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.
Born in Lyndon, Kansas, Colvin began his stage career as a child performer. At the age of 17, he 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’s 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. Mr. Colvin coached several stars in performances that have won them Oscars, Emmys and Tony Awards. 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 unexepected heart attack and died. He was 71 years old. His legacy lives on, not because of his his brilliant acting but because of the gentleleman he was. Out of the entire corpus of his work, he will always be remembered as the reporter Jack McGee in the series The Incredible Hulk. Kenneth Johnson, creator/producer/ofttimes writer of the series (who called Colvin the "consummate actor" who was "always the professional: he knew his lines, he showed up on time, and he was always a calming influence on set"), so admired Colvin as a brilliant and dedicated actor who brought so much depth and sympathy to a character who, in less capable hands, could so easily have come off as two-dimensional and ridiculous that there was an episode, "Proof Positive," which centered around the McGee character. "Proof Positive," aired January 11, 1980, concerns McGee trying to convince his paper that the Hulk does indeed exist. Alas, of course, he fails: even the cheesy tabloid The National Register refuses to ever write about the Hulk again. "Proof Positive" is a terrific episode, giving us Jack Colvin in his best performence as McGee. Colvin also directed two season-four episodes: "Goodbye, Eddie Cain" and "Eastwinds." Lou Ferrigno also paid tribute to Colvin by saying, "Wow, it's brilliant to be chased by this Jack Colvin." The late Bill Bixby said in 1992 (just a year before his death), "One of my favorite scenes with Colvin was in the episode 'Broken Image,' when Banner and McGee meet face-to-face, and Banner flips out and puts McGee on the wall and says, 'I am not Banner; I'm Mike Cassidy' but it was Banner."
Born October 13, 1934, in Lyndon, Kansas. Died December 1, 2005 (aged 71), in North Hollywood, California, United States.