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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 6 May 1947Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
Birth NameAlan Dale
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Alan Dale was born on May 6, 1947 in Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand. He is best known for his eight year role as Jim Robinson in the long running Australian soap opera Neighbours (1985), played Caleb in the hit Fox series The O.C. (2003), featured on Lost (2004) and has a long list of recurring roles. These include 24 (2001), NCIS (2003), The West Wing (1999), ER (1994) and The X-Files (1993). His film credits include The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011), Priest (2011), After the Sunset (2004), Hollywood Homicide (2003) and Star Trek: Nemesis (2002). Alan has extensive theater credits. He played the lead role of King Arthur in "Spamalot" on the West End, London. He has hosted his own radio shows and is a successful voice-over artist in both Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: usrhlp

Spouse (2)

Tracey Dale (8 April 1990 - present) (2 children)
Claire (1968 - 1979) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently plays directors, powerful executives or successful businessmen
Deep commanding voice

Trivia (7)

Children - Matthew Dale is an actor, musician and writer, dividing his time between Los Angeles, California and Melbourne, Australia where he is working in the theatre. Simon Dale is a radio announcer in the United Kingdom.
Is the only actor to have appeared in the fictional television Cabinets of both President Jed Bartlet (The West Wing (1999), played by Martin Sheen) and President David Palmer (24 (2001), played by Dennis Haysbert). On "The West Wing", he plays Mitch Bryce, the Secretary of Commerce. On "24", he played Jim Prescott, the Vice President, who voted to remove the President from office temporarily using the 25th Amendment, on "The West Wing", he agreed to the President's temporary resignation.
Former milkman.
Has two young sons with his second wife, Tracy Dale - Nick and Dan.
Son Simon Dale is a radio presenter for one of London's most popular stations "Kiss 100" (3-6pm).
All three of his best known characters (Jim Robinson of Neighbours (1985), Caleb Nichol in The O.C. (2003) and Bradford Meade in Ugly Betty (2006)) were written out of their respective series through fatal heart attacks.
Is one of only 26 actors to have speaking roles in both the Star Trek and Doctor Who franchises. He played Praetor Hiren in Star Trek: Nemesis (2002) and Dr. Aaron Copley in Torchwood: Reset (2008).

Personal Quotes (6)

I came to the United States to see what would happen in 2000 after working for 20 years in Australia and asked my agent to look out for the nasty roles because I'd become famous for playing the nicest man in Australia. So I wanted to play bad guys.
I did a production of Macbeth in the 1960s in which I had a swordfight in the final scene. But the blade fell off my sword just as I was stabbing the guy. I ended up having to hammer him to death.
My wife says I'm much happier when I'm not a regular on a TV show.
When I moved to Los Angeles, aged 54, I printed out Winston Churchill's phrase, 'Never, never, never give up', and stuck it on my fridge. I had no idea what was going to happen, but I knew I had to keep on going.
I was doing a late-night round as a milkman in 1978 when I heard a radio DJ announce that he was leaving. I marched straight to the radio station and told them I could do better. For some reason, they gave me a go.
When you're tied to one show, you are very much at the mercy of the writers, so you can suddenly get a script where you have a heart attack and die.

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