Graham Powley Jarvis (August 25, 1930 – April 16, 2003) was a Canadian character actor in American films and television from the 1960s to the early 2000s.

Graham Jarvis
Jarvis (left) with Redd Foxx on TV's Sanford and Son (1976). Demond Wilson is in the background.
Graham Powley Jarvis[1]

(1930-08-25)August 25, 1930
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
DiedApril 16, 2003(2003-04-16) (aged 72)
Resting placeValley Oaks Memorial Park
Years active1952–2003
SpouseJoAnne Rader Jarvis

Early years


Jarvis was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Margaret Biddulph (Scratcherd) and William Henry Reginald Jarvis, an investment banker and president of John Labatt Ltd.[2][3] His maternal great-grandfather was businessman and brewer John Labatt, whose own father was Labatt founder John Kinder Labatt.[4]



Jarvis starred in the television soap opera parody Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman as Charlie "Baby Boy" Haggers, the much older husband of wanna-be country music star Loretta Haggers, played by Mary Kay Place. He also appeared on other television programs such as Murder, She Wrote, Naked City, Route 66, N.Y.P.D., All in the Family, M*A*S*H, Mork & Mindy, Starsky and Hutch, Hart To Hart, Cagney and Lacey, Mama's Family, Fame, Married... with Children, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Get a Life, The X Files, ER, Home Improvement, and Six Feet Under. He played character roles in several films. His last major part was as "Charles Jackson", father of Annie Jackson Camden in the WB Network TV drama 7th Heaven, a role that he filled until his death.

Jarvis acted in the role of Elliot Sinclair in The Journeyman Project trilogy of video games and was also the narrator in the first American production of The Rocky Horror Show at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, playing alongside Meat Loaf and Tim Curry.

Personal life and death


Jarvis lived in Los Angeles with his wife Joanna Jarvis. He had two sons, Lex and Matt.[5] On April 16, 2003, he died from multiple myeloma and was interred at Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California.[6]




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  2. ^ "The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 17, 1958 · Page 15". 17 July 1958.
  3. ^ "Winnipeg Free Press Archives, Jul 16, 1958, p. 40". 16 July 1958.
  4. ^ "OGSPI OGS – Provincial Index – Ontario Ancestors".
  5. ^ Bailey, Betty. "Obituary". Malibu Times. No. 23 April 2003. Archived from the original on 4 September 2021. Retrieved 4 September 2021.
  6. ^ Lentz, Harris M. III (2008). Obituaries in the Performing Arts, 2003: Film, Television, Radio, Theatre, Dance, Music, Cartoons and Pop Culture. McFarland. pp. 210–211. ISBN 9780786452088. Retrieved September 3, 2019.