Jerry Gergich
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Jerry Gergich (Character)
from "Parks and Recreation" (2009)

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Jerry Gergich's name isn't actually Jerry. It's Garry, but it was spelled -- and eventually pronounced -- incorrectly the day he started working for the city more than 35 years ago and he never wanted to correct anyone. That's the way things go for this clumsy but extremely kind, caring and helpful city employee. Jerry is incessantly mocked by his coworkers, and he well knows it but doesn't care because he's up for a sweet retirement package soon and will be able to leave his work life behind and focus on playing music and painting -- two skills at which he is quite accomplished. His suggestions and contributions to conversations -- often good ones -- are usually overshadowed by him stumbling over his words and causing everyone to make fun of him. Jerry once fell into a pond at a park while trying to retrieve a burrito he'd dropped into it.

Jerry has been married to an incredibly beautiful woman named Gayle (played by Christie Brinkley) for nearly 30 years and has three gorgeous daughters. These two facts confound everyone who's met him. Perhaps related, a local doctor once looks directly into the camera to reveal after an examination for mumps that Jerry has "the largest penis I've ever seen." Jerry was a virgin until he hooked up with Gayle when he was 24. He has to ask Gayle for permission if he's going to spend any more than $25 at a time.

Jerry has a laundry of medical ailments, inkling diabetes, pacemaker and a history of epilepsy. Despite all the mocking, Jerry is a happy guy who wants nothing but the best for his coworkers. He is also a dutiful public servant with an almost savant-like ability to tackle seemingly mundane tasks and do them with uncanny efficiency.