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About Dexter


MICHAEL C. HALL BIOGRAPHY
Moving effortlessly from an uptight funeral director on Six Feet Under to a Miami blood-spatter analyst and serial killer in Showtime's hit series Dexter, MICHAEL C. HALL continues to illuminate the humanity and intelligence in transformative, challenging characters.

For his performance as 'Dexter Morgan' in the fourth season, Hall won 2010 Golden Globe® and SAG® awards. He previously garnered two Emmy® nominations, three consecutive Golden Globe® and SAG® award nominations, and won the 2007 TCA award for 'Individual Achievement in Drama.' The Dexter acting ensemble also received SAG Award® nominations for the third and fourth seasons. Based on Jeff Lindsay's cult novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dexter explores the mind of a sociopathic killer who targets criminals who have escaped more conventional methods of punishment. Season Five of Dexter (which returns Sunday, September 26 on SHOWTIME) is currently in production.

A formally trained stage actor, Hall made an indelible impression as younger brother 'David Fisher' on HBO's groundbreaking series Six Feet Under. During the series' five-year run, Hall garnered nominations for an Emmy Award® for 'Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Drama Series' and the AFI 'Male Television Actor of the Year' Award. Hall and the Six Feet Under cast received 2003 and 2004 SAG® Awards for 'Best Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,' for which they were also nominated in 2002, 2005 and 2006.

In film, Hall most recently completed work on Michael Knowles' East Fifth Bliss, an independent dramedy about a man who finds himself consumed by a tricky relationship with a former classmate's sexually mature 18-year-old daughter (Brie Larson). His credits also include Barry W. Blaustein's Peep World alongside Sarah Silverman and Rainn Wilson, Bryan Taylor's Gamer, John Woo's Paycheck and the independent drama Bereft.

A North Carolina native and graduate of New York University's Master of Fine Arts program in acting, Hall has appeared in nearly a dozen major stage productions. He made his Broadway debut as the emcee in Cabaret, directed by Sam Mendes, and most recently starred as Billy Flynn in Chicago. Off-Broadway, Hall starred opposite Alec Baldwin and Angela Bassett in Macbeth, directed by George C. Wolfe, and in Cymbeline with Liev Schreiber for the New York Shakespeare Festival, Timon Of Athens and Henry V at The Public Theater, The English Teachers for Manhattan Class Company, the Manhattan Theater Club's production of Corpus Christi, directed by Joe Mantello and with Brian Cox in Skylight at the Mark Taper Forum.

DEXTER MORGAN He'll charm fellow officers with a doughnut, spend a Sunday doting on his baby son, or chop up a victim and package the body parts in plastic bags. Hiding beneath the mundane exterior and contrived facade of Dexter, a charming blood spatter expert for the Miami police, is an obsession with meting out his own twisted brand of justice: stalking and murdering the guilty.
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JENNIFER CARPENTER BIOGRAPHY A striking beauty with undeniable talent, JENNIFER CARPENTER is on the rise to become one of Hollywood's hottest stars. Carpenter's breakout film was in the sleeper hit The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, a role which garnered her rave reviews for her chilling performance. She received the 2006 MTV Movie Award for 'Best Frightened Performance' along with a Hollywood Life 'Breakthrough' Award.

On the big screen, she will next be seen in the psychological thriller The Factory as the female lead opposite John Cusack, which will be released in early 2010. Directed by Morgan O'Neill and produced by Joel Silver, David Gambino and Robert Zemeckis, the film centers on an obsessed cop (Cusack), whose teenage daughter goes missing while he and his partner (Carpenter) are on the trail of a serial killer prowling the streets of Buffalo, NY. Carpenter most recently starred in the successful horror film remake Quarantine. She was also seen in Stuart Townsend's Battle In Seattle, which premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival.

Notable theatre performances include the Broadway production of The Crucible opposite Laura Linney and Liam Neeson. Other theater credits include Everett Beekin (Off-Broadway), Orphan Of Zhao (Lincoln Center), Trudy Blue, Julie Johnson, Jekyll & Hyde, Sherlock Holmes (all for Actors Theater) and Lucy And The Conquest (O'Neill Playwrights Conference). Currently she is starring in the Second Stage Theatre production of Gruesome Playground Injuries.

Other film credits include Dog Problem, Lethal Eviction, White Chicks, D.E.B.S., Solos, Revolution, Nice Guys Sleep Alone and Queen B. A native of Kentucky, Carpenter trained at Julliard.

DEBRA MORGAN As Dexter puts it about his cop sister, "If I could have feelings at all, I'd have them for Deb." Debra looks up to Dexter — but also senses there is more to him than meets the eye. She is torn between her sense of familial obligation to Dexter and her budding affair with a man who could be Dexter's undoing.
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DESMOND HARRINGTON BIOGRAPHY Born in Savannah, Georgia, DESMOND HARRINGTON grew up in the Bronx, NY. He first landed a recurring role on the popular CW show, Gossip Girl, alongside Blake Livey, Chase Crawford and Leighton Meester, and then a series regular role on Dexter. In between, Harrington also shot the dramatic film, Life Is Hot In Cracktown, alongside Kerry Washington and directed by Buddy Giovinazzo.

On one of his first auditions, Harrington booked Joan Of Arc starring Mila Jovovich, John Malkovich and Dustin Hoffman and directed by Luc Besson. He then went on to star with James LeGros and Amber Valletta in Stacy Cochran's Drop Back Ten, which was in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.

Audiences saw him co-star in Christine Lahti's feature film directiorial debut, My First Mister, opposite Albert Brooks and Leelee Sobieski, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001. He co-starred in Riding In Cars With Boys opposite Drew Barrymore and Brittany Murphy for director Penny Marshall in 2001. In 2002, Harrington completed a starring role in the Joel Silver-produced horror movie, Ghost Ship.

The years preceding Dexter were busy ones for Harrington, as Love Object premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Wrong Turn, which he starred in opposite Jeremy Sisto and Eliza Dushku for director Rob Schmidt, and Three Way Split were both released. He was also seen in Taken, the Emmy®-winning Dreamworks mini-series produced by Steven Spielberg, and as a series regular on ABC's LA Dragnet.

JOEY QUINN Although this fellow homicide detective has always shown a fondness for Debra, his patience for — and trust of — the Morgan clan is wearing thin, particularly in light of the potentially harmful trail of evidence he is following.
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C.S. LEE BIOGRAPHY Raised in Washington State, C.S. LEE started acting in high school. His audition to Cornish College of the Arts landed him a full-ride scholarship whereupon he received his BFA in Acting. He continued his training at the Yale School of Drama, where he was awarded the Carol Dye Acting Award and an MFA in acting. He then spent eight years in New York acting on the stage, working with artists including David Karl Lee, Mac Wellman, Sung Rno, Mia Katigbak, as well as regional theaters. Lee has appeared on Chuck, Monk, The Unit, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Spin City and The Sopranos. Film credits include Random Hearts, The Stepford Wives, Tenderness and The Unborn.

VINCENT MASUKA Always quick with an inappropriate remark, Masuka is the wisecracking forensic expert who assists Dexter in crime scene investigations.
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LAUREN VELEZ BIOGRAPHY For Dexter, LAUREN VÉLEZ earned an 'Outstanding Actress' nomination at the 2008 ALMA Awards®, and a 2009 SAG Award® nomination for 'Outstanding Performance/Ensemble Television Drama Series.' In the same season, Vélez won the IMPACT Award for 'Outstanding Actress in a Television Series' from the National Hispanic Media Coalition.

While on hiatus from filming Dexter, Vélez starred and produced a one-woman show at the historic Colony Theatre in Miami as Cuba's national treasure Victoria Guadalupe Yoli ("La Lupe"), the artistic renegade who was banished from Cuba and later became the lead singer in Tito Puente's band in New York City.

Since her television debut in New York Undercover, Vélez's acting career highlights include eight ALMA Award® nominations, including one win for the role of 'Gloria Nathan' on the HBO series Oz.

Vélez won a Vision Award in 2007 for 'Best Actress' in Dexter, as well as a NCLR Bravo Award for New York Undercover and a nomination for City Hall with Al Pacino. She was also recognized for her breakout role in I Like It Like That with an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Lauren is currently producing and will be starring in an indie adaptation of the story of "La Lupe." Production is slated to start this winter.

LT. MARIA LAGUERTA The Miami homicide division's boss and resident dictator. Her relationship with a department colleague has gotten more personal, and more complicated, than ever.
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DAVID ZAYAS BIOGRAPHY A former New York City police officer, DAVID ZAYAS began his acting career when he teamed up with Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Labyrinth Theater Company. Since then, Zayas has starred in more than 30 plays, including Jesus Hopped The 'A' Train, In Arabia We'd All Be Kings and Our Lady Of 121st St. While performing in New York plays, he began to book roles on hit TV shows such as New York Undercover, Law & Order and NYPD Blue, all while working for the New York Police Department. Zayas' success earned him a leading role on UPN's crime drama The Beat. Soon after, Tom Fontana (writer of The Beat) created the character of 'Enrique Morales,' the fierce leader of the Latino prisoners on HBO's Oz, especially for Zayas.

His feature film credits include Bringing Out The Dead, The Yards, Undefeated, Wit, Angel and The Interpreter. He also recently starred in the feature film Michael Clayton opposite George Clooney, and The Savages with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Zayas was also seen in Sixteen Blocks opposite Bruce Willis, and in the ABC mini-series The Path To 9/11. Most recently, Zayas starred on Broadway in the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna In The Tropics.

Currently he can be seen in theaters in The Expendables portraying the villainous "General Garza" alongside Hollywood heavy hitters, including Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Mickey Rourke. Lastly, in addition to SKYLINE he will be seen in 13, where he'll star alongside Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, and 50 Cent.

For his role on Dexter, Zayas won a Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, earned two SAG Award nominations for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series and earned an Alma Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.

ANGEL BATISTA A fellow homicide detective, Batista works closely with Dexter on forensics cases. While he may not share Dexter's blood lust, he definitely appreciates the art of killing.
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JAMES REMAR BIOGRAPHY Sexy, charismatic, handsome... these are words used to describe James Remar (as Richard Wright in Sex and the City)... Mysterious, intelligent, forceful... words also used to describe James Remar (What Lies Beneath-Robert Zemeckis-Dir.). When audiences and critics use such diverse words to describe one man's work you know they are talking about an actor who completely transforms himself into whatever character he is called upon to play. Powerful screen presence has always been the hallmark of James' career, a career of amazing versatility and longevity in which he has had critical and box office hits throughout the course of his remarkable entertainment adventure.

James will next be seen in Summit Entertainment's Red, with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louse Parker for director Robert Schwentke (FLIGHTPLAN, TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE). The film centers on a black-ops agent, played by Willis who has to contend with younger, more high-tech assassins who show up to kill him. Remar will play "Gabriel Loeb", an old associate of Willis' who now flies cargo planes and finds himself targeted by the same people after Willis' character.

James also recently finished shooting The Killing Games opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Kellen Lutz. The story centers on a young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped by a sadistic mastermind (Jackson) and forced into a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. Remar plays a sympathetic friend to Lutz's character, he's a mysterious character who is revealed to be the head of a covert intelligence agency. Intent on destroying the Internet empire of Jackson's character, he sends a despondent David to infiltrate the Gladiator Games and destroy them from within.

Remar's early training with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and later with Stella Adler helped give him a tremendous dedication to authenticity in his work.

This dedication led to James playing parts so truthfully that while the characters (Ganz, 48 Hours-Dir.-Walter Hill) are extremely vivid... James Remar himself remains something of a mystery. Having played a gay Nazi hustler opposite Richard Gere in Bent on Broadway, a hard, yet sympathetic narcotics detective opposite Matt Dillon in Gus Van Sant's independent classic Drugstore Cowboy, all the way to the tough customs agent in Jon Singleton's smash hit 2Fast 2Furious it's hard to believe they are the same guy! They are the same guy.

James' physical presence and dedication to a truthful performance has given him the pleasure of appearing in over 50 feature films, numerous television projects (both episodic and long form) and the New York stage. He has played historical figures, Gen. Omar Bradley opposite Tom Selleck (2004) in Ike: Countdown to D-Day and Dutch Schultz in The Cotton Club-Dir.-Francis Coppola (1983). Whether fictional or historical James brings a wonderful watchability to whatever he does.

James' work has been honored with an Academy Award as the star of the 1991 Best Live Action short subject Session Man, and a SAG award for best ensemble comedy cast Sex and the City (2001).

Last year James started with a bang appearing as the father to Odette Yustman's character in the supernatural hit, The Unborn, directed by David S. Goyer. James was also recently seen in the Judd Apatow Production Pineapple Express with David Gordon Green (Snow Angels) directing and starring Seth Rogen and James Franco.

HARRY MORGAN Harry Morgan, Dexter's adoptive father and a former homicide detective, was first to spot Dexter's passion for human vivisection and helped his son channel his homicidal impulses into a more constructive pursuit: vigilante justice.

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***AWARDS***

Wins

2006

  • AFI Awards: TV Program of the Year—Official Selection
  • IGN: Best New Show
  • IGN: Best Actor—Michael C. Hall
  • IGN: Best Villain—The Ice Truck Killer
  • IGN: Best Character—Dexter Morgan
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series—Julie Benz

2007

  • Emmy: Outstanding Main Title Design
  • Emmy: Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
  • IGN: Best Storyline
  • IGN: Best Television Program
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series—David Zayas
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama—Michael C. Hall
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Television Series, Drama
  • Saturn Awards: Best Actor in a Television Program—Michael C. Hall
  • Television Critics Association: Individual Achievement in Drama—Michael C. Hall

2008

Saturn Awards: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
Scream Awards: Best TV Show

2009
  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama (Michael C. Hall)
  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (John Lithgow)
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall

2010

  • Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series—John Lithgow for playing Arthur Mitchell in "Road Kill"
  • Emmy: Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series—Steve Shill

Nominations

2006

  • Golden Globe: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series: Drama—Michael C. Hall
  • IGN: Best Television Program
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Actor in a Series, Drama—Michael C. Hall
  • Satellite Awards: Outstanding Television Series, Drama
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall

2007

  • Emmy: Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing, Drama
  • Emmy: Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music
  • Golden Globe: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama—Michael C. Hall[56]
  • Saturn Awards: Best Supporting Actor in a Television Program—James Remar
  • Saturn Awards: Best Supporting Actress in a Television Program—Jennifer Carpenter
  • Saturn Awards: Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series
  • Television Critics Association: New Program of the Year
  • WGA: Episodic Drama—any length—one airing time Dark Defender
  • WGA: Best Dramatic Series
  • Peabody Award: Announced April 2, 2008
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall

2008

  • Emmy: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall
  • Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series
  • Emmy: Outstanding Art Direction—Tony Cowley, Linda Spheeris
  • Emmy: Outstanding Cinematography—Romeo Tirone
  • Golden Globe: Best Television Series—Drama
  • Golden Globe: Nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series—Drama—Michael C. Hall
  • WGA: Best Dramatic Series
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2009

  • Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series
  • Emmy: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series — Michael C. Hall
  • Emmy: Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series — Jimmy Smits
  • Crime Thriller Awards: The International TV Dagger
  • Golden Globe: Best Television Series – Drama
  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama (Michael C. Hall)
  • Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (John Lithgow)
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series—Michael C. Hall
  • SAG Awards: Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series

2010

  • TCA Award: Individual Achievement in Drama - John Lithgow
  • Emmy: Outstanding Drama Series
  • Emmy: Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series - Michael C. Hall
  • Emmy: Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
  • Emmy: Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
  • Emmy: Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media - Fiction
  • Emmy: Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)