Anthony Michael Hall:
I think I can safely say that Hall was a man of many talents. But what surprised his fans the most was how much he’d grown when he popped up in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
Currently Playing: Mike, as his friends call him, plays Yankees southpaw pitcher Whitey Ford in a new HBO movie called 61*. Here's the breakdown: It's 1961 at Yankee Stadium, and baseball greats Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle are racing to break Babe Ruth's single-season home-run record.
Back in the Day: Hall was just a 16-year-old kid when he played a smitten, brace-faced geek in Sixteen Candles. He later turned down roles in Pretty in Pink and Ferris Bueller's Day Off to avoid being typecast, but has plenty of praise for his generation. "In the '80s, the focus was on making funny films people could relate to," Hall says. "Now, I think the whole world of Kevin Williamson and the WB is more of an Aaron Spelling take on things. It's like soap operas for kids."
The Missing Years: How's this for a bizarre twist of fate? After a string of lackluster TV movies and guest appearances on Touched by an Angel and NYPD Blue, Hall was widely praised for his portrayal of Microsoft titan Bill Gates in TNT's Pirates of Silicon Valley. But in real life, Hall partnered with his onscreen rival Steve Wozniak, of Apple, to launch ode-to-'80s-music Website 80central.com.
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