Gordon Jump (WKRP) dies

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  1. Paul Drake

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    This is too bad. I always liked him. He recently gave up his job as the "Maytag Repairman". I wonder if this was the real reason for him moving on.



    Gordon Jump of 'WKRP' and Maytag ad fame dies at 71

    By LYNN ELBER
    AP Television Writer

    LOS ANGELES --
    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 Monday. He was 71.

    Jump suffered from a condition called pulmonary fibrosis, said his
    cousin, Katherine Jump Wagner. The illness involves scarring of the
    air sacs of the lungs, leading to heart or respiratory failure.

    Wagner of Arcanum, Ohio, said she learned of her cousin's death from
    her father, also named Gordon Jump. Her cousin was under hospice care
    and is believed to have died at his home in Coto de Caza, she said.

    The upscale community is southeast of Los Angeles in Orange County.

    Jump portrayed the Maytag repairman "Ol' Lonely," a well-recognized
    advertising symbol, from 1989 until he retired from the role in July
    and actor Hardy Rawls took over.

    From 1967-88, Jesse White played the repairman who never gets a
    service call because of Maytag's reliability. White died in 1997 at
    age 79.

    "Gordon was an incredibly talented actor and a remarkable human
    being," said Ralph Hake, chairman and chief executive officer of
    Maytag Corp. "It was natural for him to project an image of warmth,
    caring, dependability, respect and humor, because that's exactly the
    kind of person he was. ... We will miss him dearly."

    Jump came to appreciate the attention he got for the ad campaign and
    the steady work it provided, Wagner said. But his heart was elsewhere
    professionally.

    "What he loved more than anything was doing theater. He was a
    marvelous actor," she said, recalling a visit to Florida to watch him
    perform in "Norman, Is That You?"

    Jump played Arthur Carlson in "WKRP in Cincinnati," which aired on CBS
    from 1978-82 and featured Gary Sandy, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid and
    Howard Hesseman as the ragtag station's crew.

    A native of Dayton, Ohio, Jump began his career working at radio and
    TV stations in the Midwest. He worked behind the microphone and the
    camera, including jobs as a producer for Kansas and Ohio stations.

    He began his Hollywood career after moving to Los Angeles in 1963,
    appearing on series including "Daniel Boone," "Get Smart" and "The
    Partridge Family."

    His dramatic roles included a part in the TV movie "Ruby and Oswald,"
    about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and "Conquest of
    the Planet of the Apes."

    Jump is survived by his wife, Betty; daughters, Cindy, Kiva, Maggi Jo
    and Laura and one son, Chris, Maytag said in a statement. He also had
    a brother, Wagner said.

    Funeral services were pending Monday.
     
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    "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."

    And now you can fly, too, Gordon. We'll miss you.[​IMG]
     
  3. Keith Paynter

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    We're gonna miss The Big Guy.
     
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    A very funny man. He will be missed.
     
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    Oh Man! Yet another one of my favorites from my teenage TV watching years passes. I'll always remember when he enters the booth while Dr. Johnny Fever is playing Pink Floyd ANIMALS and the befuddled look on his face. "Don't touch that." RIP.
     
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    My mother had lunch with Mr. Jump on a couple of occasions... he was reportedly a really nice, genuine fellow.

    I'm very sorry to hear this ... we'll all miss ya BigGuy.
     
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    Oh no!!!

    RIP Big Guy
     
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    Gordon Jump was a Mormon.
     
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    WKRP is my most wanted TV swow that I want on DVD.

    You will be missed Big Guy.
     
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    I had the pleasure of spending some time with Mr. Jump, while he was touring appliance stores as Ol' Lonely (The Maytag Repair Man). Although I could tell he wasn't having a lot of fun, he was very nice, courteous, posed for photos (I have one with him), and talked alot about WKRP. What a nice guy.

    God Bless, Big Guy!
     
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    [​IMG]

    R.I.P.
     
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    RIP, big guy.
     
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    Oddly enough, Momma Carlson (Carol Bruce)is still living. Remember the one when he used cocaine as foot powder? Another great scene was when he couldn't work the venetian blinds in his office. He went to the desk drawer and couldn't get it open until he yanks it with such force that it ends up flying through the window, and the blinds fall to the floor, and he tries to look dignified when Johnny walks in. I remember that got one of the longest laughs of the series from the studio audience. Great guy.
     
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    I graduated from and now work at a college where Gordon Jump attended for a year. He came back to the school in the summer of 1997 to participate in a summer theater production. I work at the television station, where we do a weekly newscast. We thought it might be fun to have him come on and read the health report, especially since he had a background in broadcasting. He agreed to do so, and it went off pretty well. Since I was the producer, I had the chance to talk to him for a little bit. He was a nice guy and very helpful toward the students.
     
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