Alan Hale Jr. (born Alan Hale MacKahan, March 8, 1921 – January 2, 1990) was an American film, stage, character and television actor and restaurateur. Hale Jr. was the son of character actor Alan Hale Sr. Hale Jr.'s television career, which spanned four decades, was most noted for his co-starring role in the 1960s series Gilligan's Island. He also appeared on several talk and variety shows. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, he frequently appeared in Gene Autry films and also had a recurring role from 1950 to 1952 on The Gene Autry Show. In 1952, Hale landed the starring role in CBS's Biff Baker, U.S.A., but the series was canceled in 1954. Hale continued his career with guest spots on The Range Rider (five times), Annie Oakley, Fireside Theater, Frontier, Matinee Theater, Fury, Northwest Passage, and The Man from Blackhawk. He also had roles in The Gunfighter (1950), Silver Lode (1954), The Sea Chase (1955), The Three Outlaws (1956), The True Story of Jesse James (1957), and Up Periscope (1959). In 1957, Hale landed another starring role in the syndicated television series Casey Jones, which aired thirty-two episodes before it was canceled in 1958.