Michael C. Hall Success Story
Michael Carlyle Hall, popularly known as “Dexter Morgan” in the Showtime TV Network Dexter, is an award-winning stage and television actor for many years. Hall won a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award in the year 2010 for his famous portrayal as Morgan.
Hall was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 1, 1971 to Janice Hall (guidance counselor) and William Hall (ex-IBM employee). At the age of 11, he lost his father to prostate cancer in 1982. He grew up to be the only child. His sister died while she was in her infancy before Hall's birth.
Michael attended Ravenscroft School in Raleigh where he graduated in 1989. In 1993 he graduated from Earlham College, Indiana. Initially after completing his graduation, he thought of attending a law school. However, that inclination never really worked for him and he ended up joining New York University's Graduate Acting Program at the Tisch School of the Arts from where he graduated in 1996.
Hall's acting propensity developed during his childhood. He used to participate in theatres, plays and performances while in school. His performance in the second grade, What Love Is was highly appreciated. Hall’s professional acting career took off in theaters. After appearing in dozens of theater acts, the talented man finally got the much needed breakthrough when Mendes suggested his nomination to director Allen Ball for portraying one of the characters David Fisher in much anticipated TV drama Six Feet Under.
Hall's role earned many accolades and his performance was recognized with an Emmy nomination and for AFI Award in the year 2002. His role in HBO hit drama as an anonymous character kept on catching the attention of many eye balls. He won numerous awards including the Screen Actors Guild nomination for "outstanding performance" in a drama for 5 years which he won in 2003 and 2004.
Soon after his role in Six Feet Under, Hall went on to play Dexter Morgan in a super hit TV drama, Dexter in 2006. The show was based on the novel - Darkly Dreaming Dexter, by Jeff Lindsay. Hall played a Miami based police blood splatter who keeps a vigilante on the escaped killers.
Dexter proved to be one of the biggest hits in TV prime time dramas. Hall, for his role as Dexter, won the Golden Globe and SAG awards besides being nominated for Emmy Awards several times. His popularity grew with his performance and while he was featuring in and as Dexter, he bragged couple of feature films simultaneously.
In the year 2013, after the airing of the concluding episode of Dexter, Hall made his way to the big screen with his appearances in films like Kill Your Darlings. He also made his appearances in feature films like Paycheck, The Gamer, Peep World and the thriller, Cold.
Hall was married in 2002 to actress Amy Spanger; however the couple parted ways in 2006. In 2009 he remarried his Dexter co-star Jennifer Carpenter. The marriage ended in 2011. Hall was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma while he was shooting for the fourth season of Dexter in 2010.
Hall, besides having the pomp and show of the glamour world, is the face of various charities and causes and is associated with different non-profit organizations. In 2011, Hall was the representative speaker at "Light the Night Walk" on Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. He played an elemental role in the Somalia Aid Society's Feed the People campaign and has worked in close collaboration with Kiehl's skin care for a water cleaning campaign.
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