Tony Hale made a name for himself on the short-lived but now celebrated cult comedy Arrested Development. Playing the beloved and oft-quoted Buster Bluth—his "hey brother" particularly situated itself into the pop lexicon—Hale managed to carve out a place in the pantheon of singular sitcom characters.
When Arrested Development went off the air in 2006, Hale stayed busy with parts on various network sitcoms (Chuck, Andy Barker, P.I.) and film projects (most notably Stranger than Fiction alongside Will Ferrell and Steven Soderbergh's underrated The Informant!).
Though Hale found himself back in his role as Buster earlier this year when Netflix revived Arrested Development for another season, it's his part on HBO's hit comedy Veep that has recently garnered him much acclaim. On Veep, he plays Gary, a personal assistant to the vice president of the United States, played by comic stalwart Julia Louis-Dreyfus. While there are shades of Buster in Gary, the chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus has Hale working in a more nuanced mode—one for which he's recently been awarded an Emmy for best supporting actor in a comedy series.
Hale describes himself as someone whose "faith is everything" as he navigates both career and family life. He recently spoke to CT about life after the Emmys, the importance of local theater, and Tim Conway.
CT: How's life post Emmy win? Any change in your day-to-day life?
TH: I now have the Emmy around my neck, and my wife's Emmy we put on the hood of the car. [Mr. Hale's wife, Martel Thompson, won an Emmy in 2003 for work she did as a make-up artist.]
No, when they called my name, it was such an out-of-body experience. Next to my daughter ...