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Kevin Peter Hall
Born May 9, 1955(1955-05-09)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 10, 1991 (aged 35)
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Other name(s) Kevin Hall
Occupation Actor
Years active 1979–1991
Spouse(s) Alaina Reed Hall (m. 1988–1991) «start: (1988)–end+1: (1992)»"Marriage: Alaina Reed Hall to Kevin Peter Hall" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Peter_Hall)

Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor known for his roles in Misfits of Science, Prophecy, Without Warning, and Harry and the Hendersons. He was best known as the title character in Predator and Predator 2.

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Early life

Hall was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[1] His father, Marcus Alvarez, was 6' 6" and his mother, Sylvia Hall, was 6' 2". At 7' 2" tall,[2] he was the tallest of six brothers, all over 6' 5". During his high school years at Penn Hills High School, he excelled at basketball and earned a scholarship to George Washington University in Washington, D.C.. In college, Hall continued to play basketball and majored in Theatrical Arts.[3] After graduation, Hall moved to Venezuela to play basketball.

Career

Hall made his acting debut in the 1979 horror film Prophecy. Due to his tall stature, he was often cast in monster roles. He appeared as "the alien" in the 1980 horror film Without Warning and as "Gorvil" in the 1982 television movie Mazes and Monsters. In 1985, he co-starred in the short-lived series Misfits of Science. The next year, Hall portrayed yet another monster in the horror film Monster in the Closet, followed by the role of "Harry" in Harry and the Hendersons.

In 1986, Hall was cast as the Predator in Predator, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During its developmental stages, the Predator was going to be played by Jean-Claude Van Damme, who played the Predator for the first few scenes and wasn't billed on end credits. The producers decided to recast with Hall so that the Predator could realistically physically dominate the film's human characters. Hall would go on to reprise the role in the 1990 sequel.

Following his role in Predator, Hall appeared in the film Big Top Pee-wee (1988), and had a guest spot on Star Trek: The Next Generation. From 1989 to 1990, he had a recurring role on the NBC sitcom 227. In 1990, Hall reprised his role as Harry on the television series based on the film. He died during the series' first season.

Personal life and death

Hall met actress Alaina Reed while filming a guest spot on the television show 227. The couple would marry both on the show, and in real life.[4]

While working on the series Harry and the Hendersons, Hall announced that he had contracted AIDS from a contaminated blood transfusion.[5] On April 10, 1991, Hall died from pneumonia.[6] He was 35 years old.

Honors

Hall was posthumously inducted into the Penn Hills Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class on May 8, 2009.[7]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1979 Prophecy Mutant bear Uncredited
1980 Without Warning The Alien Credited as Kevin Hall
1983 One Dark Night Eddie
1984 The Wild Life Bouncer Credited as Kevin Hall
1986 Monster in the Closet Monster
1987 Harry and the Hendersons Harry
Predator The Predator/Helicopter pilot
1988 Big Top Pee-wee Big John
1990 Predator 2 The Predator
1991 Highway to Hell Charon
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1982 Mazes and Monsters Gorvil Television movie
1984 E/R Donald Haines 1 episode
1985 Night Court Wendell Martin 1 episode
The Dukes of Hazzard Floyd Malone 1 episode
1985-1986 Misfits of Science Dr. Elvin "El" Lincoln 16 episodes
1989 Rodney Dangerfield: Opening Night at Rodney's Place Richard Small Television special
Shannon's Deal Harry Television movie
Star Trek: The Next Generation Leyor 1 episode
1989-1990 227 Warren Merriwether 11 episodes
1990-1991 Harry and the Hendersons Harry 4 episodes

References

  1. ^ Kevin Peter Hall Biography (c. 1955-1991)
  2. ^ Halliwell, Leslie; Walker, John (2003). Halliwell's Who's Who In the Movies (15 ed.). HarperCollins. pp. 209. ISBN 0-0605-3423-0. http://books.google.com/books?id=cnMelOEV10YC&pg=PA209&dq=Kevin+Peter+Hall&lr=&ei=Qb0US9ClJ5XSNJez6ZIL#v=onepage&q=Kevin%20Peter%20Hall&f=false. 
  3. ^ Donnelley, Paul (2005-11-01). Fade To Black: A Book Of Movie Obituaries (3 ed.). Omnibus Press. pp. 436. ISBN 1-844-49430-6. 
  4. ^ "Actor Kevin Peter Hall Dies In L.A. At Age 35". Jet (Johnson Publishing Company) 80 (2): 62. 2009-04-29. ISSN 0021-5996. http://books.google.com/books?id=e68DAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA62&dq=Kevin+Peter+Hall+Alaina+Reed&lr=&ei=7b0US9HnIoWyNpvHreMK#v=onepage&q=Kevin%20Peter%20Hall%20Alaina%20Reed&f=false. 
  5. ^ Snauffer, Douglas; Thurm, Joel (2008). The Show Must Go on: How the Deaths of Lead Actors Have Affected Television. McFarland. pp. 201. ISBN 0-786-43295-0. 
  6. ^ "Kevin Peter Hall, Actor, 35". New York Times. 1991-04-19. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9D0CE0DA173BF930A25757C0A967958260. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  7. ^ phameonline.org

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