Alan Hale

Place of birth:
Washington, District of Columbia, USA:
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.


The Adventures of Errol Flynn (2005)
as Various Roles (archive footage)
Hollywood Without Make-Up (1963)
Colt .45 (1950)
as Sheriff Harris
Rogues Of Sherwood Forest (1950)
as Little John
Stars in My Crown (1950)
as Jed Isbell
The Inspector General (1949)
as Kovatch
Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
as Sam Washburn
The House Across the Street (1949)
as J.B. Grennell
The Younger Brothers (1949)
as Sheriff Knudson
South of St. Louis (1949)
as Jake Evarts
Whiplash (1948)
as Terrance O'Leary
Adventures of Don Juan (1948)
as Leporello
My Girl Tisa (1948)
as Dugan
My Wild Irish Rose (1947)
as John Donovan
Cheyenne (1947)
as Fred Durkin
That Way With Women (1947)
as Herman Brinker
Pursued (1947)
as Jake Dingle
The Man I Love (1946)
as Riley
The Time, The Place and The Girl (1946)
as John Braden
Night and Day (1946)
as Leon Dowling
Perilous Holiday (1946)
as Dr. Lilley
Escape in the Desert (1945)
as Dr. Orville Tedder
God Is My Co-Pilot (1945)
as Big Mike Harrigan
Hotel Berlin (1945)
as Herman Plottke
Roughly Speaking (1945)
as Lew Morton
Hollywood Canteen (1944)
as Himself
Janie (1944)
as rof. Matthew Q. Reardon
Make Your Own Bed (1944)
as Walter Whirtle
The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
as Steve Gillis
Destination Tokyo (1943)
as 'Cookie' Wainwright
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
as Himself
This Is the Army (1943)
as Sergeant McGee
Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
as Boats O'Hara
Gentleman Jim (1942)
as Pat Corbett
Desperate Journey (1942)
as Kirk Edwards
Juke Girl (1942)
as Yippee 'Yip'
Captains of the Clouds (1942)
as Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy (bush pilot)
The Smiling Ghost (1941)
as Norton
Manpower (1941)
as Jumbo Wells
Thieves Fall Out (1941)
as Robert Barnes
Footsteps in the Dark (1941)
as Police Insp. Charles M. Mason
The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
as Old Man Grimes
The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)
as 'Skipper' Martin
Santa Fe Trail (1940)
as Tex Bell
Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940)
as Capt. Bullwinkle
The Sea Hawk (1940)
as Carl Pitt
They Drive by Night (1940)
as Ed Carlsen
Virginia City (1940)
as Olaf Swenson
Three Cheers for the Irish (1940)
as Gallagher
Alice in Movieland (1940)
as Carlo's Guest (uncredited)
The Fighting 69th (1940)
as Big Mike Wynn
Green Hell (1940)
as Dr. Emil 'Nils' Loren
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
as The Prince of Tyrone
On Your Toes (1939)
as Sergei Alexandrovitch
Dust Be My Destiny (1939)
as Michael 'Mike' Leonard
The Man in the Iron Mask (1939)
as Porthos
Dodge City (1939)
as Rusty Hart
Pacific Liner (1939)
as Gallagher
Listen, Darling (1938)
as J.J. Slattery
The Sisters (1938)
as Sam Johnson
Valley of the Giants (1938)
as 'Ox' Smith
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
as Little John
Four Men and a Prayer (1938)
as Furnoy
The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
as Kaidu
Algiers (1938)
as Grandpere
Music for Madame (1937)
as Detective Flugelman
Thin Ice (1937)
as Baron
Stella Dallas (1937)
as Ed Munn
High, Wide and Handsome (1937)
as Walt Brennan
The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
as Captain of the Guard
Breakdowns of 1937 (1937)
as Himself
God's Country and the Woman (1937)
as Bjorn Skalka
Jump for Glory (1937)
as Jim Diall 'Col. Fane'
Our Relations (1936)
as Joe Grogan
Yellowstone (1936)
as John Alexander Hardigan
Parole! (1936)
as John Borchard
The Country Beyond (1936)
as Jim Alison
A Message to Garcia (1936)
as Dr. Ivan Krug
Two in the Dark (1936)
as Inspector Florio
Another Face (1935)
as Charles L. Kellar
The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
as Burbix
Hollywood Extra Girl (1935)
as Crusades Actor
The Crusades (1935)
as Blondel
The Good Fairy (1935)
as Maurice Schlapkohl
Grand Old Girl (1935)
as Click Dade
The Little Minister (1934)
as Rob Daw
Babbitt (1934)
as Charlie McKelvey
Broadway Bill (1934)
as Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Imitation of Life (1934)
as Martin the Furniture Man
There's Always Tomorrow (1934)
as Henry
Great Expectations (1934)
as Joe Gargery
The Scarlet Letter (1934)
as Bartholomew Hockings
Of Human Bondage (1934)
as Emil Miller
Fog Over Frisco (1934)
as Chief O'Malley
Little Man, What Now? (1934)
as Holger Jachman
Picture Brides (1934)
as Von Luden
It Happened One Night (1934)
as Danker
The Lost Patrol (1934)
as Cook
Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen (1934)
as Sam
Destination Unknown (1933)
as Lundstrom
The Eleventh Commandment (1933)
as Max Stager
The Match King (1932)
as Borglund
So Big! (1932)
as Klass Pool
Union Depot (1932)
as The Baron, aka Bushy Sloan
The Sea Ghost (1931)
as Capt. Greg Winters
The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931)
as Hubert
Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931)
as Jeb Mondstrum
The Night Angel (1931)
as Biezel
Aloha (1931)
as Stevens
Red Hot Rhythm (1929)
as Walter
Sailor's Holiday (1929)
as Adam Pike
The Leatherneck (1929)
as Otto Schmidt
The Spieler (1928)
as Flash
Sal of Singapore (1928)
as Captain Erickson
Power (1928)
as Hanson
Oh Kay! (1928)
as Jansen
Skyscraper (1928)
as Slim Strede
The Leopard Lady (1928)
as Caesar
The Wreck of the Hesperus (1927)
as Singapore Jack
Vanity (1927)
as 'Happy' Dan Morgan
Dick Turpin (1925)
as Tom King
Black Oxen (1923)
as Prince Rohenhauer
Long Live the King (1923)
as King Karl
Cameo Kirby (1923)
as Colonel Moreau
The Eleventh Hour (1923)
as Prince Stefan de Bernie
The Covered Wagon (1923)
as Sam Woodhull
Robin Hood (1922)
as Little John
The Dictator (1922)
as Sabos
The Trap (1922)
as Benson
A Doll's House (1922)
as Torvald Helmer
The Barbarian (1921)
as Mark Grant
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
as Karl von Hartrott
Life's Whirlpool (1917)
as Dr. Henry Grey
The Americano (1916)
The Woman in Black (1914)
as Frank Mansfield
The Little Widow (1914)
Strongheart (1914)
as Ralph Thorne
Dick's Turning (1913) © 2021

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