Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr.
Alan Hale Jr. in 1959
Alan Hale MacKahan
March 8, 1921
|Died||January 2, 1990 (aged 68)|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Known for||Gilligan's Island|
Bettina Doerr Hale
(m. 1943; div. 1963)
Naomi Ingram (m. 1964)
|Parent(s)||Alan Hale Sr.|
Gretchen Hartman Hale
Alan Hale Jr. (born Alan Hale MacKahan, March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of major movie character actor Alan Hale Sr. 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 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, playing 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 achieved continuing success on the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island (1964–1967), playing the secondary lead role of the Skipper. Hale reprised the role of Skipper in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series.
Alan Hale MacKahan was born in Los Angeles, California, on March 8, 1921. His father was character actor Rufus Edward McKahan, who used the stage name of Alan Hale (1892–1950), and his mother was silent film actress Gretchen Hartman (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.
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. Although his role was deleted from that film's final release, he still received screen credit for his performance. 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.
By the early 1950s, Hale began to perform increasingly on the rapidly expanding medium of television. In 1952 he landed the starring role in CBS's Biff Baker, U.S.A., but 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, with Clint Walker in the title role. Later that year Hale landed another starring role in the syndicated television series Casey Jones, which aired thirty-two episodes before it was canceled 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, 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", 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), At Sword's Point (1952), Silver Lode (1954), The Sea Chase (1955), The Three Outlaws (1956), The True Story of Jesse James (1957), Up Periscope (1959), Thunder in Carolina (1960), The Long Rope (1961), Bullet for a Badman (1964), Advance to the Rear (1964), and Hang 'Em High (1968).
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 to be popular with 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 new roles often created financial hardship and resentment. However, Hale did not mind being so closely identified with the Skipper. 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. Hale also appeared as the Skipper in two unrelated sitcoms, The New Gidget in 1987 and ALF in 1989. He also promoted Gilligan's Island reruns on TBS, alongside Bob Denver. Denver and Hale also appeared as their characters at various promotional events.
Dawn Wells said in a 2014 interview on CRN.com with Larry and Nancy Manetti, when asked if Alan Hale Jr. was the consummate professional of the 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 ... 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." After the show's cancellation, and until Hale's death, Wells not only stayed in touch with him but they were also frequently neighbors. After Hale's mother Gretchen died in 1979 the friendship between Hale and Wells grew closer.
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, 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 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), 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 in Back to the Beach. Also in 1987, he reprised his role as the Skipper on The New Gidget with his childhood friend and classmate William Schallert and Bob Denver, and on an episode of ALF.
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.
Hale was married twice; his first marriage was on March 12, 1943  in Hollywood  to Bettina Doerr Hale  with whom he had four children: Alan Brian, Chris, Lana, and Dorian. The couple later divorced. In 1964, Hale married former singer Naomi Ingram, to whom he would remain married until his death.
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. His Gilligan's Island co-star Dawn Wells was in attendance, representing the surviving members of the cast.
|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|
|1933||Wild Boys of the Road||One of the Boys||Uncredited|
|1941||I Wanted Wings||Cadet||Uncredited|
|1941||Dive Bomber||Pilot Trainee||Uncredited|
|1942||To the Shores of Tripoli||Tom Hall|
|1943||No Time for Love||Union Checker||Uncredited|
|1943||Watch on the Rhine||Boy||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||One Sunday Afternoon||Marty|
|1949||It Happens Every Spring||Schmidt|
|1949||Rim of the Canyon||Matt Kimbrough|
|1950||The Blazing Sun||Ben Luber|
|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|
|1952||The Big Trees||Tiny|
|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||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||Tiger by the Tail||Billy Jack Whitehorn|
|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 ||Doc Kaminsky|
|1984||Johnny Dangerously||Desk Sergeant|
|1987||Terror Night||Jake Nelson||Alternative title: Bloody Movie|
|1987||Back to the Beach||Bartender's Buddy|
|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||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"|
|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 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 (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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