Michael Anthony Hall (born on April 14, 1968), is an American actor, film director and producer. He started his career as a child in commercials and on stage, debuting on screen in 1980.
He was born in West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in New York City and attended Manhattan’s Professional Children’s School. He started his career as an actor at age eight, being managed by his mother throughout the 1980s.
Besides acting, he has another passion, music. He is the singer and songwriter for the band, Hall of Mirrors, founded in 1998. In 1999, they released an album, Welcome to the Hall of Mirrors.
His acting career started when he was seven years old appearing in various commercials. He debuted on stage in 1977 as Steve Allen in the play The Wake. He debuted on screen in 1980 in the television movie The Gold Bug as young Edgar Allan Poe, but he wasn’t quite noticed until 1982 with the release of the film Six Pack.
A year later, he was cast as Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation, which was a considerable box office hit in 1983. However, he didn’t reprise his role in its sequel in 1985. His breakout role came along in 1984 in the film Sixteen Candles as Farmer Ted, the geek, role which made him a star overnight.