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Alan Hale Sr.

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Alan Hale Sr February 10, 1892 – January 22, 1950 was an American movie actor and director, most widely remembered for his many supporting character roles, in particular as a frequent sidekick of Errol Flynn, as well as films supporting Lon Chaney, Wallace Beery, Douglas Fairbanks, James Cagney, Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Ronald Reagan, among dozens of others


  • 1 Career
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Partial filmography
  • 4 See also
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Hale was born Rufus Edward Mackahan1 in Washington, DC1 He studied to be an opera singer and also had success as an inventor Among his innovations were a sliding theater chair to allow spectators to slide back to admit newcomers rather than having to stand up,2 the hand fire extinguisher, and greaseless potato chips34

Alan Hale with Pauline Frederick in The Woman in the Case 1916

His first film role was in the 1911 silent movie The Cowboy and the Lady He played "Little John" in the 1922 film Robin Hood, with Douglas Fairbanks and Wallace Beery, reprised the role 16 years later in The Adventures of Robin Hood with Errol Flynn and Basil Rathbone, then played him yet again in Rogues of Sherwood Forest in 1950 with John Derek as Robin Hood's son, an unprecedented 28-year span of portrayals of the same character in theatrical films

Hale played Hugh O'Neill, Earl of Tyrone, in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1939, featuring in a pivotal confrontation with the Earl of Essex, portrayed by Flynn

His other films include the 1922 epic The Trap with Lon Chaney, 1928's Skyscraper; as well as Fog Over Frisco with Bette Davis; Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen with Baby LeRoy and William Frawley; The Little Minister with Katharine Hepburn; and It Happened One Night with Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert; all released in 1934; the 1937 film Stella Dallas with Barbara Stanwyck; High, Wide, and Handsome with Irene Dunne and Dorothy Lamour; The Fighting 69th with James Cagney and Pat O'Brien; They Drive By Night with George Raft and Humphrey Bogart; Manpower with Edward G Robinson, Marlene Dietrich, and George Raft; Virginia City with Errol Flynn, Randolph Scott, and Humphrey Bogart; and as the cantankerous Sgt McGee in the 1943 movie This Is the Army with Irving Berlin He also co-starred with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland in the successful western film Dodge City 1939 where he played the slightly dimwitted but likeable and comical Rusty Hart, sidekick to Flynn's character, Sheriff Wade Hatton

Hale directed eight movies during the 1920s and 1930s and acted in 235 theatrical films

Personal lifeedit

Gretchen Hartman

Hale's wife of over thirty years was Gretchen Hartman,1 1897–1979 a child actress and silent film player and mother of their three children

He was the father of actor Alan Hale Jr,1 best known as "the Skipper" on television's Gilligan's Island Father and son closely resembled one another, leading to occasional confusion after Hale Sr's death when Hale Jr dropped the Jr from his name In what may have been, in the second instance, stunt casting, Hale Sr and Hale Jr both played the same character, Porthos the musketeer, in movies forty years apart Alan Hale Sr played the character in 1939's Man in the Iron Mask, while Alan Hale Jr played him in 1979's The Fifth Musketeer

Alan Hale Sr died in Hollywood, California on January 22, 1950, following a liver ailment and viral infection He is interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California

Partial filmographyedit

  • The Cowboy and the Lady 1911
  • Jane Eyre 1914
  • Pudd'nhead Wilson 1916 as Tom Driscoll
  • The Purple Lady 1916 as Count Louis Petelier
  • The Woman in the Case 1916 as Julian Rolfe
  • The Beast 1916
  • Rolling Stones 1916 as Jerry Braden
  • The Scarlet Oath 1916 as John Huntington
  • The Love Thief 1916 as Captain Arthur Boyce
  • The Americano 1916
  • The Price She Paid 1917 as Stanley Baird
  • One Hour 1917 as GD Stanley
  • Life's Whirlpool 1917 as Dr Henry Grey
  • The Eternal Temptress 1917 as Count Rudolph Frizel
  • Moral Suicide 1918 as 'Lucky' Travers
  • The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse 1921 as Karl von Hartrott
  • The Barbarian 1921 as Mark Grant
  • A Voice in the Dark 1921 as Dr Hugh Sainsbury
  • A Wise Fool 1921 as George Masson
  • Over the Wire 1921 as James Twyford
  • The Fox 1921 as Rufus B Coulter
  • The Great Impersonation 1921 as Gustave Seaman
  • One Glorious Day 1922 as Ben Wadley
  • A Doll's House 1922 as Torvald Helmer
  • The Trap 1922 as Benson
  • The Dictator 1922 as Sabos
  • Robin Hood 1922 as Little John
  • Shirley of the Circus 1922 as Max
  • Quicksands 1923 as Ferrago
  • The Covered Wagon 1923 as Sam Woodhull
  • Hollywood 1923 as Himself cameo
  • Main Street 1923 as Miles Bjornstam
  • The Eleventh Hour 1923 as Prince Stefan de Bernie
  • Cameo Kirby 1923 as Colonel Moreau
  • Long Live the King 1923 as King Karl
  • Black Oxen 1923 as Prince Rohenhauer
  • The Cricket 1923
  • Code of the Wilderness 1924 as Willard Masten
  • Girls Men Forget 1924 as Jimmy Masson
  • One Night in Rome 1924 as Duke Mareno
  • For Another Woman 1924
  • Troubles of a Bride 1924 as Gordon Blake
  • Dick Turpin 1925 as Tom King
  • Flattery 1925 as Arthur Barrington
  • The Crimson Runner 1925 as Gregory
  • Ranger of the Big Pines 1925
  • Braveheart 1925 directed
  • Hearts and Fists 1926 as Preston Tolley
  • Vanity 1927 as 'Happy' Dan Morgan
  • Rubber Tires 1927 directed
  • The Wreck of the Hesperus 1927 as Singapore Jack
  • The Leopard Lady 1928 as Caesar
  • Skyscraper 1928 as Slim Strede
  • The Cop 1928 as Mather
  • Oh, Kay! 1928 as Jansen
  • Power 1928 as Hanson
  • Sal of Singapore 1928 as Captain Ericsson
  • The Spieler 1928 as Flash
  • The Leatherneck 1929 as Otto Schmidt
  • Sailor's Holiday 1929 as Adam Pike
  • The Sap 1929 as Jim Belden
  • Red Hot Rhythm 1929 as Walter
  • She Got What She Wanted 1930 as Dave
  • Aloha 1931 as Stevens
  • The Night Angel 1931 as Bezel
  • Susan Lenox Her Fall and Rise 1931 as Jeb Mondstrum
  • The Sin of Madelon Claudet 1931 as Hubert
  • The Sea Ghost 1931 as Capt Greg Winters
  • Union Depot 1932 as The Baron - aka Bushy Sloan
  • So Big! 1932 as Klass Poole
  • Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1932 as Mr Simpson
  • The Match King 1932 as Borglund
  • What Price Decency 1933 as Klaus van Leyden
  • The Eleventh Commandment 1933 as Max Stager
  • Destination Unknown 1933 as Lundstrom
  • Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen 1934 as Sam
  • The Lost Patrol 1934 as Cook
  • It Happened One Night 1934 as Danker
  • Picture Brides 1934 as Von Luden
  • Little Man, What Now 1934 as Holger Jachman
  • Fog Over Frisco 1934 as Chief O'Malley
  • Of Human Bondage 1934 as Emil Miller
  • The Scarlet Letter 1934 as Bartholomew Hockings
  • Imitation of Life 1934 as Martin the Furniture Man
  • Great Expectations 1934 as Joe Gargery
  • There's Always Tomorrow 1934 as Henry
  • Broadway Bill 1934 as Orchestra Leader uncredited
  • Babbitt 1934 as Charlie McKelvey
  • The Little Minister 1934 as Rob Dow
  • Grand Old Girl 1935 as Click Dade
  • The Good Fairy 1935 as Maurice Schlapkohl
  • The Crusades 1935 as Blondel
  • The Last Days of Pompeii 1935 as Burbix
  • Another Face 1935 as Charles L Kellar - Studio Head
  • Two in the Dark 1936 as Police Inspector Florio
  • A Message to Garcia 1936 as Dr Ivan Krug
  • The Country Beyond 1936 as Jim Alison
  • Parole! 1936 as John Borchard
  • Yellowstone 1936 as John Alexander Hardigan
  • Our Relations 1936 as Joe Grogan -Denker's waiter
  • God's Country and the Woman 1937 as Bjorn Skalka
  • Jump for Glory 1937, aka When Thief Meets Thief as Jim Diall 'Col Fane'
  • Thin Ice 1937 as Baron
  • The Prince and the Pauper 1937 as Captain of the Guard
  • High, Wide, and Handsome 1937 as Walt Brennan
  • Stella Dallas 1937 as Ed Munn
  • Music for Madame 1937 as Detective Flugelman
  • The Adventures of Marco Polo 1938 as Kaidu
  • Four Men and a Prayer 1938 as Mr Furnoy
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938 as John Little, aka Little John
  • Algiers 1938 as Grander
  • Valley of the Giants 1938 as 'Ox' Smith
  • The Sisters 1938 as Sam Johnson
  • Listen, Darling 1938 as JJ Slattery
  • Pacific Liner 1939 as Gallagher
  • Dodge City 1939 as Algernon 'Rusty' Hart
  • The Man in the Iron Mask 1939 as Porthos
  • Dust Be My Destiny 1939 as Mike Leonard
  • The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex 1939 as Earl of Tyrone
  • On Your Toes 1939 as Sergei Alexandrovitch
  • The Fighting 69th 1940 as Sgt 'Big Mike' Wynn
  • Green Hell 1940 as Doctor Loren
  • Three Cheers for the Irish 1940 as Gallagher
  • Virginia City 1940 as Olaf "Moose" Swenson
  • The Sea Hawk 1940 as Carl Pitt
  • They Drive by Night 1940 as Ed J Carlsen
  • Tugboat Annie Sails Again 1940 as Capt Bullwinkle
  • Santa Fe Trail 1940 as Tex Bell
  • The Strawberry Blonde 1941 as Old Man Grimes
  • The Great Mr Nobody 1941 as 'Skipper' Martin
  • Footsteps in the Dark 1941 as Inspector Mason
  • Thieves Fall Out 1941 as Rodney Barnes
  • Manpower 1941 as Jumbo Wells
  • The Smiling Ghost 1941 as Norton
  • Captains of the Clouds 1942 as 'Tiny' Murphy
  • Juke Girl 1942 as Yippee
  • Desperate Journey 1942 as Flight Sergeant Kirk Edwards
  • Gentleman Jim 1942 as Pat Corbett
  • Action in the North Atlantic 1943 as Alfred "Boats" O'Hara
  • This Is the Army 1943 as Sgt McGee
  • Thank Your Lucky Stars'' 1943 as Alan Hale
  • Destination Tokyo 1943 as 'Cookie' Wainwright
  • The Adventures of Mark Twain 1944 as Steve Gillis
  • Make Your Own Bed 1944 as Walter Whirtle
  • Janie 1944 as Prof Matthew Q Reardon
  • Hollywood Canteen 1944 as Himself cameo
  • Roughly Speaking 1945 as Lew Morton
  • Hotel Berlin 1945 as Herman Plottke
  • God Is My Co-Pilot 1945 as Big Mike Harrigan
  • Escape in the Desert 1945 as Dr Orville Tedder
  • Perilous Holiday 1946 as Dr Lilley
  • Night and Day 1946 as Leon Dowling
  • The Time, the Place and the Girl 1946 as John Braden
  • The Man I Love 1947 as Riley
  • That Way with Women 1947 as Herman Brinker
  • Pursued 1947 as Jake Dingle
  • Cheyenne 1947 as Fred Durkin
  • My Wild Irish Rose 1947 as John Donovan
  • My Girl Tisa 1948 as Dugan
  • Adventures of Don Juan 1948 as Leporello
  • Whiplash 1948 as Terrance O'Leary
  • South of St Louis 1949 as Jake Everts
  • The Younger Brothers 1949 as Sheriff Knudson
  • The House Across the Street 1949 as JB Grinnell
  • Always Leave Them Laughing 1949 as Sam Washburn
  • The Inspector General 1949 as Kovatch
  • Stars in My Crown 1950 as Jed Isbell
  • Colt 45 1950 as Sheriff Harris
  • Rogues of Sherwood Forest 1950 as Little John final film role

See alsoedit

Biography portal


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Alan Hale Jr MacKahan & Bettina Reed Doerr Marriage Certificate" Familysearchorg 
  2. ^ "Hobbies of the Hollywood Stars," Popular Mechanics, vol 63, No 3, p 372 Google Books
  3. ^ Juran, Robert A Old Familiar Faces, p 100
  4. ^ Variety, January 25, 1950

External linksedit

  • Alan Hale Sr on Internet Movie Database
  • Alan Hale Sr at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Alan Hale Sr at Find a Grave

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