Jonathan Hale

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For the American actor similarly named, see Jonathan Hole.
Jonathan Hale
Charlie Chan's Secret (1936) - Jonathan Hale.jpg
Jonathan Hale in Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)
Born Jonathan Hatley
(1891-03-21)March 21, 1891
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Died February 28, 1966(1966-02-28) (aged 74)
Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of death Suicide
Resting place Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California
Citizenship Canadian
Occupation Actor
Years active 1934-1965

Jonathan Hale (March 21, 1891 – February 28, 1966) was a Canadian-born film and television actor.

Life and career[edit]

Born Jonathan Hatley in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Hale was well known as Dagwood Bumstead's boss, Julius Caesar Dithers, in the Blondie film series in the 1940s. He is also notable for playing Inspector Farnack in various The Saint films by RKO Pictures.

In 1950 he made two appearances in The Cisco Kid as Barry Owens. He also appeared in two different episodes of Adventures of Superman: "The Evil Three", in which he played a murderous "Southern Colonel"-type character, and "Panic in the Sky", one of the most famous episodes, in which he played the lead astronomer at the Metropolis Observatory, actually a California observatory.

Among the relatively few television programs on which Hale appeared are the religion anthology series Crossroads, The Loretta Young Show, Brave Eagle, Schlitz Playhouse, The Joey Bishop Show, and Walt Disney Presents: "A Tribute to Joel Chandler Harris".[1]


Hale committed suicide on February 28, 1966.[2] He was found dead in the evening of Monday, February 28, 1966, in his room at the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital in Woodland Hills, California. Hale had taken his own life with a .38 caliber pistol, which was found near his body. He was 74. Hale was interred at Valhalla Memorial Park Cemetery in North Hollywood, California. Sadly, Hale's grave went unmarked for more than four decades, until a proper headstone was erected by donations from the 'Dearly Departed' fan-based group, in 2013.

Partial filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Jonathan Hale". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved February 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Veteran Actor Jonathan Hale Is Found Dead". The Day. March 1, 1966. 

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