Michael C. Hall biography


Michael C. Hall

Date of Birth: February 1, 1971

Moving effortlessly from an uptight funeral director on Six Feet Under to a Miami blood-spatter analyst and serial killer in Showtime's hit series Dexter, Michael C. Hall illuminates the humanity and intelligence in transformative, challenging characters.

A formally trained stage actor, Hall made an indelible impression as younger brother David Fisher on HBO's groundbreaking series Six Feet Under. During the series' five year run, Hall garnered nominations for an Emmy Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Drama Series and the AFI Male Television Actor of the Year Award. Hall and the Six Feet Under cast received 2003 and 2004 Screen Actors Guild Awards for Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, for which they were also nominated in 2002 and 2005.

Based on Jeff Lindsay's cult novel "Darkly Dreaming Dexter," Dexter is an unusual exploration into the mind of a sociopathic killer who targets criminals who have essayed more conventional methods of punishment. For his performance as Dexter, Hall received an Emmy nomination and three consecutive Golden Globe and SAG award nominations.

A North Carolina native and graduate of New York University's Master of Fine Arts program in acting, Hall has appeared in nearly a dozen major stage productions. He made his Broadway debut as the emcee in Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes and starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago opposite then-wife, Amy Spanger, who played Roxie Hart. Off-Broadway, Hall starred opposite Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett in Macbeth directed by George C. Wolfe, and Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Timon of Athens and Henry V at the Public Theater, The English Teachers for Manhattan Class Company, the Manhattan Theater Club's production of Corpus Christi, directed by Joe Mantello and with Brian Cox in Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum.

Michael made his feature film debut in John Woo's Paycheck (2003), starring Ben Affleck and Uma Thurman. His first lead role in a major motion picture was in Gamer (2009), co-starring Gerard Butler. On January 17, 2010, wearing a knitted cap to cover up the effects of the radiation treatments he was receiving to combat cancer (which is currently in remission), Hall accepted his first Golden Globe for his work as the title role in Dexter.

Hall's recent projects include Cold in July (2014), the biopic Christine (2015) and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017).

Michael married his second wife, actress Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his sister on Dexter, on December 31, 2008. They filed for divorce in 2010, after it was rumored Hall was having an affair with Julia Stiles, who played a recurring role during Season Five of the hit series. That relationship soon ended, and in 2016, he married for a third time to Morgan Macgregor.