It was back on October 1st, 2006 when the world first caught a glimpse of Dexter, an emotionally bankrupt serial killer with just enough of a conscience to avoid slaughtering the innocent. He was able to cover his criminal (or vigilante) tracks thanks to his foster father’s expert guidance and through the knowledge he obtained as a forensic officer for Miami Metro Police Department he was able to ‘profile’ and dispose of his victims without leaving a single trace of evidence. Clever stuff.
Since its first airing the show has constantly rocketed to the top of the ratings charts, completing 6 seasons so far and currently progressing through a 7th. It was just after season 5 episode 3 having gone to air that the star himself, actor Michael C. Hall, would not have been able to carry on working were it not for the support of his then wife Jennifer Carpenter (who plays his foster sister “Deb” in the TV series), his doctors and prayers from his fans.
On January 13th2010 Hall was diagnosed with a treatable form of Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of cancer that targets the lymph nodes. Fellow cast members at the time had no idea because he never let on that he was ill. Hall had a fear of doctors since a childhood hernia operation but his fight with cancer helped him overcome that particular phobia.
Hall won a Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award in 2010 which he accepted in person wearing a knitted cap to cover the baldness on his head which was caused by the successful chemotherapy.
On April 5th, much to the relief of fans and fellow stars, Jennifer Carpenter broke the news that he had fully recovered from the cancer and was ready to begin filming season 5. Two seasons on and Dexter is looking in good shape to keep on killing.