Alan Hale

Alan Hale

  • Born on
    • February 10th, 1892
  • Died on
    • January 22nd, 1950
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Alan Hale Sr. (born Rufus Edward Mackahan; 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. Hale was born Rufus Edward Mackahan in Washington, D.C. 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 standing), the hand fire extinguisher, and greaseless potato chips. 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 co-starred with Errol Flynn in 13 movies. Hale directed eight movies during the 1920s and 1930s and acted in 235 theatrical films.

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Acting (58 Credits)

1950Stars in My Crown as Jed Isbell
1950Colt .45 as Sheriff Harris
1949The Inspector General as Kovatch
1948Adventures of Don Juan as Leporello
1947Pursued as Jake Dingle
1947Cheyenne as Fred Durkin
1946The Man I Love as Riley
1946Night and Day as Leon Dowling
1945God Is My Co-Pilot as Big Mike Harrigan
1945Roughly Speaking as Lew Morton
1945Hotel Berlin as Herman Plottke
1944The Adventures of Mark Twain as Steve Gillis
1943Destination Tokyo as 'Cookie' Wainwright
1943Action in the North Atlantic as Boats O'Hara
1943This Is the Army as Sergeant McGee
1942Captains of the Clouds as Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy (bush pilot)
1942Gentleman Jim as Pat Corbett
1942Desperate Journey as Kirk Edwards
1941Manpower as Jumbo Wells
1941Footsteps in the Dark as Police Insp. Charles M. Mason
1941The Strawberry Blonde as Old Man Grimes
1941The Smiling Ghost as Norton
1940Santa Fe Trail as Tex Bell
1940Virginia City as Olaf Swenson
1940The Sea Hawk as Carl Pitt
1940The Fighting 69th as Big Mike Wynn
1940They Drive by Night as Ed Carlsen
1939Dust Be My Destiny as Michael 'Mike' Leonard
1939The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex as The Prince of Tyrone
1939The Man in the Iron Mask as Porthos
1939Dodge City as Rusty Hart
1938Algiers as Grandpere
1938Listen, Darling as J.J. Slattery
1938The Adventures of Marco Polo as Kaidu
1938The Adventures of Robin Hood as Little John
1938Four Men and a Prayer as Furnoy
1938The Sisters as Sam Johnson
1937Stella Dallas as Ed Munn
1937The Prince and the Pauper as Captain of the Guard
1936Our Relations as Joe Grogan
1935The Last Days of Pompeii as Burbix
1935The Good Fairy as Maurice Schlapkohl
1935The Crusades as Blondel
1934The Little Minister as Rob Daw
1934It Happened One Night as Danker
1934Of Human Bondage as Emil Miller
1934The Lost Patrol as Cook
1934Imitation of Life as Martin the Furniture Man
1934Fog Over Frisco as Chief O'Malley
1934Broadway Bill as Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
1932Union Depot as The Baron, aka Bushy Sloan
1932So Big! as Klass Pool
1932The Match King as Borglund
1931Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) as Jeb Mondstrum
1931The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Hubert
1923The Covered Wagon as Sam Woodhull
1922Robin Hood as Little John
1921The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse as Karl von Hartrott

Himself (2 Credits)

1944Hollywood Canteen as Self
1943Thank Your Lucky Stars as Himself


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