Anthony Michael Hall and the Bipolar Rumor

Anthony Michael Hall
Anthony Michael Hall. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

Family:

Anthony Michael Hall was born in Boston, Massachusetts on April 14, 1968, to Larry Hall and Mercedes Hall who is an actress. His sister, Mary Christian, is also an actress. Both his mother and his sister have been in movies with him. Anthony has never been married nor does he have children though he is the godfather of Robert Downey Jr.'s son, Indio Falconer Downey. He has a star-studded dating history that includes Molly Ringwald, Elisabeth Rohm, Fiona Forbes and most recently Diana Falzone.

Early Experience:

Anthony began his acting career at age eight in a play titled The Wake, an autobiography of Steve Allen in which he carried the role of the young Steve Allen. By the time he reached high school, he had already made a career of acting scoring a number of major movie roles between he was 18. His acting career in the 1980s earned him membership in the "Brat Pack," which, as defined by the website of the same name, "was a group of young actors and actresses that became famous in the 1980s and frequently appeared in films together."

Filmography Highlights:

  • Aftermath (2009)
  • The Dark Knight (2008)
  • The Dead Zone (2002-2007)
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Edward Scissorhands (1990)
  • Saturday Night Live (1985-1986)
  • Weird Science (1985)
  • The Breakfast Club (1985)
  • Sixteen Candles (1984)
  • Vacation (1983)

Fun Fact:

At age 17, he became the youngest member of Saturday Night Live and still holds that distinction.

Awards:

  • 2005 - MTV Movie Award Silver Bucket of Excellence for The Breakfast Club
  • 2003 - Nominated for the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award for The Dead Zone
  • 1985 - Young Artist Award for Sixteen Candles

Regarding Bipolar Disorder:

Anthony Michael Hall snagged headlines when he was accused of domestic violence from a row with his girlfriend (now ex), Diana Falzone, who filed a restraining order against him.

When this happened, the story went viral, repeated hundreds of times. And every report said that Michael has bipolar disorder. The problem is, there's no proof.

Everything seems to stem from reports that the insurance company covering the production of The Dead Zone sued him in 2003 because of a shutdown of production in 2001 due to his hospitalization for "bipolar affective disorder depression with psychotic features." According to Josh Grossberg, writing for E!, the suit claimed his hospitalization occurred after he stopped taking his medications. I could not find the outcome of the suit, so I'm not sure this is the smoking gun to tag Michael with a diagnosis. I would rather hear it directly from him.

I've seen more than one website where someone says, "Hall previously admitted he was bipolar," or "I read an interview where he said he has bipolar." But I was unable to find any such interview or admission. Until Hall says it himself, there's no evidence that his bipolarity is anything but a rumor.

Resources:

Grossberg, J. (2003, March 20). Anthony Michael Hall Sued.
IMDb. Anthony Michael Hall.
Jacobs, J.S. (2008, June 25). Anthony Michael Hall Leaving the Dead Zone.
The Brat Pack. Origin.
Who's Dated Who? Anthony Michael Hall.

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