Alan Hale, Jr. (March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American film, stage, and television actor. The son of character actor Alan Hale, Sr., he is best known for his role as the "Skipper" on the sitcom Gilligan's Island, which aired on CBS from 1964 to 1967. After its cancellation, the series would remain a popular staple in syndication. Hale reprised the role of the Skipper in three Gilligan's Island television films and two spin-off cartoon series. Over the course of his 55-year career, Hale appeared in more than 200 television and film roles.