Tony Hale plays Simon, the video store clerk on the new NBC comedy series "Andy Barker, P.I."
Hale most recently starred as Buster Bluth, the eccentric, one-handed Mama's boy on the groundbreaking "Arrested Development," which won the Emmy for Outstanding Comedy Series. Details magazine called his character "the most hysterically unhinged supporting player since Cosmo Kramer."
For the big screen, Hale recently co-starred as Dave, the best friend and co-worker of Will Ferrell's character in the feature, "Stranger Than Fiction," directed by Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland").
Hale has most recently been cast as the voice of Furlough, the treacherous brother mouse, in Universal Pictures' animated feature, "The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, A Princess, Some Soup and a Spool of Thread." It is an adaptation of the 2004 Newbery Medal-winning children's book by Kate DiCamillo ("Because of Winn-Dixie"). In the story, Furlough tattle-tales on his brother Despereaux for falling in love with a human princess. The film's all-star cast includes Dustin Hoffman, Kevin Kline, Christopher Lloyd, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Tracey Ullman and Sigourney Weaver. Universal plans to release the film during the 2008 holiday season.
Earlier this year, Hale had supporting roles in director Barry Sonnenfeld's roadtrip comedy, "RV," with Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines as well as "Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector," produced by J.P. Williams and Alan Blomquist ("Walk the Line," "Chocolat").
Hale's first professional job was in a "Shakespeare in the Parking Lot" production of "Taming of the Shrew," staged in an East Village parking lot. He landed a commercial agent and was featured in spots for Volkswagen (singing "Mr. Roboto") and Citibank. He also guest-starred on such popular television series as "Sex and the City," "The Sopranos," "Mad TV," "Stacked" and "Dawson's Creek."
Hale resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Emmy-winning makeup artist Martel, and their daughter, Loy.