Anthony Michael Hall began acting in commercials at the age of seven. His breakthrough role was as Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo.
Following the success of National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Hall starred in three John Hughes classics: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Weird Science (1985). Wanting to avoid being typecast, Hall turned down roles in two subsequent 1986 Hughes films, Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986).
Early television credits include the Emmy Award-winning “The Gold Bug”, in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the TV movie Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982), and specials “The Body Human” and “Orphans, Waifs and Wards”. On stage, Hall appeared in the Lincoln Center Festival’s production of “St. Joan of the Microphone”.
Hall joined the cast of Saturday Night Live (1985–1986) and starring in films such as Out of Bounds (1986), Johnny Be Good (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Six Degrees of Separation (1993). He starred as Microsoft’s Bill Gates in the 1999 television film Pirates of Silicon Valley.
Following that, Hall did an 81-episode run on Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (2002), but managed to take on film projects as well, including the role of Mike Engel in The Dark Knight (2008).
During 2011, he played the main antagonist in Season 3 of Warehouse 13. He also guest-starred on Community as a nerd-turned-bully. In 2016, Hall had recurring role on TNT’s Murder in the First.
Most recently, Hall has appeared in a recurring role on ABC’s hit sitcom The Goldbergs.
In Halloween Kills Hall played the adult Tommy Doyle from the original film, starring with Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer.
In addition to acting, Hall has also pursued his musical talents, as songwriter and lead singer of his band, Hall of Mirrors, which was formed in 1998.
Hall also devotes time to help at-risk youth via the Anthony Michael Hall Literacy Club.