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Alan Hale Jr. Biography

Birth Place:
Los Angeles, California, United States

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 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