Birthday: May 6, 1947
Birth Place: Dunedin, South Island New Zealand
Children - Matthew, a film-maker, actor
and writer lives in Sydney, Australia. Simon, a radio announcer, hosts two
programs from Nottingham, England. Nicholas.
As Neighbours' Jim Robinson, played father to Stefan Dennis, who is only 11
years younger than Alan.
Is married to former Miss Australia Tracey Pearson since 1990
Was once the fastest runner in New Zealand.
Collects cars - the faster the better!
Alan was not the first Jim Robinson! Another actor, Robin Harrison,
originally played the part, but contract disputes opened the opportunity for
He left Australia, moving to Los Angeles USA to further his acting
career where he has appeared in many well known television series including
ER, JAG and The West Wing. In 2002, Dale played the undoubtedly evil
Toothpick Man in three episodes of The X-Files, including the series finale,
before playing the Vice President of the United States, Jim Prescott, for
several episodes of the second season of 24.
In 2003, Dale guest starred on the FOX summer TV series, The O.C. playing
Caleb Nichol, the wealthy tycoon and father of Kirsten and Hailey Cohen
(Kelly Rowan and Amanda Righetti) and grandfather of Seth (Adam Brody). Dale
returned for a few episodes and the producers soon realised that the
character had a lot of potential, particularly with his son-in-law Sandy
(Peter Gallagher), and through the show's villainess Julie (Melinda Clarke).
As the season progressed, Caleb went into business with Sandy and his
long-time friend Jimmy (Tate Donovan) while he wooed Julie, who was the same
age as his daughters. In the season finale, Caleb married Julie and they
moved in together with her daughter Marissa (Mischa Barton) but Caleb
revealed to Sandy that he was on the verge of bankruptcy. In the show's
second season - now airing - Alan Dale will become a regular cast member.
Alan has three grown-up sons and has been married to former Miss Australia,
Tracey Pearson, since 1990.
Alan Dale slams Neighbours
By Chris Lines in London
March 01, 2007
FORMER Neighbours favourite Alan Dale says he hates the makers of the TV
soap, saying he left feeling ripped off.
Dale, who played Jim Robinson in the glory years of the Ramsey Street soap
from 1985 to 1993, has since become a success in the US where he has
appeared in an array of high profile programs.
But despite that success, 59-year-old Dale remains bitter over how he feels
he was treated during his time on Neighbours. He says he snubbed the
progam's 20-year anniversary because he felt ripped off.
“I didn't like it there, they were not nice people,” Britain's Daily Mirror
quotes Dale as saying.
“They treated us badly, so I don't owe them anything.
“Like that 20-year thing - sounds wonderful, go back for the 20th
anniversary, why not?
“And they're making a TV show out of it and there'll be a documentary of
course, and they're making money out of that.
“They'll sell it all over the world, make millions, and still not a dollar
Dale has accused the producers of trying to keep quiet international sales
of the program for fear of having to pay the actors more.
“When we decided that we hated each other, the company and me, one of the
things the company did was to market everything they could out of us and pay
us nothing,” Dale said.
“We didn't discover that the show was a hit in England until it was on the
front page of the local paper.
“They didn't tell us because they didn't want us to know, because they might
have to pay us more.
“All along the way, I fought with them about the fact they were ripping us
“It was just awful, so I didn't go back for the 20th anniversary thing, and
I don't do any of the magazine articles or anything like that.”