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|Birthplace||Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand|
|Date of Birth||May 6, 1947|
|Role on LOST||Charles Widmore|
|IMDB||Alan Dale on IMDB|
Alan Dale portrayed the role of "Charles Widmore" on LOST.
Marcus Alan Dale (Born May 6, 1947, in Dunedin, New Zealand) is an actor perhaps best known for playing the part of Jim Robinson in the Australian soap opera, Neighbours, now well-known for his role on The O.C. as Caleb Nichol. Before joining the cast of Neighbours he had enjoyed a three-and-a-half year stint playing the bad tempered Dr. John Forrest in another Australian soap opera, The Young Doctors
After playing Jim Robinson, the stalwart father-figure, for eight years (1985-1993), Dale left Neighbours and later left Australia, moving to Los Angeles, California to further his acting career. There he appeared in many well known television series including American Dreams, ER, JAG, The West Wing and NCIS. In 2002, Dale played the undoubtedly evil Toothpick Man in three episodes of The X-Files, including the series finale, before playing Vice President of the United States Jim Prescott for several episodes of the second season of 24, and appearing as Romulan Praetor Hiren in Star Trek: Nemesis.
In 2003, Dale guest starred on the FOX summer TV series, The O.C. playing Caleb Nichol, the wealthy tycoon and father of Kirsten Cohen and Hailey Nichol (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 eldest daughter. In the first 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, Alan Dale was a regular cast member until his character suffered a heart attack (as did his Neighbours character Jim Robinson) and died.
He recently resurfaced on the second season finale of Lost. He appeared as the rich father of Penny, Desmond's ex-fiance, in one of Desmond's flashbacks. It was revealed that Dale's character had intercepted all of Desmond's letters to Penny from prison in order to cut him out of her life, and he offered Desmond a large sum of money to stay away from her. Desmond in turn refused and entered into a race around the world sponsored by Dale's character. Desmond's boat would crash during the race in a storm on the island. Coincidentally, Desmond's boat is registered in Newport Beach, CA- the posh Ocean County township in which Dale's character on "The O.C." lived.
Alan has three grown-up sons and has been married to former Miss Australia, Tracey Pearson since 1990.
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