April 1, 1932 is the birthdate of an actor that we all know, Gordon Jump. He was famous for playing the station manager on WKRP in Cincinnati, and he did a great job of that role.
He was a very versatile actor who actually had his start in television and radio, which is why it seemed that he was a natural fit for the role.
He would also show up from the mid 60's to his death in 2003 in various roles.
The one that we all seem to know is Gordon as the Maytag Repairman. The poor underworked blue collar worker who only wanted the chance to turn a wrench. The chance to get his hands dirty. Alas, Maytags were just so well built, week after week we were treated to seeing Gordon defining the meaning of underworked. It was a fun lark and he made it fun to watch.
Funny to me is that when I brought the topic of Gordon Jump up to a number of friends in discussing this article, they all said the same thing:
Isn't he the "Time to make the donuts guy?" The answer is no. That was done by another terrific actor, Michael Vale, who also is deceased. When I look at photos of them, they have no physical similarities. It is the kindness of the character or the man playing the character coming through, and that is where I got that same inquiry.
Gordon Jump died of heart and respiratory failure as a result of pulmonary fibrosis. He was 71 years of age.
Photo of Gordon Jump is courtesy of Wikipedia and Alan Light. Thank you!
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