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Gilligan's Island

Alan Hale, Jr.

Skipper Jonas Grumby

A genuine chip off the old block, Alan Hale, Jr. not only had a remarkable resemblance to his father, silent movie actor Alan Hale, Sr., but also followed closely in his footsteps by becoming an actor. He appeared on the big screen for the first time as a toddler, and continued acting his entire life.

Beginning in the '30s, Alan Hale, Jr. appeared in dozens of supporting roles on the silver screen, and added television work to his resume in the '50s. Hale was cast as the lead in the 1952-3 series Biff Baker, USA, an adventure show on which he starred as an importer who regularly got entangled in international espionage. Biff's global adventures only lasted one season, so Hale quickly switched gears and became the title character in the 1956 syndicated series, Casey Jones.

In 1964, Hale won the role of a lifetime, the Skipper on Gilligan's Island. Although he continued to act in feature films and guest star on TV shows, Alan Hale, Jr. became the Skipper, proudly wearing his captain's hat on screen and off. So proudly, in fact, that he was rarely seen without it. Hale was known as a warm and friendly person who always had time for his fans. He eventually opened a West Hollywood restaurant called Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel, where he often served as maitre d'. In the late '80s, Hale gave up the eatery and ran a travel agency.

On January 2, 1990, Hale passed away at the age of 71 from cancer of the thymus.

Character Bio

With a gruff exterior, Skipper Jonas Grumby is really a teddy bear at heart. The quite large and in charge captain of the Minnow is the bumbling leader and protector responsible for keeping the island safe from the elements, local savages and his inept first mate, Gilligan.

A local businessman, the Skipper ran a small charter business out of a port in Honolulu, Hawaii, giving day tours to vacationers until that fateful day. He met his anomalous first mate while serving in the navy. Gilligan became his "little buddy" for life when he apparently saved the Skipper from a charge that had broken loose on the deck of the destroyer where they were serving.

The Skipper does his best to take care of his stranded castaways while trying to teach Gilligan how to become a good leader -- and keep him from sabotaging every attempt to get off the island.

Gilligan's Island TV Schedule

Monday
June 1
10:48am
3 Million Dollars More Or Less
Mr. Howell bets Gilligan and, consequently, soon owes Gilligan $3 million.
TV-G
11:24am
Water, Water Everywhere
The castaways suddenly discover that there isn't a spare drop of water to drink!
TV-G
12:00pm
So Sorry, My Island Now
Gilligan thinks he sees a sea serpent approaching the island. Guest Star: Vito Scotti
TV-G
6:22pm
Smile, You're On Mars Camera
A rocket lands on the lsland and is believed by scientists to have landed on Mars.
TV-G
7:00pm
The Sweepstakes
Gilligan finds a winning South American lottery ticket worth $1 million, tax-free.
TV-G
7:36pm
Quick Before It Sinks
The Professor measures the ocean's high water mark, and concludes that the island is rapidly sinking.
TV-G
Tuesday
June 2
10:48am
Plant You Now, Dig You Later
Gilligan unearths a chest that the castaways think contains a pirate's treasure.
TV-G
11:24am
Little Island, Big Gun
Three fugitive mobsters land on Gilligans Island following a bank heist. Guest Stars: Larry Storch, K.L. Smith, Jack Sheldon, Louis Quinn
TV-G
12:00pm
X Marks The Spot
The U.S. Air Force zeroes in on the very same area inhabited by our seven intrepid castaways. Guest Stars: Russell Thorson and Harry Lauter
TV-G
6:22pm
Castaway Pictures Presents
Gilligan discovers the hull of an old ship near the island.
TV-G
7:00pm
Agonized Labor
Gilligan and the Skipper hear a radio broadcast detailing the collapse of the Howell financial empire.
TV-G
7:40pm
Nyet, Nyet -- Not Yet
Two Russian cosmonauts, Ivan and Igor, land on Gilligan's Island.
TV-G
Wednesday
June 3
10:48am
Gilligan Meets The Jungle Boy
Yet another inhabitant turns up on the supposedly uninhabited Gilligan's Island. Guest Star: Kurt Russell
TV-G
11:24am
St. Gilligan And The Dragon
The women of Gilligan's Island "walk off the reservation."
TV-G
12:00pm
Big Man On A Little Stick
The castaways have an unexpected visitor. Guest Star: Scott Miller
TV-G
6:22pm
The Chain Of Command
The Skipper, fearing something dreadful will happen to him, eyes a possible leader for his succession.
TV-G
7:00pm
Don't Bug The Mosquitoes
Gilligan's favorite American singing group The Mosquitoes lands on the island.
TV-G
7:30pm
Gilligan Gets Bugged
Gilligan is bitten by a large green and yellow bug.
TV-G