Creighton Hale

Creighton Hale (born Patrick Fitzgerald; 24 May 1882 – 9 August 1965[1]) was an Irish-American theatre, film, and television actor whose career extended more than a half-century, from the early 1900s to the end of the 1950s.[2]

Creighton Hale
Hale in 1916
Patrick Fitzgerald

(1882-05-24)24 May 1882
County Cork, Ireland
Died9 August 1965(1965-08-09) (aged 83)
South Pasadena, California, U.S.
Other namesPat Creighton Hale
Years active1914–1959
Victoire Lowe
(m. 1912; div. 1926)

Kathleen Bering
(m. 1931)


Born in County Cork, Ireland, Hale was educated in Dublin[3] and London, and later attended Ardingly College in Sussex. He emigrated to America in 1910, with a company headed by Gertrude Elliott. He was initially billed as Pat Creighton Hale in the United States. Remaining in the country, he acted in stock theater in Hartford, Indianapolis, and other cities.[3] While starring in Charles Frohman's Broadway production of Indian Summer, Hale was spotted by a representative of the Pathe Film Company. He eventually became known professionally as Creighton Hale, although the derivation of those names remains unknown. His first movie was The Exploits of Elaine (1914).[3] He starred in hit films such as Way Down East, Orphans of the Storm, and The Cat and the Canary.

It was thought that in 1923 Hale starred in an early pornographic "stag" film On the Beach (a.k.a. Getting His Goat and The Goat Man).[4] In the film, three nude women agree to have sex with him, but only through a hole in a fence. Photographs of the scene clearly show that the man in the film is not Hale, but is another actor who also wore glasses.[5]

When talkies came about, his career declined. He made several appearances in Hal Roach's Our Gang series (School's Out, Big Ears, Free Wheeling), and also played uncredited bits in major talking films such as Larceny, Inc., The Maltese Falcon, and Casablanca.[6]

Personal life

His two sons, Creighton Hale Jr. and Robert Lowe Hale, from his first marriage to Victoire Lowe were adopted by Lowe's second husband, actor John Miljan. After his divorce, Hale married Kathleen Bering in Los Angeles in 1931.[7] He died in South Pasadena at age 83 and was buried at Duncans Mills Cemetery in Northern California.[6]

Seleted filmography


  1. Hollywood Star Walk, Los Angeles Times
  2. Creighton Hale at Silent (includes seven glossy photographs)
  3. "Creighton Hale in A Dangerous Maid". The Morning News. Delaware, Wilmington. 21 March 1921. p. 8. Retrieved 21 October 2019 via
  4. The Goat Man (1923), IMDb. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  5. Biography with comparison photos of Hale and "The Goat Man", UnsungJoe website. Retrieved 16 August 2015.
  6. Creighton Hale on IMDb
  7. "Actor accused of deserting young sons". Oakland Tribune. California, Oakland. 13 July 1932. p. 4. Retrieved 21 October 2019 via
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