“Night Court” included one of the biggest roles of S. Marc Jordan’s long career as a character actor, who appeared in Season 8 as Jack Griffin, the blind cafeteria concessions man. Though his screen time was limited, Jack typically got a good wisecrack in every episode, making him yet another colorful oddball in an unorthodox workplace filled with them. As time went by, fans began to anticipate him as a welcome presence in each episode.
Jordan got his start in theater, appearing in a number of Broadway and off-Broadway productions. Jordan didn’t get his first television acting role, however, until he was 44 years old and didn’t start working regularly until he was nearly 50, when he appeared on shows like “Lou Grant” and “Hill Street Blues.”
He worked steadily for nearly 30 years after that, doing voice work, sitcoms, dramas, and even video games. His second biggest role besides “Night Court” was on the daytime soap opera “Days of Our Lives,” in which he had 38 appearances between 1986 and 1989. Other credits include “The Transformers,” “Seinfeld,” and “Babylon 5.” He died on July 11, 2014, at the age of 83.