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Alan Hale Jr.
Los Angeles, CA
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Alan Hale Jr. Fast Facts:
Prolific character actor who appeared in more than 65 films and a variety of TV shows; best known for playing Skipper Jonas Grumby on the popular sitcom
(1964-67), as well as three movie spin-offs and two Saturday-morning
Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II.
Bore a strong resemblance to his father, who was also a character actor.
Made his Broadway debut in 1931's
Was offered the role of the Skipper after
series producer Sherwood Schwartz spied him at a Hollywood restaurant. Schwartz had already auditioned several actors for the role but passed on all of them.
Broke his wrist once on the set of
; didn't tell anyone about it for a year because he didn't want to shut down production on the show.
Embraced his popularity as the Skipper after
's cancellation, often making appearances in character, while most of the other cast members resented the typecasting that resulted from the series.
Maintained a close off-screen friendship with
costar Bob Denver.
Co-owned Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel, a restaurant that was opened in the mid-1970s.
Owned and operated Alan Hale's Quality and Leisure Travel office.
While receiving treatment for cancer, would often surprise young patients in the hospital by visiting them in character and wearing his Skipper hat.
Died of cancer of the thymus; ashes were scattered at sea.
Alan Hale Jr. Relationships:
Gretchen Hartman - Mother
Alan Brian Hale - Son
Lana Hale - Daughter
Karen Hale Wookey - Sister
Dorian Hale - Son
Chris Hale - Son
Naomi Ingram - Wife
Alan Hale - Father
Bettina Hale - Ex-wife
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