The Skipper was portrayed by the actor Alan Hale Jr., and the real name of the character was Jonas Grumby. He served as the captain of the S. S. Minnow. He was over-weight, which led to numerous fat jokes from Gilligan.

Alan Hale Jr. was an American film, stage, character and television actor. He also owned a restaurant. Hale Jr. followed his father footsteps in his acting career, as his father Alan Hale Sr. was a well-known American actor, who created a lot of memorable supporting characters. Hale Jr. was a recognized television personality. His fruitful TV career, which spanned almost 40 years, was most noted for his co-starring role in the 1960's series Gilligan's Island. He also participated in several talk shows.

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