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Jack Lord Biography

Birth Name:
John Joseph Patrick Ryan
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States

Fast Facts

  • Earned a football scholarship to New York University
  • Before he decided to become an actor, he worked as an engineer in Persia, was a merchant-marine officer and managed an art school
  • Painted as a hobby and had his work exhibited in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art
  • Worked as a Cadillac salesman to support himself while studying acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York
  • Was considered for the role of Capt
  • Kirk on Star Trek
  • Insisted, against the wishes of CBS, that Hawaii Five-O be filmed entirely on location


  • William Lawrence Ryan -- Father
  • Ellen Josephine Ryan -- Mother
  • Marie Lord -- Wife