Previously Known For: As Alfalfa in The Little Rascals, Newt Shaw in The Big Green, Buster Stupid in The Stupids, and Adam Szalinski in Honey We Shrunk Ourselves
|Currently Known For: As Arthur Davidson in Harley and the Davidsons|
“We are he-man woman haters. We feed girls to alligators. Our clubhouse burned down mighty low, but we’ve got a plan to make some dough.” Better known to the world as “Bug” Hall, Brandon Hall was born on February 4, 1985 in Fort Worth, Texas where his mother ran a local daycare center where she often had Bug and his siblings in tow. While his red hair and freckles certainly helped him stand out among his classmates, there was something incredibly special about Hall, which is why his parents didn’t think twice about taking him to the first of many acting auditions in the nearby metropolis of Dallas. Fortunately, it wouldn’t take long for Hollywood or the rest of the world to realize Hall’s knack for entertaining!
Hall hit the jackpot in 1994 when the nine-year-old was cast in his first feature film, The Little Rascals, which was a remake of the popular comedic shorts known as Our Gang from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Cast as the mischievous love-struck Alfalfa alongside the likes of Darla, Spanky, Buckwheat, Porky, Froggy and other members of the He-Man Woman Haters Club, Hall gave an incredible performance and watched in awe as the film became a family classic earning he and his costars a Young Artist Award for Best Performance by a Youth Ensemble in a Motion Picture. His streak continued over the next few years when he once again wowed audiences as Newt Shaw in The Big Green, as Buster Stupid in The Stupids, and as Adam Szalinski in Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He even starred in a string of television films including Tad, Safety Patrol and The Munsters’ Scary Little Christmas, the latter of which earned him a YoungStar Award nomination for his performance as Eddie Munster.
Making his primetime television debut as Brian Kelly in the 1998 series, Kelly Kelly, Hall also voiced the little boy in Hercules and snagged credits in Mel, Skipped Parts and The Day the Earth Stopped. Finding most of his success on television in the new millennium, he made frequent cameos in popular series like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Strong Medicine, Charmed, Cold Case, The OC, CSI: Miami and Saving Grace. Then, in 2009, he joined the American Pie film franchise as Rob Shearson in American Pie Presents: The Book of Love, which he later described as one of his favorite roles.
Following the same pattern with television credits in Criminal Minds, 90210, CSI: New York, Masters of Sex, and Castle in the mid-2000s, Hall appeared as the ice cream man in The Little Rascals Save the Day sequel in 2014 but set out to redefine himself in Hollywood shortly after. A longtime fan of motorcycles after numerous cross-country trips on his bike, he took to Instagram and Facebook to share his passion, which is what led him to his most recent project—Harley and the Davidsons, a Discovery Channel miniseries about the birth of Harley Davidson motorcycles.
“From my teens into my early twenties, I spent a lot of time riding motorcycles, to the point where I would rather ride than work,” Hall said of his decision to audition for the project. “Bikes took up a big part of my time, so several of my buddies and I decided to take time off to start a company, and we all agreed to not accept any acting roles in order to spend more of our time writing and developing our own story ideas. My agent kept taunting me with new film and television roles to try and get me to work. They would send me possible scripts every couple of months, asking me to take a look at this one or that one, and then they sent me the script for Harley and the Davidsons about the birth and early development of Harley Davidson, and it just hooked me. I realized it was too good to pass up, so I went in and pitched myself for the job. I read for Discovery, and they let me do it. So here I am.”
Admitting that the motorcycles were a big part of the project’s appeal, Hall won the role of Arthur Davidson and immediately embraced the character and the story of the Davidson family. “I really wanted to get to the root of who the guy was, and what I could find always touched on a couple of key things: the fact that he was very fair, the fact that was very family oriented, that he really was devoted to his family, and the fact that he was tenacious, never say die, never quit,” Hall said. “If he believed in something, he followed through with it. It was really those qualities about him that sort of inspired my take on him.”
With Harley and the Davidsons released in September 2016 to widespread praise, many fans expected to see even more from Hall as an actor but, unfortunately, that hasn’t been the case. In fact, Hall has shied away from the spotlight over the last year after ending his marriage to Porchia Stewart and falling in love with Jill de Groff. Marrying de Groff in February 2017, the couple has since welcomed their daughter, Josephina Joy, into the world, which just might explain Hall’s notable absence from Hollywood as he takes on the new demands of being a husband and father. “A good marriage is just a fulfilled friendship,” Hall said of his relationship on Instagram. “I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.”
Regardless of his absence from Tinsel Town, the 32-year-old Hall remains grateful for The Little Rascals and is the first to admit that playing Alfalfa helped him “score tons of chicks” in his teens, not to mention the tall tales he has from playing in the He-Man Woman Haters clubhouse that overlooked Dodger Stadium. Coincidentally, he’s also best friends with Zachary Mabry who played Porky in the film with Mabry even standing in as groomsman at Hall’s wedding! No longer members of the He-Man Woman Haters Club (at least we hope not!), Hall says the duo is still recognized for their early stardom, which isn’t exactly a bad thing considering The Little Rascals is still a coveted family classic after over two decades! After all, who could forget the freckle-faced redhead and his band of troublemakers who notoriously wrote… “Dear Darla, I hate your stinking guts. You make me vomit. You’re scum between my toes. Love, Alfalfa.”