New Zealand born and raised, but better known for his work in Australia and the US, Alan Dale began his screen career with Kiwi soap Radio Waves. After eight years as patriarch Jim Robinson on Australia's Neighbours he was later cast in hit US show The OC and he established himself as the man to call for business magnates and authority figures: his CV includes 24, Ugly BettyLost, and Once Upon a Time.

I either play rulers of the world, or the guy who kills the ruler of the world. Alan Dale in The Times, 8 March 2008
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Dynasty (remake)

2017 - 2018, As: Joseph Anders - Television

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Secret City

2016, Prime Minister Martin Toohey - Television

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Entourage (movie)

2015, As: John Ellis - Television

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Dominion

2014 - 2015, As: General Edward Riesen - Television

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Auckland Daze

2012, As: Alan Dale - Web

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Priest

2011, As: Monsignor Chamberlain - Film

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The Killing (US version)

2011 – 2012, As: Senator Eaton

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Once Upon a Time

2011 -2017, As: King George Albert - Television

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Homeland

2017, As: President Morse - Television

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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

2010, As: Charles Jacoby - Film

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Hot in Cleveland

2012 – 2013, As: Emmet - Television

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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

2008, As: General Ross - Film

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Midnight Man

2008, As: Donald Hagan - Television

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Moving Wallpaper

2009, As: Alan Dale - Television

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Sea Patrol

2008, As: Ray Walsman - Television

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Flight of the Conchords

2009, As: Australian Ambassador - Television

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Torchwood

2008, As: Copley

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Ugly Betty

2006 – 2007, As: Bradford Meade

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Entourage

2008 – 2011, As: John Ellis

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Lost

2006 – 2009, As: Charles Widmore - Television

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NCIS

2003 - 2005, 2013, 2015, As: NCIS Director Tom Morrow - Television

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The OC

2003 – 2005, As: Caleb Nichol

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24

2003 – 2004, As: Vice President Jim Prescott - Television

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First Daughter

1999, As: Daly

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The Practice

2002, As: Judge Brenford

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State Coroner

1997 - 1998, As: Attorney General Dudley Mills - Television

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Plainclothes

1995, As: Sergeant Mitch Mitchell - Television

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ER

2000 – 2001, As: Al Patterson

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The X Files

2002, As: Toothpick Man - Television

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The Far Country

1988, As: Dave Marshall - Television

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Neighbours

1985 – 1993, As: Jim Robinson - Television

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Radio Waves

1978, As: Jack Delamore - Television

Radio Waves charted the “lives and loves” of a commercial Auckland radio station in the age of Bee Gees and flares. Grant Bridger (‘Win Savage’) and Andy Anderson played DJs with Alan Dale as station manager; it was Dale’s screen debut, before fame in Australia (Neighbours) and the US (24, Ugly Betty). Devised by Graeme Farmer, Waves was an effort by SPTV to best TV One’s flagship soap Close to Home. While producer Tom Finlayson’s first drama was short-lived, its metro Auckland context — peopled with upbeat urban strivers — signaled a changing NZ on screen. 

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Radio Waves - 16 May 1978

1978, As: Jack Delamore - Television

Radio Waves revolves around an Auckland commercial radio station. In this episode, drive-time DJ Win Savage (Grant Bridger) annoys an advertiser and doesn't seem to care. Andy Anderson is a hippy ‘jock’, Alan Dale plays urbane station manager Jack in his screen debut (before finding fame on Australia's Neighbours), and the many women on staff put up with their share of stick from all that male ego. Waves was short-lived — The Bee Gees and flares weren’t enough for viewers to shut the farm gate — but its urban strivers signaled a changing face for NZ on screen.

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The Young Doctors

1979 – 1983, As: John Forrest