Alan Hale Jr. (March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American film, stage, character and television actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of character actor Alan Hale Sr. Hale Jr.'s television career, which spanned four decades, was most noted for his co-starring role in 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 has 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 in the CBS television sitcom 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 in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series.

Early life

Alan Hale Jr. was born Alan Hale MacKahan 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.

During World War II, Hale Jr., enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. After the death of his father in 1950, Hale dropped the "Junior" from his name.


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 part was deleted out of the film's final release but he still received screen credit for the role. 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. 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 (as Miles Mackenzie in the 1960 episode "The $100,000 Policy"). He also had roles in The Gunfighter (1950), Silver Lode (1954), The Sea Chase (1955), The Three Outlaws (1956), The True Story of Jesse James (1957), and 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 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.

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 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 1947 Christmas movie "It Happened on 5th Avenue", as Porthos' son in the 1952 "Three Musketeers" sequel "At Swords Point" opposite 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 (1964) with Audie Murphy, Advance to the Rear (1964) starring Glenn Ford, and "hanging party" blacksmith Matt Stone in Hang 'Em High (1968) starring Clint Eastwood.

Gilligan's Island

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. According to Sherwood Schwartz, he often visited children in hospital dressed as the Skipper.

Hale reprised the role of the Skipper in three television films, Rescue from Gilligan's Island in 1978, The Castaways on Gilligan's Island in 1979, and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island in 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 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 neighbors too. After Hale's mother Gretchen died in 1979 the friendship between Hale and Wells grew closer.

Later years

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 (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.

Other ventures

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 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.

Personal life

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 ashes were sprinkled into the Pacific Ocean. 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 Blvd.

Stage career

1931Caught WetBrewster
1934–1935Small MiracleGeorge Nelson
1935Ceiling ZeroTay Lawson
1937Red HarvestPrivate Breen
1940The Scene of the CrimeBob Hanley
1952Hook n' LadderMr. Gilkens

Selected filmography

1933Wild Boys of the RoadOne of the BoysUncredited
1941I Wanted WingsCadetUncredited
1941Dive BomberPilot TraineeUncredited
1941All-American Co-EdTiny
1942To the Shores of TripoliTom Hall
1942Eagle SquadronOlsen
1942Rubber RacketeersRed
1943No Time for LoveUnion CheckerUncredited
1943Watch on the RhineBoyUncredited
1946Monsieur BeaucaireCourtierUncredited
1946Sweetheart of Sigma ChiMike Mitchell
1947It Happened on Fifth AvenueWhitey Temple
1947The Spirit of West PointOklahoma Cutter
1948HomecomingMilitary PolicemanUncredited
1948One Sunday AfternoonMarty
1949It Happens Every SpringSchmidt
1949Rim of the CanyonMatt Kimbrough
1950The GunfighterBrother
1950Kill the UmpireHarry SheaUncredited
1950The Underworld StoryShaeffer, Durham Warehouse Thug
1950The West Point StoryBull Gilbert
1951Home Town StorySlim Haskins
1951HoneychileJoe Boyd
1952The Big TreesTiny
1952Springfield RifleMizzell
1952At Sword's PointPorthos Jr.
1952Wait till the Sun Shines, NellieGeorge Oliphant
1953The Man Behind the GunCpl. Olaf Swenson
1953Captain John Smith and PocahontasFleming
1954Captain Kidd and the Slave GirlJay Simpson
1954Rogue CopJohnny Stark
1954DestryJack Larson
1954Young at HeartRobert Neary
1955The Sea ChaseWentz
1955A Man AloneActing Sheriff Jim Anderson
1956The Indian FighterWill Crabtree
1956The Killer Is LooseDenny
1957Battle HymnMess Sergeant
1957The True Story of Jesse JamesCole Younger
1957All Mine to GiveTom Cullen
1958The Lady Takes a FlyerFrank Henshaw
1959Up PeriscopeLt. Pat Malone
1960Thunder in CarolinaBuddy Schaeffer
1962The Iron MaidenPaul Fisher
1963The Crawling HandSheriff Townsend
1964Advance to the RearSgt. Beauregard Davis
1964Bullet for a BadmanLeachAlternative title: Renegade Posse
1968Hang 'Em HighMatt Stone, Cooper Hanging Party
1970There Was a Crooked Man...Tobaccy
1975The Giant Spider InvasionSheriff
1979The North Avenue IrregularsHarry, the Hat
1979Angels BrigadeMannyAlternative titles: Angels Revenge
Seven from Heaven
1979The Fifth MusketeerPorthos
1983Hambone and HillieMcVickers
1984The Red Fury Doc Kaminsky
1984Johnny DangerouslyDesk Sergeant
1987Terror NightJake NelsonAlternative title: Bloody Movie
1987Back to the BeachBartender's Buddy
1950–1952The Gene Autry ShowTiny – Sidekick9 episodes
1953Man Against CrimeLt. OlmsteadEpisode: "Hide and Seek"
1952–1954Biff Baker, U.S.A.Biff Baker26 episodes
1955The Public DefenderSparky AlbrightSegment: "The Hitchhiker"
1955Stage 7Herb 'Bad News' LoftusEpisode: "The Traveling Salesman"
1955Navy LogBeartracksEpisode: "The Pollywog of Yosu"
1956The Red Skelton ShowMuldoonEpisode: "Cookie Returns"
1956Screen Directors PlayhouseBowenEpisode: "A Ticket for Thaddeus"
1957The MillionaireBill "Buffalo" WalkerEpisode: "The Professor Amberson Adams Story"
1957The Alcoa HourRed ReganEpisode: "The Animal Kingdom"
1957CheyenneLes BridgemanEpisode: "Hired Gun"
1957–1958Casey JonesCasey Jones32 episodes
1958Northwest PassageSam BealEpisode: "The Red Coat"
1958Wanted: Dead or AliveDan PoeEpisode: "Passing of Shawnee Bill"
1958–1960The TexanSculley6 episodes
1959Bat MastersonBailey HarperEpisode: "A Personal Matter"
1959BonanzaSwede LundbergEpisode: "The Saga of Annie O'Toole"
1959The UntouchablesBig Bill PhillipsEpisode: "Tri-State Gang"
1960The AlaskansHap JohnsonEpisode: "Partners"
1960Shotgun SladeSheriff SloanEpisode: "Lost Gold"
1960MaverickCaptain Jim (US Marshal)Episode: "Arizona Black Maria"
1961The Jack Benny ProgramMcGuireEpisode: "Jack Goes to Gym"
1961Hawaiian EyeBig Mac McConnelEpisode: "Dragon Road"
1961Adventures in ParadiseCaptain Arthur Butcher2 episodes, "Captain Butcher" and "The Serpent in the Garden"
1961GunsmokeJake HigginsEpisode: "Minnie"
1961RawhideLucasEpisode: "The Woman Trap"
1961Perry MasonLon SnyderEpisode: "The Case of the Unwelcome Bride"
1962The Andy Griffith ShowJeff PruittEpisode: "The Farmer Takes a Wife"
1962Wagon TrainKirbyEpisode: "The Lonnie Fallon Story"
1962Follow the SunCharlieEpisode: "The Irresistible Miss Bullfinch"
1962MaverickBig Jim Watson (as Alan Hale)Episode: "The Troubled Heir"
196377 Sunset StripBaxterEpisode: "Tarnished Idol"
1963EmpireFletcherEpisode: "The Convention"
1963The Lucy ShowFire Academy instructorEpisode: " Lucy Puts Out a Fire at the Bank"
1963Perry MasonNelson BarcliftEpisode: "The Case of the Bouncing Boomerang"
1964The New Phil Silvers ShowCharlieEpisode: "Pay the Two Dollars"
1964My Favorite MartianOmar M. KeckEpisode: "The Disastro-Nauts"
1964–1967Gilligan's IslandJonas Grumby (The Skipper)98 episodes
1966GunsmokeBull BannockEpisode: "Champion of the World"
1967BatmanGilliganEpisode: "The Ogg and I"
1967HondoBen CobbEpisode: "Hondo and the Death Drive"
1968The Wild Wild WestNed BrownEpisode: "The Night of The Sabatini Death"
1968DaktariBig Joe WonderEpisode: "African Showdown"
1969Green AcresSheriffEpisode: "A Prize in Every Package"
1969The Flying NunUncle Reggie Overton Perkins2 episodes
1969The Good GuysBig Tom3 episodes
1970The Andersonville TrialThe Board of Military JudgesTelevision movie
1970Here's Lucy (TV series)Moose ManleyEpisode: "Lucy and Wally Cox"
1970IronsideLaurence DrescherEpisode: "The People Against Judge McIntire"
1971Alias Smith and JonesAndrew J. GreerEpisode: "The Girl in Boxcar #3"
1971The Doris Day ShowCharlie DinserEpisode: "Have I Got a Fellow for You!"
1971O'Hara, U.S. TreasuryEpisode: "Operation: Moonshine"
1973McMillan & WifePort CaptainEpisode: "The Fine Art of Staying Alive"
1974–1975The New Adventures of GilliganThe Skipper (Voice)24 episodes
1975The Wonderful World of DisneyCholly2 episodes
1978Rescue from Gilligan's IslandThe SkipperTelevision movie
1979The Castaways on Gilligan's IslandThe SkipperTelevision movie
1979ABC Weekend SpecialMayorEpisode: "The Revenge of Red Chief"
1979The Littlest HoboHarryEpisode: "Stand-in"
1979The Love BoatJack TigueEpisode: "The Harder They Fall"
1980Fantasy IslandJudge WinstonEpisode: "Rogues to Riches/Stark Terror"
1981The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's IslandThe SkipperTelevision movie
1982The Love BoatGus DolanEpisode: "Meet the Author"
1982–1983Gilligan's PlanetThe Skipper (Voice)13 episodes
1983Matt HoustonRawson Harmon IVEpisode: "The Yacht Club Murders"
1986Murder, She WroteFenton HarrisEpisode: "Trial by Error"
1986Magnum, P.I.Russell TateEpisode: "All Thieves on Deck"
1987Simon & SimonSilk McNabbEpisode: "For Old Crime's Sake"
1987ALFSkipper Jonas GrumbyEpisode: "Somewhere Over the Rerun"
1987Growing PainsThe CabbieEpisode: "This Is Your Life"
1988The Law & Harry McGrawEpisode: "Gilhooey's Is History"