Remembering Jack Lord

James G. MacArthur

MacArthur Residence in Nyack, New York

The following information was submitted by Honu. She writes . . .

I thought you’d enjoy seeing this link. The house in which James MacArthur grew up, "Pretty Penny," is now back on the market. It has 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms and 6000 square feet. There are 48 photos to scroll through on this site and in a couple of them, you can see the cherub wall with the family names “Helen,” “Charlie,” “Mary” and “Jamie” inscribed on the wall. Enjoy!,-73.886276,41.065762,-73.946186_rect/13_zm/?

Here's another treasure I found yesterday - an interview with Helen Hayes in her home, showing off her family photos! She reminds me of my own grandmother, but then she was the same vintage.


Editor's Note:  I think I once read that the MacArthurs named their home "Pretty Penny," because it cost them a pretty penny to buy. Can anyone confirm this?

Address: 235 N. Broadway; Nyack, NY

Built 1858 in the Italianate Victorian style


     Charles MacArthur and Helen Hayes (1932)

     Rosie O’Donnell (1996)

     Edward and Cindy Kopko (2000)
     W. Graham Arader, III (2005)

     Russell Crowe rented it for six months while filming “American Gangster” (2006)


Rosie O’Donnell restored the failing house at the cost of over $2 million and two years. She had all asbestos and lead paint removed, the front and back porches rebuilt, new HVAC systems installed, roof and windows replaced, termite-damaged floors replaced, and so on.


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Lei made by Honu, who also took the photograph

James MacArthur's burial site in Nyack, New York, overlooking the Hudson River and the old Tappan Zee Bridge. (Honu)

James G. MacArthur Award

This just in from Honu:

A while back  you asked me to post information on the James G. MacArthur Young Actor Award.  I've heard from the Hawaii Theatre Center that this year, they were able to award two $500 scholarships to two promising young actors from this award.  Wonderful news! I've copied the original article about the award from the Theatre's newsletter - at the end there are instructions about how to contribute:

From the March/April 2011 issue of Front Row Center:

Hawaii Theatre Center has established the James G. MacArthur Young Actor Award to commemorate the actor’s long-time support of the Hawaii Theatre Center and his deep connection to the Hawaii community, which began in 1968 with his starring role as Danny “Danno” Williams in the original Hawaii Five-O television series. 

The award, which includes a cash prize, will be presented by Hawaii Theatre Center each year to a Hawaii student who demonstrates excellent theatrical talent and promise for future success in theater.

“In looking for an appropriate way to perpetuate the memory of James MacArthur, including his early success as a young actor and his long association with the Hawaii Theatre, we felt it was fitting to establish an award that recognizes the talent of a promising young Hawaii actor,” said Hawaii Theatre Center President Sarah Richards.

Checks payable to Hawaii Theatre Center may be mailed to:

Hawaii Theatre Center - 1132 Bishop Street, Suite 1404 - Honolulu, Hawaii  96813

Please make a notation on the check, “In Memory of James G. MacArthur”.


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