Alan Hale, Jr.

Alan Hale, Jr. (March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as Skipper (Jonas Grumby) on the popular sitcom Gilligan's Island. Hale was the lookalike son of popular supporting film actor Alan Hale, Sr. Hale was born Alan Hale Mackahan in Los Angeles, California. His father was character actor, Alan Hale, Sr. (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. While his father was adapting to sound films, Hale, Jr., began his career while still a baby. During the Second World War, Hale, Jr. enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. After the death of his father in 1950, Alan stopped using "Junior". Hale's first important roles were as a member of Gene Autry's recurring cast of players. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently appeared in Autry movies and The Gene Autry Show on television. He starred in television series, such as the CBS Cold War espionage program from 1952–1953, Biff Baker, U.S.A.


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