Alan Dale

Alan Dale


5/6/1947, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand

Birth Name

Alan Hugh Dale


  • Season Two
  • Season Two
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Alan Dale was born in Dunedin, New Zealand, where, at the young age of 12, he started appearing in his parents' amateur theater group. After school, he moved to Auckland. He married at twenty-one to a woman named Claire, with whom he had two children. Soon afterwards, he…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alan was nominated, along with his Ugly Betty castmates for a SAG Award in the category of Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series in 2008.

    • Alan was a former milkman way before he became a successful actor. Also he is the only actor to have appeared in the fictional TV Cabinets of both President Jed Bartlet (The West Wing, played by Martin Sheen) and President David Palmer (24, played by Dennis Haysbert).

    • Alan was the third actor to be offered a regular role (behind Melinda Clarke and Rachel Bilson) on The OC, after previously having a recurring role playing Caleb Nichol.

    • In the video game Yakuza, Alan voices Masa.

    • He voiced Vice President Jim Prescott, in video game 24: The Game.

    • In the second season finale of Lost, Alan played the father of Desmond's girlfriend. Later in the episode, Desmond enters in a race-around-the-world Alan's character was sponsoring. Coincidentally, Desmond's boat is registered in Newport Beach, California, where Caleb Nichol, another of Dale's characters, lived.

    • Three of Alan's most recognized roles, Jim Robinson on Neighbours, Caleb Nichol on The OC and Bradford Meade on Ugly Betty exited the show after dying from a heart attack.

    • Alan still has his Australian accent, but uses an artificial American accent for some roles.

    • Alan is frequently cast as people in powerful position such as corporate directors, businessmen, moguls and executives.

    • Alan was nominated January 2007 for an Golden Globe along with some of his cast mates from Ugly Betty in the Comedy TV series category.

    • Alan is a voice-over artist in the US, UK and Australia.

    • Alan has an ex-wife, Claire, with whom he had two children. Their marriage lasted from 1968-1979.

    • Alan hosted his own radio shows.

    • He collects cars. He prefers faster cars then anything.

    • He was once named fastest man in New Zealand.

    • His son, Matthew Dale is an actor, musician & writer, dividing his time between Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia where he is currently working in the theatre. Simon Dale is a radio announcer in the UK.

    • He is 6' 2" (1.88 m) tall.

  • Quotes

    • Alan: (on "Neighbours", the show that started his career) I didn't like it there, they were not nice people. They treated us badly, so I don't owe them anything. They sell it [the show] all over the world, make millions and still not a dollar for us [the actors]. It was just so awful, so I didn't go back for the 20th anniversary thing.

    • Alan Dale: (About his part in Lost) It's funny you should say that, because my publicist rang me about it just after she saw it, because I didn't tell anyone I was doing that. And she said she was very concerned, because how could I possibly do both [shows]? I don't know the answer to that. I was delighted to be asked to do it. I loved the character; it was only one scene, but it was a really nice scene, and I agree with you. And Ian [Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Desmond], the guy I was working with, is a lovely guy, and I was thinking, it could well be… I might be able to do both. It's not usual, but…

    • Alan Dale: (About his interaction with Betty on Ugly Betty) I think they're probably going to spend more time with the intrigue of what happens at the [magazine] and all that sort of stuff, probably. I won't have much to do with her. I mean little bits; I'll have a scene here and there. The episode we're shooting now, I'm with her. But mostly, it's just like I don't even really know that she exists in a way

    • Alan Dale: (On Marissa's Death) I don't understand what they're planning on doing with that. I have to say, they must feel really confident with the other characters to carry it, because it's that doe-eyed gentleness that she gives off that I think was very valuable to the show and I don't know what they think they're doing. But I guess they know their own business. I'm just an actor; I don't know.

    • Alan Dale: (About his happiness with doing his last scene with Melina Clarke in a bikini) Oh Lord, was I! I couldn't actually… She took my breath away. She just looked great. She worked out to do that too. She knew; I think she must have known before I did, because she started to work out quite hard, and all that sort of stuff. And there she was. When she came out in that bikini, my god! It was fabulous, yes. Beautiful.

    • Alan Dale: (About his death on The OC) Well, I was pretty disappointed. I think anyone who says they're not, when they're ripped out of a show, is lying, unless they've got some great thing to go to. And at the time, it was really pumping, and it was so exciting to be part of a show that was so different and clever. But I don't know that it's stayed that way, and I don't know what's happened. The ratings seem to have fallen off and it's not as popular as it was, so now, I mean I'm really thrilled that they did that, because here I am, with a brand new show that looks like it's gonna go for awhile.

  • Great!

    The biggest reason why The O.C. is such a success is because it is one of those rare shows where its supporting cast is just as strong as its main cast. The main characters are amazing enough, but The O.C. wouldn't be The O.C. if it weren't for guys like Caleb Nichol played by Alan Dale. Overly serious, will get whatever he wants because he has all the money he desires, liar, deceitful, etc. To have to burden all of these sins in just one character, Alan Dale pulls it off as well as anyone else. Not familiar with his other roles outside of Caleb Nichol, but he's just fantastic in The O.C.moreless
  • In the O.C. a very underated actor

    In the middle of all the teenage angst, good looking adults and teenagers good acting i feel is overlooked. He conveys scheming amongst other traits very believibly. He also conveys change and emotion in the middle of the second serious which is a side previously we presummed Caleb didn\'t posess. He is not a main character in the characters the show follows but is a very major character if that makes sense. All lives he is invloved in means that the show wouldn\'t be the same without him.moreless