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William Bradford Hall

(1958-03-21) March 21, 1958 (age 65)
Education Northwestern University (BA)
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • filmmaker
Years active 1982–present
(m. 1987)
Children 2, including Charlie
Relatives Gérard Louis-Dreyfus (father-in-law)

William Bradford Hall (born March 21, 1958) is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker. He is best known as a Weekend Update news anchor on Saturday Night Live and for creating the sitcoms The Single Guy and Watching Ellie.

Hall was a producer, writer, and director on the Golden Globe winning sitcom Brooklyn Bridge, for which he received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination. He has appeared in various motion pictures, most notably the 1986 cult classic Troll and as Nancy Allen's boyfriend in 1990's Limit Up. In 2012, he directed Picture Paris, which appeared at the Tribeca Film Festival. He also has guest-starred on series such as Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Curb Your Enthusiasm.

Personal life

Hall was born in Santa Barbara, California. He was an avid surfer as a child, saying that he "learned how to surf as soon as I could walk."

Hall is married to actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, whom he met while both were attending Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. They met in a comedy troupe that Hall started, called The Practical Theater. They both performed on Saturday Night Live from 1982 to 1984, appeared together in Troll (1986), and guest-starred together on two episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm. They have two sons, Henry (b. 1992) and Charles (b. 1997).


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Troll William Daniels
1989 Worth Winning Eric
Limit Up Marty Callahan
1990 The Guardian Ned Runcie
1995 Bye Bye Love Phil Also writer
1998 A Bug's Life Grasshopper Voice
2005 Must Love Dogs Stanley Executive Producer
2010 Love Shack Dr. Alan Rudnick
TBA First Time Female Director TBA Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
1982–1984 Saturday Night Live Himself/ Various characters Series Regular (39 episodes)
1986 9 to 5 Devlin Episode: "Even Super Women Get the Blues"
1988 CBS Summer Playhouse Montanna Episode: "Mad Avenue"
1989 Empty Nest Chuck Episode: "Full Nest"
1989 Day by Day Charlie Episode: "The Music Man"
1990 American Dreamer Writer
Episode: "Flight of the Dodo"
1991–1993 Brooklyn Bridge Writer – 32 Episodes
Supervising Producer – 13 Episodes
Director – 1 Episode
1993 Frasier Writer
Episode: "Here's Looking at You"
1995–1997 The Single Guy 44 episodes
Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer
2000–2001 Curb Your Enthusiasm Himself 2 episodes
2002–2003 Watching Ellie 19 episodes
Creator, Writer, and Executive Producer
2006 Saturday Night Live Audience Member Episode: "Julia Louis-Dreyfus/Paul Simon"
2012 Parks and Recreation Wreston St. James Episode: "Pawnee Commons"
2016 Brooklyn Nine-Nine John William Weichselbraun Episode: "House Mouses"
2016 Veep Director – 3 episodes
2019 Undone Charlie
2022 American Auto Richard Hastings

Recurring characters on SNL

  • Mike Phillips, friend of El Dorko (Gary Kroeger)
  • The Human Stapler, a superhero who uses his hands to bind his victims (a member of The Interesting Four)
  • Larry Rolans, the host of Larry's Corner

Celebrity impersonations

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