April 16, 2003

Associated Press

Graham Jarvis, dead at 72
LOS ANGELES, California – Graham P. Jarvis, a character actor perhaps best known as neighbor Charlie Haggers in the 1970’s TV series “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman,” died Wednesday [April 16, 2003]. He was 72.


Jarvis, who made dozens of television, theater and movie appearances in a five-decade career, died of multiple myeloma.


He had a recurring role as Charles Jackson in more than a dozen episodes of the TV show, “7th Heaven” and had appeared in series as diverse as “The Drew Carey Show” and “Six Feet Under.”


His film appearances included roles in Alice’s Restaurant and Silkwood.


Jarvis, who was born in Toronto, began acting at 19 in a production of The Seven Year Itch with a small theater company in Virginia. He attended Williams College before moving to New York City in the early 1950’s to pursue a career in theater.


Jarvis studied acting at the American Theater Wing and was an original member of the Lincoln Center Repertory Theater.


His theater career included roles in productions as wide-ranging as The Best Man, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.


Active in community affairs, Jarvis spent time teaching English to youths at Camp Holton, a juvenile rehabilitation and probation center in the San Fernando Valley.


He also sang in the choir at his church.


Regarding his acting career, Jarvis recently told his wife, “For me, it was the roles that mattered. Sometimes, the more obscure ones satisfied me the most, but they all made me have a lovely time, and I was lucky to be around.”


He is survived by his wife, JoAnna Rader; two children, Matthew and Alex; and a sister, Kitty Blair.

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