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George Hall (November 19, 1916 – October 21, 2002) was a theatre, television, and film actor who played Old Indy in The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles.

Hall was featured in bookend segments for most episodes of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, including two which went unaired in the United States. Although this included bookends for the episodes "Chicago, April 1920" and Chicago, May 1920" as shown in some territories,[1][2] new bookends with Harrison Ford were shot so the two segments could be edited together and aired on ABC as the TV movie Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Blues. Similarly, Hall filmed bookends for "New York, June 1920" and "New York, July 1920,"[3] episodes which were edited together and aired as Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920 without bookends.

The Old Indy segments were filmed by a second unit crew under the direction of Carl Schultz, and Hall was required to wear makeup designed and applied by Bari Burman and Tom Burman for the role.[4] His scenes, set in what was then the present day (1992/1993), were shot at Carolco Studios and on location in Wilmington, North Carolina.[5][6] Hall offerred his own interpretation of the character at this point in his life: "He's heroic in the sense that he's past the age of caring whether people appreciate what he's saying or not. He's old enough to know that truisms are truisms and should be believed because they are true. He's a good storyteller and he makes people want to listen to him and learn from listening to him. And then they go off and learn something else and continue the process of learning."[7]

Hall had no involvement in the later TV movies made for The Family Channel and his scenes were cut for the re-edited series The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, leaving it unclear whether the existence of Old Indy and the events of the bookends would still be considered part of the Indiana Jones canon by Lucasfilm.

Hall appeared in numerous Broadway and Off-Broadway productions over the course of several decades, beginning with Call Me Mister in 1946. His onscreen filmography is more limited, though he appeared in various films such as A Canterbury Tale, Johnny Be Good, Her Majesty Mrs Brown, and Big Daddy; while his additional television credits include the soap operas The Edge of Night, Ryan's Hope, and Loving, as well as a regular role in the period dramedy Remember WENN.

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