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Actor, Cameo & Crew Profiles > Actor Profiles > Alan Dale

Alan Dale
Played: Jim Robinson
Appeared: 1985-1993

Alan Dale was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1947. Dale initially began his career as a rugby player before becoming a professional actor at the age of 27. To enhance his career opportunities Alan moved from New Zealand to Australia. In 1968 Alan married his then girlfriend Clair and they had two sons, however the marriage ended with divorce in 1979. In 1990 Dale married Tracey Pearson, with whom he went on to have two more sons.

In 1979, Alan landed the role of Dr John Forrest in The Young Doctors, a part he played until 1982. Alan then joined Neighbours in 1985, one of the show's original cast members, playing the iconic Jim Robinson until the character's untimely demise in 1993, when Jim suffered a fatal heart attack.

After leaving Neighbours, Alan struggled to find work in Australia and so in 2000 moved to the United States where his career was revitalised with prominent roles in many American series including The O.C., Ugly Betty, Lost, 24, NCIS, The West Wing, The Practice, The X-Files, Undercovers, Entourage, House of Lies and Once Upon a Time. Alan has also had minor roles in films such as Star Trek Nemesis, Hollywood Homicide, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, A Little Bit of Heaven, Priest, Donít be Afraid of the Dark and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, to name just a few.

In 2008, Alan took the lead role of King Arthur in the London West End production of Monty Pythonís Spamalot.

In 2007, Amazon announced that it had sold more media starring Alan Dale than any other ex-Neighbours cast member.

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