September 20th, 2010
10:27 AM ET
For “Dexter” star Michael C. Hall, his 39th birthday in February was a loaded one. Not only was he facing his own mortality after being diagnosed with Hodgkins lymphoma last January, but his own father succumbed to prostate cancer at 39.
"I think I’ve been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: Would I live that long? What would that be like?" Hall told the New York Times. "To discover that I had the Hodgkin’s was alarming, but at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: Wow. Huh. How interesting.”
Hall received his diagnosis in the middle of shooting the fourth season of his hit cable series, but kept it a secret from cast and crew and waited until production wrapped before undergoing chemotherapy. His cancer is now in remission, and besides being back to work on "Dexter," he also filmed the movie "East Fifth Bliss" during the show's hiatus.
Hall's wife, "Dexter" co-star Jennifer Carpenter, 30, admits she initially cried when she heard of his illness but found strength by following his lead.
"The triumph of a man, to have gone through something like that and not even give the crew any suspicions that he was in any sort of need," she told the Times, "it’s impressive."
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