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  • BIRTH 09/02/1892
  • DEATH 22/01/1950
  • Country United States
  • MOVIES 46

Alan Hale

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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.

Alan Hale

Movies (46)

The Adventures of Robin Hood
The Adventures of Robin Hood
Little John
It Happened One Night
It Happened One Night
Danker
Of Human Bondage
Of Human Bondage
Emil Miller
Night and Day
Night and Day
Leon Dowling
Virginia City
Virginia City
Olaf Swenson
Destination Tokyo
Destination Tokyo
'Cookie' Wainwright
The Sea Hawk
The Sea Hawk
Carl Pitt
Pursued
Pursued
Jake Dingle
Action in the North Atlantic
Action in the North Atlantic
Boats O'Hara
Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas
Ed Munn
Adventures of Don Juan
Adventures of Don Juan
Leporello
Colt .45
Colt .45
Sheriff Harris
Imitation of Life
Imitation of Life
Martin the Furniture Man
Robin Hood
Robin Hood
Little John
Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe Trail
Tex Bell
The Good Fairy
The Good Fairy
Maurice Schlapkohl
Thin Ice
Thin Ice
Baron
The Prince and the Pauper
The Prince and the Pauper
Captain of the Guard
The Inspector General
The Inspector General
Kovatch
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Karl von Hartrott
They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
Ed Carlsen
The Sin of Madelon Claudet
The Sin of Madelon Claudet
Hubert
Parole!
Parole!
John Borchard
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
The Prince of Tyrone
The Strawberry Blonde
The Strawberry Blonde
Old Man Grimes
Fog Over Frisco
Fog Over Frisco
Chief O'Malley
Dodge City
Dodge City
Rusty Hart
The Americano
The Americano
Little Man, What Now?
Little Man, What Now?
Holgar Jachman
Gentleman Jim
Gentleman Jim
Pat Corbett
Hollywood Canteen
Hollywood Canteen
Self
This Is the Army
This Is the Army
Sergeant McGee
Manpower
Manpower
Jumbo Wells
Cheyenne
Cheyenne
Fred Durkin
Our Relations
Our Relations
Joe Grogan
The Last Days of Pompeii
The Last Days of Pompeii
Burbix
Skyscraper
Skyscraper
Slim Strede
Dust Be My Destiny
Dust Be My Destiny
Michael 'Mike' Leonard
Whiplash
Whiplash
Terrance O'Leary
The Great Mr. Nobody
The Great Mr. Nobody
'Skipper' Martin
The Leopard Lady
The Leopard Lady
Caesar
The Adventures of Marco Polo
The Adventures of Marco Polo
Kaidu
The Adventures of Mark Twain
The Adventures of Mark Twain
Steve Gillis
South of St. Louis
South of St. Louis
Jake Evarts
Cameo Kirby
Cameo Kirby
Colonel Moreau
The Lost Patrol
The Lost Patrol
Cook