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Lord, Jacklocked

(30 December 1920–21 January 1998)
  • David Marc

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Lord, Jack (30 December 1920–21 January 1998), actor, was born John Joseph Patrick Ryan in Brooklyn, New York, the second of five children of William L. Ryan, a New York City policeman, and Ellen Ryan (née O'Brien). John grew up mostly in Richmond Hill, Queens, attending Saint Benedict Joseph Labre, a Roman Catholic primary school, and then John Adams High School, a public school. Achieving better‐than‐average grades, he distinguished himself in extracurricular activities as a varsity football player, a graphics editor for the newspaper, and president of the Key of Courtesy Club, which debated the fine points of protocol and hosted school visitors. With the help of his older brother William, a merchant seaman, John spent his teenage summers working as a cabin boy on freighters bound for the Mediterranean and China. A talented artist, he created a portfolio of sketches and paintings of coastal landscapes on these trips, hoping to study fine arts in college. Painting remained a lifelong pursuit....

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