Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall

Michael C. Hall (born 1 February 1971) is a Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominated stage and television actor.

He played the title character, Dexter Morgan (a serial killer and blood spatter analyst), on the Showtime TV series DEXTER.


All Eight Seasons (2006 - 2013):

  • He appeared in 96 of the 96 episodes.


Season Eight:


Hall was made co-executive producer of DEXTER in the third season.


For his work on Dexter, Hall was nominated for five Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. The show itself was also nominated for Emmy citations in the Drama Series category in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. He won the 2007 Television Critics Association Award for Individual Achievement in Drama. Hall was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Drama in 2007, 2008, and again in 2010. Also in 2010, he won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series.


In a 2006 interview, Hall discussed his approach to the character of Dexter, saying:

"I think Dexter is a man who... a part of himself is very much frozen, or arrested in a place that is pre-memory, pre-conscious, pre-verbal. Something very traumatic happened to him, he doesn’t know what that is. And I think on some level he wants to know. He denies his humanity, he describes himself as someone who is without feeling, and yet I think that he maybe suspects -- in a way that maybe isn’t even conscious yet when we first meet him -- that he is in fact a human being. Dexter's a unique killer in that his father saw his dark impulses, shined a light on them, and told Dexter that he saw them, he accepted them, that Dexter is good and that he is worthy of love. And I think that's what enables him to focus his energies in this unique way.[1]"


Hall's acting career began in the theater. Off-Broadway, he appeared in Macbeth and Cymbeline at the New York Shakespeare Festival, and in Timon of Athens and Henry V at the New York Public Theater, The English Teachers at the Manhattan Class Company (MCC), and the controversial play Corpus Christi at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

In 1999, director Sam Mendes cast Hall as the flamboyant Emcee in the revival of Cabaret, his first Broadway role. Sam Mendes also directed the film American Beauty, written by Alan Ball, and he suggested Hall for the role of deeply closeted David Fisher when Ball began casting the TV drama Six Feet Under.

Hall's work in the first season of Six Feet Under,was recognized by a 2002 Emmy nomination for an Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and 2002 American Film Institute Award nomination for Actor of the Year. In addition, he shared in the Screen Actors Guild nomination for best ensemble cast all five years that the show was in production, winning the award in 2003 and 2004.

In 2003, Hall toured as Billy Flynn in the musical Chicago. His only film credit is the 2003 thriller Paycheck, and he also appeared in the 2003 TV-movie Bereft. In 2005 he returned to Off-Broadway theatre in the premier of Noah Haidle's Mr. Marmalade, playing the title character, an emotionally disturbed little girl's imaginary friend.

Hall's film credits include the thriller Paycheck (2003), the science fiction thriller Gamer (2009), the 2011 drama The Trouble with Bliss (2011), the comedy Peep World (2012), and Kill Your Darlings (2013). Hall performed in a film adaptation of Joe R. Lansdale's cult novel Cold in July, directed by Jim Mickle. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. In the next year, Hall voiced Batman in Justice League: Gods and Monsters. Hall will portrayed Abraham Lincoln's advisor, Leonard Swett, in the 2017 documentary film The Gettysburg Address. Also in 2017, Hall performed in the eighth episode of the second season of Netflix historical drama The Crown impersonating John F. Kennedy alongside actress Jodi Balfour as Jackie Kennedy.

Hall returned to Broadway in a big way in 2014, first as John Jones in The Realistic Joneses and later playing the title role for Hedwig and The Angry Inch. Between 2015 and 2016 Hall continued on stage, starring in David Bowie's New York Theatre Workshop play Lazarus, as Thomas Newton and continued his role months later in the London production.

In 2017, Hall performed in season two (episode eight) of the Netflix historical drama The Crown, where he played John F. Kennedy alongside actress Jodi Balfour as Jackie Kennedy.

As of May 2018, he is starring in an eight-part Netflix original drama called Safe.

Personal Life

Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hall grew up an only child, a sister having died in infancy before his birth. When he was 11, his father died of cancer, and in a 2004 interview he recalled, "Certainly, for a young boy, there's no good age, but I think I was on the cusp of a time in my life where I was starting to reach puberty, to relate to my father. To have him... Something gets frozen. As you revisit it for the rest of your life, it's sort of this slow but hopefully sure crawling-out of that frozen moment." [2]

Hall graduated from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, in 1993. He later attended New York University's Master of Fine Arts program in New York City. In 2002, he married actress Amy Spanger; he played Billy Flynn opposite her Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago the summer after their wedding. The couple separated and divorced in 2006. On 31 December 2008, he married Jennifer Carpenter, who played the character of Dexter Morgan's foster sister, Debra Morgan. They dated for a year and a half before eloping on New Year's Eve in 2008. And then in the summer of 2010, Jennifer petitioned for divorce citing irreconcilable differences. The marriage was officially over that December. In September 2012, Hall began dating Morgan Macgregor who was an associate editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books, and they married on 29 February 2016.

On 13 January 2010, his agent and spokesman confirmed that Hall was undergoing treatment for a treatable form of Hodgkin's lymphoma. Hall received his diagnosis while Season Four was still being shot, and he kept it a secret until shooting wrapped, beginning his treatment the next day. Many cast mates and friends made their concerns known to the media, some admitting they had no idea Hall was battling cancer because he never showed any signs of the disease. Hall expressed anxiety, mostly because he had avoided doctors since a childhood hernia operation. 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 to chemotherapy. On 25 April 2010, his wife, Jennifer Carpenter, announced that Hall was fully cured and was set to get back to work for a new season of Dexter. During Season Five of Dexter, Hall wore a human hair wig due to his loss of hair. The cancer is currently in remission.


Hall is the face of the Somalia Aid Society's Feed The People campaign. He has also worked with Kiehl's to promote a limited-edition skin care line that benefits the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental nonprofit that works toward clean and safe water worldwide. In 2011, Hall was the celebrity spokesperson for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's "Light the Night Walk" fundraising campaign.


  • To get in shape for his role as Dexter, Michael C Hall hired celebrity trainer Gregory Joujon-Roche. who charged $5,000 per week and came with a support team. Hall had access to a fitness trainer, masseuse, nutritionist, martial arts instructor, yoga instructor, and core trainer. His workouts included running, weightlifting, abs exercise, and practicing hand-to-hand combat.



  1. Showtime: Michael C. Hall interview, Odeo. October 9, 2006.
  2. "Hall of love and death", The Advocate, Anne Stockwell. June 8, 2004.