Paul Douglas (Doug) Hale, an actor who appeared in films including Michael Mann’s “Ali” as well on TV and onstage, died at his home in Woodland Hills, Calif., on April 25, following a brief illness. He was 73.
In addition to director Mann’s Muhammad Ali biopic, Hale appeared in films including 1975’s “The Brass Ring,” directed by Martin Beck; 1975’s “The Night They Robbed Big Bertha’s,” directed by Peter Kares; Claude Lelouche’s “Another Man Another Chance”; Tony Richardson’s 1982 film “The Border”; “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; and “The Cable Guy,” directed by Ben Stiller.
Hale appeared on a number of TV series, recurring on “Hart to Hart” and “Hotel” and guesting on “Kojak,” ”The Bionic Woman”, “Simon & Simon,” “Highway to Heaven,” “Max Headroom,” “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” “The Misfits of Science”, “Night Court,” “Suddenly Susan,” “Babylon 5,” “Seinfeld,” “Arliss,” “My Name Is Earl,” “The West Wing” and “Mad Men.”
The actor began onstage by studying at the Neighborhood Playhouse with Stanford Meisner, at the HB Studio with Herbert Berghoff and Uta Hagen, at the Pasadena Playhouse and with the theatrical department at the U. of Georgia. He performed in New York (on and Off Broadway) and elsewhere in plays including “Ballad of the Sad Café,” “Telemachus Clay”, “A View From the Bridge,” “King Lear”, “As You Like It,” “Richard II,” “Joe Egg,” “The Price,” “Private Lives,” “Night Must Fall,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Arsenic and Old Lace.”
Born in Athens, Ga., Hale began studying the cornet/trumpet when he was 5 and began his acting career at age 8 in a play at the U. of Georgia. After WWII, he played taps at funerals. At age 12 he began playing the trumpet professionally with the University of Georgia Dance Band. While in college, he spent two summers in Las Vegas playing the trumpet with the Glenn Miller Orchestra conducted by Ray McKinley.
Hale attended UC Berkley and finished his education at the U. of Georgia, receiving a BA in English in 1963 and post graduate degree in 1966 specializing in Medieval Literature and Linguistics. During his early teaching career, he was a professor of English at the U. of Georgia, followed by the U. of North Carolina Chapel Hill and finally Columbus College (Columbus State U.), where he was instrumental in setting up the graduate program in the English department. He retired from teaching to pursue a full-time acting career. In the fall of 1965 he joined the United States Air Force Reserves, and he was a cargo pilot during the Vietnam War. He was honorably discharged as a captain in March 1978.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Anne; a stepson; and a grandson.
Donations may be made to the Actors Fund (www.actorsfund.org/support-fund/tributes-memorials) or to the University of Georgia Cancer Center — Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).