1932 - 2005
|Jack Colvin began his stage career as a child performer. At the age of 17, he became Michael Chekhov’s protégé with whom he studied for the last 5 years of the great actor/teacher’s life.
Although he appeared in literally hundreds of films and television shows, he has always returned to the theatre.
His stage roles include Marchbanks in Shaw’s Candida, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Morgan Evans in The Corn is Green, Algernon in The Importance of Being Ernest, Constantin in The Seagull, and Edmund in Long Day’s Journey Into Night. He has appeared in such feature films as They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Scorpio, Rooster Cogburn, Jeremiah Johnson and The Stone Killer, among others.
His partnership with Yvonne Wilder in one of the most successful comedy acts of the 1960’s Colvin and Wilder, led him to appear on stage all over the US, and on Television including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show and The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, culminating in their farewell appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York.
Other television roles were on such programs as The Incredible Hulk, The Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak and The Bionic Woman. While under contract to Universal Pictures for seven years, he appeared in over one hundred hours of television programming.
Jack Colvin may be the only actor to have won Los Angeles’ prestigious DramaLogue Awards in 5 separate categories, as actor, director, playwright, producer and production designer.
He taught the Chekhov technique at the central Experimental Film School of Rome, the University of Southern California, Cal State Northridge, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, the 1994 Michael Chekhov International Workshop in Sussex, the Centre for Performance Research at the University of Birmingham in 1999, and The Michael Chekhov Association’s NYU June Intensive in 2004. Mr. Colvin coached several stars in performances that have won them Oscars, Emmys and Tony Awards. He founded and served as the Artistic Director of the Michael Chekhov Studio, USA West up until the time of his death.