Despite his training at the prestigious Actors Studio and a long film career, Jack Lord is mostly remembered for playing the tough, hair-heavy cop, Steve McGarrett on the TV's Hawaii Five-O. The show, with its brassy theme song, ran on CBS from 1968 to 1980 and continues even today in reruns.

The Lord's, Jack and Marie, were easily the most popular couple in Hawaii until their death. When they died, they left their $40 million estate to be donated to a large group of Hawaii charities, many of which would not have survived due to the federal regulations imposed on non-profit organizations back in the sixties and seventies.

Born in Brooklyn, NY, Jack Lord was the son of Irish-American parents. His father, William Lawrence Ryan was a steamship company executive. He developed his equestrian skills on his mother's fruit farm in the Hudson River Valley. At the age of fifteen he started spending summers at sea, and from the deck of cargo ships, painted many of the landscapes he encountered around the world.

On a football scholarship to New York University he secured a degree in Fine Arts. He spent the first year of World War II with the War Department's Corps of Engineers, building bridges in Persia and then returned to the Merchant Marine as an Able Seaman before enrolling in the deck officer training course. While making maritime training films, he enjoyed the idea of acting attended the Neighborhood Playhouse, working as a Cadillac salesman in New York to fund his studies. Later, at the Actor's Studio, he studied with Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, and Marilyn Monroe. His first works on Broadway were in, "Traveling Lady", "Flame Out", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"; followed by his first in Hollywood, "Court Martial of Billy Mitchell" with Gary Cooper.

Early in his career, he met his wife, Marie, who gave up her own career to support him.

Lord was the first actor to play the character of Felix Leiter in the James Bond film series, introduced in the first Bond film, Dr. No. One story alleges that the film producers did not ask Lord to reprise the role in later films, since they felt that having the same actor playing Leiter would upstage the dominance of Sean Connery as the leading man. In 1962, Lord starred as Stoney Burke, a rodeo cowboy from Mission Ridge, South Dakota, in the television series of that name.

In 1965, Jack Lord was considered for the role of Captain Kirk on Star Trek; the role ultimately went to William Shatner. Because Lord wanted to co-produce and have a percentage in ownership of the series, he was ultimately rejected by both Gene Roddenberry and Desilu Studios.

After Hawaii Five-O, Lord concentrated on his painting and his work was well-renowned — one of his paintings was formerly housed by New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art — and his art has been housed in some 40 museums worldwide.

We are truly honored and blessed to be able to offer to you the very rare works of one of Hawaii's most beloved treasures, Mr. Jack Lord.