Jack Lord

Actor, Producer, Painter
Best known as the steely-eyed, perfectly quaffed police detective Lt. Steve McGarrett on the long-running CBS series "Hawaii Five-O" (1968-80), actor Jack Lord portrayed one of the most iconic leading roles in ... Read more »
Born: 12/30/1920 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (17)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

The Counterfeit Killer 1968 (Movie)

Don Owens (Actor)

The Name of the Game Is Kill 1968 (Movie)

Symcha Lipa (Actor)

The Ride to Hangman's Tree 1966 (Movie)

Guy Russell (Actor)

Dr. No 1963 (Movie)

Felix Leiter (Actor)

Kincaid 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

God's Little Acre 1958 (Movie)

Buck Walden (Actor)

Man of the West 1958 (Movie)

Cosley (Actor)

The Hangman 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Bishop (Actor)

The True Story of Lynn Stuart 1956 (Movie)

Willie Down (Actor)

The Vagabond King 1956 (Movie)

Ferrebouc (Actor)

The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell 1955 (Movie)

Commander Z Lansdowne (Actor)

Cry Murder (Movie)

Tommy Warren (Actor)

M Station: Hawaii (TV Show)

Actor

The Doomsday Flight (TV Show)

Actor

The Listener (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Best known as the steely-eyed, perfectly quaffed police detective Lt. Steve McGarrett on the long-running CBS series "Hawaii Five-O" (1968-80), actor Jack Lord portrayed one of the most iconic leading roles in television history. Coming from the seemingly incongruent backgrounds of his vocation as visual artist and his occupation as a seaman, Lord found himself drawn to acting relatively late in life. He garnered acclaim on Broadway before moving on to television work on programs like "Studio One" (CBS, 1948-1958) and in such films as "The True Story of Lynn Stuart" (1958). He made the most of a small role as CIA operative Felix Leiter in "Dr. No" (1962) then took on the title character for the short-lived television series "Stoney Burke" (ABC, 1962-63). It was, of course, his next leading TV role that earned him lasting fame on the crime-drama "Hawaii Five-O," for which he became forever associated with the oft-repeated quip, "Book 'em, Danno." A man described as both unwaveringly professional and intensely private, Lord virtually disappeared from the public eye in the years following the cancellation of "Hawaii Five-O." It was most likely Lord's intention that fans worldwide would forever remember him primarily as McGarrett, the no-nonsense crime-fighter bringing justice to the idyllic shores of Honolulu.

Relationships

Marie Narde

Wife
married in 1952 survived him

William Ryan

Father

Ellen Ryan

Mother

EDUCATION

New York University

New York, New York 1954
attended on a Chancellor Chase scholarship

Neighborhood Playhouse

New York, New York
studied under Sanford Meisner

Milestones

1968

Wrote original screenplay "Melissa"

1968

Established Lord and Lady Enterprises

1966

Made first TV-movie, "The Doomsday Flight" (NBC)

1964

Co-starred in "Dr. No"

1962

Starred in the ABC drama series "Stoney Burke"

1955

First feature billed as Jack Lord, "The Court Martial of Billy Mitchell"

1955

Succeeded Ben Gazzara as Brick in the Broadway production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"

1954

Made New York stage debut, "The Illegitimist"

1953

Toured USA in stage production "Flame Out"

1949

Made film debut in "The Red Menace" under birth name

Starred in and produced the long-running CBS police drama "Hawaii Five-O"

Served in the Merchant Marines before becoming an actor

Made TV debut in episode of "Man Against Crime"

Retired from acting

Bonus Trivia

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Lord claims to have turned down the leading roles in two TV series: "Wagon Train" and "Ben Casey." He told TV GUIDE in 1962 that "Westerns are getting tired" and as for a medical show: "I can't stand an atmosphere of human misery."

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