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Hawaii 5-O, and Jack Lord, the Man, the Myth, the Legend

Updated on November 10, 2017

When Jack Lord died he left forty Million to Charities in Hawaii

Jack Lord left over forty million dollars to charities in Hawaii when he died,  such as children hospitals, and orphanages.  Basically everything he had made went back to his beloved people of Hawaii ...
Jack Lord left over forty million dollars to charities in Hawaii when he died, such as children hospitals, and orphanages. Basically everything he had made went back to his beloved people of Hawaii ...

The greatest gift Jack Lord gave was His gift of Love to Hawaii

I think the greatest gift Jack Lord gave was his gifts to the people of Hawaii, Jack's long-running and remarkable crime drama "Hawaii Five-0" introduced the exotic world of Honolulu, Hawaii to millions from the late 1960s to 1980, and really made it a travel destination, and helped pump millions of tourist dollars into the economy of the state of Hawaii. Also for many of the shows less affluent viewers that would never have the chance to travel to Hawaii it gave them a one hour escape from the mainland each week.

Jack Lords and his wife amassed a fortune well above $40 million, and left it all Hawaiian charities. The Lord's were a happy, loving, and inseparable couple, Marie was a few years older than Jack, and thou they tried to have children her age and his carrier became a major obstacle, so they were childless. The children of Hawaii became their children and it showed when they died. Jack died in 1998, and Marie Lord died in October 2005, Both Jack and Marie were wise investors and they had accumulated a large and very impressive portfolio of real- estate investments, stocks and bonds, all of which were given with love to the people of Hawaii.

This amazing gift also includes Jack's huge collection of celebrity memorabilia, and his beautiful paintings, artwork, and much more. The $40 million is now known as the Jack and Marie Lord Fund, which to this day is generating an estimated "two million dollars" up to "two and a half million dollars" a year, which is divided among twelve of Hawaii's nonprofits. Some of the Jack and Marie Lord's charities are St. Francis Hospice Care Center, the Salvation Army's Hawaiian division, Hospice Hawaii, Eye of the Pacific Guide Dogs Inc., the Hawaiian Humane Society, the United Service Organizations, the Honolulu Academy of Arts, Hawaii Public Television, the Hawaii Lions Eye Foundation, The Association for Retarded Citizens in Hawaii, the Bishop Museum, and the Variety Club of Honolulu.

Jack Lord and "Hawaii Five-O", On the Air from 1968 to 1980

Jack Lord had an amazing television series called, "Hawaii Five-O", from 1968-1980.  Jack really loved his fans. He would not go into Politics because he did not want to lose any of his fans.
Jack Lord had an amazing television series called, "Hawaii Five-O", from 1968-1980. Jack really loved his fans. He would not go into Politics because he did not want to lose any of his fans.

The Remarkable actor Jack Lord was born December 30, 1920

The remarkable actor Jack Lord was born December 30, 1920 and he was given the most unusual name of John Joseph Patrick Ryan, as you may notice they are all could be used as a first name. Jack Lord was the son of a hard working Irish-American steam freighter executive named William Lawrence Ryan, and an Irish-American mother, Josephine O'Brien, who was the Irish matriarch of the family, she had five children with William, four boys and one girl. Jacks mother owned a farm north of New York City; it was here on this fruit farm that Jack developed a great equestrian skill with horses, his first horse was a beautiful chestnut mare which he loved dearly. He would ride that horse up and down the Hudson River Valley where his mother’s fruit farm was located. Jack had an early career at sea as well as an older teenager he started spending summers at sea, and from the decks of cargo ships that he was working on he would sketched and painted the exotics landscapes he encountered from China to the warm sunny Mediterranean. Much later as an enlistment in the Merchant Marine he was in the Merchant Marines both before and also during World War II, Jack had a wonderful artist talent both in drawing and also painting; he majored in Fine Arts and was top of his class at New York University.

The Hawaii 5-0 Premiere Theme Song with Our Jack Lord Shrine

Jack Lord began to study acting in New York, He had Great Talent

Jack began to study acting in New York and was very good and dedicated in his performances. He appeared in many good plays both on and off Broadway during this time. From those early days he secured many remarkable roles in many golden age classic television programs, and Jack Lord's first television debut was on the April 11, 1954 in the telecast of the show "Follow That Man” Jack was in the episode that was entitled "The Chinese Dolls." Prior to China Dolls he played parts in the show "The Red Menace" and the awesome show “Project X" which both had been credited under his given name “Ryan” … Jack at first wanted to be billed "Jack Ryan," but another actor had already registered that name with the Actors Association. So he went with “Lord” because it was a short name that would fit nicely on a movie marquee and Lord was a good fit for his personality.

Steve McGarrett "You Sold Me Out" Wo Fat is being Philosophical

Jack Lord was educated at many fine Schools, & was Gifted

Jack Lord was educated at many fine schools starting with St. Benedict Joseph Labre School, then he attended John Adams High School, which is located in Ozone Park, New York. When he graduated from high school he attended the United States Merchant Marine Academy which was at that time located at Fort Trumbull in the scene town of New London in the state of Connecticut, Jack graduated with high marks and became an Ensign and had acquired the Third Mates License from that academy. Not to stop there Jack also attended New York University with a well funded football scholarship, and it was here that he earned a degree in Fine Arts, and was top of his class.

He was eager to serve his nation during World War II and he spent the first year of his enlistment in the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and help in the building of bridges in what was then Persia, and now know as Iran. Later Jack returned to the Merchant Marines and was ranked as an Able Seaman, soon after he enrolling in the deck officer course at Fort Trumbull in Connecticut. Jack was picked to help make maritime films for training proposes, this was when he got interested in the field of acting because he really enjoyed being in front of the camera. It was right after the war years that "John" - Jack Lord received theatrical training from Sanford Meisner who was also known as Sandy, Sanford was an American actor and acting teacher who was best known for developed an approach to acting known as the Meisner technique. He taught Jack at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Jack Lord was a very Gifted Artist, & his work is now Valuable

Jack Lord was a very gifted Artist, and his work is very valuable now.  Jack said that working with his paintings helped him deal with the loss of his son, and never getting to be part of his life.
Jack Lord was a very gifted Artist, and his work is very valuable now. Jack said that working with his paintings helped him deal with the loss of his son, and never getting to be part of his life.

To support himself as an Actor Jack Lord sold Cadillac's in NY

Jack Lord tried to get parts on and off Broadway and he keep a stead job to support himself by working first as a car salesmanfor Horgan Ford, Jack was a great car salesman, later he moved up to higher end cars and was a very gifted Cadillac salesman in New York City. He made good commissions selling Cadillac's and used this money to fund his studies at the Actors Studio. Jacks first on Broadway show had an amazing debut, and he played the part of Slim Murphy in Horton Foote's play called "The Traveling Lady" which also stared Kim Stanley.

Jack would take time to write Personal Messages to his Fans

Jack would take time to write personal messages to his fans that wrote him. He was very appreciative to their loyalty.
Jack would take time to write personal messages to his fans that wrote him. He was very appreciative to their loyalty.

Jack Lord loved reading poetry to the cast on Set of his TV Show

Jack also had a notable film career and played an awesome and prominent part in “Dr. No” the James Bond film. He was the first actor to be picked to be Captain Kirk for “Star Trek” but they were unable to come to terms with his salary so the negotiations broke off. Jack Lord is most famous and remembered for his classic signature role as Steve McGarrett. On this long-running police drama “Hawaii Five-O” Jack became the master of the show, he was the moving force in the series. After this show concluded, Jack retired, but still made social appearances for his favorite charities and events. He lived a peaceful and secluded life on Hawaii with his beloved wife Marie until his death in 1998. Jack was always known for being a very cultured man of good taste and refinements. He loved reading poetry out loud to the cast on the set of his TV show, and as being somewhat reclusive about his personal life and his life at his Honolulu home.

Jack Lord in his famous blue suit, his Wife made it for the Show

Jack's wife designed most of Jack's wardrobe, as well as her own. Many of the outfits Jack would wear on the Hawaii 5-O show were made by her including his famous blue suit, which she made over twenty of these suits during that time.
Jack's wife designed most of Jack's wardrobe, as well as her own. Many of the outfits Jack would wear on the Hawaii 5-O show were made by her including his famous blue suit, which she made over twenty of these suits during that time.

the first Season Hawaii 5-0 Theme Song & the Jack Lord Memorial

In Hawaii 5-O Steven McGarrett was another personality of Jack

Jack was a dedicated liberal activist; and he was a very vocal advocate of gun control in the United States of America, which seemed strange since he used his guns in nearly every performance. Jack helped conceive, and was the creative force behind “Hawaii Five-O” and he starred for all of its twelve seasons as the smart and at time brilliant Detective Steven McGarrett. Steven McGarrett was another personality of Jack Lord. The character was appointed by the Governor to head the 5-O State Police exclusive criminal investigation department in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the opening sequence of the show is included the world famous shot of Jack Lord standing on the penthouse balcony of the Ilikai hotel, and this can be seen at the beginning of each show.

A Sweet Note for Diane from Jack Lord, a very thoughtful Actor

A Sweet Note for Diane from  Jack Lord, a thoughtful actor, who appreciated every one of his fans and followers.
A Sweet Note for Diane from Jack Lord, a thoughtful actor, who appreciated every one of his fans and followers.

Jack’s first marriage was to Anne Willard who he fell in Love With

Jack’s first marriage was to Anne Willard who he fell in love with, and married on a ocean liner cruise across the Atlantic, sadly this short marriage ended in divorce in 1947.Anne’s parents were upset at the surprised sea voyage marriage because Anna was just starting college in Europe, and was now pregnant with Jacks son. Lord met his son this first marriage only once when the boy was an infant. The boy was later killed in an accident at age 13. This greatly upset Jack, and he never fully recovered from the way he was treated by Anne and her family.

"Hawaii 5-O" was the Gift from above that Jack had Needing

Hawaii 5-O was the answer that Jack Lord had been needing to give his life purpose and drive. For him it was the child he always wanted and needed.
Hawaii 5-O was the answer that Jack Lord had been needing to give his life purpose and drive. For him it was the child he always wanted and needed.

In 1944 in a Liferaft was the place John Ryan became Jack Lord

In the year 1944 and Ryan “Jack Lord” was already an experienced seaman, and had joined the war-time merchant marine. John – Jack’s tragic first marriage to Anne was over and done with at and at the tender age of 20 John – Jack was bitter. He was bent on survival after what life had just thrown him, and was heighten with resolve to succeed. The Liberty ship to which Ryan “Jack Lord” had been assigned put into an African port to pick up some supplies and ore. Once it was loaded the ship headed up the coast when it was torpedoed by a German submarine, John's ship was helpless and sinking. It happened so fast that the crew did not get off a SOS for help. Ryan “Jack Lord” drifted in a lifeboat for 16 hours before being rescued. During that time with thoughts of death his only companion, his young soul called out for new life. “John – Jack” told himself that if he survived he would resolved to live with a new purpose. He made a fresh start with new name “Jack Lord” after being rescued.

Jack Lord's Messages on a two-sided hand-written Note Card

Messages on the back and a two-sided note hand-written on his note card. Diane told him she was the Mother of 8 children...he wrote that his Mother had 5, four boys and one girl.   The envelope mailed from Honolulu, dated Feb 17, 1986
Messages on the back and a two-sided note hand-written on his note card. Diane told him she was the Mother of 8 children...he wrote that his Mother had 5, four boys and one girl. The envelope mailed from Honolulu, dated Feb 17, 1986

Jack met his second wife Marie de Narde while House Hunting

Jack met his second wife Marie de Narde while house hunting in upstate New York. They were married on January 17, 1949. Marie gave up her career in fashion design to devote her life to helping Jack’s acting career. She designed most if not all of Jack’s wardrobe, as well as her own. Many of the outfits Jack would wear on the Hawaii 5-O show were made by her including his famous blue suit, which she made over twenty of these suits during the course of the shows history. Jack was a chain-smoker and could not make traditional methods of quitting work for him. Jack said it was his faith in God which broke him of the horrible habit, and he would not let people smoke in his airspace as he would call it. Jack made a promise to God at church knelling and he kept it.

Cool Hawaiian Shirt made for Jack Lord, by his Wife, Marie Lord

Jack called Hawaiians "Golden People" Gold does not Tarnish

Jack Lord said that people ask me all the time “Do you like Hawaii?” and he say, “No, I love Hawaii.” And it was very true Jack and his wife really had a deep affection for that chain of islands. Jack would always tell folks that he found the people of Hawaii very friendly. He said there is a sweetness, a gentleness, and a naiveté that is found nowhere else in the world. Jack called the people of Hawaii the 'Golden People' because they a marvelous mixture of Polynesian and Caucasian and Asian, this made an amazing a and interesting blend of bloods, with remarkable cultures and philosophies of life, the Hawaiians are a special and unique people.

A Young & Handsome Jack Lord, from his New York Acting days

A very young and handsome Jack Lord, from his New York acting days. Jack began to study acting in New York and was very good and dedicated in his performances. He appeared in many good plays both on and off Broadway during this time.
A very young and handsome Jack Lord, from his New York acting days. Jack began to study acting in New York and was very good and dedicated in his performances. He appeared in many good plays both on and off Broadway during this time.

A more Detailed account of Jack & his first wife Anne & his Son

Jack Lord then known as Ryan was just about to turn 19 years one when he signed on as 4th officer on a luxury Mediterranean cruise ship. On board the ship was a sweet and lovely 18 year old girl named Anne Willard from a wealthy family, her father was an Argentinean diplomat. She was on her way to a Swiss boarding school. The two fell in love, and it was a fairytale romance. By the time the ship crossed the Atlantic and docked on the Riviera, they were Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan and had been married by the ship’s captain. While Anne traveled on to her boarding school in Switzerland, Ryan’s job with the cruise ship required him to sail back to New York and he wanted to be a responsible husband. When John “Jack Lord” got back home at New York, he received a note from his bride Anne saying she was pregnant, and going to join her parents in Spain because they were upset about her pregnancy and having to drop out of college in Switzerland. Anne wanted John – Jack to wait until the baby was born before coming to Europe, so her parents would have time to calm down. The baby was a boy and John – Jack rented a nice home for his new family in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, but Anne and the baby never came. Anne filed for a divorce and stated that her parents would raise the boy while she finished her education. John “Jack Lord” paid $50.00 dollars a month child support for 13 years and then when his son was 13 years old he received an envelope from the parents. The only thing in it was his young son’s death certificate stating that the boy had drowned in an accident. Jack only saw his son once when he was an infant and never received any correspondence or photos during his sons short life. Needless to say this effected the rest of his life.

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980 Opening and Closing Theme HD

Beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii the Home of Jack Lord, and Hawaii 5-O

Jack Lord and the Hawaii Five O TV Series, the Full Movie

Jack Lord doing some Peace Keeping, Early Days of Hawaii 5-O

Jack Lord doing some peace keeping during the early days of Hawaii 5-O
Jack Lord doing some peace keeping during the early days of Hawaii 5-O

This Mediterranean dresser belong to Jack Lord, his wife Marie

This Mediterranean style 1970s dresser belong to Jack Lord, his wife Marie de Narde sold it along with the rest of the bedroom suit in the early 1970s to my Grandfather who at the time had a Honolulu condominium on Kahala Avenue near the Lord's home.
This Mediterranean style 1970s dresser belong to Jack Lord, his wife Marie de Narde sold it along with the rest of the bedroom suit in the early 1970s to my Grandfather who at the time had a Honolulu condominium on Kahala Avenue near the Lord's home.

Jack Lord, his wife Marie Mediterranean style 1970s Dresser

In the photo above and the video below is my Grandfathers Mediterranean style 1970s dresser with mirror ... this belong to Jack Lord, his wife Marie de Narde, Mrs Lord sold it along with the rest of the bedroom suit in the early 1970s to my Grandfather who at the time had a Honolulu condominium on Kahala Avenue near the Lord’s, Grandfather said the Mediterranean style furniture “was so ugly that it was beautiful” Mrs. Lord was sick of Mediterranean so he got a good price for it. Grandfather later sold the condominium and kept the Mediterranean bedroom suit in his apartment up in Dunlap Tennessee, back when he was running his coal mining company in east Tennessee.

This Mediterranean 1970s Dresser belong to Jack Lord, his Wife

Marie de Narde was A wonderful miracle in Jack Lord’s life.

A wonderful miracle happened in Jack Lord’s life. He married a loving and talented young woman of French parentage; her name was Marie de Narde. She was a bit older and wiser than Jack and provide much loyalty, and security for him to be nurtured in, and grow into a secure and successful man. While Jack put everything into his acting and television career, Marie who was a remarkable cook, seamstress, and clothes designer devoted herself to giving Jack a good home life and taking care of every domestic need. Their happy marriage lasted until Jacks death. The only tragedy they had was not being able to have children.

Jack Lord and his wife, Marie, chose to give back to Hawaii

Jack Lord and his wife, Marie, chose to give back to the state of Hawaii and the charities in their endowment were greatly helped by their gift. Also the sales of Jack's memorabilia collection and their condominium was be added to the Lord's fund.
Jack Lord and his wife, Marie, chose to give back to the state of Hawaii and the charities in their endowment were greatly helped by their gift. Also the sales of Jack's memorabilia collection and their condominium was be added to the Lord's fund.

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      Glenn Waters 11 months ago

      Thank you Amparo for sharing this video :)

      This is an amazing tribute to them, and yes they do appear to be very happy, and in love :)

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      Amparo Olivares 11 months ago

      Hi again Glenn! Some years ago I did a video dedicated to Jack Lord and Marie de Narde, with the song All For Love from Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart & Sting . I put link here, I hope you like and enjoy it.

      We can see from the pictures that they were very very happy!

      Aloha :)

      Here link: https://youtu.be/NihIiPo0sPQ

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      Glenn Waters 11 months ago

      Thank you Amparo for your comments, glad he has a following in Spain. I wish they would do a movie or miniseries about his life, he was really a fascinating person. He really did love the people of Hawaii, they were like his children.

      Aloha :)

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      Amparo Olivares 11 months ago

      Hi Glenn, this is a fantastic blog dedicated to the wonderful Jack Lord, I am from Spain and I was his big fan from the beginning when I was 11 years old, but I am still his big fan forever and ever. I love Hawaii five-0 and I still enjoy this series. The only thing that I feel sorry it is for not being able to meet him in person, it would have been great! Jack will always remain in my heart!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful work, I think it is very interesting and I enjoyed it a lot. Aloha. :)

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      Glenn Waters 21 months ago

      Thank you Eliane for your comments. It is good to know that Jack Lord had a following in other nations besides America. I believe he would have be very happy to know he had a fans in France. It was a amazing time in our world, and I do not think we will ever have another like that era.

      Glenn :)

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      Eliane Marcato 21 months ago

      Bonjour de la France,

      Actor, philanthropist, having established itself in sheer strength sometimes with a "bad character" but it was necessary to get a living. He was able to benefit a death and it's very cool Hawaiian goodness. With his wife Mary who was the "boss at home" when he held an iron fist management on CBS television studios. In France people love Jack Lord and Five O. Excuse me but Mary Narde is not French but original "Italian". Moreover it did not make "fashion design" in France or "French school". I think it's for his personal image of woman "bon chic, bon genre". We do not find traces of such evidence. I searched and found his birth date in Missouri. Five O is part of our youth, and when I reviews the DVD we have nostalgia. Hope that his end was soft and remains in our memory.

      Longue vie à vous Excuse my bad english !

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      Glenn Waters 22 months ago

      I agree Mother Earth,

      Yes he was, and he also had a good heart. He left over forty million to charities in Hawaii when he died, such as children hospitals, and orphanages. Basically everything he had made went back to his beloved people of Hawaii ...

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      peachy 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

      Jack is like tom seleck, a cool sexy hero in Hawaii five o