Jerry Paris (I) (1925–1986)


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Glimpsed here and there throughout the 1950s, usually in amiable supporting roles on film, it was as in television that Jerry Paris found his true calling. In front of the camera, however, most fans will remember him as Jerry Helper, the next-door neighbor of Rob and Laura Petrie (Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore) on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)... See full bio »

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Known For

(1961-1966)
The Caine Mutiny Ens. Barney Harding
(1954)
Happy Days Director
(1974-1984)

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 The Magical World of Disney (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 Ernie, Madge and Artie (TV Movie)
 1974 McCloud (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1973 Break Up (TV Movie)
 1973 ABC Late Night (TV Series documentary) (1 episode)
- Break-Up (1973)
 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 That Girl (TV Series) (1 episode)
 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)
 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: Produced a sitcom pilot for ABC called "The Fireman's Ball." The plot concerned the misadventures of a group of San Francisco firemen. ABC liked the concept enough to recast and re-shoot another pilot in 1975, with Johnny Brown and David Ketchum the only returning actors, but the network decided not to pick it up for its fall ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

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Alternate Names:

Gerald Paris

Height:

6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse:

Ruth Benjamin  (her death)  (3 children)

Children:

Julie Paris | See more »
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Personal Quote:

[on unnecessary violence in films] There have been violent pictures that were masterpieces. I think of pictures like Gone with the Wind (1939), Bonnie and Clyde (1967), "The Battle of Algiers" [aka The Battle of Algiers (1966)]) and All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). These pictures knew how to employ violence. I took my kid to see "Gone with the Wind", and the scene where the street is filled... See more »

Trivia:

There is some irony in his directing Henry Winkler as "The Fonz" in Happy Days (1974), Winkler's character deriving his style from Jerry and other Black Rebels Motorcycle Club members in The Wild One (1953). See more »

Trademark:

Frequently appeared in small (one scene) roles

Star Sign:

Leo

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