Gary Walsh

played by Tony Hale

Personal Aide to the Vice President

Bio

"What you see is the swan, what I'm carrying is her two big, very busy webbed legs and feet."

Gary, like Mike McLintock, is another long-time loyal associate of Selina Meyer's and has been her assistant now for "a lot of years." Informally known as the "Body Man," Gary goes wherever the Vice President goes and carries everything she could ever need - newspapers, magazines, make-up, hairspray, and sweeteners. Gary plays a "vital role" in the Vice President's day to day life. "What you see is the swan, what I'm carrying is her two big, very busy webbed legs and feet."

Bio

Tony Hale developed a loyal fan base for his hilarious role as 'Buster Bluth,' the eccentric, one-handed Mama's boy on Fox Television's smart, ground-breaking, Emmy Award-winning series "Arrested Development." Details Magazine called 'Buster' "the most hysterically unhinged supporting player since Cosmo Kramer."

Fans of the cult classic "Arrested Development" will soon be treated to further escapades with the quirky, beloved Bluth family.  Netflix has ordered 10   original new episodes," which will debut in early 2013.  The show is produced by 20th Century Fox and Brian Grazer and Ron Howard's Imagine Entertainment.

In a vast departure from his role on "Arrested Development," Tony starred in Anchor Bay's "happythankyoumoreplease," the Dramatic Audience Award Winner at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Josh Radnor ("How I Met Your Mother"), the romantic comedy follows a New York writer (Radnor) who begins to care for a foster child who gets lost on the subway. Tony plays a dorky yet gentlemanly attorney vying for the affections of a woman (Malin Ackerman) suffering from alopecia (loss of all body hair). Hale and Akerman share emotional and unique moments on screen, and both actors are taken out of their comfort zones, resulting in surprisingly understated and genuine performances.

Tony recently voiced ‘Wadska' in MTV's animated series "Good Vibes," with Adam Brody and Danny McBride.  The show is about ‘Mondo' and his new best friend ‘Woodie' who are living out their California dreams in search of the wildest parties, prettiest girls and biggest waves. "Good Vibes" was created by David Gordon Green and debuted last fall. 

For the big screen, Tony appeared in director Steven Soderbergh's comedy thriller "The Informant!,' starring Matt Damon, as well as Paramount Vantage's comedy ‘The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard" alongside Jeremy Piven for Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's Gary Sanchez Productions.  In addition, he was also seen in Magnolia Pictures romantic comedy "The Answer Man" with Jeff Daniels and Lauren Graham.

Tony co-starred with Jimmy Fallon in "The Year of Getting to Know Us." The feature, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, also starred Sharon Stone, Illeana Douglas, and Lucy Liu.  He previously starred opposite Will Ferrell in Columbia Pictures' feature "Stranger Than Fiction," directed by Marc Forster ("Finding Neverland").  The stellar ensemble cast included Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Queen Latifah. Additional feature credits include supporting roles in director Barry Sonnenfeld's roadtrip comedy, "RV," with Robin Williams and Cheryl Hines; and "Because I Said So" with Diane Keaton, Mandy Moore and Lauren Graham. Additional voice work includes ‘Furlough,' the treacherous brother mouse, in Universal Pictures' animated holiday feature, "The Tale of Despereaux," starring Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Kline.

Additional television credits include a recurring role on NBC's "Chuck" and a series regular role on the NBC comedy series "Andy Barker, P.I."  He had a guest-starring role during the final season of "ER" playing a nerd who rescues an old lady and subsequently develops a hero complex. Tony has also made memorable guest appearances on such acclaimed shows as "The United States of Tara," "Community," "Justified," "Numb3rs," "Law & Order," "Sex and the City" and "The Sopranos."

Interview with Tony Hale

HBO

In episode 207, we see how much Selina trusts and depends on Gary, sending him out to recover her trash with its secret, possibly damning, contents.

Tony Hale

It's a desperate trust. I don't think she truly trusts him, but when it comes to demeaning activity like retrieving trash and breaking up with her boyfriend, Gary's her guy.

HBO

We know from last season that Gary would take a sneeze bullet for Selina...how far does that loyalty go?

Tony Hale

In his eyes, it goes pretty far. He would give up everything, but I don't think she'd even give up a meal for him. He's always ready with a needle and thread, always has a lint brush ready - anything she needs, he will have it - and she could just care less. She just screams profanities at him and all he hears is unicorns and rainbows - he doesn't actually hear anything that's coming out of her mouth. He sees her in a completely ethereal and angelic light.

HBO

It really takes a special kind of person to be someone's punching bag.

Tony Hale

There are layers and layers and layers of woundedness in Gary [laughs]. He could benefit from 24/7 therapy. There are definitely some childhood wounds that are living themselves out with Selina.

HBO

At least they're focused neuroses.

Tony Hale

Oh yeah. At least he's proactive about it. I think with everything that's going on in Gary's life, he has a plan. Selina is his identity. God forbid the day something happens to Selina or she loses her job. I don't know what he would do. He'd be working at a cat shelter somewhere.

HBO

Do you think that maybe his feelings for the Veep come from a more romantic place?

Tony Hale

[Laughs] Maybe? Definitely. He's a step away from having an altar to Selina in his house. A lot of photos in one spot, some candles, a bench...

HBO

Speaking of romance, we get to see Gary with a girlfriend this season.

Tony Hale

Who's just as dominating as Selina, by the way. Gary goes from one dominating woman to the next. I was very surprised when Dana came into the picture because Selina's his number one priority, and to be honest, will continue to be his number one priority. He enjoys Dana's company, but it's gonna take lot for her to trump Selina.

HBO

How do you think they met?

Tony Hale

I don't think Gary had any involvement in the introduction or the relationship. The fact is, he oozes vulnerability - he's just walking prey. She needed somebody to dominate and Gary was willing. Selina's his office woman who takes care of him and Dana is the Selina at home.

HBO

What would you like to see the show explore with Gary in future episodes?

Tony Hale

I'd like to meet Gary's mother. There's a lot rooted in that. And putting Gary's mother and Selina together - I'd like to see how that would go. There'd probably be a lot of similarities.

HBO

Speaking of mothers, any similarities between Selina and another overbearing mother you've worked with in the past?

Tony Hale

[Laughs] Oh yeah. The thing that's great about Gary - unlike Buster, who would go into a complete state of paralysis anytime he was afraid - Gary steps up to the plate. He'll do whatever's needed to take care of his woman. He sees himself as her protector. I think Buster could use a few lessons from Gary.

Think Fast

If I were President, my pet cause would be: I can't even go there. Just the thought of being president brings me immediate anxiety.

What's in my Leviathan: I think Gary would be incredibly ashamed of what's in Tony Hale's Leviathan, because it's probably just water bottles and chap stick.

Unlike Gary's new Leviathan, the best gift I ever received was: My wife just screamed out, "Your child!" I'd say that's the best answer.

_________ was the worst job I ever had: I worked in Panama City Beach once on a dinner boat where we'd take people out on an island to find shells. The morning of, I'd have to go and throw out the shells for people to find, and then have to pretend later that I'd never seen them before.

Gary's brings Danish or tea to comfort Selina. What comforts me is: Not only does he bring those to her, he makes those. He stays up the night before and rolls out that dough for those perfect Danishes. I'm not gonna lie, I think I would enjoy some of Gary's baked goods.