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Rick Hall '81

If I had gone to a larger state school instead of MacMurray, I would not be an actor today. The smaller liberal arts curriculum at Mac encouraged me to participate in activities outside my major. MacMurray is where I learned that what I love to do can actually be my career.

In the fall of 1977 Rick Hall attended his first days at MacMurray College hoping to become a veterinarian. It wasn't long before the call of the theatre won out over the call of chemistry and biology. While on campus, he was involved in wrestling, choir, madrigals, the theatre interest group, and was a member of the Mortar Board. He graduated from MacMurray in 1981 with bachelor's of science degree in theatre. Hall feels working with teachers and directors like Dr. Laurent, Dr. Decker, Bill Conely, and Dick Kendrick gave him a solid foundation on which he has built his acting career for the last 25 years.

After graduation, Hall started acting in Chicago, where he did commercials and worked with the famous Second City. After hitting the road with the National Touring Company, he went on to the Main Stage, where he co-wrote and performed two shows, John, Paul, Sartre, and Ringo and Catch 27. It was also at The Second City where met his wife, Laura Hall (Whose Line Is It Anyway). Hall was also honored post-graduation with the MacMurray College Young Alumni Award in 1991.

In Los Angeles, he has enjoyed being a guest star on shows like Saving Grace, 24, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Drew Carey Show, 3rd Rock From The Sun, Jag, Without a Trace, and ER. These opportunities have made it possible for Hall to be seen on major television networks such as ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, HBO, NBC, SPIKE TV, TNT, and WB. Hall has featured in several movies including My Fellow Americans, Three Fugitives, and the Hallmark film Audrey's Rain. He has been involved in improvisational performances at The Second City Main Stage and the Zeitgeist Theatre. Recently, Hall has enjoyed return visits to Chicago to perform at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre in Second City's Romeo and Juliet Musical and the Main Stage production of A Flea in Her Ear.

He has also been in numerous commercials, including his recent AT&T spot, searching for his daughter at lover's leap. He can also be seen as the recurring character, Todd, in the SPIKE TV original series, Factory.

Hall has written and toured with his one-man show PIGBOY and writes a monthly column for the website, Mad As Hell Club. He recently did a live recording of his original stories and produced a CD called Slice of Pie.

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