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Alan Hale Jr.
Hale in 1959
Alan Hale MacKahan

(1921-03-08)March 8, 1921
DiedJanuary 2, 1990(1990-01-02) (aged 68)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
  • Actor
  • restaurateur
Years active1931–1988
Known forGilligan's Island as Captain Jonas Grumby (The Skipper)
Casey Jones
Rescue from Gilligan's Island
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
Military Service
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Coast Guard
Years of service1942–1945
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Bettina Reed Doerr
    (m. 1943; div. 1963)
  • Naomi Grace Ingram
    (m. 1964)

Alan Hale Jr. (born Alan Hale MacKahan; March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American actor and restaurateur.[1] He was the son of actor Alan Hale Sr.[1] His television career spanned four decades, but he was best known for his secondary lead role as Captain Jonas Grumby, better known as The Skipper, on the 1960s CBS comedy series Gilligan's Island (1964–1967),[1] a role he reprised in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series.

Hale appeared in more than 200 films and television roles from 1941. He appeared primarily in Westerns, portraying the Sundance Kid in The Three Outlaws (1956) opposite Neville Brand as Butch Cassidy, performing with Kirk Douglas in The Big Trees (1952), Audie Murphy in Destry (1954), Ray Milland in A Man Alone (1955), Robert Wagner in The True Story of Jesse James (1957), and Hugh Marlowe in The Long Rope (1961). He also appeared in musical comedies opposite Don DeFore in It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947), James Cagney in The West Point Story (1950), and Judy Canova in Honeychile (1951). He also appeared on several talk and variety shows.

Early life[edit]

Alan Hale MacKahan was born in Los Angeles California. His father was character actor Rufus Edward MacKahan,[1] who used the stage name of Alan Hale, and his mother was silent film actress Gretchen Hartman.[1] His father appeared in more than 235 films and had a successful screen career, both as a leading man in silent films and as a supporting actor in sound movies.[2] Hale Jr. was in the silent movies as a baby.

Hale served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.[3] He dropped the "Junior" from his name after his father died in 1950.[4]


Hale with Randy Stuart on Biff Baker, U.S.A. (1952)
Hale and 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 in Wild Boys of the Road which was released in 1933. Although his role was deleted from that film's final release, he still received screen credit for his performance.[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 (1950). During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently appeared in Gene Autry films and also had a recurring role from 1950 to 1952 on The Gene Autry Show.[6]

By the early 1950s, Hale began to work in television. In 1952, he landed the starring role in CBS's Biff Baker, U.S.A.. The series was canceled in 1954. He continued his career on the small screen by appearing in guest spots on a variety of other series, such as The Range Rider (five times), Annie Oakley, Fireside Theater, Frontier, Matinee Theater, Fury, Northwest Passage, and The Man from Blackhawk.

The year 1957 proved to be an especially busy one for Hale on television series. In addition to performing the role of Shawnee Bill on the Western Wanted Dead or Alive, he played a folksy rancher, Les Bridgeman, in "Hired Gun", an episode of the ABC/Warner Brothers series Cheyenne. Later that year Hale landed another starring role in the syndicated television series Casey Jones, which lasted for thirty-two half-hour episodes before its cancellation in 1958. Then, from 1958 to 1960, he was cast in a recurring role on Rory Calhoun's CBS Western The Texan. Hale also returned to the series Cheyenne in 1960 to portray the character Tuk in the episode "Road to Three Graves".

Throughout the early 1960s, Hale continued in guest-starring roles on episodes of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Rawhide, The Real McCoys, Mister Ed, Green Acres, Assignment: Underwater, Hawaiian Eye, Adventures in Paradise, Lock Up, The Andy Griffith Show, Lassie, Tales of Wells Fargo, Route 66 and 2 episodes of 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", and then in 1963 as Nelson Barclift in "The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang".

Despite his growing commitment to roles on television, Hale throughout the 1950s and into 1960s continued his work in supporting roles in feature films. Some of those include The Gunfighter (1950) with Gregory Peck, At Sword's Point (1952) with Cornel Wilde and Maureen O'Hara, The Man Behind the Gun (1953) with Randolph Scott, Silver Lode (1954) with John Payne and Dan Duryea, The Sea Chase (1955) with John Wayne and Lana Turner, The Three Outlaws (1956) with Neville Brand as Butch Cassidy and Hale as the Sundance Kid, The True Story of Jesse James (1957) with Robert Wagner as Jesse James and Jeffrey Hunter as Frank James, Up Periscope (1959) with James Garner and Edmond O'Brien, Thunder in Carolina with Rory Calhoun (1960), The Long Rope with Hugh Marlowe (1961), Bullet for a Badman (1964) with Audie Murphy and Darren McGavin, Advance to the Rear (1964) with Glenn Ford and Stella Stevens, and Hang 'Em High (1968) with Clint Eastwood.[6]

Gilligan's Island[edit]

Hale as the Skipper on Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)

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. His character proved to be the most prominent role of Hale's career, as the show continued in reruns. The popularity of the show typecast its actors, making it difficult for them to successfully pursue different roles. 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 (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 from 1974 to 1977 and Gilligan's Planet from 1982 to 1983. In 1987, Hale appeared as the Skipper in two unrelated sitcoms, The New Gidget with his childhood friend and classmate William Schallert and former co-star Bob Denver, and an episode of ALF with several former cast members. Also in 1987, Hale played a Skipper look-a-like taxi cab driver named J. Grumby on Growing Pains. He also promoted Gilligan's Island reruns on TBS, alongside Bob Denver. Denver and Hale also appeared as their characters at various promotional events.[1]

Later years[edit]

After the end of Gilligan's Island, Hale continued his career in television. He guest-starred on several more series, including The Wild Wild West, Here Come the Brides, Batman, Land of the Giants, The Virginian, Here's Lucy, Marcus Welby, M.D., The Paul Lynde Show, The Love Boat, Crazy Like a Fox and Murder, She Wrote.[citation needed]

Hale performed as well in additional feature films during the 1970s and the 1980s. He starred in The Giant Spider Invasion (1975) and Angels Revenge (1978). In 1983, Hale co-starred 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.[8] 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 in Back to the Beach.

Other ventures[edit]

In addition to acting, Hale co-owned Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel, a restaurant he opened in the mid-1970s. The Lobster Barrel was located on 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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Hale was married twice; his first marriage was on March 12, 1943,[3][better source needed] in Hollywood to Bettina Reed Doerr, with whom he had four children: Alan Brian, Chris, Lana, and Dorian. The couple later divorced.[4][9] In 1964, Hale married former singer Naomi Grace Ingram, to whom he remained married until his death.[10][11]


Hale died on January 2, 1990, of thymus cancer at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 68. His body was cremated, and his ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific Ocean.[2][12] His Gilligan's Island co-star Dawn Wells was in attendance, representing the surviving members of the cast.

For his contribution to the television industry, Alan Hale Jr. has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame located at 6653 Hollywood Boulevard.[13]

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 Eddie's Brother Uncredited
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 Trail Blazers Roger Stone
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
1955 The Indian Fighter Will Crabtree
1956 The Killer Is Loose Denny
1956 The Cruel Tower Rocky Milliken
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 Tiger by the Tail Billy Jack Whitehorn
1970 There Was a Crooked Man... Tobaccy
1975 The Giant Spider Invasion Sheriff Jones
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[14] 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 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 Bill 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 Restless Gun Sheriff Clarke Episode "Incident at Bluefield"
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 The Real McCoys Harry Keller Episode: "Season 5 Ep 2: The Trailer Camp"
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 Laramie Roger Canby Episode: "Edge of Evil"
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"
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"
1972 Gunsmoke Dave Chaney Episode: "Jubilee"
1973 McMillan & Wife Port Captain Episode: "The Fine Art of Staying Alive"
1974–1975 The New Adventures of Gilligan The Skipper (Voice) 24 episodes
1975 The Wonderful World of Disney Cholly 2-part episode: The Sky's the Limit
1978 Rescue from Gilligan's Island The Skipper Television movie
1979 $weepstake$ Episode: "Vince, Pete and Patsy, Jessica and Rodney"
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 (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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  3. ^ a b "Alan Hale (Jr.) MacKahan & Bettina Reed Doerr Marriage Certificate". FamilySearch. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
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  8. ^ "Alan Hale for Ensign Chrysler Plymouth 1986". YouTube.
  9. ^ Thomas, Nick (2011). Raised by the Stars: Interviews with 29 Children of Hollywood Actors. Mcfarland. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7864-6403-6.
  10. ^ Shain, Percy (November 21, 1965). "Stars Palsy-Walsy On Gilligan's Isle". Boston Globe. p. B35.
  11. ^ "Alan Hale Jr., Gilligan's big buddy, dies". Ocala Star-Banner. January 4, 1990. p. 2A. Retrieved December 18, 2022.
  12. ^ "Actor Alan Hale Jr., Gilligan's Skipper". The Vindicator. January 3, 1990. p. 34. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  13. ^ Lee, John H. (January 4, 1990). "Hollywood Star Walk: 6653 Hollywood Blvd". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 14, 2012.
  14. ^ "The Red Fury (1984)". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2016. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2013.

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