The firm ruler of a kingdom desperately in need of some more money, King George looked to his son, Prince James, to secure a fortune from King Midas by proving himself on the battlefield. But Prince James was killed and the King was forced to call on Rumplestiltskin for help. You see, King George's late wife had been cursed and was unable to have a child, so King George made a deal with Rumplestiltskin to procure him an heir. But what Rumple didn't tell the King originally was that James had a twin brother. Rumplestiltskin managed to convince James' twin to give up his life as a simple shepherd and pretend to be his brother. King George didn't seem to care as much for this new James, but as long as he could slay a dragon and win Midas' favor—and his gold!—he was fine with pretending this was the son he'd raised and loved. The new James did what seemed to be the impossible and killed the dragon, securing a fortune for King George and his kingdom. Even better, King Midas offered the hand of his daughter, Princess Abigail. But the new Prince James didn't want to marry someone he didn't love. And by chance, he soon met Snow White—who dubbed him "Charming"—and fell in love for real.
King George did everything he could to keep them apart, even going so far as to threaten to kill Charming if Snow White didn't tell him she didn't love him. But everything failed and soon Charming ran off to be with his true love and always King George's men pursued. When they finally captured him, The Evil Queen arrived and bought him from King George, promising she'd make him suffer and kill him eventually. But Charming escaped, broke The Queen's sleeping curse on Snow White and the two of them were together again, and ready to wage war on King George. He employed a new General, Lancelot, to win the war. Lancelot captured Snow White and brought her to the King, who managed to curse her the same way his own wife had once been cursed, ensuring she would never conceive a child. He then sent his men to kill Charming's mother, which they eventually did.
The Storybrooke District Attorney, Albert Spencer was ready to help prosecute Mary Margaret (Snow White) for the murder of Kathryn Nolan (Abigail). Mary Margaret agreed to an interview with the D.A. on the advice of her counsel, Mr. Gold (Rumplestiltskin), but her testimony only made her look more guilty. After Mary Margaret was cleared of the charges thanks to Kathryn reappearing, Spencer wasn't seen again until after The Curse had been broken and he'd regained his identity as King George. Now one has to wonder if his grudge against his adopted son still holds, and just what might he do to get revenge.
In order to prove David's incompetency as a leader, Albert attempted to frame Ruby for the bloody murder of Billy. He rallied the townspeople against him in front of the Sheriff's Station to demand Ruby. As the people chased Ruby with guns and torches, Granny and David discovered an axe and Ruby's cape in Albert's trunk. David managed to rescue Ruby and turn her back into human form in time, and Albert was nowhere to be seen afterwards.
First Appearance - Season 1, Episode 6: The Shepherd
A well-known actor from New Zealand, fans will recognize Alan Dale from roles in hit shows like The O.C., Entourage, 24, The Killing and ABC's LOST where he played Charles Widmore.