I saw this yesterday on Outsider – ‘Gilligan’s Island’ Creator Realized Alan Hale Jr. was the ‘Skipper’ After Chance Encounter: https://outsider.com/news/entertainment/gilligans-island-creator-realized-alan-hale-jr-skipper-after-chance-encounter/. Slightly longer article, but here’s a good synopsis.
Written by John Jamison May 22, 2021
“Gilligan’s Island” creator Sherwood Schwartz had his work cut out for him when he set out to find a cast for the show. And while he knew it’d be difficult to do, Schwartz didn’t anticipate how much trouble he’d have finding someone to play the role of the Skipper. But just as he was giving up on getting the right person for the job, he had a lucky break.