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Gordon Jump

Mostly Credited As: Gordon Jump
Birth Name: Gordon Alexander Jump
Date Of Birth: April 01, 1932 (Age 71)
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Dayton, Ohio
Date Of Death: September 22, 2003
Cause Of Death: Pulmonary fibrosis (Los Angeles, CA)

Gordon Jump


Gordon Jump was born on April 1, 1932 in Dayton, Ohio. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1957 where he studied journalism. After college, he held jobs at radio and television stations in the Topeka Kansas area. He also worked as a television producer and on-air personality in Dayton, Ohio. Jump realized he wanted to become an actor, so he moved to Los Angeles.

At first he was cast in small TV roles, on shows such as Get Smart, The Partridge Family and The Rockford Files. He also did guest parts on shows such as Lou Grant, and Soap. He soon nabbed his most notable role, playing the station manager Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, a part he played from 1978 - 1982. In his later years, he is best known for playing the lonely Maytag appliance repairman in television commercials.

He converted Mormonism as an adult, and followed the faith for the remainder of his life. Jump married twice - the first time to Anna, in 1963. They had five children (four daughters and one son), and divorced in 1992. He married his second wife, Betty, in 1993 and they were married until Jump’s death from pulmonary fibrosis in 2003. He was 71.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The New WKRP in Cincinnati (1991)As: Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson
WKRP in Cincinnati (1978)As: Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson
Episode Cast Credits 

Mike Hammer, Private Eye (1997) 
  A New Leaf (2) 01x26: (Jun/14/1998) As The General 
  A New Leaf (1) 01x25: (Jun/07/1998) As Augustus Hancock Sterling 

Seinfeld (1989) 
  The Voice 09x02: (Oct/02/1997) As Mr. Thomassoulo 
  The Butter Shave 09x01: (Sep/25/1997) As Mr. Thomassoulo 

Married ... with Children (1987) 
  How to Marry a Moron (2) 11x23: (May/05/1997) As Mr. Tot 

Baywatch (1989) 
  Livin' on the Fault Line (2) 05x02: (Oct/03/1994) As Max Edelman 
  Livin' on the Fault Line (1) 05x01: (Sep/26/1994) As Max Edelman 

Growing Pains (US) (1985) 
  Home Malone 07x10: (Nov/14/1991) As Ed Malone 
  Eddie, We Hardly Knew Ye 06x17: (Jan/30/1991) As Ed Malone 
  Let's Go Europe (3) 06x11: (Nov/28/1990) As Ed Malone 
  Let's Go Europe (2) 06x10: (Nov/14/1990) As Ed Malone 

Murder, She Wrote (1984) 
  If the Frame Fits 02x22: (May/18/1986) As Frank Tilley 

The Golden Girls (1985) 
  Big Daddy 01x24: (May/03/1986) As Leonard Barton 

Simon & Simon (1981) 
  Sunrise at Camp Apollo 05x12: (Jan/02/1986) As Ross Garrett 

Night Court (1984) 
  World War III 02x21: (May/02/1985) As Martin Glasscock 

Diff'rent Strokes (1978) 
  The Bicycle Man (2) 05x17: (Feb/12/1983) As Mr. Horton 
  The Bicycle Man (1) 05x16: (Feb/05/1983) As Mr. Horton 

The Love Boat (1977) 
  Invisible Maniac/September Song/Peekaboo 03x27: (Apr/19/1980) As Unknown 

The Incredible Hulk (1977) (1978) 
  Ricky 02x04: (Oct/06/1978) As Matt 

Switch (1975) 
  Three Blond Mice 03x19: (Aug/06/1978) As Theodore Youngman, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Stung from Beyond 01x04: (Sep/30/1975) As Chuck Kreski, [Co-Guest Stars]

Good Times (1974) 
  Willona, the Fuzz 05x06: (Oct/19/1977) As Mr. Rogers 

Black Sheep Squadron (1976) 
  Last One for Hutch 01x23: (Mar/08/1977) As Sgt. Polk 

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976) 
  Chapter 20 01x20: (Mar/01/1977) As Doctor, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries (1977) 
  The Mystery of the Diamond Triangle 01x04: (Feb/20/1977) As Officer Hoover 

Alice (1976) (1976) 
  Pay the Fifty Dollars 01x04: (Oct/13/1976) As Sheriff McElroy 

Spencer's Pilots (1976) 
  The Drone 01x01: (Sep/17/1976) As Doctor Quinton 

City of Angels (1976) (1976) 
  The Castle of Dreams 01x10: (Apr/20/1976) As Waiter 

The Rockford Files (1974) (1974) 
  A Bad Deal in the Valley 02x22: (Mar/19/1976) As Mr. Appleby, [Co-Guest Stars]
  Just by Accident 01x22: (Feb/28/1975) As Freddie 

The Bionic Woman (1976) 
  Welcome Home, Jaime (2) 01x02: (Jan/21/1976) As Charles Butler, [Co-Guest Stars]

Starsky & Hutch (1975) 
  The Deadly Impostor 01x13: (Dec/10/1975) As Vinnie 
  Starsky and Hutch 01x??: (Apr/30/1975) As Vinnie 

The Streets of San Francisco (1972) 
  Murder by Proxy 04x07: (Oct/23/1975) As Captain Lacey 

Harry O (1974) 
  Anatomy of a Frame 02x01: (Sep/11/1975) As Thornton Williams 
  Guardian at the Gates 01x03: (Sep/26/1974) As Tanner Ross 

Police Story (1973) (1973) 
  The Return of Joe Forrester 02x22: (May/06/1975) As Businessman 

That's My Mama (1974) 
  The Witness 01x20: (Feb/05/1975) As Officer O'Reilly 
  The Last Haircut 01x16: (Jan/08/1975) As Officer O'Reilly 
  Cousin Albert 01x04: (Sep/25/1974) As Officer O'Reilly 

Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers (1974) 
  Dreyfuss & Dreyfuss, Associates 01x09: (Nov/09/1974) As Mr. Mead 

Kojak (1973) (1973) 
  Slay Ride 02x06: (Oct/13/1974) As Jonas, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Partridge Family (1970) 
  Art for Mom's Sake 04x13: (Jan/12/1974) As Man #1 
  The Strike-Out King 04x04: (Oct/06/1973) As Zack 
  For Sale by Owner 03x13: (Dec/29/1972) As Father 
  The Mod Father 03x07: (Oct/27/1972) As Minister 

A Touch of Grace (1973) 
  Saturday Night at the Movies 01x08: (Mar/17/1973) As Greenwald 

The Paul Lynde Show (1972) 
  The Congressman's Son 01x19: (Jan/24/1973) As Larry 

The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) 
  The Courtship of Mary's Father's Daughter 03x15: (Dec/23/1972) As Judy's father 

Cade's County (1971) 
  Violent Echo 01x05: (Oct/24/1971) As guest star 

The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971) 
  A Star Ain't Born 01x02: (Sep/25/1971) As Father Stone 

The Young Rebels (1970) 
  The Hostages 01x08: (Nov/08/1970) As Robert Carroll 

The Brady Bunch (1969) 
  Call Me Irresponsible 02x06: (Oct/30/1970) As Mechanic 
  The Possible Dream 01x22: (Feb/27/1970) As Collins 

Mannix (1967) 
  Once Upon a Saturday 03x25: (Mar/21/1970) As Charlie 

Green Acres (1965) 
  The Old Trunk 04x24: (Mar/19/1969) As Salesman #1 
  How to Get From Hooterville to Pixley Without Moving 04x12: (Dec/25/1968) As Surveyor 
  Das Lumpen 03x10: (Nov/08/1967) As Mr. Clark 

The Outsider (US) (1968) 
  Tell It Like It Was--and You're Dead 01x11: (Dec/04/1968) As Carl 

Lancer (1968) 
  The High Riders 01x01: (Sep/24/1968) As Pinkerton Agent 

Get Smart (1965) (1965) 
  Maxwell Smart, Private Eye 03x05: (Oct/21/1967) As Man in Cab 
  Casablanca 02x06: (Oct/22/1966) As Hobson 
  The Only Way to Die 02x04: (Oct/08/1966) As Hobson 

Daniel Boone (1964) (1964) 
  The Devil's Four 01x21: (Mar/04/1965) As Marcus Clements 
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WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) (Credited in 1 episodes from this show) 
 
The Creation of Venus 04x19 Mar/31/1982 As: Director
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