A Knight-Ship For Alan Dale

I have to give credit to Alan Dale. The 59-year-old Kiwi actor, relegated to playing the suburban dad on the Aussie soap “Neighbours”, left the show in 1993 and moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career – something many younger actors try and fail at.

Instead of disappearing however his career has flourished with memorable regular and recurring roles on such prime time hits as “24”, “The O.C.”, “Lost”, “The X-Files”, “JAG”, “The West Wing”, “E.R.” and “NCIS”. He’s now a series regular as the megarich media magnate Bradford Meade on the new seasons biggest rating success “Ugly Betty”.

Now the actor is branching out into films. Following up his cameo as the Romulan Praetor in 2002’s “Star Trek: Nemesis”, AICN reports that Dale has landed an unspecified role in the next Batman film “The Dark Knight”.

Details of the role, along with the other at present unannounced cast members, will be made at the start of production in March.