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Alan Dale (born 6 May 1947; age 72) is an actor who played Praetor Hiren in Star Trek Nemesis, directed by Stuart Baird.

Hailing from New Zealand, he is most noted for playing Jim Robinson in the long-running Australian soap Neighbours. He also had recurring roles as Vice President Jim Prescott on 24 (2003-2004), as Charles Widmore on Lost (2006-2010), as Toothpick Man on The X-Files (2002), as Caleb Nichol on The O.C. (2003-2005, working with on-screen wife Melinda Clarke), and as Bradford Meade in Ugly Betty (2006-2007).

Other projects include episodes of The Lone Gunmen (2001), The Practice (2002), JAG (2003), The West Wing (2002-2003), and E-Ring (2005) and the action adventure Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008).

Between 2003 and 2016 he appeared as NCIS Director and later Homeland Security Director Tom Morrow in fourteen episodes of NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service.

Having appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood, Dale is one of the few actors to have appeared in both the Star Trek and the Doctor Who franchises.

More recently, Dale played the role of Major Domo Joseph Anders in the reboot of the drama soap Dynasty (2017-2019), a role which was previously played by Lee Bergere in the original series.

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