From my personal collection. Unfortunately, there are fingerprints and scuffs from some previous newspaper employee all over this and it was cut off poorly AND it’s actually surprisingly small, but you can still practically zoom in and scan his retina and hair for identification.
Of all the things I’ve uploaded, this is the one where I realized Tumblr has a 10MB photo file limit. Anyway, here’s a 1987 actor directory page, though still featuring one of the Hulk-era bleacher head shots.
Finally! I finally got it. This is Colvin and Wilder’s first ever television appearance, February 1, 1964, performing the “Hamlet sketch” so often mentioned in articles about them on the Hollywood Palace. This appearance was also the one where Yvonne supposedly changed her name from Othon to Wilder a short while before the show started. And this is another Colvin and Wilder appearance also featuring Buddy Greco. AND this appearance is also the source of the great press photo I have (see 2:55-2:57 into the video), which is just another happy surprise!
This episode is also another great example of why the record for Jack is so muddled. Every place you can find online lists this appearance as “Jack Olvin,” and even Donald O’Connor calls him “Jack Calvin.” presumably because he doesn’t read cue cards as well as he dances.
In related news, there are indeed a few other shows featuring C&W that still exist! For crazy prices. Archival Television Audio has airchecks of them on The Dean Martin Show in 1968 (the one about the Kids Next Door) and twice on Operation entertainment in ‘68 and ‘69 for $75, $85, and $85 respectively, which is a whole lot of money for a cassette or VHS tape dub of a half-physical comedy duo.
The other recent find is C&W’s return Hollywood Palace appearance on April 18, 1964. Even better is that it’s actually a 16mm copy of the program! Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to buy it and then have it transferred to digital in decent preservation quality. So here’s hoping the buyer transfers it sometime soon (or even resells it, since the last time this exact same reel was sold, it was for twice as much).
The research continues regardless!
South San Gabriel, California
Los Angeles City College,
Michael Chekhov Studio
Jack’s profile for the 1955 Oregon Shakespeare Festival program’s Players page. There are a couple other Player pictures that have this same super dramatic lighting, so Jack’s not alone in looking so moody.
And yeah, Michael Todd Dawkins looks like a little hellion.
Edit: Whoops, forgot the tags!
Jack, here seen alongside your devoted friend, sir, the manifold linguist and the armipotent soldier. From the 1955 Oregon Shakespeare Festival program, this is Jack as the second of the brothers Dumain (or Dumaine) in All’s Well That Ends Well.
JACK COLVIN, of South San Gabriel, Calif., has studied at Los Angeles City College, and has done further acting work under Michael Chekhov. Jack’s experience in community theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Penthouse Theatre in Altadena has culminated in direction of his own group at the Park Center theatre in Monterey Park. Among the roles he has portrayed are Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Tom Prior in Outward Bound.
Here’s Jack’s profile in the Players section of the 1954 program. Man, I don’t think Jack took a picture in the 50s that wasn’t glamorous.
With The Oregon Shakespeare Festival starting up in 2014, let’s go back 60 years to August of 1954. This is from the 1954 program, complete with signature (which I have both signed by the whole cast and not). Jack took on several roles in cast and crew in ‘54 and ‘55, and above is him as Guildenstern in Hamlet.
Colvin and Wilder combine in a sketch about two people on different wavelengths.
-Dean Hosts the Kids Next Door, Schenectady Gazette, Mar 23, 1968
Yeah, not much to this one, as that’s as vague a description of a skit can get, but the last bit of odd quaintness from Peter Tork that was apparently interesting enough to merit a section of its own in the entertainment section makes it worth it.
Top photo of Jack Colvin and Sharon Gless from personal collection, by unknown, unknown date, unknown place. Maybe the Emmys in the early 80s? Who knows. There is another picture of the two from 1980, but I don’t have Getty money.
Part of Sharon’s uncertainty is because she has experienced several difficult love affairs over the past few years. She was in love for six years with top Hollywood producer, director and actor Jack Colvin. Then it broke up, just when everybody expected them to marry.
"I still feel a lot of pain," Sharon admits, "but I only hope I’ve learned something from all that unhappiness.
-Cagney and Lacey and Daly and Gless, by Joann Wills, The Sydney Morning Herald, Oct 14, 1985
This is probably as gossip-rag-y as it gets here, but there it is. Interestingly, Sharon Gless was at Jack’s last appearance, the Chekhov book release party.