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Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
(born Alan Hale MacKahan,[2] March 8, 1921[2] – January 2, 1990) was an American actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of major movie character actor Alan Hale Sr.[2] Hale Jr.'s television career, which spanned four decades, was most noted for his co-starring role on the 1960s series Gilligan's Island. He also appeared on several talk and variety shows. Appearing in over 200 films and television roles, Hale's long acting career began in films in 1941, appearing primarily in Westerns, playing opposite Kirk Douglas
Kirk Douglas
in The Big Trees
The Big Trees
(1952), Audie Murphy
Audie Murphy
in Destry (1954), Ray Milland
Ray Milland
in A Man Alone (1955), Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner
in The True Story of Jesse James (1957) and Hugh Marlowe
Hugh Marlowe
in The Long Rope (1961). He also appeared in musical comedies, playing opposite Don DeFore in It Happened on Fifth Avenue
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
(1947), James Cagney
James Cagney
in The West Point Story (1950) and Judy Canova
Judy Canova
in Honeychile
(1951). He achieved continuing success on the CBS
sitcom Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
(1964–1967), playing the secondary lead role of The Skipper. After its cancellation, the series would remain a popular staple in syndication. Hale reprised the role of The Skipper
The Skipper
in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series.


1 Early life 2 Career

2.1 Gilligan's Island 2.2 Later years 2.3 Other ventures

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Stage career 6 Selected filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Alan Hale MacKahan was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 8, 1921.[2] His father was character actor Rufus Edward McKahan,[2] who used the stage name of Alan Hale (1892–1950), and his mother was silent film actress Gretchen Hartman[2] (1897-1979). Appearing in over 235 films, his father had a successful screen career both as a leading man in silent films and as a supporting actor in sound movies.[3] During World War II, Hale Jr., enlisted in the United States Coast Guard.[2] After the death of his father in 1950, Hale dropped the "Junior" from his name.[4] Career[edit]

Hale and Celeste Holm
Celeste Holm
in Follow the Sun (1961)

In 1931, Hale made his Broadway stage debut in Caught Wet. The play opened on November 4 and closed later that month. He made his screen debut two years later in Wild Boys of the Road. However, his role was deleted out of the film's final release but he still received screen credit for the role.[5] He later appeared in roles in To the Shores of Tripoli (1942), Yanks Ahoy (1943), Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946), and When Willie Comes Marching Home
When Willie Comes Marching Home
(1950). During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently appeared in Gene Autry
Gene Autry
films and also had a recurring role from 1950 to 1952 on The Gene Autry
Gene Autry
Show. In 1952, Hale landed the starring role in CBS's Biff Baker, U.S.A., but the series was canceled in 1954. Hale continued his career with guest spots on The Range Rider (five times), Annie Oakley, Fireside Theater, Frontier, Matinee Theater, Fury, Northwest Passage, and The Man from Blackhawk
The Man from Blackhawk
(as Miles Mackenzie in the 1960 episode "The $100,000 Policy"). He also had roles in The Gunfighter
The Gunfighter
(1950), Silver Lode (1954), The Sea Chase (1955), The Three Outlaws (1956), The True Story of Jesse James
The True Story of Jesse James
(1957) and Up Periscope
Up Periscope
(1959). In 1957, Hale landed another starring role in the syndicated television series Casey Jones, which aired thirty-two episodes before it was canceled in 1958. In 1957, he played folksy rancher Les Bridgeman in the episode "Hired Gun" of the ABC/ Warner Brothers
Warner Brothers
western series Cheyenne, with Clint Walker in the title role. Whitney Blake plays Bridgeman's wife Lilli, who hires a professional assassin to kill her husband so that she can marry a rival rancher, Kiley Rand (Don Megowan). Cheyenne Bodie goes undercover to unravel the mystery.[6] In 1960, he played Tuk in the episode "Road to Three Graves" of the western series Cheyenne, in which Cheyenne helps his friend Tuk deliver equipment to his mine. From 1958 to 1960, Hale had a recurring role on Rory Calhoun's CBS Western series The Texan. Throughout the early 1960s, Hale continued in guest-starring roles on episodes of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rawhide, The Real McCoys, Mister Ed, Assignment: Underwater, Hawaiian Eye, Adventures in Paradise, Lock Up, The Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Tales of Wells Fargo, Route 66 and Hazel. He was featured in two episodes of Perry Mason, first as murderer Lon Snyder in the 1961 episode, "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride", then in 1963, he played Nelson Barclift in "The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang". Actress Diana Millay
Diana Millay
also appeared in both episodes. In addition to numerous guest roles on television, Hale was noted for his supporting-character roles in such movies as the character of Whitey in the Christmas movie It Happened on Fifth Avenue
It Happened on Fifth Avenue
(1947), as Porthos' son in the Three Musketeers sequel At Sword's Point (1952) opposite Cornell Wilde
Cornell Wilde
and Maureen O'Hara, in the stock car racing film Thunder in Carolina (1960) starring Rory Calhoun, The Long Rope (1961) with Hugh Marlowe, Bullet for a Badman
Bullet for a Badman
(1964) with Audie Murphy, Advance to the Rear (1964) starring Glenn Ford, and "hanging party" blacksmith Matt Stone in Hang 'Em High
Hang 'Em High
(1968) starring Clint Eastwood. Gilligan's Island[edit] In 1964, Hale won the co-starring role as the Skipper on the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island. The series aired for a total of 98 episodes from 1964 to 1967. The role proved to be the most prominent role for Hale, as the show continued to be popular for later generations of viewers due to syndicated reruns. The popularity of the show typecast its actors, making it difficult for them to successfully pursue diversified acting opportunities. They received no substantial residual payments for their roles, and the difficulty in finding roles often created financial hardship and resentment. However, Hale did not mind being so closely identified with the Skipper.[7] According to Sherwood Schwartz, he often visited children in hospitals dressed as the Skipper. Hale reprised the role of the Skipper in three television films, Rescue from Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
(1978), The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979), and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981). He also voiced the Skipper in two cartoon versions of the series, The New Adventures of Gilligan
The New Adventures of Gilligan
from 1974 to 1977 and Gilligan's Planet
Gilligan's Planet
from 1982 to 1983. Hale also appeared as the Skipper in two unrelated sitcoms, The New Gidget
The New Gidget
in 1987 and ALF in 1989. He also promoted Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
reruns on TBS, alongside Bob Denver. Denver and Hale also appeared as their characters at various promotional events.[8] Dawn Wells
Dawn Wells
said in a 2014 interview on CRN.com with Larry and Nancy Manetti, when asked if Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
was the consummate professional of the Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Island
series: "Well, that is so interesting, because Alan Jr. and his father looked so much alike, you don't know, who was who. His father did all the Errol Flynn
Errol Flynn
... I used to say to Alan, 'How was it growing up in a household, with all those movie stars?' Alan was absolutely, the consummate professional, wonderful gentleman, jovial, never complained ... he was the exact same size of my dad. Every time he picked me up and hugged me, I thought he was my father, he was my dad." Wells also responded to the question if she ever went to her acting mentor's restaurant (that Hale once owned in Los Angeles): "It was a lobster house on La Cienega Blvd., and he would greet you with his sea hat on, as you can.... but that was after the show; and he had his friend, Anthony, there, with some good food, too." The last question asked of Dawn was if Gilligan's Island, was nearly his (Hale's) show: "No, no... as a matter of fact, it was interesting when you go back and find the people that they should thought say the other characters, and I understand Alan was doing a movie in Utah and they wanted to bring him to audition and he couldn't get a flight out, so ... he hitchhiked, hitchhiked on the highway and then, he came in to audition."[9] After the show's cancellation, and until Hale's death, Wells not only stayed in touch with him but they were frequently neighbors, also. After Hale's mother Gretchen died in 1979 the friendship between Hale and Wells grew closer. Later years[edit] After the end of Gilligan's Island, Hale continued his career in television. He guest-starred on several series, including The Wild Wild West, Here Come the Brides, Land of the Giants, The Virginian, Here's Lucy, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Paul Lynde Show, The Love Boat and Crazy Like a Fox. Hale also appeared in film roles from the 1960s to the 1980s. During the 1970s, he starred in The Giant Spider Invasion
The Giant Spider Invasion
(1975) and Angels Revenge (1978), both of which were later featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000 (as was his 1963 film The Crawling Hand). In 1983, Hale costarred in comedy-drama film Hambone and Hillie, starring Lillian Gish. The following year, he had a role in the comedy Johnny Dangerously and became a spokesman for a car dealership in Victoria, British Columbia. In 1987, Hale starred in the horror film Terror Night. Later that same year, he made his final film appearance in a cameo role with Bob Denver
Bob Denver
in Back to the Beach. Also in 1987, he reprised his role as The Skipper
The Skipper
on The New Gidget
The New Gidget
with his childhood friend and classmate William Schallert
William Schallert
and Bob Denver, and on an episode of ALF. Other ventures[edit] In addition to acting, Hale also co-owned Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel, a restaurant that was opened in the mid-1970s. The Lobster Barrel was located on La Cienega Boulevard
La Cienega Boulevard
on Los Angeles's Restaurant Row. According to Hale's agent, Hale was "phased out" of the business in 1982. He later opened Alan Hale's Quality and Leisure Travel office.[8] Personal life[edit] Hale was married twice; his first marriage was on March 12, 1943 [2] in Hollywood [2] to Bettina Doerr Hale [2] with whom he had four children: Alan Brian, Chris, Lana, and Dorian. The couple later divorced.[4][10] In 1964, Hale married former singer Naomi Ingram, to whom he would remain married until his death.[11][12] Death[edit] Hale died on January 2, 1990, of thymus cancer at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles
Los Angeles
at age 68. His body was cremated, and his ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific Ocean.[3][13] His Gilligan's Island co-star Dawn Wells
Dawn Wells
was in attendance, representing the surviving members of the cast. For his contribution to the television industry, Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Hollywood Walk of Fame
located at 6653 Hollywood Blvd.[14] Stage career[edit]

Date Production Role

1931 Caught Wet Brewster

1934–1935 Small Miracle George Nelson

1935 Ceiling Zero Tay Lawson

1937 Red Harvest Private Breen

1940 The Scene of the Crime Bob Hanley

1952 Hook n' Ladder Mr. Gilkens

Selected filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1933 Wild Boys of the Road One of the Boys Uncredited

1941 I Wanted
Wings Cadet Uncredited

1941 Dive Bomber Pilot Trainee Uncredited

1941 All-American Co-Ed Tiny

1942 To the Shores of Tripoli Tom Hall

1942 Eagle Squadron Olsen

1942 Rubber Racketeers Red

1943 No Time for Love Union Checker Uncredited

1943 Watch on the Rhine Boy Uncredited

1946 Monsieur Beaucaire Courtier Uncredited

1946 Sweetheart of Sigma Chi Mike Mitchell

1947 It Happened on Fifth Avenue Whitey Temple

1947 The Spirit of West Point Oklahoma Cutter

1948 Homecoming Military Policeman Uncredited

1948 One Sunday Afternoon Marty

1949 It Happens Every Spring Schmidt

1949 Rim of the Canyon Matt Kimbrough

1950 The Blazing Sun Ben Luber

1950 The Gunfighter Brother

1950 Kill the Umpire Harry Shea Uncredited

1950 The Underworld Story Shaeffer, Durham Warehouse Thug

1950 The West Point Story Bull Gilbert

1951 Home Town Story Slim Haskins

1951 Honeychile Joe Boyd

1952 The Big Trees Tiny

1952 Springfield Rifle Mizzell

1952 At Sword's Point Porthos Jr.

1952 Wait till the Sun Shines, Nellie George Oliphant

1953 The Man Behind the Gun Cpl. Olaf Swenson

1953 Captain John Smith and Pocahontas Fleming

1954 Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl Jay Simpson

1954 Rogue Cop Johnny Stark

1954 Destry Jack Larson

1954 Young at Heart Robert Neary

1955 The Sea Chase Wentz

1955 A Man Alone Acting Sheriff Jim Anderson

1956 The Indian Fighter Will Crabtree

1956 The Killer Is Loose Denny

1957 Battle Hymn Mess Sergeant

1957 The True Story of Jesse James Cole Younger

1957 All Mine to Give Tom Cullen

1958 The Lady Takes a Flyer Frank Henshaw

1959 Up Periscope Lt. Pat Malone

1960 Thunder in Carolina Buddy Schaeffer

1962 The Iron Maiden Paul Fisher

1963 The Crawling Hand Sheriff Townsend

1964 Advance to the Rear Sgt. Beauregard Davis

1964 Bullet for a Badman Leach Alternative title: Renegade Posse

1968 Hang 'Em High Matt Stone, Cooper Hanging Party

1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Tobaccy

1975 The Giant Spider Invasion Sheriff

1979 The North Avenue Irregulars Harry, the Hat

1979 Angels Brigade Manny Alternative titles: Angels Revenge Seven from Heaven

1979 The Fifth Musketeer Porthos

1983 Hambone and Hillie McVickers

1984 The Red Fury [15] Doc Kaminsky

1984 Johnny Dangerously Desk Sergeant

1987 Terror Night Jake Nelson Alternative title: Bloody Movie

1987 Back to the Beach Bartender's Buddy


Year Title Role Notes

1950–1952 The Gene Autry
Gene Autry
Show Tiny – Sidekick 9 episodes

1953 Man Against Crime Lt. Olmstead Episode: "Hide and Seek"

1952–1954 Biff Baker, U.S.A. Biff Baker 26 episodes

1955 The Public Defender Sparky Albright Segment: "The Hitchhiker"

1955 Stage 7 Herb 'Bad News' Loftus Episode: "The Traveling Salesman"

1955 Navy Log Beartracks Episode: "The Pollywog of Yosu"

1956 The Red Skelton Show Muldoon Episode: "Cookie Returns"

1956 Screen Directors Playhouse Bowen Episode: "A Ticket for Thaddeus"

1957 The Millionaire Bill "Buffalo" Walker Episode: "The Professor Amberson Adams Story"

1957 The Alcoa Hour Red Regan Episode: "The Animal Kingdom"

1957 Cheyenne Les Bridgeman Episode: "Hired Gun"

1957–1958 Casey Jones Casey Jones 32 episodes

1958 Northwest Passage Sam Beal Episode: "The Red Coat"

1958 Wanted: Dead or Alive Dan Poe Episode: "Passing of Shawnee Bill"

1958–1960 The Texan Sculley 6 episodes

1959 Bat Masterson Bailey Harper Episode: "A Personal Matter"

1959 Bonanza Swede Lundberg Episode: "The Saga of Annie O'Toole"

1959 The Untouchables Big Bill Phillips Episode: "Tri-State Gang"

1960 The Alaskans Hap Johnson Episode: "Partners"

1960 Shotgun Slade Sheriff Sloan Episode: "Lost Gold"

1960 Maverick Captain Jim (US Marshal) Episode: "Arizona Black Maria"

1960 Cheyenne Tuk Episode: "Road to Three Graves"

1961 The Jack Benny Program McGuire Episode: "Jack Goes to Gym"

1961 Hawaiian Eye Big Mac McConnel Episode: "Dragon Road"

1961 Adventures in Paradise Captain Arthur Butcher 2 episodes, "Captain Butcher" and "The Serpent in the Garden"

1961 Gunsmoke Jake Higgins Episode: "Minnie"

1961 Rawhide Lucas Episode: "The Woman Trap"

1961 Perry Mason Lon Snyder Episode: "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride"

1962 The Andy Griffith Show Jeff Pruitt Episode: "The Farmer Takes a Wife"

1962 Wagon Train Kirby Episode: "The Lonnie Fallon Story"

1962 Follow the Sun Charlie Episode: "The Irresistible Miss Bullfinch"

1962 Maverick Big Jim Watson (as Alan Hale) Episode: "The Troubled Heir"

1963 77 Sunset Strip Baxter Episode: "Tarnished Idol"

1963 Empire Fletcher Episode: "The Convention"

1963 The Lucy Show Fire Academy instructor Episode: "Lucy Puts Out a Fire at the Bank"

1963 Perry Mason Nelson Barclift Episode: "The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang"

1964 The New Phil Silvers Show Charlie Episode: "Pay the Two Dollars"

1964 My Favorite Martian Omar M. Keck Episode: "The Disastro-Nauts"

1964–1967 Gilligan's Island Jonas Grumby (The Skipper) 98 episodes

1966 Gunsmoke Bull Bannock Episode: "Champion of the World"

1967 Batman Gilligan Episode: "The Ogg and I" Uncredited

1967 Hondo Ben Cobb Episode: "Hondo and the Death Drive"

1968 The Wild Wild West Ned Brown Episode: "The Night of The Sabatini Death"

1968 Daktari Big Joe Wonder Episode: "African Showdown"

1969 Green Acres Sheriff Episode: "A Prize in Every Package"

1969 The Flying Nun Uncle Reggie Overton Perkins 2 episodes

1969 The Good Guys Big Tom 3 episodes

1970 The Andersonville Trial The Board of Military Judges Television movie

1970 Here's Lucy Moose Manley Episode: "Lucy and Wally Cox"

1970 Ironside Laurence Drescher Episode: "The People Against Judge McIntire"

1971 Alias Smith and Jones Andrew J. Greer Episode: "The Girl in Boxcar #3"

1971 The Doris Day Show Charlie Dinser Episode: "Have I Got a Fellow for You!"

1971 O'Hara, U.S. Treasury

Episode: "Operation: Moonshine"

1973 McMillan & Wife Port Captain Episode: "The Fine Art of Staying Alive"

1974–1975 The New Adventures of Gilligan The Skipper
The Skipper
(Voice) 24 episodes

1975 The Wonderful World of Disney Cholly 2 episodes

1978 Rescue from Gilligan's Island The Skipper Television movie

1979 The Castaways on Gilligan's Island The Skipper Television movie

1979 ABC Weekend Special Mayor Episode: "The Revenge of Red Chief"

1979 The Littlest Hobo Harry Episode: "Stand-in"

1979 The Love Boat Jack Tigue Episode: "The Harder They Fall"

1980 Fantasy Island Judge Winston Episode: "Rogues to Riches/Stark Terror"

1981 The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island The Skipper Television movie

1982 The Love Boat Gus Dolan Episode: "Meet the Author"

1982–1983 Gilligan's Planet The Skipper
The Skipper
(Voice) 13 episodes

1983 Matt Houston Rawson Harmon IV Episode: "The Yacht Club Murders"

1986 Murder, She Wrote Fenton Harris Episode: "Trial by Error"

1986 Magnum, P.I. Russell Tate Episode: "All Thieves on Deck"

1987 Simon & Simon Silk McNabb Episode: "For Old Crime's Sake"

1987 ALF Skipper Jonas Grumby Episode: "Somewhere Over the Rerun"

1987 Growing Pains The Cabbie Episode: "This Is Your Life"

1988 The Law & Harry McGraw Herb Loftus Episode: "Gilhooey's Is History"


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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 53710445 LCCN: no90018179 ISNI: 0000 0001 1763 6724 GND: 1062215907 BNF: cb1554