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Saturday, October 5, 2002

"Hawaii Five-O's" Jack Lord, right, and Rossano Brazzi were speaking in 1977.

Jack Lord lived his last years
on isle that brought him fame

Question: Whatever happened to Jack Lord, who starred in the popular "Hawaii Five-O" television series?

Answer: Jack Lord, who starred in the long-lived TV series "Hawaii Five-O" as Steve McGarrett, died in January 1998.

Lord was 77 when he died of congestive heart failure at his Kahala home. He had requested no funeral services be held.

Lord, who portrayed the no-nonsense head of a fictitious Hawaii state police force in "Hawaii Five-O," lived in Hawaii after the series ended in 1980 with his wife, Marie.

The hour-long CBS police drama ran 12 years from 1968-80 and was seen in 80 countries. It brought millions of dollars and tourists into the state. The show lives on in reruns the world over.

Lord was reportedly involved in plans in the late 1980s to create a made-for-TV movie based on the television series, but the project never materialized.

A pilot film of a new version of "Hawaii Five-O" was shot the year before he died. The film, in which Lord did not play a role, was never shown.

Lord was born in New York City and studied art at New York University on a football scholarship. He also studied at night for three years at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York, working with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Marilyn Monroe and others.

Although he became an actor, Lord's first love was art. He sketched and painted exotic locations while serving in the Merchant Marine. Some of his works were brought into permanent collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

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