Two time Emmy Award winning actor and author Tony Hale is best known for his role as Gary Walsh, the downtrodden personal aide to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s Vice President Selina Meyers on HBO’s Emmy Award winning political comedy, Veep. Hale won two Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for Veep in 2013 and 2015 and was nominated in the same category in 2014 and 2016. Veep returns for a 6th season on HBO next year.
Hale has appeared in a wide variety of critically acclaimed television programs and films throughout his career. Prior to Veep, he co-starred as the socially awkward Buster Bluth on the ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series Arrested Development, which aired on Fox from 2003 – 2006 and was later picked up for an additional season on Netflix in 2013. That same year, Hale was seen alongside Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy in the Paul Feig directed action- comedy, The Heat, which grossed over $229 million worldwide for Fox. Last year, he co-starred Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg in Lionsgate’s action-comedy, American Ultra and starred as the villain in Twentieth Century Fox’s animated/live-action film, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Chip along with Jason Lee, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney. This past summer, Hale lent his voice alongside Jason Sudekis, Danny McBride, Bill Hader and Maya Rudolph in Sony Pictures’ animated film, Angry Birds, based on the hit mobile video game. Angry Birds has generated over $349 million worldwide at the box office since May.
In 2014, Hale released his first children’s book, Archibald’s Next Big Thing, under Boxing Clever Publishing. The book, penned by Hale, follows a young chicken named Archibald who is always looking for his next “big thing” instead of realizing all the big and beautiful things around him, right now. The theme of the book stemmed from Hale’s own life experiences of learning to cope with his obsession of always looking for his next acting role instead of stopping to smell the roses.
Hale grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, where he attended The Young Actors Theatre. He then continued on to study acting at The Barrow Group Theatre Company in New York. His first break came in 1999, when he gained recognition for his dance to “Mr. Roboto” in the popular television commercial for Volkswagen (this commercial was later spoofed in an episode of Arrested Development).
Hale currently resides in Los Angeles.