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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 23 January 1943Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Birth NameGilbert C. Gerard
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Gilbert "Gil" Gerard was born on January 23, 1943 in Little Rock, Arkansas, and did a good deal of acting in high school. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out before graduation. He landed a job as an industrial chemist. He became regional manager of a large chemical company, headed by Governor Wynn Rockefeller, in a few years. His employers said they would name him the firm's vice-president if he went for his master's degree so he quit rather than tell everyone that he didn't have a college diploma. He went to New York where he studied drama by day and drove a cab at night. Gil picked up a fare who showed a lively interest in the problems of unknown, unemployed actors. Before he left the cab, he told Gil to report in a few days to the set of Love Story (1970), which was being filmed on location in New York City. When Gil arrived on the "Love Story" set, he was hired as an extra. Later that day, he was singled out for a "bit" role, which eventually wound up on the cutting room floor, but he now had his first professional credit.

During the next few years, Gil did most of his acting in television commercials, some four hundred of them, including a stint as spokesman for the Ford Motor Company. Then came a leading role in the daytime soap opera The Doctors (1963). He formed his own production company in partnership with a writer-producer, co-authored a screenplay called "Hooch" (1977) and filmed it as a starring vehicle for himself. With "Hooch" completed, he was summoned to California to co-star with Yvette Mimieux in Ransom for Alice! (1977) and to play Lee Grant's youthful lover in Universal's Airport '77 (1977). A guest shot on Little House on the Prairie (1974) impressed producer-star Michael Landon, who cast him in the leading role in an ambitious television movie, Killing Stone (1978). He signed for his best known role as Captain Buck Rogers in the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: A. Nonymous

Spouse (4)

Bobi Leonard (30 June 1987 - 1989) (divorced)
Connie Sellecca (28 October 1979 - 1987) (divorced) (1 child)
? (1970 - 1977) (divorced)
? (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

Good friends with fellow Arkansas native and former US President Bill Clinton. They have known each other for nearly 30 years.
Had been battling obesity his entire life and in his later years had maxed out at over 350 pounds, resulting in him suffering from a number of life threatening complications including diabetes and congestive heart failure. However, he has recently undergone a form of weight loss surgery known as a mini-gastric bypass, and has since lost over 150 pounds and improved his health dramatically.
Best known for his role as Captain Buck Rogers on Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979).
Father, with Connie Sellecca, of son Gib Gerard.
Has started his own company Prudhomme Productions in 2005.
Attended the University of Central Arkansas but dropped out before graduation.
Parents are Frank Sr. and Gladys Gerard; has two brothers: Frank Jr. and Joseph Gerard.

Personal Quotes (1)

[about his close friend and fellow actor, the late Lyle Alzado] Even under the worst circumstances, he exhibited the best of himself. There was not that sense of self-pity. He was a genuinely good guy. When he passed away, there was a space left; and Lyle was a big man, so it was a big space.

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