His career struggled against typecasting, but upon moving to the United States it was revitalized. Dale has since become a regular face on television and film, and is something of an institution on cult TV shows. Throw a rock at Science-Fiction/Fantasy television and you'll end up hitting Alan Dale.
- Chronically Killed Actor: It comes with playing so many villains. It's notable that three of his largest roles ended with his character having a heart attack.
- Fake Nationality: Some of Dale's best known roles involve him being a Fake Brit or Fake American.
- Typecasting: He's largely cast as villains, and even when he's cast as good guys he tends to play stern authority figures.
- 2002 Star Trek: Nemesis as Praetor Hiren
- 2008 Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull as General Ross
- 2011 Priest as Monsignor Chamberlain
- 2011 Don't be Afraid of the Dark as Jacoby
- 2011 The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo as Detective Isaksson
- 2014 Captain America: The Winter Soldier as Councilman Rockwell
- 19851993 Neighbours as Jim Robinson
- 20002001 ER as Al Patterson
- 2002 The X-Files as Toothpick Man
- 20022003 The West Wing as Secretary of Commerce Mitch Bryce
- 2003 JAG as NCIS Director Tom Morrow
- 20032004 24 as Vice President Jim Prescott
- 20032005 The O.C. as Caleb Nichol
- 20032013 NCIS as Director Tom Morrow
- 20062010 Lost as Charles Widmore
- 20062007 Ugly Betty as Bradford Meade
- 2008 Torchwood as Dr. Aaron Copley
- 20082011 Entourage as John Ellis
- 2009 Flight of the Conchords as Australian Ambassador
- 2011 Person of Interest as Ulrich Kohl
- 20112012 The Killing as Senator Eaton
- 20112013 Once Upon a Time as King George/Albert Spencer
- 2012-2013 Hot in Cleveland as Sir Emmett Lawson
- 2014 Dominion as General Edward Riesen
- 2017 Dynasty (2017) as Anders