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Also Known As: Jack Ryan, John Joseph Patrick Ryan Died: January 21, 1998
Born: December 30, 1920 Cause of Death: congestive heart failure
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: actor, producer, painter, screenwriter, director

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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...

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.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  M Station: Hawaii (1980) Director

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 M Station: Hawaii (1980) Admiral Henderson
2.
 The Counterfeit Killer (1968) Don Owens
3.
 The Name of the Game Is Kill! (1968) Symcha Lipa
4.
5.
 Dr. No (1963) Felix Leiter
6.
 Walk Like a Dragon (1960) Linc Bartlett
7.
 The Hangman (1959) Johnny Bishop, also known as John Butterfield
8.
 God's Little Acre (1958) Buck Walden
9.
 Man of the West (1958) Coaley Tobin
10.
 The True Story of Lynn Stuart (1958) Willie Down
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Served in the Merchant Marines before becoming an actor
1949:
Made film debut in "The Red Menace" under birth name
:
Made TV debut in episode of "Man Against Crime"
1953:
Toured USA in stage production "Flame Out"
1954:
Made New York stage debut, "The Illegitimist"
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"
1962:
Starred in the ABC drama series "Stoney Burke"
1964:
Co-starred in "Dr. No"
1966:
Made first TV-movie, "The Doomsday Flight" (NBC)
1968:
Wrote original screenplay "Melissa"
1968:
Established Lord and Lady Enterprises
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Starred in and produced the long-running CBS police drama "Hawaii Five-O"
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Retired from acting
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Education

Neighborhood Playhouse: New York , New York -
New York University: New York , New York - 1954

Notes

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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wife:
Marie de Narde. Fashion designer. Married in 1952; survived him.

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father:
William Lawrence Ryan. Steamship executive.
mother:
Ellen Josephine Ryan. Farmer.

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