Michael C. Hall was certain he would be dead by 39, the age his father died of prostate cancer.
When Hall himself was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at 38 he was sure his days were numbered.
The 'Dexter' star told The New York Times he was haunted by his father's death when he was just 11
"I think I've been preoccupied since I was 11, and my father died, with the idea of the age 39: Would I live that long? What would that be like?...to discover that I had the Hodgkin's was alarming, but at the same time I felt kind of bemused, like: Wow. Huh. How interesting."
But Hall passed his 39th birthday in February still in remission from his cancer. Indeed Hall now says the affects of chemotherapy are over and he feels like a new man.
Bu the feels his father's death will always haunt him
"Maybe it has to do with not knowing quite what to do with the storm of feelings that accompanied my father's death. Maybe it's a learned behavior," he told the Times. "Now I'm taking it to the bank."