Kurt Russell shares Jack Lord story


by Jeff*H Sat May 06, 2017 6:33 pm

On CONAN:

https://youtu.be/OelXFvc8leo


by ringfire211 Sat May 06, 2017 10:37 pm

Haha that's hilarious if true!! Next time I watch "Deadly Doubles" I want to see if Kurt is trying to stifle his laughter lol. Must be hard to keep a straight face when the guy across from you ducks down to fix his hair. Anyway great find!! Nice to see the big stars remember their young TV roles - in Kurt's case playing a Russkie.


by Mr. Mike Sun May 07, 2017 7:55 am

Unfortunately, this YouTube link cannot be viewed outside the USA (at least in Canada) due to the usual idiotic "geographic restrictions."


by RickNewportBeach Sun May 07, 2017 9:51 am

Mr. Mike wrote:Unfortunately, this YouTube link cannot be viewed outside the USA (at least in Canada) due to the usual idiotic "geographic restrictions."

Somebody who lives in Canada once told me it's like living in an upstairs apartment and there's a big party going on in the apartment downstairs but you're not invited.


by Mr. Mike Sun May 07, 2017 12:48 pm

I >was< able to watch it by going to the WWW site of CTV, the Canadian TV network that broadcasts the Conan O'Brien show, though I had to figure out where in the whole show the interview was located. People often upload stuff like this to YouTube in a manner which allows people to see it as well, though I dunno if that has been done yet.

Anyway, for those who cannot access this clip, Russell talks about making the show Deadly Doubles where he was a Russian tennis player and Jack Lord was off camera reading his lines, which Russell would react to. Between each of Lord's lines, Russell said that Lord would duck his head down and comb his hair, which Russell found amazing. (The discussion was about hairdos, Conan O'Brien said that he was constantly in awe of Lord's hair when he was young.)


by ringfire211 Sun May 07, 2017 6:59 pm

While it is kinda funny I suppose it makes sense that if your hair is so perfectly coiffed you'd want to make sure it stays that way. The last thing you'd want is some strand of hair all of a sudden popping out sideways or whatever and making you look goofy. That wouldn't do which would most certainly mean a retake. Though provided he wasn't touching his hair or making any wild movements or barring any breezes blowing through the set I don't see why he'd worry too much about the hair. I'm sure he used quite a bit of gel so there shouldn't have been too much of a problem with the hair misbehaving.

Of course with today's TV stars hair doesn't matter. Half of them have messy looking hair anyway and the other half cut it down real short. But those were different times. The hair was the star lol. Remember Michael Landon's hair-do??


by H50 1.0 FOREVER Mon May 08, 2017 4:12 am

The trade winds make keeping one's hair in place impossible.

As Ringfire said, keeping one's hair in place was very important back then. In those days, women carried cans of hairspray in their purses and ducked into restrooms for a respray.

I have a picture of Jack that was taken at home. His hair is tossled and completely free of gel, hairspray, etc. It is one of my favorite pictures of him -- of HIM, not McGarrett. McGarrett's hair was as rigid as the sonnet that governed the writing of Five-0 episodes.

Good analogy, Rick, about the upstairs apartment.


by ringfire211 Mon May 08, 2017 8:05 am

Yes except I doubt there were any trade winds inside the Five-O office set.

Unless Jack scratched his head a lot I doubt his hair would be out of place from one second to the next.


by H50 1.0 FOREVER Mon May 08, 2017 8:44 pm

I'm always disappointed when someone goes on television and criticizes someone else, especially when the person being criticized is unable to respond to the criticism. I'm even more disappointed when viewers buy the story without confirming its veracity. Jack was far too busy with production issues to waste time ducking under a desk to comb his hair. Case in point: In "Charter for Death" (Season 6), his hair becomes thoroughly windblown as he leaps from Cape Corwin to the Marie Celeste, and when he goes below deck, his hair is still disheveled. If he were a stickler about his hair, he surely would have combed it between those two scenes.


by ringfire211 Mon May 08, 2017 9:07 pm

I don't think Kurt was criticizing Jack. He just said he had a funny Jack Lord story. You gotta admit it's kinda funny. Could be true, could be an exaggeration. We don't know for sure. But if it was indeed true I wouldn't call it a criticism of Jack. Just a humorous observation of Jack's overly meticulous nature.


by oates_neely Thu May 11, 2017 4:08 pm

It's a great good natured story. Glad I got to see it.


by Jeff*H Thu May 11, 2017 8:15 pm

ringfire211 wrote:I don't think Kurt was criticizing Jack. He just said he had a funny Jack Lord story. You gotta admit it's kinda funny. Could be true, could be an exaggeration. We don't know for sure. But if it was indeed true I wouldn't call it a criticism of Jack. Just a humorous observation of Jack's overly meticulous nature.

Agreed. Not to mention Conan himself has said on numerous occasions over the years that he was a big fan of Jack and his hair growing up.


by North Fri May 12, 2017 7:13 am

Whatever other admirable qualities Jack Lord had, and there were many, he was a bit of a special character and quite a prima donna. This story sounds spot on and was presented without malice. I found it nice and if people still talk about you 20 years after you die you've done well!


by Vrinda Wed Jun 14, 2017 2:40 pm

North wrote:Whatever other admirable qualities Jack Lord had, and there were many, he was a bit of a special character and quite a prima donna. This story sounds spot on and was presented without malice. I found it nice and if people still talk about you 20 years after you die you've done well!

No, he was not a prima donna in terms of the modern definition. He was fussy about his looks, but not to the exclusion of everything and everyone else. People have twisted his words and actions around to make it sound like that, but this is not an example of it. This is not like when Elizabeth Taylor guest-starred on The Lucy Show and asked that he dressing room be redecorated - just for one show.