Paul/Phil Jameson was elected as Governor for the state of Hawaii after a brief appearance as a treasury agent named Phil Gray in 1968. He must have been undercover as it comes to light that he appointed McGarrett to head the Five-0 unit in 1959 when Hawaii became a state. How this man who couldn't decide on a first name until the ninth season got elected and managed to serve 12 years without once being re-elected remains one of only a few cases Five-0 was unable to solve. The only person - other than God - who McGarrett actually took orders from, The Gov bullied, blustered and sometimes got uppity to get McGarrett to solve any case he deemed the unit worthy to solve or to attend any party where a potential criminal could be on the guest list. Originally looking something like Lew Ayres, The Gov evolved into a dapper looking gentleman who like most politicians showed up occasionally, said a few words, threw his weight around and went back to his house on Maui.
Richard Denning was born in Poughkeepsie NY. He moved to Los Angeles with his family while still a child and attended Manual Arts High School and Woodbury Business College there, later joining his father's clothing manufacturing business.
His first theatre experience was in the dramatic society at Woodbury College and later in little-theatre groups in Los Angeles. He won an acting contest on a radio show and was given a long-term contract at paramount Studios.
His big break as an actor was in Adam Had Four Sons with Ingrid Bergman and Susan Hayward, who made her acting debut in the film. Other starring roles followed.
In 1942 Denning married actress Evelyn Ankers, and later served in the Navy submarine service, from which he was discharged in 1945 as a first-class petty officer.
After the war, Denning began a new career in radio, co-starring with Lucille Ball in the CBS Radio Network series My Favorite Husband. This led to his first television series Mr. & Mrs. North, which had a four-season run on the CBS Television Network. He followed this with three more series: The Flying Doctor, Michael Shayne and Karen.
Several years ago, after a career which included more than 150 movies and 300 television snows plus a radio series and four television series, Denning and his wife moved to the island of Maui in Hawaii, where they could devote time to sailing their catamaran, skindiving and golf. (from a biography distributed by Paramount in 1968)