An avuncular television actor best remembered as the befuddled, middle-aged-but-childlike radio station boss Arthur "the Big Guy" Carlson in the television series "WKRP in Cincinnati," Gordon Jump als...
Dayton, Ohio, USA
|Dirkham Detective Agency||Actor||n/a||7|
|Goldie and the Boxer||Actor||n/a||7|
|Gus Brown and Midnight Brewster||Actor||n/a||7|
|Justin Case||Actor||Sheldon Wannamaker||7|
|Ruby and Oswald||Actor||n/a||7|
|Midnight Offerings||Actor||Sherm Sotherland||7|
|A Cry for Help||Actor||Lloyd Hogan||7|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love||Actor||n/a||7|
|On Fire||Actor||Chief Heller||7|
|The New Dick Van Dyke Show||1973 1970 - 1973||Actor||n/a||19737|
|Make Yourself at Home||1987 1986 - 1987||Actor||Host||19877|
|Making the Grade||1984||Actor||Mr Harriman||19847|
|On Fire||Actor||Chief John Heller||7|
|McDuff, the Talking Dog||1976 1975 - 1976||Actor||Amos Ferguson; his neighbor||19767|
|Just a Little More Love||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||n/a||19837|
|The New WKRP in Cincinnati||1992 1990 - 1992||Actor||Arthur Carlson||19927|
|WKRP in Cincinnati||1981 1977 - 1981||Actor||Arthur Carlson||19817|
|Darlin Clementine||Actor||Mr Ripple||7|
|Seinfeld||1997 1988 - 1997||Actor||Mr Thomassoulo||19977|
|Goldie and the Boxer||Actor||Alex Miller||7|
|Fawn Story||1975 1974 - 1975||Actor||Trooper||19757|
|Second Edition||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Fred Lewicki||19837|
|Great Day||1983 1982 - 1983||Actor||Ralph Maxwell||19837|
|For Lovers Only||1982 1981 - 1982||Actor||Harvey Pugh||19827|
|Bitter Vengeance||Actor||Arnold Fulmer||7|
|The Big Stuffed Dog||1979 1978 - 1979||Actor||Crazy||19797|
|Dirkham Detective Agency||Actor||Dr Arthur||7|
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Lost Love||Actor||Arthur Wellman||7|
|Archie||1976 1975 - 1976||Actor||Mr Andrews; Archie's father||19767|
|The Archie Situation Comedy Musical Variety Show||1977 1976 - 1977||Actor||Mr Andrews; Archie's father||19777|
|Honeymoon Academy||1990||Actor||Mr Nelson||19907|
|Ruby and Oswald||Actor||Clyde Gaydosh||7|
|Starsky and Hutch||1974 1973 - 1974||Actor||Vinnie--Gym Owner||19747|
|House Calls||1977||Actor||Dr O'Brien||19777|
|Conquest of the Planet of the Apes||1971||Actor||Auctioneer||19717|
|Love, American Style||1973 1968 - 1973||Actor||n/a||19737|
|Starsky and Hutch||1978 1974 - 1978||Actor||n/a||19787|
|Lou Grant||1981 1976 - 1981||Actor||n/a||19817|
|Rolling Man||Actor||Mr Lampert||7|
|Mannix||1974 1966 - 1974||Actor||n/a||19747|
|Soap||1980 1976 - 1980||Actor||Sheriff Tinkler||19807|
|The Partridge Family (ABC)||1973 1969 - 1973||Actor||Various roles||19737|
|Married... With Children||1996 1985 - 1996||Actor||Mr Tot||19967|
|Empty Nest||1994 1987 - 1994||Actor||Bud||19947|
|The Mary Tyler Moore Show||1976 1969 - 1976||Actor||n/a||19767|
|Storytime||1998 1992 - 1998||Actor||n/a||19987|
|Murder, She Wrote||1995 1983 - 1995||Actor||Frank Tilley||19957|
|Get Smart||1969 1964 - 1969||Actor||n/a||19697|
The actor unknowingly had prepped for his best-known role as Mr. Carlson in real life. Born in Dayton, Ohio, near Cincinnati, he wanted to be an actor from the time he saw his first B-western movie as a kid. Jump majored in speech at Kansas State University and worked at began his career working in small radio and television stations in Topeka, Kansas, and in Ohio, where he hosted a children's show, delivered weather reports, and wrote and produced various segments and shows. Despite the continuing protestations of his father, a failed actor who had directed him in high school plays, Jump never abandoned his aspirations to act, and in 1963, already into his 30s, Jump moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. He landed a few roles in small theaters, then a commercial, and in 1965 a guest spot on the television series "Daniel Boone." Roles followed over the years in dozen of popular series, from comedies like "Get Smart" "Green Acres" and "The Brady Bunch" to dramas like "The Rockford Files," "Kojak" and "The Bionic Woman." He would have a recurring role on the MTM drama "Lou Grant" as the newspaper's national editor throughout 1977, a role and an association which would lead to his most beloved character.
Jump hit a career high when he was cast as the bumbling but loveable Carlson of MTM's ultra-hip sit-com "WKRP in Cincinnati" (CBS, 1978 to 1982), where his character was a reluctant radio exec and fearful momma's boy who enjoyed simpler pursuits such as toy trains and fly fishing, yet nevertheless served as a father figure for his zany staff. The sitcom about the fourth-rate radio station, which also starred Howard Hesseman and Loni Anderson, ran on and enjoyed many years in syndication. In the series' most well-remembered episode, it was Jump's well-meaning Carlson who conceived a WKRP promotional stunt to drop live turkeys from a helicopter at Thanksgiving; when disaster followed, it was he who uttered the oft-quoted line: "God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." Jump was also one of only three of the ensemble cast who returned for a syndicated revival, "The New WKRP in Cincinnati" from 1991 to 1993.
After "WKRP's" cancellation, Jump continued to be a regular presence on series television, guest-starring on dozens of popular shows. In 1983, in a daring career turn, he portrayed Mr. Horton, a bicycle-shop owner and child molester who assaulted Arnold (Gary Coleman) in the series "Diff'rent Strokes," in a personal effort to raise awareness of the problem. From 1986 to 1991 he took a recurring role on the family sit-com "Growing Pains" (ABC, 1985-1992), appearing as Kirk Cameron's grandfather Ed Malone, and later he had brief recurring stints on "Baywatch" and "Seinfeld."
Jump also was in motion pictures -- remembered as the auctioneer in the 1972 sequel "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes" and as a fellow doctor of Walter Matthau's in 1978's "House Calls." He also made educational films and documentaries for his Mormon church, and worked at odd jobs such as being a tour guide at Forest Lawn cemetary.
Before "WKRP" made him a household face, and long before he took on Maytag ads, he maintained a steady income by appearing in over 100 commercials. In 1989, Jump replaced Jesse White (who initiated the part in 1967) as the highly recognized spokesman for Maytag. White had originated the role of the uniformed serviceman Ol' Lonely, one of the longest-running characters in advertising history, who feels lonely because the company's appliances are so reliable that owners never call for help. Jump was the Maytag man in television and print ads, on billboards and at about 40 store openings and trade shows annually until July 2003, when he relinquished the role to character actor Hardy Rawls, just a few months before his death in Sept. 2003 at age 71.
|Anna Jump||Wife||married in 1963; divorced in 1992|
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