Theatre, Film, and Television Biographies
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Graham Jarvis Biography (1930-)
Addresses: Agent: McCartt, Oreck, Barrett-Lionel Larner, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90069.
"I got into acting by lucky accident. I had performed in school plays etc., but had never given the theatre serious consideration as a career. In the early 50's, I was working at different jobs in New York and got employed as night-time penny arcade attendant working on the 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. shift. There I met another employee named John Darley, who spent his evenings directingan off off-Broadway group before coming up to the arcade to earn his living.He was the son of Otis Skinner's stage manager, had spent all his life inthe theatre and was very knowledgeable about it. I asked if he needed an actor. He said yes, and as soon as I attended my first rehearsal I made the fatal judgement; 'I can do that.' ... But I am aware of how lucky I've been. I try to respect my craft, and the people who care about it, and thepeople who hopefully and patiently watch us and celebrate with us if we get it right."
- Birth Details
- August 25, 1930
- Toronto, Canada
- Alonzo, The Tempest, Barter, Abingdon, VA, 1956.
New York Debut
- Townsman/understudy, Orpheus Descending, Martin Beck, 1957;
Principal Stage Appearances
- Sheldon Marcus, The Best Man, Morosco, NY, 1960-61; Member of Lincoln Center Repertory Company at Washington Square: After the Fall, Incident at Vichy, Tartuffe, Marco Millions, The Changeling, 1964-65; Witness #5, The Investigation, Ambassador, NY, 1966; Vicar, Halfway Up The Tree, Brooks Atkinson, NY, 1967; Gamesmaster, Adaptation--Next. Greenwich Mews, NY, 1969, Stockbridge, MA, 1968; Narrator, The Rocky, Horror Show, Roxy, Los Angeles, 1974, Belasco, NY, 1975.
- Man on the bus, Bye Bye Braverman, 1967.
Principal Film Appearances
- Hold-up man, The Out of Towners, 1969; Beau, A New Leaf, 1970; Amos Bush, Cold Turkey, 1970; Doc, The Travelling Executioner, 1970; J.D., Middle Age Crazy, 1980. President of Schooner Tuna, Mr. Mom, 1983; Nuclear Medical Doctor, Silkwood, 1983; Guard Prescott, The Big House, 1984.
The Sergeant Bilko Show.
Principal Television Appearances
- Charlie Haggers, Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, 1976-77, and Forever Fernwood, 1977-78; John Ehrlichman, Blind Ambition, 1980; JackFeldspar, Vice Principal, Making the Grade, 1983.
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