- 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 Gilligan's Island (1964-67), as well as three movie spin-offs and two Saturday-morning Gilligan cartoons.
- 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 Caught Wet.
- Was offered the role of the Skipper after Gilligan 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 Gilligan's Island; 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 Gilligan'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 Gilligan 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.
- Gretchen Hartman — Mother
- Karen Hale Wookey — Sister
- Naomi Ingram — Wife
- Alan Hale — Father
- Bettina Hale — Ex-wife
- Dorian Hale — Son
- Alan Brian Hale — Son
- Lana Hale — Daughter
- Chris Hale — Son
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- Birth Place: Los Angeles, CA
- Died: January 2, 1990
- Profession: Actor
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