Posted by Sean Flynt on 2004-09-20

Tony Hale '92 was in the national spotlight Sept. 19, as he and his fellow cast and crew picked up three Emmy Awards for their work in the innovative Fox network seriesArrested Development, which premiered in November 2003.

Nominated in seven categories, the series won in the categories of Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. Viewers of the live national telecast of the awards show saw Hale standing next to series creator Ron Howard on the stage of the Los Angeles Shrine Auditorium as the series award was presented.

In Arrested Development, Hale portrays Buster Bluth, the innocent, professionally adrift runt of a profoundly dysfunctional family whose CEO patriarch is serving a prison term for white collar crime.

In addition to appearing in a number of national commercials, Hale has made guest appearances on Sex In the City, The Sopranos and The Street, and appeared in the feature length film Fortunes and in the short film My Blind Brother. 

Hale, a Macon, Ga., native, is married to Martel Thompson, a theatrical makeup artist who won an Emmy for her work on the ABC daytime series All My Children. The couple met in Manhattan when she attended the Bible study group Hale founded to support Christian actors and artists. 


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.