Jerry Paris


Actor
Jerry Paris

About

Also Known As
William Gerald Paris
Birth Place
San Francisco, California, USA
Born
July 25, 1925
Died
March 31, 1986
Cause of Death
Complications From Brain Tumor

Biography

William Gerald "Jerry" Paris was raised by his stepfather, Milton Grossman, but used his real name when he decided to become an actor. Paris attended first New York University, then the University of California Los Angeles, but put his career on hold to enlist in the Navy during World War II. On returning to America, he enrolled at the Actor's Studio and soon found himself auditioning fo...

Biography

William Gerald "Jerry" Paris was raised by his stepfather, Milton Grossman, but used his real name when he decided to become an actor. Paris attended first New York University, then the University of California Los Angeles, but put his career on hold to enlist in the Navy during World War II. On returning to America, he enrolled at the Actor's Studio and soon found himself auditioning for, and being cast in Broadway plays. His first film role came with a small part in "Outrage," followed by acclaimed films like "The Wild One," "Marty" and "The Great Impostor." The year 1961 was when Paris found the role for which most people will remember him, that of next-door-neighbor Jerry Halper in "The Dick Van Dyke Show." "Dick Van Dyke Show" producer Carl Reiner gave Paris his first opportunity to direct one of the show's episodes, and within a couple of years, he was a regular director on the show. In 1964, he was rewarded with an Emmy Award for Best Directing. This led to a new direction in his career as he started focusing on work behind the camera, including directing several episodes of shows like "Happy Days" and "The Odd Couple." In 1986 he was diagnosed with a brain tumor, and died of complications following surgery.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Police Academy 3: Back in Training (1986)
Director
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
Director
Make Me An Offer (1980)
Director
Leo and Loree (1980)
Director
How to Break Up a Happy Divorce (1976)
Director
Only With Married Men (1974)
Director
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Director
The Couple Takes a Wife (1972)
Director
Every Man Needs One (1972)
Director
Call Her Mom (1972)
Director
Star Spangled Girl (1971)
Director
What's a Nice Girl Like You...? (1971)
Director
Two on a Bench (1971)
Director
The Feminist and the Fuzz (1971)
Director
The Grasshopper (1970)
Director
Viva Max! (1969)
Director
How Sweet It Is! (1968)
Director
Never a Dull Moment (1968)
Director
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Top Secret! (1984)
Backup Singer
Leo and Loree (1980)
Tony
Evil Roy Slade (1972)
Every Man Needs One (1972)
Marty Ranier
Never a Dull Moment (1968)
Police photographer
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968)
Baseball umpire
The Great Impostor (1961)
Defense lieutenant
No Name on the Bullet (1959)
Harold Miller
Career (1959)
Allan Burke
Sing, Boy, Sing (1958)
Arnold Fisher
The Female Animal (1958)
Hank Lopez
The Lady Takes a Flyer (1958)
Willie Ridgely
The Naked and the Dead (1958)
Goldstein
Man on the Prowl (1957)
Woody
Zero Hour! (1957)
Tony Decker
D-Day the Sixth of June (1956)
Raymond Boyce
I've Lived Before (1956)
Russell Smith
Never Say Goodbye (1956)
Joe
Not As a Stranger (1955)
Student
Hell's Horizon (1955)
Maddox
Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
Maurice Levine
Marty (1955)
Tommy
The View from Pompey's Head (1955)
Ian Garrick
The Naked Street (1955)
Latzi [Franks]
Unchained (1955)
Joe Ravens
The Wild One (1954)
Dextro
The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Ensign Harding
Drive a Crooked Road (1954)
Phil
Prisoner of War (1954)
Axel Horstrom
About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
Harkness
Flight to Tangier (1953)
Policeman in car
The Glass Wall (1953)
Tom
Sabre Jet (1953)
Capt. Bert Flanagan
Monkey Business (1952)
Scientist
Bright Victory (1952)
Reynolds
Bonzo Goes to College (1952)
Lefty Edwards
Frenchie (1951)
Bank teller
Her First Romance (1951)
Counselor
The Flying Missile (1951)
Andy Mason
Cyrano de Bergerac (1951)
Cadet
Submarine Command (1951)
Sgt. Gentry
Call Me Mister (1951)
Brown
The Reformer and the Redhead (1950)
Page boy
My Foolish Heart (1950)
Usher
Outrage (1950)
Frank Marini
D.O.A. (1950)
Bellhop
Battleground (1949)
German sergeant
Flamingo Road (1949)
Soda jerk
Sword in the Desert (1949)
Levitan
The Lady Gambles (1949)
Character

Writer (Feature Film)

The Caretakers (1963)
Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Every Man Needs One (1972)
Producer
The Caretakers (1963)
Associate Producer

Director (Special)

Beane's of Boston (1979)
Director
Sister Terri (1978)
Director
Best Friends (1977)
Director
Where's the Fire? (1975)
Director
Wednesday Night Out (1972)
Director
Keeping Up With the Joneses (1972)
Director
Cat Ballou (1971)
Director
Sheriff Who? (1967)
Director

Life Events

Photo Collections

Drive a Crooked Road - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Drive a Crooked Road - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Videos

Movie Clip

Never A Dull Moment (1968) - Open, We've Got You Surrounded! Opening gag has Walt Disney regular Dick Van Dyke using deadly force, for reasons quickly explained, with Anthony Caruso and Jackie Russell briefly featured, Jerry Paris directing, in Never A Dull Moment, 1968, also starring Edward G. Robinson and Dorothy Provine.
Zero Hour! (1957) - Crazy About Planes Decker (Jerry Paris!) and stewardess Janet (Peggy King) lead into Stryker (Dana Andrews) introducing Joey (Raymond Ferrell) to pilot Wilson (NFL Hall of Famer Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch) in Zero Hour!, 1957, which was famously the basis for Airplane!, 1980.
Caine Mutiny, The (1954) - I Kid You Not Captain Queeg (Humphrey Bogart) introduces himself and his ball-bearings to officers Maryk (Van Johnson), Keefer (Fred MacMurray), eager Ensign Keith (Robert Francis) et al, early in Edward Dmytryk's The Caine Mutiny, 1954.
How Sweet It Is (1968) - Just The Apron Southern California suburbanites Debbie Reynolds and James Garner appear to be up to no good, when former TV-kid Donald Losby shows up and reveals the gag, opening the modern-family comedy from the sitcom team of Garry Marshall and Jerry Belson, How Sweet It Is, 1970.
How Sweet It Is (1968) - Somebody Swiped My Riding Crop American Jenny (Debbie Reynolds) and son board the cruise ship to France, cueing Paul Lynde’s featured bit as the purser, and she finds out that she and her husband Grif (James Garner), who’s been hired to photograph student tour groups, aren’t bunking together, in How Sweet It Is, 1970.
How Sweet It Is (1968) - In America We Just Shake Hands We meet French playboy-aristocrat Philippe (third-billed Maurice Ronet) and his snarky servant (Marcel Dalio), who are surprised when American mom Jenny (Debbie Reynolds) shows up, having been hoodwinked into thinking she’s rented his villa, in How Sweet It Is, 1970, also starring James Garner.
Caretakers, The - Ready For Trouble From the opening credits, terrific freak-out by Polly Bergen (soon to be introduced as "Lorna Melford"), at a showing of West Side Story, opening producer-director Hall Bartlett's The Caretakers, 1963.

Trailer

Family

Marvin L Paris
Brother
Born in 1922.

Bibliography