went in the fire escape door, walked down the steps, watched the heroin sale, listened to the password and then followed the two youths out.
The police jumped out at the two youths, one of whom had two bags of heroin. Halley stayed in the car with the two kids with the heroin after Roteman told Serpico, because he spoke Spanish, to make a fake drug buy to get the door open for the rest of them. The three officers went up the steps to the third-floor landing. Serpico knocked on the door, keeping his other hand inside his jacket on his 9mm Browning. The door opened a few inches, the chain still on. Serpico pushed and the chain snapped. It was enough for him to wedge part of his body in but the dealers on the other side were trying to close it. Serpico called out to his partners who did not come to help him.
Serpico was shot in the face at point blank range with a .22 LR handgun. The bullet penetrated his cheek just below the eye and lodged at the top of his jaw; he lost balance, fell to the floor, and began to bleed profusely. Serpico’s colleagues failed to place a “10-13”, a dispatch to police headquarters indicating that an officer has been shot. Instead, Serpico was saved by an elderly man who lived in an apartment adjacent to the one being used by the suspects; the man called emergency services and reported that a man had been shot, and then stayed with Serpico to help keep him alive until an ambulance arrived. A police squad car arrived prior to the ambulance, however, and the officers, unaware of the bloodied Serpico’s identity, took him to Greenpoint Hospital.
Serpico was deafened in his left ear by the gunshot, which severed an auditory nerve, and has suffered chronic pain from fragments lodged in his brain. Although he was visited the day after the shooting by Mayor John V. Lindsay and Police Commissioner Patrick V. Murphy, while he lay recovering in bed from his wounds, the police department harassed him with hourly bed checks. He survived, and ultimately testified in front of the Knapp Commission.
The circumstances surrounding Serpico’s shooting quickly came into question. Serpico, who was armed during the drug raid, had only been shot after briefly turning away from the suspect when he realized that the two officers who had accompanied him to the scene were not following him into the apartment, raising the question whether Serpico had actually been brought to the apartment by his colleagues to be executed.
Read more about the actual events here.
Michael Carlyle Hall (born February 1, 1971) is an American actor whose television roles include David Fisher on the HBO drama series ‘Six Feet Under’ and Dexter Morgan on the Showtime series ‘Dexter’.
Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina. His mother, Janice Styons Hall, is a high school guidance counselor in Wake Forest, and his father, William Carlyle Hall, worked for IBM. Hall grew up an only child, a sister having died in infancy before his birth. He has said of growing up a single child, that “There was a very one-on-one, immediate family relationship, my mom and I”. His father died of prostate cancer in 1982, when Hall was 11 years old. Hall attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, graduating in 1989. He graduated from Earlham College in 1993 and had planned to become a lawyer. He later attended New York University’s Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts, graduating in 1996.
Hall’s acting career began in the theatre. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Macbeth at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and in Henry V at The Public Theater, and the controversial play Corpus Christi at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He also performed in the workshop production of what was then known as Sondheim’s Wise Guys, later version of which was titled Road Show. He sang the role of Paris Singer; this character’s songs and function in the play were transferred to the character Hollis Bessamer in the final version of the play. In Los Angeles, he appeared in Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum.
In 1999, director Sam Mendes cast Hall as the flamboyant Emcee in the revival of Cabaret, his first Broadway role.
In 2003, Hall toured as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. In 2005 he returned to Off-Broadway theater in the premiere of Noah Haidle’s Mr. Marmalade, playing the title character, an emotionally disturbed little girl’s imaginary friend.
Mendes suggested Hall for the role of closeted David Fisher when Alan Ball began casting the TV drama ‘Six Feet Under’. “Everything I opened up for Cabaret,” Hall reported in a 2004 interview, “I slammed shut for David.”
Hall’s work in the first season of Six Feet Under was recognized by an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and for an AFI Award nomination for Actor of the Year in 2002 for his role as David Fisher. In addition, he shared in the Screen Actors Guild Nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series all five years that the show was in production, winning the award in 2003 and 2004.
Hall is currently starring in and co-producing the Showtime television series Dexter, in which he plays the titular character, a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who moonlights as a vigilante serial killer. The series also casts Hall’s ex-wife, Jennifer Carpenter as his foster sister, Debra Morgan. The series premiered on October 1, 2006 and its sixth season began on October 2, 2011. For his work on Dexter, Hall has been nominated for three more Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, in 2008, 2009 and 2010. The show itself was also nominated for a 2008, 2009 and 2010 Emmy in the Drama series category. He won the 2007 Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. Hall was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama in 2007, and again in 2008 finally winning the award at the 67th Golden Globe Awards in 2010. Also in 2010, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.
On January 13, 2010, his agent and spokesman confirmed that he was undergoing treatment for a treatable form of Hodgkins lymphoma. Hall accepted his Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 while wearing a knitted cap over his bald head, having lost his hair due to the chemotherapy treatment he was undergoing at the time. On April 25, 2010, Carpenter announced that Hall was fully cured and was set to get back to work for a new season of Dexter.
Season 6 premiered on October 2, 2011. Michael C. Hall was nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Drama series at the 2011 Emmy Awards, but did not win the category. On November 18, 2011, it was announced that Dexter had been renewed for both a seventh and eighth season.