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, The Squire / Little John, Burbix, Martin, the Furniture Man, Ed Carlsen
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:

The Mayor: [hearing that a stranger's been arrested who might be the Inspector General in disguise] You idiot. Did you search him? Question him?
Kovatch: Well... it was so near lunchtime.

Porthos: [Seeing nine soldiers matched against him and his three musketeer friends] Is the King being frugal? Only nine men?
First Officer: And ninety more outside!
Porthos: [With bravado] Flatterer!

Queen Elizabeth: And now, my loyal subjects, a grave duty confronts us all: To prepare our nation for a war that none of us wants, least of all your queen. We have tried by all means in our power to avert this war. We have no quarrel with the people of Spain or of any other country; but when the ruthless ambition of a man threatens to engulf the world, it becomes the solemn obligation of all free men to affirm that the earth belongs not to any one man, but to all men, and that freedom is the deed and title to the soil on which we exist. Firm in this faith, we shall now make ready to meet the great armada that Philip sends against us. To this end, I pledge you ships - ships worthy of our seamen - a mighty fleet, hewn out of the forests of England; a navy foremost in the world - not only in our time, but for generations to come.
Carl Pitt: [leading a cheer] To England, and the Queen!

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Alan Hale Sr. Facts
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.

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

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