Was there an African American that auditioned for the role of Skipper in Gilligan's Island?

My Dad has a vivid memory of flipping through cabel TV channels a couple decades ago, and watching a Gilligan's Island scene with an African American man playing Skipper. (Instead of Alan Hale.) Does anyone have any information on this to share?

3 Answers

  • 1 month ago

    Your dad was probably watching the black and white episodes, before they changed the theme song and went to color. 

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  • Pete
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    1 month ago

    I've seen every single episode, including the pilot, and only Alan Hale played that role.

    The show originally aired in black and white.  Maybe he *thought* the skipper was black?  

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  • 1 month ago

    According to the IMDB no one played the skipper but Alan Hale. 

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