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Actor, amputee, advocate to speak at ECVC banquet

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Actor Robert David Hall will be the featured speaker for ECVC's annual banquet on Oct. 4.

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The Daily Reflector

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Prominent disabled actor Robert David Hall, best known for his role on television's “CSI,” will be the featured speaker at the annual banquet for Eastern Carolina Vocational Center.

The banquet, which celebrates 53 years of ECVC's efforts to providing job training and employment services to people with disabilities, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Rock Springs Center, 4025 N.C. 43.

In 1978, Hall was severely burned when an 18-wheeler truck struck his car. The accident led to the amputation of both his legs. Today, he uses two prosthetic limbs to walk.

His role as a burn survivor in the 1991 film “Class Action” closely parallels his real life. The “CSI” character, coroner Al Robbins, whom Hall played for 15 years, also is portrayed as an amputee.

Hall, 70, is a longtime advocate for people with disabilities. He has served on the board of directors of the National Organization on Disability and as national chairman of the Performers with Disabilities Caucus for Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

“If you support diversity and think shows should give a portrayal of what America truly looks like, then performers with disabilities must be included in the equation,” Hall said.

Hall has had guest-starring roles in “West Wing,” “Brooklyn South,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Promised Land,” “Love and War,” and “Highway to Heaven” and recurring roles on “L.A. Law,” “Family Law” and “The Practice.”

His voice can be heard on hundreds of commercials, animated series and narrations. A musician and songwriter, he recorded an album, “Things They Don't Teach You in School,” in 2009.

For more information about the banquet, visit ecvcinc.com or call 317-3144. Individual tickets are $50. The deadline for reservations is Friday.

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