When Hale Appleman debuted onscreen in his early twenties, he immediately displayed a mature and interesting predilection for role choice by taking his initial bows in two distinctly offbeat and challenging American films. Appleman officially debuted in the gently observed period drama Beautiful Ohio (2006) as Elliot, the best friend and confidant of a teenage prodigy (David Call), then followed it up with a turn as a young virgin who crosses the chastity line with a local girl and gets the shock of his life in Mitchell Lichtenstein's grisly horror comedy Teeth (2007).
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Became interested in acting at the age of 10 and began attending TADA! Youth Theater.
- Attended French Woods Festival of Performing Arts, a drama summer camp for youth in upstate New York, for four years and was a member of the French Woods Cabaret Troupe in 2000.
- Studied drama at Carnegie Mellon University for approximately one year before dropping out to accept a movie role.
- In 2008, played Richie in the Broadway revival of David Rabe's Streamers.
- Performed the role of Jesus in the New York stage premiere of Sarah Ruhl's Passion Play in 2010.
- Played Ben Gordon in a stage production of Clifford Odets' Paradise Lost at American Repertory Theater in 2010.
- In 2013, performed the role of Mercutio in Jeff Buckley's The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego.