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Regent Alumnus Wins Primetime Emmy

August 21, 2015

Tony Hale at a previous visit to Regent.

Tony Hale at a previous visit to Regent.


Regent University alumnus Tony Hale '95 (Communication & the Arts) has won the 2013 Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series for his role as Gary Walsh on the HBO show Veep. This is the actor's first win and nomination.

"Congratulations, Tony Hale, on your Emmy win," said School of Communication & the Arts (SCA) dean, Dr. Mitch Land. "We're proud of Tony's impressive career in television. It's gratifying to see this affirmation of Tony's amazing comedic timing and acting versatility. He's a credit to the craft."

Hale was nominated alongside Bill Hader of Saturday Night Live, Adam Driver of HBO's Girls, and Modern Family stars Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.

"Even to be on a list with those guys is crazy humbling," Hale said in his acceptance speech. "This [award] is mind-blowing."

Just a week before the Emmys, Hale visited Regent's campus and talked with MFA students in acting and writing. "What he communicated so effectively was the humility it takes to succeed in the fast-paced, image-oriented world of Hollywood," said SCA professor Dr. Gil Elvgren, who has been a mentor of Hale's since his time at Regent. "We saw that clearly in his self-effacing demeanor during his time with our students and in his Emmy acceptance speech."

In his award-winning role, Hale plays personal aide to Vice President Selina Meyer, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Veep will air its third season in 2014.

Hale is perhaps most well-known for his role as Buster Bluth on the cult comedy series Arrested Development, which aired on Fox between 2003 and 2006 and made a comeback on Netflix this year.

The 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony was held at L.A. Live's Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, September 22.