Nov. 9th, 1947
East Orange, New Jersey, USA
Robert David Hall's Main TV Roles
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Robert David Hall (born November 9.1947) in East Orange, New Jersey. Hall attended Tustin High School in California and went on to graduate from UCLA in 1971 with a degree in English Literature. Hall is a former professional musician and accomplished guitarist, and is also proficient on piano and mandolin. For several years he was a high profile radio DJ in Los Angeles. He has also done extensive voice work on television commercials and cartoons.
In 1978, Hall had to have both of his legs amputated as a result of an accident in which an 18-wheeler truck crushed his car. The accident also caused the gasoline tank of the car to explode, causing burns over 65% of his body. He now comfortably uses prosthetic limbs, allowing for personal mobility. Several of his characters, including his CSI character, have openly shared this disability. He is a prominent advocate for disabled Americans. In addition to starring on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Robert has appeared in such films as Starship Troopers and The Negotiator and has made guest appearances in a number of TV programs including The West Wing and L.A. Law. He also furnishes the narration on CourtTV's documentary series North Mission Road. Currently, Hall is working on the short thriller "The Roymann Closure in the Netherlands", written by writer/director David Grifhorst and executive producer Jop Douma. In his personal life, Robert was married to Susan Petroni from 1969 until their divorce in 1974, and Connie Cole from 1979 until their divorce in 1987. His son, Andrew, was born of his second marriage. Hall's third and current marriage is to Judy Sterns in 1999.
- Met third wife Judy Stearns through the music business, a year after his accident. They married about 20 years later.
- Graduated from UCLA in 1971 with an English Literature degree.
- Is an accomplished singer, guitar player, and pianist.
- Had both legs amputated after suffering burns over 65% of his body, the result of his car being crushed by an 18-wheeler in 1978. He uses prosthetics.
- Son, Andrew (b. 1981), with 'Connie Cole' (qv).
- His disabled-specific role as the coroner on _"CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000)_ (qv) was initially for one episode, but expanded immediately to a regular role in 2000. Since this monumental success, he has become an impassioned spokesperson on the importance of hiring actors with disabilities. He has testified before Congress and served as a national board member and chair on the Performers With Disabilities Committee.
- Bearded character actor who since his accident in 1978 has done extensive radio and voiceover work to compensate for his disability.