"Safe travels, Captain." ― Halsey to Ed Mercer[source]
Halsey is a Human Admiral in the Planetary Union. He holds a desk position at Planetary Union Central in New York City on Earth.

He is portrayed by Victor Garber.


Very little is known of Halsey's past, although early in his career he worked alongside Kelly Grayson's father. At some point, he is promoted to Admiral. He served as an informal mentor to Ed Mercer, having known him since Mercer's days as a student at the academy Union Point.[1]

In September, 2419, on the recommendation of Kelly, Halsey gives Ed command of the USS Orville despite his recent history of irresponsible behavior. Though Halsey had his reservations, he was willing to give Ed a chance because of his stellar academic record and resume prior to his divorce. Halsey also quietly transferred Kelly to the Orville as his new First Officer. Though Ed complains, Halsey forces the two to work together.[1]

In February, 2420, Halsey calls the Orville to inform them that they will soon host ambassadors of the Bruidians and the Navarians, as well as a Union archaeologist who will examine the Lopovian birthing bucket to determine which species has a claim to Lopovius.[2]

In April, however, Halsey and Kelly's secret slips out that the Admiral only granted Ed captaincy thanks to Kelly's recommendation. Halsey insists that the reason he was originally promoted is irrelevant because Mercer has proven that he has the talent and the skills necessary to successfully lead a Union ship. Halsey's words offer little consolation, and Ed ends the call on a dour note.[3]

Production Edit

Admiral Halsey is described merely as a fleet admiral in his mid-50s in the original pilot script.[4] The character's age was likely lifted during casting as Victor Garber was either 67 or 68 while filming.

Trivia Edit

  • Halsey may be named after the real-life Admiral Halsey, William Halsey Jr., who commanded the USS Enterprise during World War II.


References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  2. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger
  3. Episode 1x11: New Dimensions
  4. MacFarlane, Seth. "The Orville 1x01 -Pilot". Fox. 2016.