"Dexter" star battling cancer

Thu Jan 14, 2010 2:50am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Michael C. Hall, who plays a serial killer in the TV series "Dexter," said on Wednesday that he has been battling cancer but the treatment is almost finished and the disease is in remission.

The 38-year-old actor said in a media statement that he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma, a treatable cancer of the lymphatic system. He did not say when the diagnosis was made.

"I feel fortunate to have been diagnosed with an imminently treatable and curable condition, and I thank my doctors and nurses for their expertise and care," Hall said.

His spokesman Craig Bankey said in the statement reported by People magazine that Hall's cancer is in remission and the actor will continue treatment as planned.

Hall plans to go with his wife and "Dexter" co-star Jennifer Carpenter, who plays his sister in the series, to the Golden Globe awards being held in Los Angeles on Sunday where he's nominated for best dramatic actor and the show as best drama.

Hall also plans to attend the Screen Actors Guild Awards the following weekend where he and the cast are also nominees.

Bankey said Hall planned to make the fifth series of the Showtime drama "Dexter" later this year.

In the show, Hall plays Dexter Morgan, a Miami police analyst who moonlights as a serial killer targeting sociopaths.

(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy)

<p>Actor Michael C. Hall poses for media in front of Brandenburger gate to promote his television series "Dexter" in Berlin March 11, 2009. REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke</p>