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Jack Lord: Dec. 30, 1920 - Jan. 21, 1998

Jack Lord

Jack Lord passed away on January 21, 1998. Following his "retirement" from Five-O, he lived a Greta Garbo-like existence in a multimillion dollar waterfront condominium in Honolulu. There were unconfirmed reports during his last few years in the tabloid media, often accompanied by out-of-date pictures, which suggested he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. These rumours were denied by his wife Marie and others who knew him. (Click here to see an interview with Marie Lord, reflecting on Jack Lord's later life, taken at the 1999 Five-O convention. (This does not currently work properly, I will fix it eventually.) On the other hand, the general consensus seemed to be that Lord was ill with some medical condition. (See comments by James MacArthur in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin.) An interesting theory regarding Lord's health was posted over 20 years ago in the Usenet newsgroup alt.fan.hawaii-five-o by Five-O expert Karen Rhodes.


The Honolulu Advertiser obituary (Jan. 22, 1998) and feature article (Jan. 26, 1998)
Column on Jack Lord by veteran journalist Eddie Sherman, who appeared in several episodes
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin front page story and editorial -- New York Times obituary.
Fans remember Lord in the alt.fan.hawaii-five-o newsgroup and e-mail messages.


After Lord's passing, he was honored with a sculpted bust celebrating the actor's life and career on stage and screen, both movies and TV, outside the Macy's at Honolulu's Kahala Mall. It was created by Lynn Weller Liverton and dedicated in 2004. Lord and his wife lived in the area, and could occasionally be seen at the mall. In 2018, long-time Five-O fan Ringfire visited this memorial, and sent along these pictures: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5.

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And other cast members...

James MacArthur -- Danno (MacArthur passed away October 28, 2010).
Kam Fong -- Chin Ho Kelly (Fong passed away on October 18, 2002 -- see stories in the Honolulu Advertiser and the Honolulu Star-Bulletin (obituary #1 and #2).
Richard Denning -- The Governor. (Denning passed away on October 11, 1998 -- see separate story.)
Herman Wedemeyer -- Duke. (Wedemeyer passed away on January 25, 1999.)
Al Harrington (1996 story) -- Ben Kokua. Al is still around, playing Mamo on the Five-0 "reboot."
Moe Keale -- Truck (12th season) and several "heavy" roles. (Keale passed away April 15, 2002).
Zulu (Gilbert Lani Kauhi) -- Kono (seasons 1-4). (Zulu passed away May 3, 2004 -- see obituaries in the Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

CHARACTER ROLES:

Harry Endo -- Che Fong, Five-O forensic scientist (he passed away on January 9, 2009)
Lippy Espinda, Galen Kam and Yankee Chang (they passed away in 1975, 1989 and 1995 respectively).
Kwan Hi Lim, who appeared in numerous episodes, usually as a villain (he passed away on December 22, 2008).
Jimmy Borges -- Played numerous roles on the old and new Five-O (Jimmy passed away on May 30th, 2016).
Joe Moore, who appeared in several episodes, now a news anchorman in Honolulu.
Elissa Dulce -- Appeared in episodes of Five-O, Magnum P.I. and the new Five-0, currently a real estate saleswoman in Honolulu.

See also the report on Mahalo Con, the 1996 Five-O convention for pictures of James MacArthur, Zoulou, Kam Fong, Ron Feinberg, Sharon Farrell, Dennis Chun and others, and the report on the 1999 reunion in Honolulu.