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RIP Gordon Jump

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Yogi Bear, Sep 23, 2003.


  1. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2000
    Colorado
    LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Gordon Jump, who played a befuddled radio station manager on the sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati" and made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, died Monday. He was 71.

    Jump suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, said his cousin, Katherine Jump Wagner. The illness causes scarring of the air sacs of the lungs, leading to heart or respiratory failure.

    Wagner, of Arcanum, Ohio, said she learned of her cousin's death from her father, also named Gordon Jump. Her cousin was under hospice care at his home southeast of Los Angeles, she said.

    Jump played Arthur Carlson in "WKRP in Cincinnati," which aired on CBS from 1978-82 and featured Gary Sandy, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Howard Hesseman and Richard Sanders as the ragtag station's crew.

    A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jump began his career working at radio and TV stations in the Midwest. He worked behind the microphone and the camera, including jobs as a producer for Kansas and Ohio stations.

    Jump portrayed the Maytag repairman "Ol' Lonely," a well-recognized advertising symbol, from 1989 until he retired from the role in July and another actor took over.

    "Gordon was an incredibly talented actor and a remarkable human being," said Ralph Hake, chairman and chief executive officer of Maytag Corp.

    Jump came to appreciate the attention he got for the ad campaign and the steady work it provided, Wagner said. But his heart was elsewhere professionally.

    "What he loved more than anything was doing theater. He was a marvelous actor," she said, recalling a visit to Florida to watch him perform in "Norman, Is That You?"

    Jump began his Hollywood career after moving to Los Angeles in 1963, appearing on series including "Daniel Boone," "Get Smart" and "The Partridge Family."

    His dramatic roles included a part in the TV movie "Ruby and Oswald," about the assassination of President Kennedy, and "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes."

    Jump is survived by his wife, four daughters and a son, Maytag said in a statement. He also had a brother, Wagner said.
     
  2. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    My folks at one time lived on the same street as Gordon Jump in Glendale CA in the early days of his career. I met him once. A genuinely nice and humble man and a great talent. My folks say he was unassuming and completely non-Hollywood. I saw him (wow, probably 1975) as Harold Hill in the Music Man and he was outstanding. RIP
     
  3. Funkster

    Funkster

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    R.I.P Big-guy
    I never missed a episode of KRP:(
     
  4. thumbtrap

    thumbtrap

    Jun 26, 2003
    Was this a theatrical version? I thought Robert Preston played HH in TMM.
     
  5. Max

    Max Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2000
    Bakersfield, CA
    It was a local production there in Glendale CA.
     
  6. With God as my witness... I thought turkeys could fly.
    One of the greatest deliveries of one of the best lines ever on American television.
     
  7. thumbtrap

    thumbtrap

    Jun 26, 2003
    Flying Turkeys was one of the best. Right up there with the Godless Tornados.
     
  8. Yeah, RIP.

    Mike :(