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Rufus Edward Mackahan

Birthplace: Washington D.C., DC, USA
Death: Died in Los Angeles, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James E. Mackahan and Roxie C.
Husband of Gretchen Hartmann
Father of Alan Hale
Brother of Edna Lee Mackahan

Occupation: Liver ailment and viral infection
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About Alan Hale Sr.

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 frequent sidekick of Errol Flynn. His wife of over thirty years was Gretchen Hartman (1897–1979), a child actress and silent film player and mother of their three children. He was the father of actor Alan Hale, Jr., best known as "the Skipper" on television's Gilligan's Island.


Hale was born Rufus Edward Mackahan in Washington, D.C.. His first film role was in the 1899 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 sixteen 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.

His other films include the 1928 Skyscraper, as well as Fog Over Frisco, The Little Minister, and It Happened One Night, all released in 1934; the 1937 film Stella Dallas; High, Wide, and Handsome; The Fighting 69th; They Drive By Night; Manpower; and as the cantankerous Sgt. McGee in the 1943 movie This Is the Army.

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


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 filmography

The Cowboy and the Lady (1899) The Fox (1902) The Trap (1903) Robin Hood (1905) Hollywood (1919) cameo The Covered Wagon (1923) Cameo Kirby (1923) One Night in Rome (1924) Skyscraper (1928) Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) (1931) The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) Union Depot (1932) The Lost Patrol (1934) It Happened One Night (1934) Fog Over Frisco (1934) Of Human Bondage (1934) Imitation of Life (1934) Little Man, What Now? (1934) The Little Minister (1934) The Crusades (1935) The Last Days of Pompeii (1935) Two in the Dark (1936) A Message to Garcia (1936) Our Relations (1936) The Prince and the Pauper (1937) High, Wide, and Handsome (1937) Stella Dallas (1937) Thin Ice (1937) The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938) The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) Four Men and a Prayer (1938) Algiers (1938) Listen, Darling (1938) The Sisters (1938) Dodge City (1939) The Man in the Iron Mask (1939) Dust Be My Destiny (1939) The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939) On Your Toes (1939) Green Hell (1940) The Fighting 69th (1940) Virginia City (1940) The Sea Hawk (1940) They Drive by Night (1940) Tugboat Annie Sails Again (1940) Santa Fe Trail (1940) The Strawberry Blonde (1941) Footsteps in the Dark (1941) Manpower (1941) Captains of the Clouds (1942) Desperate Journey (1942) Gentleman Jim (1942) Action in the North Atlantic (1943) This Is the Army (1943) Destination Tokyo (1943) The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944) God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) Hotel Berlin (1945) Night and Day (1946) The Man I Love (1947) It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947) Pursued (1947) Adventures of Don Juan (1948) The Inspector General (1949) Stars in My Crown (1950) Colt .45 (1950) Rogues of Sherwood Forest (1950)

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Alan Hale Sr.'s Timeline

February 10, 1892
Washington D.C., DC, USA
March 8, 1921
Age 29
Los Angeles, CA, USA
January 22, 1950
Age 57
Los Angeles, CA, USA