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Michael C. Hall: I Wanted to Keep Cancer Battle “Quiet”

"Dexter" star snags Golden Globe for best actor

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    Actor Michael C. Hall says he didn't want to talk about his health problems.

    Michael C. Hall made his first public appearance Sunday since announcing his cancer battle -- picking up a Golden Globe for best actor in Showtime’s “Dexter.”

    "It's really a hell of a thing to go to work at a place where everyone gives a damn," Hall said in accepting the award, his first. "That's definitely the case with 'Dexter.' It's an amazing group from top to bottom -- such an invigorated sense of collaborative energy all the time. It's a dream job, and I'm so grateful."

    Hall revealed last week he has been fighting Hodkin’s lymphoma, with the cancer now in remission.

    In accepting his award, the actor sported a black designer Japanese cap on his head.

    "It's nice to have an excuse for accessorizing," he joked afterward, People reported.

    The 38-year-old actor added that he never planned to reveal his health problems.

    "I had every intention of keeping it quiet, but because award shows were imminent, I had to make a statement," Hall said.