Michael C. Hall, who plays serial killer Dexter Morgan on Showtime’s Dexter, kept his lymphoma secret from his fellow cast members for two and a half episodes.
After learning of his Hodgkin’slymphoma diagnosis while shooting the 10th of 12 episodes of the TV series’ fourth season in 2009, Hall felt it was “best at the time” to keep it quiet, he told Metro World News.
“I wanted to get as much information as possible and make as many decisions as possible before I let anyone know about it just so that when I let them know, I could tell them as much as I could and answer as many of the questions they would inevitably have,” Hall, who turned 40 on Feb. 1, told Metro.
Hall underwent treatment and the cancer was in remission by January 2010, and he fully recovered in April 2010.
Hall plays the leading role in the crime drama, which is in its fifth season. He is a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Metro Police Department who satisfies his dark desires by hunting down and killing criminals in his free time.
Last year, he received a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for his role in Dexter, and he was nominated for a SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series this year.
Hall’s family has a history of cancer; when Hall was 11, his father died of prostate cancer at 39 in 1982, according to People.
Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a mostly curable cancer of the immune system, is responsible for 1,320 deaths a year in the United States, according to the National Cancer Institute.