Dunedin-born Alan Dale always had his sights set on brighter lights: first Auckland, then Sydney, then his current base of Los Angeles. He started out in amateur theatre, then in his late 20s took a DJ slot on Radio Hauraki and a role in soap Radio Waves. In Australia, Dale appeared on The Young Doctors, and did a decade on Neighbours. In Los Angeles, he has played authority figures and bad guys on everything from Lost to NCIS, including high profile roles on The OC and Ugly Betty. He has returned to Aotearoa for Plainclothes and Auckland Daze, and cameoed as the Australian Ambassador on Flight of the Conchords.
In this ScreenTalk, Dale talks about:
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Interview and Editing – Gemma Gracewood. Camera – Brett Stanley
I got to about 29 and I just simply couldn't stand it any more. I tried selling cars and selling real estate. I even had a milk run, and I thought I can't stand this, I remember saying to my then wife "that's it, I can’t stand it, I'm gonna be an actor".– Alan Dale on deciding to become a professional actor