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Ben Stiller Reprised 'Happy Gilmore' Role in 'Hubie Halloween' — A Look at Hal L's Best Quotes

Titi Dokubo
Jun 22, 2022
01:20 P.M.
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In Adam Sandler's 2020 film, "Hubie Halloween," Ben Stiller reprised his role as his "Happy Gilmore" character Hal L, the sadistic orderly in charge of a nursing home. Here are some of Hal L's best quotes and Ben Stiller's most memorable movies.


"Hubie Halloween's" opening scene foretells the impending mayhem by focusing on the Westford State Mental Hospital on a dark stormy night. A new attendant, Richie Hartman, goes to check on a patient while roaming the corridors.

The attendant turned out to be Hal L., a character initially featured in 1996's "Happy Gilmore" as the cruel nurse who worked at the nursing facility where Adam Sandler's character's grandmother was confined.

Photo of Ben Stiller circa 1989 | Source: Getty Images


"Hubie Halloween" is the story of a resident of Salem who makes an effort to keep an eye on his neighbors so that they have a safe Halloween every year. Despite his pleasant nature, Hubie is seen as the odd one in town, making him a frequent victim of bullying.

When Salem residents begin to disappear while an escaped mental patient is on the run, Hubie attempts to alert others of the danger before he is forced to stop the threats on his own.



In "Happy Gilmore," Stiller played Hal L, the orderly of the nursing home, long before he became a movie star. The actor was uncredited for his appearance, but he was so memorable in his act that it became one of his best-known characters, despite his many leading roles.

Unlike other movie makers, Sandler rarely calls back characters to reprise their roles, making Stiller's cameo appearance in "Hubie Halloween" a special one.

Ben Stiller at the Nantucket Film Festival on June 19, 1998 | Source: Getty Images


When Stiller played Hal L in "Happy Gilmore," he left fans with some memorable quotes. When Sandler's character's grandmother asked him for a glass of warm milk during nap time, Hal L said:

"Now, you will go to sleep, or I will put you to sleep. Check out the name tag. You're in my world now, Grandma."

Also, while using the residents to make quilts for his gain, one of the ladies told Hal L that her fingers were hurting. As he helped her up to her feet, he said: "Oh, well, now your back's gonna hurt, 'cause you just pulled landscaping duty."

Ben Stiller at the PROJECT ALS "Tomorrow Is Tonight" 11th annual benefit Gala on October 7, 2008 | Source: Getty Images



Stiller, who was exposed to the Hollywood lifestyle from a young age, grew up among the stars and became interested in performing and shooting films by the time he was ten.

He worked on stage for years before making his big-screen debut in 1987 when he starred in "Empire of the Sun." It wasn't until 1998 that he propelled into the mainstream spotlight with "There's Something About Mary."

Ben Stiller at the premiere of Apple TV+'s "Severance" on April 8, 2022 | Source: Getty Images


As a writer, director, actor, producer, and comedian, Stiller has a massive acting background behind him. He has written and directed some of the projects he starred in and is not slowing down.

Some of Stiller's most memorable movies are: "The Meyerowitz Stories," "Flirting With Disaster," "Meet the Parents," "While We're Young," "Tropic Thunder," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "Brad's Status," "Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted," and "Greenberg."