Robert David Hall
Topics: Disabilities, Mental Health Advocate) Robert David Hall is best known for his role as the coroner on CSI:Crime Scene Investigation on CBS,. His disabled-specific role was initially for one episode but was expanded immediately due to his popularity. 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. He 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.
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One of the most prominent disabled actors working today, it was Robert David Hall's role as a burn survivor in Apted's "Class Action" which closely parallels his real life. In 1978, an 18-wheel truck struck Hall's car and he was severely burned when his gas tank exploded. After several months in a burn unit and the amputation of both legs, he today walks comfortably on two prosthetic limbs. Currently he can be seen on the Emmy-nominated CBS drama, CSI where he plays quirky coroner, Albert Robbins.
In addition to acting, Hall's passions include music and voice work. He's been heard in hundreds of commercials, animated series, and narrations. Musically, he plays guitar and, in the past, has sung in several bands. For more than four years, he was the daytime voice and music director of KNX-FM, a legendary CBS alternative music station in Los Angeles.
A devoted community activist, Hall is National Chairman of the Performers with Disabilities Caucus for both the Screen Actor's Guild and AFTRA. He sits on the boards of The Mark Taper Forum's "Other Voices" Project and The Media Access Office and is a member of the Mutual Amputee Foundation, where he visits recent amputees. Hall spends time talking to various organizations such as the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities, The Amputee Coalition of America, and the World Burn Congress.
A committed disability advocate, Hall has used his position to raise awareness of those issues that impact the quality of life for people with disabilities and recently joined the board of directors of the National Organization on Disability. Formerly a national board member of the Screen Actors Guild, Hall continues to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in television and film and has been recognized by the California Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities' Media Access Office with a Harold Russell Award. He regularly volunteers his time to work with burn victims and new amputees, and has visited with wounded soldiers returning from Iraq. In addition to his work on CSI, Hall has appeared in movies such as The Negotiator, Starship Troopers and Class Action, and guest-starred on television shows including L.A. Law, The West Wing, Life Goes On and The Practice.