Anthony "Tony" Hale (born September 30, 1970) is an American actor & comedian, best known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development as the neurotic Buster Bluth. He currently plays Gary Walsh, the sycophantic personal aide to the Vice President of the United States on the HBO comedy Veep, for which he won the 2013 and 2015 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

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. 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. After graduating, he set up residence in New York City and lived there 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.

Career

Hale first obtained his Screen Actors Guild (SAG) card when he appeared in a commercial for MCI Inc., though it never aired. 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 FoxsitcomArrested 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 NBCsitcomAndy Barker P.I., starring Andy Richter and co-created by Conan O'Brien. 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. 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 Numb3rs 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.

In 2012, Hale was cast in the HBO comedy Veep as Gary Walsh, the personal assistant to Vice PresidentSelina Meyer (portrayed by Julia Louis-Dreyfus). 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. He earned his second nomination in 2014, but lost the award to Ty Burrell. However, Hale won his second Primetime Emmy Award with his 3rd nomination in 2015, in the same ceremony where Veep won its first Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series.

In February 2015, Hale was cast in Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, which was released in December 2015 to dismal reviews.

Personal life

Hale married Emmy Award-winning make-up artist Martel Thompson on May 24, 2003. He and his wife are both Christian, and reside in Pasadena, California with their daughter Loy.

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
2003My Blind BrotherBill
2004StatesideDonny
2005FortunesPhil Yount
2006Unaccompanied MinorsAlan Davies
2006Stranger Than FictionDave
2006The Beach Party at the Threshold of HellRemington biographer
2006RVFrank
2006Larry the Cable Guy: Health InspectorJack Dabbs
2006The Proper Care & Feeding of an American MessiahHomeowner with demons
2007Flatland: The MovieKing of PointlandVoice
2007Because I Said SoStuart
2007Dante's InfernoPope Nicholas IIIVoice
2008My SuicideSocial worker
2008The Tale of DespereauxFurloughVoice
2008The Year of Getting to Know UsNickie
2009The Goods: Live Hard, Sell HardWade
2009The Informant!James Epstein
2009Answer ManMailman
2009The Ballad of G.I. JoeDr. Mindbender
2010HappythankyoumorepleaseSam #2
2010In My SleepBen
2011WussMr. Crowder
2011PerfectGeneShort
2011SironiaChad
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 SuggsPending—Double Viking Award for Best Male Performance that Was Better than the Movie that it was in
2015DominionBrinnanFilming
2016Yoga HosersBob Collette
2016The Angry Birds MovieRoss/Mime/CyrusVoice

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
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"
2003–2006
2013
Arrested DevelopmentBuster BluthNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series(2005–06,14)
2005StackedBrent LambleEpisode: "Beat the Candidate"
2007Big DayDavidEpisode: "Last Chance to Marry Jane"
2007Andy Barker P.I.Simon
2008–2010ChuckEmmett Milbarge14 episodes
2008–2009ERNormanEpisodes: "Life After Death" and "T-Minus-6"
2008Samantha Who?Dr. Andy AdamsEpisode: "The Pill"
2009United States of TaraOral GershenoffEpisode: "Aftermath"
2009Rules of EngagementSteveEpisode: "May Divorce Be With You"
2009–2010Numb3rsRussell LazloEpisodes: "Hydra" and "Devil Girl"
2010The Life and Times of TimVinceVoice
Episode: "Tim's Beard"
2010CommunityProfessor HollyEpisode: "Beginner Pottery"
2010Law & OrderPhillip ShoemakerEpisode: "Brazil"
2010JustifiedDavid MortimerEpisode: "The Collection"
2010MediumGil BureliEpisode: "The Match Game"
2011Human TargetHarryEpisodes: "Communication Breakdown" and "The Trouble With Harry"
2011Royal PainsAndyEpisode: "Ta Da For"
2011NTSF:SD:SUV::Dr. KarlEpisode: "Dolphinnegan's Wake"
2011Good VibesWadskaVoice
2011PsychJerry KincaidEpisode: "Neil Simon's Lover's Retreat"
2012–presentVeepGary WalshPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2013, 2015)
Nominated—American Comedy Award for Best Comedy Supporting Actor — TV
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (2014)
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
2012Law & Order: Special Victims UnitRick SimmsEpisode: "Learning Curve"
2012Up All NightDr. WelbornEpisode: "Ma'am'd"
2013Drunk HistoryMeriwether LewisEpisode: "Nashville"
2013–2016Comedy Bang! Bang!Himself / King of Cards2 episodes
2013–2016Sanjay and CraigMr. NoodmanVoice
2014About a BoyHugh WompleEpisode: "About a Boy's Dad"
2014–2015Drunk HistoryUb Iwerks / Edward Cope2 episodes
2016The $100,000 PyramidHimself (celebrity guest)Episode: Tony Hale vs. Justin Long

Music videos

YearBandSong
2014Lady Antebellum"Bartender"
2008Fall Out Boy"Beat It"
2007Switchfoot"Awakening"

Web

YearTitleRole
2009CTRLStuart

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominated workResult
2004Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2005Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepWon
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesArrested DevelopmentNominated
2013Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2014Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2014Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2014Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2015Critics' Choice Television AwardBest Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated
2015Primetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy SeriesVeepWon
2015Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesVeepNominated