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Encyclopedia > Alan Hale, Jr

Alan Hale Jr. (born Alan Hale McKahan Jr. March 8, 1918-January 2. American movie and television actor, famously known for his role as the Skipper on the cult sitcom Gilligan's Island, as well as for his many supporting roles in movies. He was the son of actor Alan Hale Sr.. After his father's death, he was credited in roles as simply "Alan Hale".

He was born in Los Angeles, California, after his father had already begun a career in silent movies in Hollywood. He peformed in his first movie as a baby, performing as child actor. In adulthood, he made a smooth transition to a full career and continued to act until his death.

In his adult career he was noted for his supporting character roles in such movies Up Periscope, The Lady Takes a Flyer, and The West Point Story. He also appeared in many westerns. He died in Los Angeles from respiratory failure due to cancer.

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