|Birth Date:||October 13, 1934|
|Lyndon, Kansas, U.S.|
|December 1, 2005 (aged 71)|
Jack Colvin (October 13, 1934 – December 1, 2005) was an American character actor of theater, film and television, best-known for the role of the snoopy tabloid reporter Jack McGee on the television series The Incredible Hulk from 1977 through 1982, and a made-for-television-movie sequel.
Colvin was born in Lyndon, Kansas, twenty-seven miles south of Topeka. He began his stage career as a child performer. At the age of 17, Colvin became a private student of Michael Chekhov. Although he appeared in literally hundreds of films and television shows, he has 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 Ernest, 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 1960’s, Colvin and Wilder, led him to appear on stage all over the US and on television, including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, appearances that culminated their farewell performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. 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.
Colvin has won Los Angeles’ prestigious DramaLogue Award in five separate categories: actor, director, playwright, producer, and production designer.
He taught the Chekhov technique 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. He founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Michael Chekhov Studio USA West Up Theater.
On December 1, 2005, Colvin suffered a stroke and an unexpected heart attack and died. He was 71 years old.