A Little Bit About Me

I began acting in commercials at the age of seven, and my breakthrough role was as Rusty Griswold in National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) alongside Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo. Following the success of National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), I was starring in three John Hughes classics: Sixteen Candles (1984), The Breakfast Club (1985) and Weird Science (1985). Wanting to avoid being typecast, I turned down roles in two subsequent 1986 Hughes films, Pretty in Pink (1986) and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986). My early television credits include the Emmy Award-winning “The Gold Bug”, in which I played the young Edgar Allan Poe, as well as the TV movie Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn (1982), and specials “The Body Human” and “Orphans, Waifs and Wards”. On stage, I appeared in the Lincoln Center Festival’s production of “St. Joan of the Microphone”.

After Saturday Night Live, I played the role of Jim in Edward Scissorhands (1990). I then starred as Microsoft chairman Bill Gates in the television movie Pirates of Silicon Valley (1999). Since that time, I did an 81-episode run on Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (2002), but managed to take on film projects as well, including the role of Mike Engel in The Dark Knight (2008).

In addition to acting, I have also pursued my musical talents, as songwriter and lead singer of his band, Hall of Mirrors, which was formed in 1998. I am currently filming Halloween Kills. I still help at-risk youth via the Anthony Michael Hall Literacy Club.