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Jack Colvin and Sharon Gless during Performance of ‘Fathers and Sons’ - March 18, 1980 at Solri Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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I can’t wait to afford this, but even watermarked, you get the gist. It’ll look so much better without, though…

Jack Colvin and Sharon Gless during Performance of ‘Fathers and Sons’ - March 18, 1980 at Solri Theater in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

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I can’t wait to afford this, but even watermarked, you get the gist. It’ll look so much better without, though…

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jack Colvin (of the comedy team of Colvin & Wilder) is a top contender to play the role of “Hickok” in “In Cold Blood.” He conferred with author Truman Capote last week

-Mrs. Huntington Hartford Turns Deaf Ear To Reconciliation, by Walter Winchell, Sarasota Journal, Jun 6, 1966
Okay, maybe this is the most gossipy thing posted, hence the extra context in the image. Still, Jack Colvin instead of Scott Wilson, plus the idea of him and Truman Capote “conferring” is interesting. What a conversation.

Jack Colvin (of the comedy team of Colvin & Wilder) is a top contender to play the role of “Hickok” in “In Cold Blood.” He conferred with author Truman Capote last week

-Mrs. Huntington Hartford Turns Deaf Ear To Reconciliation, by Walter Winchell, Sarasota Journal, Jun 6, 1966

Okay, maybe this is the most gossipy thing posted, hence the extra context in the image. Still, Jack Colvin instead of Scott Wilson, plus the idea of him and Truman Capote “conferring” is interesting. What a conversation.

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Colvin Lewis A (Nan) mach h2905 Kelburn av

-Los Angeles Directory Co.’s Wilmar-Garvey District Directory, 1949
Unfortunately, while this would have been Lewis A, Nannie, and Jack’s home then, I don’t think the address exists anymore. It appears that Kelburn turns into a parking lot before their address. But! Here Lewis seems to be listed as a machinist, so he’s still paying bills with blue collar work in LA.

Colvin Lewis A (Nan) mach h2905 Kelburn av

-Los Angeles Directory Co.’s Wilmar-Garvey District Directory, 1949

Unfortunately, while this would have been Lewis A, Nannie, and Jack’s home then, I don’t think the address exists anymore. It appears that Kelburn turns into a parking lot before their address. But! Here Lewis seems to be listed as a machinist, so he’s still paying bills with blue collar work in LA.

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Time to get a little morbid and creepy for the sake of genealogy. Here we go: Jack’s death certificate.
Noteworthy:-The cause of death, Cerebrovascular accident (stroke), is unsurprising, but  the hypertension (possibly from his years smoking) and atherosclerosis are new.-Jack actually died in a hospital (not a nursing home) from complications of the Oct 22-ish stroke.-Jack was cremated.-Jack never ended up finishing that junior college before becoming a student of Chekhov.-They knew Nan’s maiden name, but not her first name?

Time to get a little morbid and creepy for the sake of genealogy. Here we go: Jack’s death certificate.

Noteworthy:
-The cause of death, Cerebrovascular accident (stroke), is unsurprising, but  the hypertension (possibly from his years smoking) and atherosclerosis are new.
-Jack actually died in a hospital (not a nursing home) from complications of the Oct 22-ish stroke.
-Jack was cremated.
-Jack never ended up finishing that junior college before becoming a student of Chekhov.
-They knew Nan’s maiden name, but not her first name?

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Anonymous asked: Thank you so much for this wonderful blog on my all-time favorite actor, Jack Colvin. I have recently begun doing some research on his family genealogy and some of your finds here have been a great help. I was thrilled to come across this beautiful tribute and have spent the better part of a day reading and re-reading its contents. Thank you for proving to me that I am not the only one who was utterly captivated by his talent when I first saw him in a small role many decades ago.

Oh, well, I’ve dabbled in a bit of it, too, so this might help. This isn’t TOTALLY up to date, either. For one, Lewis A Colvin’s mother up there is actually his adopted mother, who was pretty old. Estimating by all the census evidence, he lived with her until he married Nan. some time after 25. Nan’s guardian was listed as O. P. Davis (the only one of which I could find died in Mississippi), and her siblings were… nearly impossible to read. The trouble is you have so many leads it’s hard remembering to update those that seem to be confirmed.

Sorry for the late reply, by the by! I’ve got something like a week of updates starting tonight. Some a great, some are just okay, but they’re still updates!

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Anonymous asked: Did Jack and Bill Bixby keep in touch after The Hulk series finished?

I’m not sure, but probably not. He spoke about Bill helping Colvin to get the McGee character fleshed out on the show, but not much beyond that. Lou Ferrigno’s autobiography and interviews pretty much say he was nice but incredibly quiet. As a side note, since last updating this site, I met Lou at one of the many conventions he’s been to. Because of his general “please make this short” demeanor, I just didn’t try asking anything.

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Jack Colvin, a popular character actor who co-starred with Bill Bixby as the abrasive tabloid reporter Jack McGee in the 1970s television series “The Incredible Hulk,” has died. He was 71.

Colvin died Thursday in a North Hollywood nursing home of complications following a stroke he suffered Oct. 22.

The “Hulk” series, based on the Marvel Comics hero, ran from 1977 to 1982 on CBS, featuring Bixby as a scientist frustrated and angry over being too weak to save his wife’s life in a car crash. He subjects himself to gamma rays to explore extraordinary strength, and when he becomes enraged, turns into a most un-jolly green giant (played by bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno).

Colvin, who had a long history as a stage actor, was dubious about the series when he was asked to sign on.

"When they told me the title, I laughed…. But then they gave me two scripts to read and I knew the series would go," he told The Times shortly before the series ended. "People identify tremendously with the frustration, the rage and the anger that breaks out in a man."

Times reviewer Kevin Thomas wrote when the series began in 1977 that it “is incredible, all right — but that doesn’t mean it isn’t also lots of fun and even poignant besides.”

Thomas and other reviewers praised Colvin’s work as McGee, with one even commending the actor for doing “more with this character than it probably deserves.”

Colvin also directed a few episodes of the series.

A native of Lyndon, Kan., Colvin moved to Los Angeles with his family at an early age and became a child stage actor. At age 17 he became a private student of the actor and teacher Michael Chekhov, and later taught the Chekhov acting technique at USC, Cal State Northridge, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Central School of Cinematography in Rome.

In the 1960s, Colvin teamed with Yvonne Wilder as a comedy duo, Colvin and Wilder, performing at Ye Little Club in Beverly Hills and on television variety shows.

Colvin’s other television work included appearances in “The Rat Patrol,” “Kojak,” “The Six Million Dollar Man,” “The Rockford Files,” “Quincy,” “Cagney and Lacey” and “Murder, She Wrote.” On the big screen, he had minor roles in several films, including “Scorpio” and “Rooster Cogburn.”

An active member of Theatre East in Studio City for 20 years, Colvin directed such productions as “Dead End at Sunset” in 1990 and acted in many others. The theater company staged “Girly, Girly and The Real McCoy,” which Colvin wrote.

He was prominent in other small theaters locally, directing plays ranging from his former partner Wilder’s comedy “Weehawken” at the Tiffany in 1988 to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at the Melrose Theater in 1993.

At the time of his death, Colvin was the artistic director of the Michael Chekhov Studio, USA West.

He had no immediate survivors.

-Jack Colvin, 71; Known for Role in TV’s ‘Hulk’, by Myrna Oliver, Los Angeles Times, December 5, 2005

Still the best source of info as far as obituaries go, and likely the only one worth posting.

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