Jerry Paris Movies and Career Information

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Jul 25, 1925
San Francisco
Actor and Director

Jerry Paris (July 25, 1925 – March 31, 1986) was an American actor and director best known for playing Jerry Helper, the dentist and next door neighbor of Rob and Laura Petrie, on The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was born William Gerald Grossman in San Francisco, California. After having directed some "Van Dyke" show episodes, Paris devoted himself to directing, both in television and film, most notably on the TV series Happy Days, for which he directed over 200 episodes. Paris had roles in major 1950s films like The Caine Mutiny, The Wild One and also played Martin "Marty" Flaharty, one of Eliot Ness's men in a recurring role in the first season of ABC-TV's The Untouchables. He married the former Ruth Benjamin, and they had three children. She died in 1980. Paris died from complications from brain cancer surgery at the age of 60. He was residing in Los Angeles, California at the time of his death. In 1990's sit-com The Nanny, Fran Fine's grandmother Yetta Rosenberg played by Ann Morgan Guilbert showed a photo of Paris briefly and claimed it was her late husband. Guilbert played Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show.

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