Los Angeles, California
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His first important roles were as a member of Gene Autry`s recurring cast of players. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently appeared in Autry movies and The Gene Autry Show on TV. He also starred in television series, such as 1952-53`s Biff Baker U.S.A.. He later played the lead role in classic western series Casey Jones (TV series) (32 B&W episodes of 25 mins from 1957-1958) and The Good Guys (1968-70). In 1962, Hale also appeared on The Andy Griffith Show as Jeff Pruitt, a rough, back-woods bachelor who comes to Mayberry to find a bride. In the episode, he refers to Barney Fife more than once as "little buddy," a nickname he would later use in his most famous and beloved role, that of the Skipper on Gilligan`s Island, which ran from 1964 to 1967.
During his very long and successful career, he was noted for his fine supporting character roles in such movies as Up Periscope,The fifth Musketeer, The Lady Takes a Flyer, The Giant Spider Invasion, Hang `Em High with Clint Eastwood and The West Point Story.
Hale died on January 2, 1990 from respiratory failure due to cancer of the thymus. A resident of Hollywood, California in his final years, Hale was at St. Vincent`s Medical Center in Los Angeles at the time of his death.
The popularity of Gilligan`s Island typecast its actors, making it difficult for them to successfully pursue diversified acting opportunites. However, Hale often said he did not mind being so closely identified with the Skipper. He owned a restaurant in the Beverly Hills area ("Alan Hale`s Lobster House") and would often greet customers in his "Skipper" hat.
Hale was known for his great love of children. When he was dying of cancer, he learned there was a sick child in the same hospital who loved the show. He went to see the boy and said "The Skipper`s here, son, everything is going to be all right."
Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA
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Alan Hale MacKahan Jr.
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Alan Hale Sr. (Character Actor)
Gretchen Hartman (Silent Film Address)
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Alan Hale, Jr. (March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American film, stage, and television actor. The son of character actor Alan Hale, Sr., he is best known for his role as the "Skipper" on the sitcom Gilligan's Island, which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967. After its cancellation, the series would remain a popular staple in syndication. Hale reprised the role of the Skipper in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series. Over the course of his 55-year career, Hale appeared in more than 200 television and film roles.
Rufus Alan McKahan (Father) (Actor stage name Alan Hale), Gretchen Hartman (Mother) (Silent Film Actress)
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Alan Hale Jr. ...AKA Skipper...not to be Confused with His Dad Alan Hale..Whom He Greatly Resembles.
Biography by Hal Erickson
One look at Alan Hale Jr. and no one could ever assume he was adopted; Hale Jr. so closely resembled his father, veteran character actor Alan Hale Sr., that at times it appeared that the older fellow had returned to the land of the living. In films from 1933, Alan Jr. was originally cast in beefy, athletic good-guy roles (at 6'3", he could hardly play hen-pecked husbands). After the death of his father in 1950, Alan dropped the "Junior" from his professional name. He starred in a brace of TV action series, Biff Baker USA (1953) and Casey Jones (1957), before his he-man image melted into comedy parts. From 1964 through 1967, Hale played The Skipper (aka Jonas Grumby) on the low-brow but high-rated Gilligan's Island. Though he worked steadily after Gilligan's cancellation, he found that the blustery, slow-burning Skipper had typed him to the extent that he lost more roles than he won. In his last two decades, Alan Hale supplemented his acting income as the owner of a successful West Hollywood restaurant, the Lobster Barrel.
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Alan Hale Jr. died on 2nd January, 1990. His last relationship was with Naomi Hale, they were married for 25 years.
During his life he was married to Naomi Hale from 1964 to 1990 and Bettina Hale from 1941 to 1963.
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