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Alan Hale Jr. | Biography

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  • Full Name Alan Hale Jr.
  • Occupation Actor, Restaurateur
  • Nationality American
  • Birthplace Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Birth Date March 08, 1921
  • Place Of Death Los Angeles
  • Death Date January 02, 1990
  • Age At Death 68
Cast of TV Series 'Gilligan's Island'

Alan Hale Jr. | Biography

Hale Jr. has featured in almost 200 films and television shows

In the late 1980s, Hale was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but he continued to act in films and television shows. Unfortunately, He died on 2 January 1990 at 68 in Los Angeles. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean after he was cremated.


Alan Hale Jr. was an actor best known for co-starring in the series Gilligan's Island (1960).

Who is Alan Hale Jr.?

Alan Hale Jr. was a popular American actor and restaurateur, born on 8 March 1921 in Los Angeles, CA. Hale Jr was also recognized as the son of Alan Hale Sr., a renowned theatrical cinema character actor. He removed the "Junior" from his name after his father passed away in 1950.

Hale Jr. made his Broadway debut in Caught Wet in 1931. Followed by it, his on-screen career spanned four decades. However, his co-starring role as Captain Jonas Grumby (The Skipper) on the 1960s sitcom Gilligan's Island highlighted his acting career. 

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Since 1941, Hale Jr. has featured in almost 200 films and television shows. He also made guest appearances on several discussions and entertainment shows.

Besides, Hale Jr. also owned and ran multiple businesses in Los Angeles. One of the most significant was the Lobster Barrel, a seafood restaurant he frequently served dressed as Skipper. 

In the late 1980s, Hale was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, but he continued to act in films and television shows. Unfortunately, He died on 2 January 1990 at 68 in Los Angeles. His ashes were scattered in the Pacific Ocean after he was cremated.

Movies and TV Shows

Hale Jr. made his film debut in Wild Boys of the Road in 1941. Subsequently, in the 1940s, he appeared in movies including Dive Bomber (1941), Eagle Squadron (1942), and To the Shores of Tripoli (1942), No Time for Love (1943), Sweetheart of Sigma Chi (1946), Homecoming (1947), and It Happens Every Spring (1949). 

He also made appearances in Gene Autry films in the late 1940s and early 1950s. In addition, Hale Jr. had a recurring role on The Gene Autry Show from 1950 to 1952, where he usually played Gene's right-hand man. 

Following his father's death in 1950, he began filling roles of his father by playing in films like Alexandre Dumas' Musketeer Porthos in At Sword's Point (1952) and Lady in the Iron Mask (1952), The Big Trees (1952), Gary Cooper in Springfield Rifle (1953), and Robert Taylor in Rogue Cop (1954). 

Later in his career, Hale Jr. featured in movies like Advance to the Rear (1964), There Was a Crooked Man…(1970), and The Fifth Musketeer (1979).

Hale Jr. has also appeared in dozens of TV shows, apart from his film career. He played the railroad engineer in Casey Jones (CBS, 1958) from 1957 to 1958 and Biff Baker, U.S.A. (1952 to 1954) before moving on to various roles in the Desilu-produced Western The Texan (CBS, 1958-1960). From comedies like The Andy Griffith Show (CBS, 1960-68) to dramas and action series like Adventures in Paradise ABC, 1959-1962) and Route 66 (CBS, 1960-64), Hale Jr. appeared in different genres. 

In addition to that, Hale Jr. also appeared in other notable television shows like Bonanza, Rawhide, Mister Ed, Assignment: Underwater, The Real McCoys, Hawaiian Eye, Adventures in Paradise, The Andy Griffith Show, Route 66, Hazel, and Tales of Wells Fargo throughout the early 1960s. In 1964, Hale Jr. landed the co-starring role of Skipper on the CBS sitcom Gilligan's Island. From 1964 to 1967, the show aired 98 episodes.

Hale Jr. played the Skipper again in three television movies: Rescue from Gilligan's Island (1978), The Castaways on Gilligan's Island (1979), and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island (1981).

alan hale jr with randy stuart
Alan Hale Jr. with Biff Baker co-star Randy Stuart for publicity photo of the series (Photo: Facebook)

Wife

Hale Jr. was married twice, the first time to Bettina Doerr Hale on 12 March 1943 in Hollywood. He had four children with Doerr: Alan Brian, Chris, Lana, and Dorian. Later, the couple divorced in 1963 after two decades.

Hale Jr. married for the second time to Naomi Ingram, a former singer, in 1964 and was married to her until his death.

Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Hale Jr. had a net worth of $6 million at the time of his death. His primary source of earnings was through his career as a theater, film, and television actor.

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