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Alan Hale

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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Feb 10, 1892 In Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Dick's Turning 1913-07-02
Latest Project:
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn 2005-04-05
Known For
Poster of Cheyenne
Poster of Make Your Own Bed
Poster of It Happened One Night
Poster of One Glorious Day
Movie The Adventures of Errol Flynn Various Roles (archive footage) 2005-04-05
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up Unknown 1963-07-01
Movie Stars in My Crown Jed Isbell 1950-05-11
Movie Rogues Of Sherwood Forest Little John 1950-06-21
Movie Colt .45 Sheriff Harris 1950-07-20
Movie The Younger Brothers Sheriff Knudson 1949-05-03
Movie The House Across the Street J.B. Grennell 1949-09-10
Movie South of St. Louis Jake Evarts 1949-03-06
Movie Always Leave Them Laughing Sam Washburn 1949-11-26
Movie The Inspector General Kovatch 1949-12-31
Movie My Girl Tisa Dugan 1948-02-07
Movie Adventures of Don Juan Leporello 1948-12-01
Movie Whiplash Terrance O'Leary 1948-12-24
Movie Pursued Jake Dingle 1947-03-02
Movie That Way With Women Herman Brinker 1947-03-29
Movie My Wild Irish Rose John Donovan 1947-12-24
Movie Cheyenne Fred Durkin 1947-06-06
Movie Perilous Holiday Dr. Lilley 1946-03-20
Movie Night and Day Leon Dowling 1946-07-02
Movie The Man I Love Riley 1946-12-26
Movie The Time, The Place and The Girl John Braden 1946-12-26
Movie Roughly Speaking Lew Morton 1945-01-31
Movie Hotel Berlin Herman Plottke 1945-03-02
Movie God Is My Co-Pilot Big Mike Harrigan 1945-04-07
Movie Escape in the Desert Dr. Orville Tedder 1945-07-12
Movie The Adventures of Mark Twain Steve Gillis 1944-05-03
Movie Make Your Own Bed Walter Whirtle 1944-06-10
Movie Janie rof. Matthew Q. Reardon 1944-09-02
Movie Hollywood Canteen Self 1944-12-15
Movie This Is the Army Sergeant McGee 1943-08-14
Movie Action in the North Atlantic Boats O'Hara 1943-06-12
Movie Thank Your Lucky Stars Himself 1943-09-25
Movie Destination Tokyo 'Cookie' Wainwright 1943-12-31
Movie Captains of the Clouds Francis Patrick 'Tiny' Murphy (bush pilot) 1942-02-12
Movie Juke Girl Yippee 'Yip' 1942-05-30
Movie Gentleman Jim Pat Corbett 1942-11-14
Movie Desperate Journey Kirk Edwards 1942-09-25
Movie The Great Mr. Nobody 'Skipper' Martin 1941-02-15
Movie Footsteps in the Dark Police Insp. Charles M. Mason 1941-03-08
Movie The Strawberry Blonde Old Man Grimes 1941-02-21
Movie Thieves Fall Out Robert Barnes 1941-05-03
Movie Manpower Jumbo Wells 1941-08-09
Movie The Smiling Ghost Norton 1941-09-06
Movie Three Cheers for the Irish Gallagher 1940-03-16
Movie Alice in Movieland Carlo's Guest (uncredited) 1940-03-03
Movie The Fighting 69th Big Mike Wynn 1940-01-27
Movie Virginia City Olaf Swenson 1940-03-23
Movie Green Hell Dr. Emil 'Nils' Loren 1940-01-26
Movie They Drive by Night Ed Carlsen 1940-07-26
Movie Santa Fe Trail Tex Bell 1940-12-20
Movie Tugboat Annie Sails Again Capt. Bullwinkle 1940-10-26
Movie The Sea Hawk Carl Pitt 1940-08-10
Movie Dodge City Rusty Hart 1939-04-08
Movie The Man in the Iron Mask Porthos 1939-07-13
Movie Pacific Liner Gallagher 1939-01-06
Movie Dust Be My Destiny Michael 'Mike' Leonard 1939-09-16
Movie The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex The Prince of Tyrone 1939-11-11
Movie On Your Toes Sergei Alexandrovitch 1939-10-14
Movie Four Men and a Prayer Furnoy 1938-04-29
Movie Algiers Grandpere 1938-01-16
Movie The Adventures of Marco Polo Kaidu 1938-04-07
Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood Little John 1938-05-13
Movie Valley of the Giants 'Ox' Smith 1938-09-17
Movie Listen, Darling J.J. Slattery 1938-10-21
Movie The Sisters Sam Johnson 1938-10-14
Movie Breakdowns of 1937 Himself 1937-01-23
Movie Jump for Glory Jim Diall 'Col. Fane' 1937-01-01
Movie God's Country and the Woman Bjorn Skalka 1937-01-16
Movie The Prince and the Pauper Captain of the Guard 1937-04-30
Movie High, Wide and Handsome Walt Brennan 1937-07-21
Movie Thin Ice Baron 1937-09-03
Movie Music for Madame Detective Flugelman 1937-10-08
Movie Stella Dallas Ed Munn 1937-08-06
Movie A Message to Garcia Dr. Ivan Krug 1936-04-10
Movie Two in the Dark Inspector Florio 1936-01-10
Movie The Country Beyond Jim Alison 1936-04-24
Movie Parole! John Borchard 1936-06-14
Movie Yellowstone John Alexander Hardigan 1936-09-01
Movie Our Relations Joe Grogan 1936-09-15
Movie The Good Fairy Maurice Schlapkohl 1935-02-18
Movie Grand Old Girl Click Dade 1935-01-15
Movie The Crusades Blondel 1935-08-21
Movie The Last Days of Pompeii Burbix 1935-10-18
Movie Hollywood Extra Girl Crusades Actor 1935-08-22
Movie Another Face Charles L. Kellar 1935-12-20
Movie Fog Over Frisco Chief O'Malley 1934-06-02
Movie Little Man, What Now? Holger Jachman 1934-05-01
Movie Picture Brides Von Luden 1934-04-23
Movie The Lost Patrol Cook 1934-02-16
Movie Of Human Bondage Emil Miller 1934-07-20
Movie Miss Fane's Baby Is Stolen Sam 1934-01-12
Movie It Happened One Night Danker 1934-02-22
Movie Broadway Bill Orchestra Leader (uncredited) 1934-11-30
Movie Babbitt Charlie McKelvey 1934-12-08
Movie The Scarlet Letter Bartholomew Hockings 1934-09-18
Movie The Little Minister Rob Daw 1934-12-28
Movie Imitation of Life Martin the Furniture Man 1934-11-23
Movie Great Expectations Joe Gargery 1934-10-22
Movie There's Always Tomorrow Henry 1934-11-01
Movie The Eleventh Commandment Max Stager 1933-03-25
Movie Destination Unknown Lundstrom 1933-04-01
Movie The Match King Borglund 1932-12-31
Movie Union Depot The Baron, aka Bushy Sloan 1932-01-14
Movie So Big! Klass Pool 1932-04-30
Movie Aloha Stevens 1931-04-26
Movie The Night Angel Biezel 1931-07-18
Movie The Sea Ghost Capt. Greg Winters 1931-11-28
Movie Susan Lenox (Her Fall and Rise) Jeb Mondstrum 1931-10-10
Movie The Sin of Madelon Claudet Hubert 1931-10-23
Movie The Leatherneck Otto Schmidt 1929-02-24
Movie Sailor's Holiday Adam Pike 1929-09-14
Movie Red Hot Rhythm Walter 1929-11-23
Movie Skyscraper Slim Strede 1928-04-08
Movie The Leopard Lady Caesar 1928-02-22
Movie Oh Kay! Jansen 1928-08-26
Movie Power Hanson 1928-09-23
Movie The Spieler Flash 1928-12-20
Movie Sal of Singapore Captain Erickson 1928-11-04
Movie Vanity 'Happy' Dan Morgan 1927-05-09
Movie The Wreck of the Hesperus Singapore Jack 1927-10-31
Movie Dick Turpin Tom King 1925-02-01
Movie The Eleventh Hour Prince Stefan de Bernie 1923-07-19
Movie The Covered Wagon Sam Woodhull 1923-03-15
Movie Cameo Kirby Colonel Moreau 1923-10-20
Movie Long Live the King King Karl 1923-11-26
Movie Black Oxen Prince Rohenhauer 1923-12-29
Movie One Glorious Day Ben Wadley 1922-01-29
Movie A Doll's House Torvald Helmer 1922-02-12
Movie The Dictator Sabos 1922-06-25
Movie The Trap Benson 1922-05-08
Movie Robin Hood Little John 1922-10-18
Movie The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Karl von Hartrott 1921-03-06
Movie The Barbarian Mark Grant 1921-04-29
Movie Life's Whirlpool Dr. Henry Grey 1917-11-08
Movie The Americano Unknown 1916-12-23
Movie East Lynne Sir Francis Levinson 1915-08-18
Movie Strongheart Ralph Thorne 1914-03-08
Movie The Woman in Black Frank Mansfield 1914-11-30
Movie The Little Widow Unknown 1914-07-24
Movie Dick's Turning Unknown 1913-07-02