Tony Hale developed a strong fan base for his hilarious role as Buster Bluth, the eccentric, one-handed mama's boy on Fox Television's smart, groundbreaking, Emmy award-winning series "Arrested Development." His performance as Buster left fans longing for more, and with a plethora of upcoming feature film roles and TV appearances, audiences will soon be treated to a variety of new roles from the versatile and multi-talented Tony Hale.
This past holiday season, Tony was heard 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.
Tony will soon be seen in the romantic comedy "The Answer Man," starring Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham. The film was among the select lineup to be screened in dramatic competition at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and marks the feature debut of writer-director John Hindman.
Tony has wrapped production on director Steven Soderbergh's espionage thriller "The Informant," starring Matt Damon. The film centers on Mark Whitacre, (Damon) a high-level mole at the self-declared "supermarket to the world," Archer Daniels Midland. The film is based on a true story and adapted from the book by Kurt Eichenwald. Warner Independent will release the film on October 9, 2009.
Also in the can is Paramount Vantage's upcoming comedy "The Goods: The Don Ready Story," to be released on August 14, 2009. He stars alongside Jeremy Piven in this feature for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions.
Currently, Tony can be seen on NBC's "Chuck," where he plays the role of Emmett, the new assistant manager of the Buy More store where Chuck (Zachary Levi) works. An efficiency expert, Emmett is sent in by Buy More corporate and decides to stay on when he realizes how poorly the store is run. Tony was recently seen on ABC's "Samantha Who," where he played Andy Adams, a new doctor to Samantha (Christina Applegate). He also guest-starred in the final season debut of "ER," where he played a nerd who rescues an old lady and subsequently develops a hero complex.
Tony moved to Los Angeles with his wife, Emmy-winning makeup artist Martel, who worked on "The Royal Tenenbaums." Tony proposed on a surprise weekend getaway to Ireland. They continue to live in L.A. with their two-and-a-half year old daughter, Loy.
Life is good, but the Los Angeles car/traffic thing is still a daily challenge for him. He longs for a subway system.