Actor and director Jim Hutchison dies

Was active in the Honolulu arts community

Actor and director Jim Hutchison, a mainstay of the Honolulu arts community, died April 16 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was 75.

Hutchison grew up in England, Ark., and moved to New York after winning talent competitions, where he appeared on Broadway in musicals including “Kean,” “Happy Hunting” “The Ziegfeld Follies” and “The Pajama Game.”

He appeared in films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and on Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan and Steve Allen’s TV shows, as well as serving as choreographer for “The Jimmy Dean Show.”

After moving to Honolulu, he appeared frequently on “Hawaii Five-O,” “Magnum, P.I.” and “Jake and the Fatman,” and in miniseries “Blood & Orchids.”

Hutchison headed the Honolulu City Ballet prior to its becoming Ballet Hawaii, where he served on the organization’s board of directors and taught tap dancing. He spent many years as artistic director for Honolulu Community Theater, directed and choreographed for organizations including the Honolulu Symphony.

He also served as the Hawaii director for the Screen Actors Guild, representing the state at mainland meetings and national events.

He is survived by a son and a daughter.

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