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Jerry Paris

Biography

Jerry Helper, the Petries’ next-door neighbor over the Dick Truck Dyke show who all also directed lots of the shows from the series, Happy Times. He examined at NY School and UCLA, and educated on the Stars Studio room after a sting in the Navy during Globe War II. Starting on Broadway in little bit roles, he transferred to television, you start with uncredited parts and shifting to buddy assignments that he exemplified over the Dick Truck Dyke show. He previously three kids with wife, Ruth Benjamin. He and Celeste Holm made an appearance together on the Broadway creation of Anna Christie, one of is own just two Broadway play roles.

Quick Facts


Full Name Jerry Paris
Date Of Birth July 25, 1925
Died March 31, 1986, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth San Francisco, CA
Profession TV Actor
Education New York University
Nationality American
Spouse Ruth Benjamin
Children Andrew Paris, Julie Paris, Tony Paris
Parents Milton Grossman, Esther Mohr
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series
Nominations DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Television
Movies Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Police Academy 3: Back in Training, Marty, The Caine Mutiny, Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River, How Sweet It Is!, Viva Max!, The Grasshopper, Star Spangled Girl, Never a Dull Moment, The Naked and the Dead, Evil Roy Slade, D-Day the Sixth of June, The Great Impostor, Bonzo Goes to College, Zero Hour!, Never Say Goodbye, The Naked Street, The Female Animal, Leo and Loree, Unchained, Hell's Horizon, The Flying Missile, The Lady Takes a Flyer, The Caretakers, The Feminist and the Fuzz, No Name on the Bullet, The Glass Wall, Man on the Prowl, Good Morning, Miss Dove, Call Her Mom, Prisoner of War, Only With Married Men, Career, Call Me Mister, My Foolish Heart, Bright Victory, Outrage, I've Lived Before, But I Don't Want to Get Married!, What's a Nice Girl Like You...?, How to Break Up a Happy Divorce, Every Man Needs One, Two on a Bench, The Couple Takes a Wife, Make Me an Offer, Triple Play II
TV Shows The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Untouchables, Michael Shayne
Star Sign Leo

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#Fact
1There is some irony in Jerry Paris 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).
2He 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).
3Father of Julie Paris and Tony Paris.
4His son Andrew Paris, is best known for his role as Bud Kirkland in the Police Academy movies.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
You Again?1986TV Series 2 episodes
Police Academy 3: Back in Training1986
Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment1985
Happy Days1974-1984TV Series 237 episodes
Leo and Loree1980
Make Me an Offer1980TV Movie
Beane's of Boston1979TV Movie
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1979TV Series 1 episode
Sister Terri1978TV Movie
The Ted Knight Show1978TV Series 1 episode
Best Friends1977TV Movie
Blansky's Beauties1977TV Series 8 episodes
How to Break Up a Happy Divorce1976TV Movie
Good Heavens1976TV Series 1 episode
Laverne & Shirley1976TV Series 1 episode
When Things Were Rotten1975TV Series 1 episode
The Fireman's Ball1975TV Movie
Karen1975TV Series 2 episodes
The Odd Couple1970-1975TV Series 18 episodes
Paper Moon1974TV Series 2 episodes
Only with Married Men1974TV Movie
McCloud1974TV Series 1 episode
The New Dick Van Dyke Show1973-1974TV Series 7 episodes
ABC Late Night1973TV Series 1 episode
Thicker Than Water1973TV Series 9 episodes
Break Up1973TV Movie
Help, Inc.1972TV Movie
Every Man Needs One1972TV Movie
The Couple Takes a Wife1972TV Movie
Keeping Up with the Joneses1972TV Movie
Wednesday Night Out1972TV Movie
Evil Roy Slade1972TV Movie
Call Her Mom1972TV Movie
Star Spangled Girl1971
What's a Nice Girl Like You...?1971TV Movie
Mary Tyler Moore1971TV Series 3 episodes
Two on a Bench1971TV Movie
Cat Ballou1971/ITV Movie
The Feminist and the Fuzz1971TV Movie
The Partridge Family1970TV Series 2 episodes
Barefoot in the Park1970TV Series 3 episodes
But I Don't Want to Get Married!1970TV Movie
Here's Lucy1970TV Series 2 episodes
The Grasshopper1970
Love, American Style1969-1970TV Series 3 episodes
Viva Max1969
How Sweet It Is!1968
Never a Dull Moment1968
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River1968
Dick Van Dyke1968TV Special
Sheriff Who1967TV Movie
Hey, Landlord1966-1967TV Series 5 episodes
The Dick Van Dyke Show1963-1966TV Series 84 episodes
Tammy1965TV Series 2 episodes
The Munsters1965TV Series 3 episodes
The Bill Dana Show1963-1965TV Series 6 episodes
That Girl1965TV Series 1 episode
The Joey Bishop Show1964TV Series 2 episodes
The Farmer's Daughter1964TV Series 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Police Academy 3: Back in Training1986Priest in Police Line-up (uncredited)
Happy Days1975-1983TV SeriesProfessor / Doctor / Photographer / ...
Leo and Loree1980Tony
Paper Moon1974TV Series
Every Man Needs One1972TV MovieMarty Ranier
Evil Roy Slade1972TV MovieSouvenir Salesman (uncredited)
Love, American Style1970TV SeriesDr. Paul Meltz (segment "Love and the Psychiatrist")
But I Don't Want to Get Married!1970TV MovieHarry
Never a Dull Moment1968Police Photographer (uncredited)
Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River1968Baseball Umpire
That Girl1965-1966TV SeriesThe Director
The Dick Van Dyke Show1961-1966TV SeriesJerry Helper / Jack Sullivan / TV Newsman / ...
The Fugitive1963TV SeriesJim Prestwick
The Eleventh Hour1963TV SeriesMarty Kane
The Caretakers1963Passerby Lorna Bumps on Street (uncredited)
77 Sunset Strip1961-1963TV SeriesJay Breacher / Tom Gardiner
Death Valley Days1962TV SeriesEmmanuel Gruber
Hawaiian Eye1962TV SeriesMartin Short
The Lloyd Bridges Show1962TV SeriesPete
Ben Casey1962TV SeriesMr. Tarlow
87th Precinct1962TV SeriesDouglas Masters
General Electric Theater1962TV SeriesLarry Grossblatt
The Detectives1962TV SeriesMichael Hearn
Cain's Hundred1961TV SeriesHarry White
Michael Shayne1960-1961TV SeriesTim Rourke
The Great Impostor1961Defense Lieutenant
Startime1960TV SeriesGrimes
The Alaskans1960TV SeriesWalter Collier
The Untouchables1959-1960TV SeriesAgent Martin Flaherty Martin Flaherty
Career1959Allan Burke
Markham1959TV SeriesPaul Stevens
Steve Canyon1959TV SeriesMaj. 'Willie' Williston
No Name on the Bullet1959Harold Miller
Pursuit1958TV Series
Sugarfoot1958TV SeriesCully Abbott
The Naked and the Dead1958Goldstein
Alfred Hitchcock Presents1956-1958TV SeriesFred Piper / Wally Benson
Sing Boy Sing1958Arnold Fisher
The Female Animal1958Hank Galvez (not Lopez)
Colt .451958TV SeriesJoe Bullock
The Silent Service1957TV SeriesO'Kane / Capt. Richard O'Kane
The Lady Takes a Flyer1957Willie Ridgely
Man on the Prowl1957Woody
Zero Hour!1957Tony Decker
Telephone Time1957TV Series
The George Sanders Mystery Theater1957TV SeriesHoward
Those Whiting Girls1957TV SeriesArtie the Accompanist / Artie
Playhouse 901956-1957TV SeriesChevak
Code 31957TV SeriesDep. Sheriff Stitts
Matinee Theatre1957TV Series
The Millionaire1957TV SeriesRobert R. 'Bob' Fielding
The 20th Century-Fox Hour1956-1957TV SeriesJoe Elliot / Ferguson
Schlitz Playhouse1957TV Series
Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal1957TV SeriesDoctor
Hey, Jeannie!1956TV SeriesJoe Grady
Navy Log1956TV SeriesAl / J. Gish
You Are There1955-1956TV SeriesSailor / Newsman
I've Lived Before1956Russell Smith, Copilot
Big Town1956TV Series
D-Day the Sixth of June1956Raymond Boyce
The Bob Cummings Show1956TV SeriesCapt. Henry Barnes
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV Series
TV Reader's Digest1955-1956TV SeriesCharles Sussman / Associate Surgeon
Never Say Goodbye1956Joe
Lux Video Theatre1955-1956TV SeriesRichard / Charlie Harris
Crusader1956TV SeriesBarney
Celebrity Playhouse1955TV SeriesBill Feldman
Hell's Horizon1955Cpl. Pete Kinshaw
Good Morning, Miss Dove1955Maurice Levine
The View from Pompey's Head1955Ian Garrick
Crossroads1955TV SeriesCpl. Reynolds
The Naked Street1955Latzi Franks
Front Row Center1955TV SeriesMark Eisen
Not as a Stranger1955Thompson (uncredited)
Damon Runyon Theater1955TV Series
Marty1955Tommy
Unchained1955Joe Ravens
The Lone Wolf1954TV SeriesPaul
About Mrs. Leslie1954Mr. Harkness (uncredited)
The Caine Mutiny1954Ens. Barney Harding
Prisoner of War1954Axel Horstrom
Your Favorite Story1954TV Series
Drive a Crooked Road1954Phil
The Ford Television Theatre1954TV SeriesEd Hunnicutt / Eddie Nigh
The Wild One1953Dextro (uncredited)
Flight to Tangier1953Policeman in Car (uncredited)
Sabre Jet1953Capt. Bert Flanagan
Fireside Theatre1953TV Series
The Glass Wall1953Tom
The Web1953TV SeriesFrank Nelson
Dragnet1952TV SeriesJack Blaine
Bonzo Goes to College1952Lefty Edwards
Monkey Business1952Scientist (uncredited)
Out There1951TV Series
Submarine Command1951Sgt. Gentry
Starlight Theatre1951TV SeriesOtis
Her First Romance1951Camp Counsellor (uncredited)
Bright Victory1951Reynolds, the Medic (uncredited)
Call Me Mister1951Air Force Pilot in Skit (uncredited)
Frenchie1950Perry (uncredited)
The Flying Missile1950Crewman Andy Mason
Cyrano de Bergerac1950Cadet
Outrage1950Frank Marini
The Reformer and the Redhead1950Radio Station Call Boy (uncredited)
D.O.A.1950Bellhop (uncredited)
Woman in Hiding1950Customer at Newsstand (uncredited)
My Foolish Heart1949Usher at Football Game
Battleground1949German Sergeant (uncredited)
Sword in the Desert1949Levitan (uncredited)
The Lady Gambles1949Horse Player (uncredited)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happy DaysTV Series producer - 117 episodes, 1976 - 1982 supervising producer - 6 episodes, 1979
Ernie, Madge and Artie1974TV Movie producer
Every Man Needs One1972TV Movie producer
But I Don't Want to Get Married!1970TV Movie producer
The Caretakers1963associate producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Caretakers1963screen story

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Daily Cafe2007TV Series technical manager - 2007-2008

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happy Days Reunion Special1992TV Special dedicated to the memory of

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sitcom: The Adventures of Garry Marshall1979TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color1979TV SeriesPolice Photographer
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryDr. Jerry Helper - Dick Van Dyke Show
Pioneers of Television2008TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself / Dr. Jerry Helper
Happy Days: 30th Anniversary Reunion2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited2004TV MovieJerry Helper

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1964Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directorial Achievement in ComedyThe Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1981Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesHappy Days (1974)
1978Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directing in a Comedy SeriesHappy Days (1974)
1966Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Directorial Achievement in ComedyThe Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)
1965DGA AwardDirectors Guild of America, USAOutstanding Directorial Achievement in TelevisionThe Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)


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#Quote
1My trouble as an actor was twofold, I was too tall, and I wasn't handsome enough. Richard Widmark wanted me in a couple of movies, and they told him I was too tall; I'd make him look short. Widmark said what the hell, we can dig a hole. And I remember I was Robert Taylor's roommate in D-Day the Sixth of June (1956), and I had to sit down all the time. Yeah. I remember the scene where I was leaving, and I was supposed to bid him goodbye. The director told me to sit on the bed. What's this? I said. I'm leaving, and I'm sitting on the bed? The director says, "Give him a can of beer or something. He can be drinking a can of beer, and then we cut to him outside the door".
2You 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 had Marilyn Monroe and Cary Grant but, as I recall, Bonzo got equal billing. Bonzo had a trainer who started to talk as if he were the monkey. Hell, the monkey was making the money. One day the trainer tells me I have a part in Bonzo's next picture because Bonzo likes me. Can you imagine that? Getting the part because the monkey likes you?.
3[on unnecessary violence in motion pictures] 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 with dying soldiers, she found tremendously moving. But, then, she went to see Point Blank (1967)--I wouldn't have let her but, somehow, she went without me realizing what kind of movie it was--and here was all this brutality, shooting, torture. What does it mean in a context like that?
4[on becoming a film director] At last I can paint the whole canvas. How's that for a figure of speech, eh? When I was a character actor, I was painting only one color--blue or green, as it were. Now I can work on the whole movie.
5[on the difficulties of being a tall actor] You ever see a picture called The Flying Missile (1950)? I was in it, and Glenn Ford starred. We were on a submarine, and I was looking out of the periscope all the time. Only it would look bad if we had to lower the periscope for Ford after I finished looking out of it. So I spent the whole picture crouched over.

#Trademark
1Frequently appears in a small (often one scene) role

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