A dedicated liberal activist, he was a vocal advocate of gun control in the United States.
Traci Lords has said she changed her name to "Lords" as an honor to her favorite actor, Jack Lord.
Was considered for the part of Captain Kirk on _Star Trek: Where No Man Has Gone Before (1966) (TV)_, but was rejected by Gene Roddenberry and Desilu Studios because Lord wanted to co-produce the series and have a percentage in ownership of the series.
Suffered from Alzheimer's disease in his final years.
Best remembered by the public for his starring role in Hawaii Five-O (1968).
Son died at age 13.
Was the first actor to play CIA Agent Felix Leiter in the "official" James Bond films, beginning with Dr. No (1962). His real name, John Patrick Ryan, is also the name of the CIA Agent hero of Tom Clancy's novels. Both characters first appeared on film opposite Sean Connery.
His estate donated $40 million to the Hawaii Community Foundation.
An FBI file regarding a stalker lists his height as 6' 0", 2 inches shorter than his official biography.
Lord was about to reprise the role of Felix Leiter in Goldfinger (1964), but producer Albert R. Broccoli feared that his portrayal of 007's CIA partner would overshadow the persona of James Bond as the main character. The character part was recast, with Cec Linder as the new Leiter.
Originally wanted to be billed as "Jack Ryan," but discovered that another actor had already registered that name with Actor's Equity. He wanted a short name, so he chose "Jack Lord" instead.
Was of Irish and Spanish ancestry.
Liked to do fencing and go horseback riding and sailing.
Would get up every morning at three a.m. when he was working on Hawaii Five-O.
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