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Jerry Paris (I) (1925–1986)


Glimpsed here and there throughout the 1950s in amiable acting supports on film, it was as a TV producer and director that Jerry Paris found his true calling. In front of the camera, however, most fans will remember him quite fondly as the neighborhood dentist to Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on Van Dyke's treasured TV comedy sitcom of the ... See full bio »

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Known For

Happy Days
Happy Days Director
(1974-1984)
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961-1966)

Filmography

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 1986 You Again? (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Suspect (1986)
 1974-1984 Happy Days (TV Series) (237 episodes)
- Fonzie's Spots (1984)
- School Dazed (1984)
- Low Notes (1984)
 1980 Leo and Loree
 1980 Make Me an Offer (TV Movie)
 1979 Beane's of Boston (TV Movie)
 1979 Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1978 Sister Terri (TV Movie)
 1978 The Ted Knight Show (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Sweet Sixteen (1978)
 1977 Best Friends (TV Movie)
 1976 Good Heavens (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Big Break (1976)
 1976 Laverne & Shirley (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1975 When Things Were Rotten (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1975 The Fireman's Ball (TV Movie)
 1975 Karen (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Visitors (1975)
 1974 Paper Moon (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Green Goods (1974)
- Manly Arts (1974)
 1974 Only with Married Men (TV Movie)
 1974 McCloud (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1973 ABC Late Night (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Break-Up (1973)
 1973 Break Up (TV Movie)
 1972 Help, Inc. (TV Movie)
 1972 Every Man Needs One (TV Movie)
 1972 The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie)
 1972 Keeping Up with the Joneses (TV Movie)
 1972 Wednesday Night Out (TV Movie)
 1972 Evil Roy Slade (TV Movie)
 1972 Call Her Mom (TV Movie)
 1971 Two on a Bench (TV Movie)
 1971/I Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
 1971 The Feminist and the Fuzz (TV Movie)
 1970 The Partridge Family (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- This Is My Song (1970)
 1970 Barefoot in the Park (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The Bed (1970)
 1970 Here's Lucy (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1969-1970 Love, American Style (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Love and the Big Leap/Love and the Good Deal/Love and the Former Marriage (1969) ... (segment "Love and the Good Deal")
- Love and a Couple of Couples/Love and the Hustler/Love and the Pill (1969) ... (segment "Love and a Couple of Couples")
 1969 Viva Max
 1968 Dick Van Dyke (TV Special)
 1967 Sheriff Who (TV Movie)
 1965 Tammy (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1965 The Munsters (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1963-1965 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series) (6 episodes)
- Tonsils for Two (1964)
- Honeymoon Suite (1963)
 1965 That Girl (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 The Joey Bishop Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Nielsen Box (1964)
- Joey Goes to CBS (1964)
 1964 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series) (1 episode)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Directed a pilot for a sitcom called "Wednesday Night Out". See more »

Alternate Names:

Gerald Paris

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

You name it. I was the co-pilot, the best friend, the roommate, the army buddy. In three movies I was second banana to Bonzo the monkey. Remember Bonzo? He was the number- one monkey in Hollywood, bigger even than Cheetah the Chimp, until he was killed in a tragic fire. Let's see. I was in Bonzo Goes to College (1952), and in Monkey Business (1952), and another one. Monkey Business (1952) also ... See more »

Trivia:

He directed 5 of the 158 episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) after being hired as an actor to play next-door neighbor Jerry Helper, a dentist. He found he had a real gift for directing and went on to direct Happy Days (1974) and the pilot for Laverne & Shirley (1976). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently appears in a small (often one scene) role

Star Sign:

Leo

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