Today is the 100th birthday of the late Alan Hale Jr., best known as Jonas Grumby, AKA The Skipper. Shame on you, though, if you think Hale is only about Gilligan's Island. He was also in Gilligan's Planet, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Rescue from Gilligan's Island...
In all seriousness, I loved ol' Skipper. Yes, I do lament the fact that, given he was born in 1921, his age on that show was dangerously close to my age now. More important is that he is one of the few who can rival Oliver Hardy in the "frustrated glances at the camera" department. In addition, we can't forget his Batty-nominated turn as a mysterious cab driver in a notable Growing Pains episode! He lost to Kelsey Grammer in our Season 6 awards, but many talented performers have fallen to Frasier.
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