video Born on this date: Alan Hale Jr.

Alan Hale Jr.Alan Hale Jr. as The Skipper, who played the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island, was born March 8, 1921. He died in 1990.

The Skipper’s seldom-mentioned name was Jonas Grumby. Below see Hale as the Skipper as Polonius performing “Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be” in a musical production of Hamlet staged by the castaways. (That’s Mary Ann in boy drag as Laertes.)

Clip from Gilligan’s Island, “The Producer” (Oct. 3, 1966)

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