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Jerry Lester (I) (1910–1995)

Jerry Lester was born on February 16, 1910 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Cavalcade of Stars (1949), The Name's the Same (1951) and The Jerry Lester Show (1963). He was married to Alice Elgie Wall and Ardelle Unger. He died on March 23, 1995 in Miami, Florida, USA. See full bio »


(age 85) in Miami, Florida, USA

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Cavalcade of Stars
Cavalcade of Stars Himself - Host
The Name's the Same
The Name's the Same Himself - Panelist
The Jerry Lester Show
The Jerry Lester Show Himself - Host
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 1980 Smokey and the Bandit II
Warehouse Guard
 1978 Odds and Evens
 1975 The Godmothers
Ricky Mastrasso
 1973 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
- The Black Art of Dying (1973) ... Chicky
 1968 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Mr. Carter
- The Wall That Mark and Tom Built (1968) ... Mr. Carter
 1967 Li'l Abner (TV Movie)
Pappy Yokum
 1967 The Monkees (TV Series)
- Monkees at the Movies (1967) ... Kramm
 1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series)
Big Julie
- The Phi Beta Killer Affair (1967) ... Big Julie
 1961 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series)
- The Ballet of the Paper Bullet (1961) ... Janusz
 1961 Miami Undercover (TV Series)
- The Clown (1961) ... Lennie
 1959 The Rookie
Jerry Mann
 1957 The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (TV Series)
Comedian-African Explorer
- Episode #3.2 (1957) ... Comedian-African Explorer
 1956 Robert Montgomery Presents (TV Series)
Jerry Croyden
- Plainfield Teachers College (1956) ... Jerry Croyden
 1951 Chesterfield Sound Off Time (TV Series)
 1942 Sleepytime Gal
 1939 Swing Hotel (Short)
 1933 Arizona to Broadway
Jimmy Dante
 1933 Mickey's Gala Premier (Short)
Maurice Chevalier / Ed Wynne / Jimmy Durante / ... (voice, uncredited)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (17 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Played "Pappy Yocum" in a sitcom called "Li'l Abner", based on the famous comic strip. See more »

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Started his career as a boy ballet dancer. A torn ligament halted that career and he turned to comedy. In 1974 he claimed that he was in his first race riot when he was eight and quickly learned to use his fists "so I would survive." At 14 he said he became a professional boxer and at 16 made his own living by clerking at the A&P in Jackson Park. BoxRec has no bouts listed under his birth name or... See more »

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