Job Actor/Director
Years active 1899-1950
Known for Errol Flynn sidekick; father of Alan Hale Jr (The Skipper on Gilligan's Island)
Top Roles Little John, Porthos, Tex Bell, Sam Johnson, The Squire / Little John
Top GenresDrama, Romance, Adventure, Action, Comedy, Biographical
Top TopicsBook-Based, Swashbucklers, Romance (Drama)
Top Collaborators (Producer), (Director), (Producer),
Shares birthday with Jimmy Durante, Lon Chaney Jr., Judith Anderson  see more..

Alan Hale Sr. Overview:

Character actor, Alan Hale Sr., was born Rufus Alan MacKahan on Feb 10, 1892 in Washington, DC. Hale Sr. died at the age of 57 on Jan 22, 1950 in Hollywood, CA and was laid to rest in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Glendale) Cemetery in Glendale, CA.


Alan Hale studied opera, but was unable to make a career of it, so he pursued acting instead. He started out in silents and worked his way through sound becoming a popular and very busy character actor in the process.  He is probably best known for his role as Little John in both the 1922 (silent) and 1938 (sound) versions of Robin Hood -- and as Errol Flynn's sidekick in Dodge City (1939), The Sea Hawk (1940), and Santa Fe Trail (1940), as well as in the aforementioned 1938 Adventures of Robin Hood. He is also known for being the father of Alan Hale Jr who played 'The Skipper' on Gilligan's Island (and who looks remarkably like his father).

Over the course of his 38-year career (1912-1950), he appeared in over 245 films, playing support to an array of stars including Bette Davis, James Cagney, Barbara Stanwyck, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, and Douglas Fairbanks. One of his most memorable 'bit parts' was as Danker in It Happened One Night -- the man who gives a ride to Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, and much to the annoyance of the couple, starts merrily singing “Young people in LOVE are very seldom hungry!"

Hale was also an inventor -- and is credited with inventing, holding the patent to, and/or financing the creation of auto brakes, hand-held fire extinguishers, greaseless potato chips -- and the folding theater seat!

(Source: article by Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub).



He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

BlogHub Articles:

How Many Films did Errol Flynn and Alan Hale Star in Together?

By Annmarie Gatti on Feb 10, 2015 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Errol Flynn and his Trusty Sidekick Alan Hale Little John, Rusty, Tex… Yes, we all know that Alan Hale played sidekick to our hero Errol Flynn in ‘lots’ of films, but how movies did they really make together??? Errol Flynn and Alan Hale in Dodge City Errol Flynn and Alan Hale starr... Read full article

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Alan Hale Sr. Quotes:

Police Insp. Charles M. Mason: Say, listen, doctor. This is very important. I want another autopsy on Fissue. And be very careful this time. It's possible he was murdered by some obscure drug that you might have overlooked.
Coroner: I'm very sorry, Inspector. But I can't make another autopsy. Why not? Because the body was cremated yesterday.
Police Insp. Charles M. Mason: All right. Then don't do it.

Kovatch: Oh, I love my family, but I'd give my six kids to get rid of my wife.

Rusty Hart: You couldn't keep Wade here, Colonel. He's the most 'movin' on' man you ever saw. First off, he was in the English army over in India. Then he got mixed up in some kind of a hu-rah Revolution down in Cuba way. Then he started punchin' cattle in Texas, that is, of course, before he enlisted in the war. So, you see, he's either the greatest traveler ever lived, or else he is the biggest lier!

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Alan Hale Sr. Facts
Father of Alan Hale Jr., who became known as 'Alan Hale' after his father's death.

Played either a supporting role or a cameo in 13 of his friend and fellow actor Errol Flynn's films.

He holds the record for appearing as Little John in separate productions: he played the part in Robin Hood (1922), The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) and Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950), filmed just a year before he died.

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