Alan Hale Jr.

Biography

Born March 8, 1921 in Los Angeles, California, USA Died January 2, 1990 in Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer of the thymus) Birth Name Alan Hale Mackahan Jr. Nickname The Skipper Height 6' 2" (1.88 m) The son of the great character actor (and Errol Flynn sidekick) Alan Hale, Alan Hale Jr. (he dropped the Jr. after his father passed away) was literally born into the movies. Hale did his first movie as a baby and continued to act until his death. Unlike other child actors, Hale made a smooth transition in the movies and starred in several classics like Up Periscope (1959), The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958) and The West Point Story (1950), as well as many westerns. He did a lot of television guest appearances as well before getting his role as The Skipper on the cult comedy Gilligan's Island (1964). After the show went off the air, Hale continued to act and even teamed up with Gilligan co-star Bob Denver in the The Good Guys (1968), a CBS-TV comedy that lasted only two years. After that ended, Hale kept busy acting in guest shots and maintained his business interests which included a restaurant and travel agency. - IMDb Mini Biography By: Ken Severson Spouse (2) Naomi Hale (30 August 1964 - 2 January 1990) (his death) Bettina Reed Doerr (12 March 1943 - 1963) (divorced) (4 children) Trade Mark (4) Always wore his Captain's (Skipper) hat The catchphrase "Little Buddy" Gray hair and blue eyes Gruff resonant voice Trivia (95) Son of Alan Hale and Gretchen Hartman. Sometime after his father's death, 'Alan Hale Jr.' dropped the "Jr" and became professionally known as Alan Hale. Best remembered by the public for his co-starring role as Skipper Jonas Grumby on Gilligan's Island (1964). Unlike other cast members of Gilligan's Island (1964), he enjoyed the image that his role on the show gave him. This included usually wearing a skipper's cap at most times, donating his used ones for charity purposes. Ashes scattered at sea. According to Gilligan's Island (1964) creator Sherwood Schwartz, he was having trouble casting the right actor for the role of the Skipper. Several had auditioned (including Carroll O'Connor) but Schwartz could not find the right guy. While he was having dinner in a Hollywood restaurant, he noticed Alan Hale Jr. dressed in a Civil War uniform, having dinner. Schwartz liked what he saw in Hale and began planning on casting him for the Skipper. Served in the United States Coast Guard during World War II. Used to own and operate a popular restaurant "Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel" on La Cienega Blvd's "Restaurant Row" in Los Angeles. He would often greet guests dressed as "The Skipper". Used to own a travel agency after he closed his restaurant. Brother of Karen Hale Wookey Had played a character called "Gilligan" on an episode of the television series Batman (1966). He addressed Barney Fife as "Little Buddy" in January 1962 guest appearance as Jeff Pruitt on The Andy Griffith Show (1960) episode "The Farmer Takes a Wife". He used the same nickname for Gilligan two years later. While battling cancer, he lost a lot of weight. When a child inquired about his weight loss, Hale simply told him that he was going to be playing Gilligan in a new Gilligan's Island show. While playing Ned Brown in The Wild Wild West (1965) episode "The Night of the Sabatini Death", he told a cast member he was going to "relax on my own private desert island", which was followed by a snippet of the Gilligan's Island (1964) theme song. It was while filming Bullet for a Badman (1964) that he got his casting call for Gilligan's Island (1964). He had to ride out of Zions National Park in St. George, Utah, on horseback to the highway and hitchhike to Las Vegas to fly out to the interview. Acting mentor and friends with Dawn Wells. Had played the same character (Skipper Jonas Grumby) on four different series: Gilligan's Island (1964), The New Adventures of Gilligan (1974), Gilligan's Planet (1982) and ALF (1986). Had not minded being closely identified with his role on Gilligan's Island (1964). He frequently visited children in the hospital, who was also dressed as "The Skipper". Attended and graduated from Hollywood High School, in Hollywood, California in 1938. Never retired from acting. Knew Bettina Reed Doerr since childhood, who would become his wife, for 20 years, until his divorce in 1963. His father Alan Hale married Gretchen Hartman, in 1914, at the beginning of World War I. The couple had Alan Jr. seven years later. His father died 40 years, before he died himself. Created the catchphrase "Little Buddy" for Gilligan's Island (1964). He attended Blacke-Fox Military School in Los Angeles, California. Began his television series Gilligan's Island (1964) at age 43. Made his Broadway debut in "Caught Wet" and had appeared in seven plays. On Gilligan's Island (1964), he played the Captain of the ship, in real-life, he was the Captain of the Navy. Like his fellow classmate Mickey Rooney, Hale began his acting career as child actor. Worked with Harry Morgan, twice, in the movie To the Shores of Tripoli (1942) and on an episode of the short-lived series Blacke's Magic (1986). Through the course of his five decade career, Alan appeared in more than 200 television and film roles. Before he was a successful actor and a restaurant owner, he was a vacuum cleaner salesman. Survived by his sister, his wife, four children and three grandchildren. One of a handful of actors to work on two series at the same time (Casey Jones (1957) and The Texan (1958)). His hobbies are golfing, fishing, cooking, eating out, philanthropy, traveling, spending time with his family, storytelling, and of course, sailing. After his death, the day of his memorial service tabloid helicopters swarmed the area to take pictures. His family was not pleased. Had been battling thymus cancer for a year before his death. The United States Coast Guard offered to give him a funeral with full military honors but his second wife politely declined. The house where Hale Jr. grew up, was also directly in back of what is now Schwab's Drugstore, another now-very-famous Hollywood landmark. Was a heavy smoker. His parents, Alan Hale and Gretchen Hartman, were also actors. Was only 14 years older than Bob Denver, who played Gilligan. Was reunited with former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Bob Denver, for three episodes of The Good Guys (1968), where Hale played a truck driver. Met Raymond Burr on a movie A Man Alone (1955), and became friends for 35 years, until Hale Jr.'s death early in 1990. Was a member of "Hollywood Hackers", a showbiz group that plays anywhere fancy dictates, the same place where his father was a member of, years earlier. On an episode of Gilligan's Island (1964), his character said the ring belonged to his "pop" and was over 200 years old, which was exactly the ring he wore in real-life, which belonged to his father. Before he was a successful actor, he used to be a member of Gene Autry's group of actors, whom Hale worked with. He played supporting roles in over 70 films. His ex-wife, Bettina Reed Doerr, died on December 7, 2000, just 13 days before her 80th birthday. Lived not too far from where he grew up. Was very good friends with: Robert Fuller, James Drury, Denny Miller, James Arness, Harry Morgan, Bob Denver, Jim Backus, Natalie Schafer, Russell Johnson, Cameron Mitchell, Shirley Booth, Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, Sherwood Schwartz, Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ray Walston, Bill Bixby, Robert Conrad, Larry Manetti, Ricardo Montalban, Joanna Pettet, Lucille Ball, Loretta Young, Kirk Douglas, Clint Walker, Jack Kelly, June Lockhart, Hugh Reilly, Jock Mahoney, Gerald McRaney, William Schallert, Jim Davis, Mickey Rooney, Nanette Fabray, James Garner, Beverly Garland, James Arness, Ken Curtis, Alexis Smith, Joseph Wapner, Lorne Greene and Rory Calhoun. Referred to his second wife Naomi Hale as a "Trinket". He was a cowboy buff. Was not related to Barbara Hale. Began his career as a contract player for Monogram in 1946. Attended high school with Mickey Rooney, Nanette Fabray, Joseph Wapner, Alexis Smith and William Schallert. His father is from Washington, D.C., his mother is from Chicago, Illinois. His widow, Naomi Hale, died on April 5, 2008, who lived to be 85. His sister, Karen Hale Wookey, died on September 4, 1998, who lived to be 74. Had never worked with his father in any of the films. In the 1970s, he had suffered and survived a blood clot in his leg. At that time, the doctors ordered him to quit smoking and lose weight. Father of Alan Brian Hale, Chris Hale, Lana Hale and Dorian Hale. Grandfather of Samantha Hale. Acting ran in his family. Attended the funeral of Jim Davis, when the actor passed away in 1981. According to former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Bob Denver, he said that Hale broke his wrist and did not tell anyone on the set until the following year, because he did not want to shut down production. Her sister Karen Hale Wookey lived in a Spanish-style mansion behind the Grauman's Chinese Theater, until her passing in 1998. That house was originally his father's, and was actually the main family's house where everyone came together and connected as a family. His granddaughter, Samantha Hale, did not attend his father's funeral, because she was too young. One of his sons, Brian Alan Hale, died in 2005. Through one of Allen Funt's sons, his granddaughter Samantha Hale met his former ex-Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Dawn Wells, and they became friends. Was reunited with classmate William Schallert on an episode of The New Gidget (1986), where he reprised his role as "The Skipper". He and his father, Alan Hale, were both scheduled to do an RKO movie together called At Sword's Point (1952), but Alan's father suddenly died just before production began in 1950. Hale Jr. did the movie without his father. Hale Jr. contributed a family recipe ("Kansas Chicken and Dumplings") to former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Dawn Wells's 1993 cookbook, "Mary Ann's Gilligan's Island Cookbook". Hale, whose character was the inspiration behind such included concoctions as, "Skipper's Coconut Pie", "Skipper's Navy Bean Soup" and "Skipper's Goodbye Ribeye", can be seen depicted as Skipper Jonas Grumby, in numerous photographs throughout the book. Lived not too far from his former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Dawn Wells. He also played golf and went out to lunch with her. Alan Hale Jr. passed away on January 2, 1990, six months after his Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star Jim Backus's death. Alan Hale Jr. passed away on January 2, 1990, two months away from what would have been his 69th birthday on March 8. He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6653 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960. His former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Dawn Wells, was the only surviving cast member to attend his funeral. His former Gilligan's Island (1964) co-star, Dawn Wells, went to one of the restaurants with him, especially the one he owned. The film The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921) in which his father had appeared in it, already premiered in the movies, just 2 days before Hale Jr. was born. The catchphrase "Little Buddy," was taken from one of his real-life father's school friends. Of course, he was not the first choice for "The Skipper" on Gilligan's Island (1964). It was producer Sherwood Schwartz who saw him in the movie Bullet for a Badman (1964), that Hale was to audition for a co-starring role in Gilligan's Island (1964), and he couldn't arrange for a flight. He hitchhiked on the highway, auditioned and won the role. Began acting when he was only 12. He was never intimidated by his father, or his father's reputation, nor the fact that he resembles him. Was a Democrat. Much to his character on Gilligan's Island (1964), he even called his second wife, Naomi, "Little Buddy," in real-life. During an episode of Gilligan's Island (1964), Hale accidentally ripped his pants straight down the seat -- into the camera. Co-star Bob Denver wanted the shot to be used, but Hale insisted not, since he wasn't wearing the Skipper's trademark boxer shorts with the hearts on them. Prior to selling vacuums, he and his partner would descend on an unwary housewife, get a friendly-but-insistent foot in the door and take over. His family lived across the street from the Garden of Allah, then the home of the Hale Sr.'s friend, Nazimova, named after the exotic hostelry made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald and his old cronies. Childhood friend of William Schallert, Nanette Fabray, Alexis Smith, Joseph Wapner and Mickey Rooney. Had worn a fake mustache during the filming of At Sword's Point (1952). Was regarded as one of the busiest actors on television, who had continuing roles in at least 3 series, which, combined with his guest appearances, amounted to hundreds of episodes. Was a spokesperson for Chrysler Cars in the 1980s. He was known to be a social butterfly. During his final days of life in the hospital while very sick from cancer, he still took time to visit the children in the cancer ward. Personal Quotes (22) Of course, I never met a man who didn't like dad. [Who said if the cast of Gilligan's Island (1964) will ever get rescued]: I'll go straight to an Italian restaurant and have 8 or 10 pizzas, 6 dozen meatballs, and 2 miles of spaghetti, and then, I'll have dinner. [Who said of his long career]: I was making a movie in India and they called me "Skipper Sahib". I don't so much enter it, I put it on. [As to how he got into show business]: Well, I've got to say, it was certainly, yesteryear, my parents (of course) ... my mother was on the boards, before any of us. She drives the boards, a long time ago; this was way out of yesterday. Henry Dicksey and all, if you recall, the early Motion Picture, and certainly, early stage and all that sort of thing. She was doing 10 shows, one-night stands, as long ago as that. She was probably like the Shirley Temple of her day, her name was: Gretchen Hartman, and (of course), segued a few years, dad (Alan Hale Sr.) came into the business (of course), and a picture, out of yesterday. D.W. Griffith and all that. [Who said in 1988 about his best remembered role]: I must say, "The Skipper" has become my alter ego. I'm one in the same now. I've got to say, my Goodness sakes. [Who said in 1983]: I must say it has been a gratifying thing, and certainly, I'm in the West Coast now and I have a place that I call "Lobster Barrel", and I'm so delighted about it that again it's "The Skipper", every knock is a boost. And the more payroll read about the fact as to how bad it was, the more they liked it. [When asked about his success of selling vacuum cleaners]: It's like feeling out an audience. You gotta make 'em feel it's their machine from the moment you walk in. Reality is determined not by what scientists or anyone else says or believes, but by what the evidence reveals to us. [In 1985]: I'm just delighted to say people all over the world, whether I have my cap or not, 'Hello, Skipper, Hello Skipper,' it's like standing in-front of the fireplace, it's a lot of warmth. [About his character on Gilligan's Island (1964) and the relationship he shared with fellow cast member Bob Denver's character]: The Skipper lent himself to certainly being a nice fellow, a bumbling fellow, of course. He had a perfect foil in Gilligan, but dearly loved Gilligan. They were really good friends. Between the two of them, nothing ever seemed to dovetail. The only thing that did dovetail was their lasting friendship. They really were fond of each other. Our reception has been overwhelming. The Iranian people have been extremely warm. [Who revealed his injuries on the set of Gilligan's Island (1964)]: There was a branch that was supposed to kind of break a little and throw me in and so forth in song, well, it broke a little, but it broke at the wrong time. And so, I was 12 ft. up in the air and I fell down, fell out of the tree, backwards and of course, broke my right wrist, so to speak and if fractured my wrist ... I finished the season, then, I went to see the Churchill Downs; as it be the Kentucky Derby and I had this big cast on my arm and of course, my dear little lady had to wear a football helmet at night, because everytime it rolled over. So she was doing 'Gilligan,' all over again! [Addressing the creator of Gilligan's Island (1964)]: Thank you, Sherwood Schwartz, for our great fun in doing the show, and for giving me the best friend I ever had, the Skipper. [on his popularity while playing the forty-something "The Skipper" on Gilligan's Island (1964):] I don't think there was a message at all. I think it was just a misnomer, "deserted island." We were there; it wasn't deserted. And who deserted it? Nobody was there... The big thing about it was nonsense. Everybody has to have nonsense in their lives. I love the irony - I've spent over 400 hours of my life looking for comets, and haven't found anything, and now, suddenly, when I'm not looking for one, I get one dumped in my lap. [About the restaurant he once owned]: Through the years, it's been known as 'The Skipper's Restaurant,' so I've been 'The Skipper,' for these many years. All through the years, it [the series] has been my ticket to instant identification. It really pleases me. [In 1979]: I've never enjoyed a picture I didn't enjoy doing. I've worked on big budget and small budget films, and I've liked them all. [In 1952]: It's risky and difficulty to try and substitute for a legend, because any star who has passed on is glowingly remembered. If the studios want me for the same type of roles my father did, I'll give it a whirl. [In 1978]: Everywhere, we were asked the same question - 'When are you going to get off the island?' It's nice to pick up right where we left off. It's as though we worked last week and not 14 years ago. My father's real name was Rufus Edward MacKahan. He changed his changed to Alan Hale on the advice of numerologist.

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Birth Name

Alan Hale Mackahan Jr.

Birth Place

Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Date

3/8/1921

Death Date

1/2/1990
Known For
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Rescue From Gilligans Island

Skipper Jonas Grumby

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Home Town Story

Slim Haskins

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Up Periscope!

Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)

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El Asesino Anda Suelto

Denny (as Alan Hale)

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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas

Fleming

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Terror Night

Jake Nelson

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The Crawling Hand

Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)

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Beyond the Purple Hills

Marshal Riggs

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The Swingin' Maiden

Paul Fisher (as Alan Hale)

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Arctic Flight

John W. Wetherby

Starring In
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The Gilligan Manifesto

The Skipper (archive footage)

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Range Rider, Volume 5 is being ordered but customer is getting Rolling Home

Bank Robber Smith / ... (5 episodes, 1951)

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Surviving Gilligan's Island: The Incredibly True Story of the Longest Three Hour Tour in History

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Back to the Beach

Bartender's Buddy (as Alan Hale)

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Terror Night

Jake Nelson

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Johnny Dangerously

Desk Sergeant

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The Red Fury

Doc Kaminsky

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Angels' Brigade

Manny (as Alan Hale)

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The North Avenue Irregulars

Harry the Hat (as Alan Hale)

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Rescue From Gilligans Island

Skipper Jonas Grumby

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Fantasy Island: The Complete First Season

Al Bond / ... (3 episodes, 1978-1982)

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The Giant Spider Invasion

Sheriff (as Alan Hale)

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There Was a Crooked Man...

Tobaccy (as Alan Hale)

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The Andersonville Trial

Court-martial board member

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Tiger by the Tail

Billy Jack Whitehorn

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Hang 'Em High

Matt Stone, Cooper Hanging Party

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Bullet for a Badman

Leach (as Alan Hale)

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Advance to the Rear

Sgt. Beauregard Davis (as Alan Hale)

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The Crawling Hand

Sheriff Townsend (as Alan Hale)

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The Swingin' Maiden

Paul Fisher (as Alan Hale)

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Thunder in Carolina

Buddy Schaeffer

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Mission of Danger

Sam Beal (archive footage)

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Up Periscope!

Lt. Pat Malone (as Alan Hale)

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The Lady Takes a Flyer

Frank Henshaw

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Battle Hymn

Mess Sergeant

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The True Story of Jesse James

Cole Younger (as Alan Hale)

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All Mine to Give

Tom Cullen (as Alan Hale)

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Canyon River

George Lynch

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El Asesino Anda Suelto

Denny (as Alan Hale)

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The Cruel Tower

Rocky Milliken (as Alan Hale)

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Ein Mann allein

Jim Anderson (as Alan Hale)

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The Sea Chase

Wentz (as Alan Hale)

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Fury

(1 episode, 1956)

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Many Rivers to Cross

Luke Radford

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The Indian Fighter

Will Crabtree (as Alan Hale)

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Young at Heart

Robert Neary

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Destry

Jack Larson

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Rogue Cop

Johnny Stark

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Silver Lode

Kirk

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Born in Freedom: The Story of Colonel Drake

Crew Foreman

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Captain John Smith and Pocahontas

Fleming

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The Man Behind the Gun

Cpl. Olaf Swenson

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The Big Trees

Tiny

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Lady in the Iron Mask

Porthos

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Arctic Flight

John W. Wetherby

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Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie

George Oliphant

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At Sword's Point

Porthos Jr.

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Springfield Rifle

Mizzell

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Home Town Story

Slim Haskins

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The Gunfighter

First Brother (uncredited)

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The West Point Story

Bull Gilbert

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Short Grass

Chris Christofferson

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The Underworld Story

Shaeffer, Durham Warehouse Thug

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When Willie Comes Marching Home/Up the River

Laughing sergeant at dance (uncredited)

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Beyond the Purple Hills

Marshal Riggs

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Rim of the Canyon

Matt Kimbrough

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Two Knights from Brooklyn

Gym Man Alan (archive footage)

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It Happens Every Spring

Schmidt

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Homecoming

Military Policeman (uncredited)

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The Spirit of West Point

Oklahoma Cutter

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It Happened on 5th Avenue

Whitey Temple

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Monsieur Beaucaire / Where There's Life

Courtier (uncredited)

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Watch on the Rhine

Boy (uncredited)

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No Time for Love

Union Checker (uncredited)

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To the Shores of Tripoli

Tom Hall

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Rubber Racketeers

Red

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Wake Island

Sight setter (uncredited)

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All American Co-Ed

Tiny

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Dive Bomber

Pilot Trainee (uncredited)

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I Wanted Wings

Cadet (uncredited)

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Time Out for Rhythm

College Boy (uncredited)

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