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It seems that all the characters of Gilligan's Island
had websites devoted to them, except for the Skipper.
The Skipper was a very important
character on the show, and this website is
devoted to his memory.

These great actors have
left a lasting memory with us!
Thurston Howell III, Lovey, and the Skipper


Bob Denver passed
away September 2, 2005


Gilligan & Skipper at personal appearance

Biographical Information

Birthday: March 8, 1918
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California
Birth Name: Alan Hale McCahan
Date of death: January 2, 1990
Cause of death: Cancer of the thymus

The "Skipper" Jonas Grumby

The Skipper served in the Navy and fought in WWII in the South Pacific, earning
the rank of Captain. He led the navy band for 5 years aboard his ship, and was
the best poker player in all of the 7th fleet.

The Skipper met Gilligan in the navy, where Gilligan saved his life by pushing
him out of the way of a depth charge that had broken loose and was rolling down
the deck of their destroyer.

After retiring, the Skipper used his commission to buy the S.S. Minnow and began
offering 3 hour tours from Honolulu harbor. Gilligan was his first mate.

The Skipper has the hardiest appetite. He played the line on the high school
football team, and now weighs in at 220 pounds in his mid-forties. He says if
they ever get rescued, "I'll go straight to an Italian restaurant and have 8 or
10 pizzas, 6 dozen meatballs, and 2 miles of spaghetti, and then I'll have

He is also superstitious. The Skipper has witnessed a number of peculiar
happenings with some tribal natives. He's always worried about voodoo curses and
is constantly warning Gilligan to be on guard. Typically he then falls prey to
them himself.

The Skipper is the castaway's good-natured leader. He is brave and sure, and is
always looking out for them - particularly Gilligan. He continually encourages
the castaways to work together toward what he knows will be their eventual

Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel

"The first thing I'll do when I get back is sink my teeth into a nice juicy
Skipper - 1965

Alan Hale Jr. didn't just portray the 'Skipper' on Gilligan's Island, but was also a well known owner of a restaurant called "The Lobster Barrel." His famous restaurant, which was in business for about 15 years in the 70's and 80's, was Located on Hollywood's 'Restaurant Row.' Alan often greeted customers wearing his skipper's hat just like the one he wore in the show. He would stroll through the restaurant greeting patrons, signing autograph cards and even giving away several "Captain's Hats." Folks said time after time that Alan had always shown extreme good will which made their experience much more memorable.

The Lobster Barrel is now closed and was the home of a bar called "The Shark Bar Restaurant." Not too sure why it is no longer in business, but it's still standing and you can see it at 826 N. La Cienega Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.

Dave Cunnnigham wrote to us and said that his parents took him to eat there once when Alan Hale Jr. was there. They all had steak except for his Dad, he had the lobster. After dinner the Skipper was at the door greeting guests, and he thanked them for coming. Alan looked down at David, messed up his hair and said, "Thanks for coming little buddy!" David remembers it like it was yesterday.

Ron Breznay writes: My brother and I were living in L.A. at the time and our parents came out for a visit. We took them to the Lobster Barrel, but we didn't tell them that it was Alan Hale's place. I had heard that he usually makes an appearance, so I wanted them to be surprised when he walked in. However, we didn't see him. We might have been too early as our dinner reservations were for 6:00 (my parents don't like to eat late). While we were there, I heard one of the other patrons ask a waiter if Alan Hale was going to be there, and the waiter said that "he'll be by later."

It was a very nice dining experience and an elegant restaurant. There were plenty of waiters, who were in tuxedos or formal wear. They were very attentive too. When you drank out of your water glass, they were there immediately refilling it.

My father thought the waiters were a little too attentive. He said they kept an eye on us "like they were the Mafia." I didn't pick up on that, though, so maybe it was just his perception.

I had Lobster Newburg. It was delicious. I don't remember what the others had.

John Turner tells us that David Carradine (From Kung Fu) supposedly got drunk and rowdy while at the restaurant and had started to do some damage to the place using his martial arts. Alan Hale had to throw Mr. Carradine out and did so using a baseball bat, just in case.

Here are some of Alan Hale Jr.'s appearances:


The Blazing Sun
The Underworld Story
The Gunfighter
The West Point Story
Hometown Story
The Yellow Haired Kid
Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie
Springfield Rifle
Mr. Walkie Talkie
The Man Behind the Gun
Lady in the Iron Mask
The Big Trees
At Sword's Point
And Now Tomorrow
Arctic Flight
Captain John Smith and Pocahontas
Trail Blazers
Young at Heart
Rogue Cop
The Law vs. Billy the Kid
Captain Kidd and the Slave Girl
Silver Lode
The Iron Glove
A Man Alone
The Indian Fighter
The Sea Chase
Many Rivers to Cross
The Cruel Tower
Canyon River
The Killer Is Loose
The Three Outlaws
The True Story of Jesse James
All Mine to Give
Affair in Reno
Battle Hymn
The Lady Takes a Flye
Up Periscope
The Long Rope
The Iron Maiden
The Crawling Hand
Bullet for a Badman
Advance to the Rear
Hang 'em High
Tiger by the Tail
There Was a Crooked Man
The Giant Spider Invasion
Rescue from Gilligan's Island
The North Avenue Irregulars
The Great Monkey Rip-Off
The Fifth Musketeer
Angels' Brigade
The Red Fury
Hambone and Hillie
Johnny Dangerously
Terror Night
Back to the Beach
Kill the Umpire
Short Grass
Sierra Passage
When Willie Comes Marching Home
The Blazing Trail
It Happens Every Spring
Riders In the Sky
Rim of the Canyon
Swiss Tour
One Sunday Afternoon
It Happened on 5th Avenue
Sarge Goes to College
The Spirit of West Point
Monsieur Beaucaire
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
No Time for Love
Watch on the Rhine
Wake Island
Eagle Squadron
Rubber Racketeers
To the Shores of Tripoli
Top Sergeant
Victory Quiz
All American Co-Ed
I Wanted Wings
Dive Bomber
Wild Boys of the Road
Moochie of the Little League


Gilligan's Island
The Good Guys
The New Adventures of Gilligan
Rescue from Gilligan's Island
The Castaways on Gilligan's Island
The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island
Gilligan's Planet (voice)
Moochie of the Little League
Casey Jones
Biff Baker, U.S.A
The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca
The Casey Jones Show

TV Guest Appearances

Zane Grey Theater
Whispering Smith
The Andy Griffith Show
Wagon Train
The Wide Country
The Lucy Show
Perry Mason
The Wild, Wild West
Land of the Giants
Here's Lucy
Alias Smith and Jones
The Virginian
McMillan and Wife
The Littlest Hobo
The Love Boat
Simon & Simon
Growing Pains
Magnum P.I.
Murder, She Wrote
Shotgun Slade
Johnny Ringo
Wichita Town
The Alaskans
The Untouchables
Bat Masterson
Wanted: Dead or Alive
Annie Oakley
Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok
The Range Rider
The Good Guys
The Real McCoys


Here are the opening and closing
theme songs for Gilligan's Island

The Opening Theme Song:

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip,
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.


The mate was a mighty sailing man,
The skipper brave and sure.
5 passengers set sail that day
For a 3 hour tour, a 3 hour tour.


The weather started getting rough,
The tiny ship was tossed,
If not for the courage of the fearless crew
The Minnow would be lost, the Minnow would be lost.


The ship set ground on the shore of this uncharted desert isle
With Gilligan, The Skipper too,
The millionaire and his wife,
The movie star
The professor and Mary Ann,
Here on Gilligan's Isle.


The Closing Theme Song:


So this is the tale of the castaways,
They're here for a long, long time,
They'll have to make the best of things,
It's an uphill climb.


The first mate and the Skipper too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others comfortable,
In the tropic island nest.


No phone, no lights, no motor cars,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primitive as can be.


So join us here each week my friends,
You're sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castaways,
Here on “Gilligan's Isle.”



We have had numerous requests for the Skipper's hat.  Although this source does have
a similar hat, it is not EXACT.  However, if you are interested in ordering one
of these hat's, please click on this link


Click here for Gilligan's Island Gift Gallery

Click here for The Professor's Sunken Treasures

Click here for Mary Ann's Memorabilia


Let's not forget the other IMPORTANT castaways.
Please click on the banners below to be taken to their hut!

The "Skipper" Jonas Grumby and Lobster Barrel section
and images compliments of
The Gilligan's Island Fan Club

Special thanks to
Russell & Connie Johnson, and (the late) Bob & Dreama Denver
for their kindness!

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