October 13, 1934|
|Died||December 1, 2005
North Hollywood, California, United States
Jack Colvin (October 13, 1934 – December 1, 2005) was an American character actor of theater, film and TV, known for the role of the tabloid reporter Jack McGee on the TV series The Incredible Hulk from 1977 through 1982 (including a 1988 TV-movie sequel), and as Dr. Ardmore in Child's Play.
Born in Lyndon, Kansas, Colvin began his stage career as a child performer. At the age of seventeen he became a private student of Michael Chekhov. Although he appeared in hundreds of films and television shows, he always returned to the theatre. His stage roles include Marchbanks in Shaw's Candida, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Morgan Evans in The Corn is Green, Algernon in The Importance of Being Earnest, Constantin in The Seagull, and Edmund in Long Day's Journey into Night. He has appeared in such feature films as They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, Scorpio, Rooster Cogburn, Jeremiah Johnson and The Stone Killer, among others. His partnership with Yvonne Wilder in one of the most successful comedy acts of the 1960s, Colvin and Wilder, led him to appear all over the US on stage and on television, including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, culminating in their farewell appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York. Other television roles were on such programs as The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, and The Bionic Woman. While under contract to Universal Pictures for seven years, he appeared in over one hundred hours of television programming.
He taught at the central Experimental Film School of Rome, the University of Southern California, Cal State Northridge, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the 1994 Michael Chekhov International Workshop in Sussex, the Centre for Performance Research at the University of Birmingham in 1999, and The Michael Chekhov Association's NYU June Intensive in 2004. His pupils included several stars whose subsequent performances that have won Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Tony Awards. Colvin served as the Artistic Director of the Michael Chekhov Studio USA West, a position he founded, until his death from complications of a stroke.