Alan Dale become a professional actor at the age of 27. He moved to Australia from New Zealand to play the role of Dr. John Forrest in The Young Doctors from 1979 to 1982 and then starred as Jim Robinson in the Australian soap opera Neighbours for eight years.

Dale relocated to the United States in 2000 and has appeared as a regular in series like The O.C., Ugly Betty, Lost, 24, NCIS, ER, The West Wing and The X-Files.