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Alexander Gordon Jump (April 1, 1932 – September 22, 2003) was an American actor best known as the clueless yet occasionally wise radio station manager Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and the incompetent "Chief of Police Tinkler" in the sitcom Soap. Jump's most memorable guest starring role was on a two-part episode of the 1980s sitcom Diff'rent Strokes, in which he portrayed a pedophile who attempts to molest main characters Arnold and his friend, Dudley. He also played the "Maytag Repairman" in commercials for Maytag brand appliances, from 1989 until his retirement from the role in July 2003.
Jump in 1979
Alexander Gordon Jump
April 1, 1932
|Died||September 22, 2003 (aged 71)|
|Spouse(s)||Olinda D. Kandt (1954–1962)|
Anna F. Inge Jump (1963–1992)
Betty McKeever (1993–2003)
Born Alexander Gordon Jump, in Dayton, Ohio, Jump graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 1955. In 1957, Jump graduated with a degree in journalism from Kansas State University, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and worked for KSDB, the Kansas State Student Radio Station. He began his career working at radio and television stations in Manhattan and Topeka, Kansas. In Topeka he did the weather on WIBW-TV in 1959; in the early 1960s, he performed on the station's weekday after-school children's program as "Wib the Clown," then had to change clothes quickly and wipe off the clown makeup in order to report the weather on the local evening news, which followed.
In September 1961 he returned to Dayton and joined WLWD (now WDTN) as the station's director of special broadcast services. He continued as a producer and on-air personality at WLWD, hosting Gordon Jump's Fun Time, a popular show for younger children, and High Time, a variety series, before deciding to move to Los Angeles and study acting.
Jump first began his acting career in the 1960s with minor roles in television on such shows as Get Smart, Lancer, Here Come the Brides, and Green Acres. He also guest-starred in a number of series during the 1970s including The Rockford Files, A Touch of Grace, Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, The Incredible Hulk (in an October 1978 episode called "Ricky"), The Lost Saucer, Starsky & Hutch, Lou Grant, Kojak, The Bionic Woman, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries. He had a brief speaking role as a farmer in the 1976 television movie Sybil.
In the 1960s, Jump converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Subsequently, he acted in several church-sanctioned instructional and educational productions, including When Thou Art Converted (1967), Pioneers In Petticoats (1969)  What About Thad? (1970), a marriage-advice film, and as the Apostle Peter in a 1969 film used as part of the LDS temple ceremonies. Jump would return to LDS films with a small role in the 2002 comedy The Singles Ward.
In 1978, he landed his signature role of Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson on the situation comedy WKRP in Cincinnati, portraying a bumbling radio station manager whose main qualification for the job is being the son of the station's owner.
After WKRP in Cincinnati folded in 1982, Jump made an appearance on a two-part episode of Diff'rent Strokes, cast as Mr. Horton, the owner of a bicycle shop who attempts to molest series protagonist Arnold Jackson and his friend, Dudley Ramsey. He later hosted the PBS series Make Yourself at Home, taught voice classes, and made frequent appearances on the hit television show Growing Pains playing Joanna Kerns's father. Jump also enjoyed working in theater.
In 1989, Jump took over the Maytag repairman role from Jesse White. In the 1990s, Jump starred in a short-lived revival of WKRP in Cincinnati entitled The New WKRP in Cincinnati. He also appeared in the ninth and final season of Seinfeld, in which he played George Costanza's boss at a playground equipment company over two episodes. Jump's last movie role was in the 2004 film Changing of the Guard, released after his death.
|1965||Marriage- What Kind For You?||Business Man at the New Years party.||LDS Church film.|
|1967||When Thou Art Converted||Typewriter Boss and Elders Quorum President||LDS Church film.|
|1969||Pioneers In Petticoats||Papa the Farmer||LDS Church film.|
|1969||What About Thad?||Bishop of the LDS Church||LDS Church film.|
|1969||Mormon Temple Film||The Apostle Peter|
|1970||Airport||Man Inspecting Hole in Plane||Uncredited|
|1970||Ransom Money||Captain Hampton|
|1971||The Blue Hour||Investor||Uncredited|
|1972||Conquest of the Planet of the Apes||Auctioneer|
|1975||The Strongest Man in the World||Krinkle Krunch Executive||Uncredited|
|1978||The Guilty||Man in Mormon sacrament testimony meeting.||LDS Church film.|
|1978||The Fury||Mr. Nuckells|
|1978||House Calls||Dr. O'Brien|
|1978||The Small One||Joseph||Voice, Short animated film|
|1979||Evidence of Power||Dr. Lawson|
|1982||Families are Forever||Narrator||LDS church film|
|1984||Making the Grade||Mr. Harriman||Alternative title: The Last American Preppy|
|1990||Honeymoon Academy||Mr. Nelson||Alternative title: For Better or For Worse|
|1999||A Dog's Tale||Professor Thadeus A. Widstone|
|2002||The Singles Ward||An Airline Passenger|
|1965||Daniel Boone||Marcus Clements||1 episode|
|1966||Get Smart||Hobson||1 episode|
|1967||T.H.E. Cat||1 episode|
|1970–1974||The Partridge Family||Man #2 / Zack Feldman / Father||7 episodes|
|1970||The Brady Bunch||Mechanic / Collins||2 episodes|
|1971||The Doris Day Show||Mr. Robinson||1 episode|
|1972–1973||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Hank Morton / Judy's Father||2 episodes|
|1973||A Touch of Grace||Greenwald||1 episode|
|1973||The Paul Lynde Show||Larry||1 episode|
|1974||Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers||Mr. Mead||1 episode|
|1974||The Rockford Files||Freddie||1 episode|
|1974–1975||That's My Mama||Officer O'Reilley||3 episodes|
|1975||The Streets of San Francisco||Sergeant Lacy||1 episode|
|1976||The Bionic Woman||Charles Butler||1 episode|
|1976||Rich Man, Poor Man||Dr. Simms||1 episode|
|1976||Alice||Sheriff McElroy||1 episode|
|1976||McDuff, the Talking Dog||Amos Ferguson||11 episodes|
|1977||Lou Grant||National Editor||6 episodes|
|1977||The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries||Officer Hooper||1 episode (Nancy Drew segment)|
|1978||The Incredible Hulk||Mac||1 episode|
|1977-1978||Soap||Chief of Police Tinkler||12 episodes|
|1978–1982||WKRP in Cincinnati||Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson, Station Manager||88 episodes (90 in syndication)|
|1979||Goldie and the Boxer||Alex||Television movie|
|1980||Mr. Krueger's Christmas||Narrator||Television movie|
|1983||Diff'rent Strokes||Mr. Horton||2 episodes: "The Bicycle Man" (two parts)|
|1984||Night Court||American agent||1 episode|
|1985||Tall Tales & Legends||Mr. Ripple||1 episode|
|1986–1991||Growing Pains||Ed Malone||11 episodes|
|1986||Simon & Simon||Ross Garrett||1 episode|
|1986||The Golden Girls||Leonard Barton||1 episode|
|1988||Who's the Boss?||Archie||1 episode|
|1989||Sister Kate||Lucas Underwood||1 episode|
|1991–1993||The New WKRP in Cincinnati||Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson||46 episodes|
|1994||Baywatch||Max Edelman||2 episodes|
|1995||Empty Nest||Bud||1 episode|
|1997||Married... with Children||Mr. Tot||1 episode|
|1997||Seinfeld||Mr. Thomassoulo||2 episodes|
|1998||Mike Hammer, Private Eye||Augustus Hancock Sterling, The General||2 episodes|
Gordon Jump was the surveyor on episode 9 of Green Acres 1968.
Gordon Jump was Mayor Tilly on an episode of Murder She Wrote called "If The Frame Fits" in 1986
- Oliver, Myrna (September 24, 2003). "Gordon Jump, 71; Was 'Maytag Man' in Ads, 'Big Guy' on 'WKRP' TV Series". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
- Marriage: What Kind for You? from IMDB
- Mormon Temple Film from IMDB
- "Gordon Jump, 71, 'WKRP' Actor Who Played Maytag's Repairman". The New York Times. September 24, 2003. Retrieved 2007-07-21.
Gordon Jump, who played a befuddled radio station manager on the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and made his mark in commercials as the lonely Maytag repairman, died on Monday at his home southeast of Los Angeles. He had pulmonary fibrosis.
- Cooper, Hal (1970-10-30), Call Me Irresponsible, Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, retrieved 2018-03-28
- Rudolph, Oscar (1970-02-27), The Possible Dream, Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis, retrieved 2018-03-28
- Gordon Jump on IMDb
- The MSN Entertainment entry on Jump
- The USA Today Obituary on Jump
- Kansas State Historical Society biography of Gordon Jump
- Gordon Jump at Find a Grave
- Gordon Jump papers, MSS 3711 at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University
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