Jerry Mathers

Jerry Mathers

from the trailer for the film
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
BornMay 2 1948 (1948--) (age 59)
Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.
Died


Jerry Mathers (born June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa), is an American television, film and stage actor.

The brown-headed Mathers is best known for his role in the long-running television sitcom series Leave it to Beaver (1957-1963), in which he co-starred as the younger son (of Ward and June Cleaver, played by Barbara Billingsley and Hugh Beaumont), Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver, a child living in a somewhat idealized suburban family.

Personal and professional life

Mather's acting career began early. At the age of two, in a commercial, he walked into a barroom wearing diapers, six guns, cowboy boots and a big cowboy hat. Ed Wynn, the vaudeville comedian, was behind the bar and several cowboy actors began portraying a bar fight. At this point, Mathers walks through the fighting cowbys and one of them pick him up and they all say, “Why are you here?” Mather's responds, “I’m the toughest hombre in these parts. You better have my brand,” while he pounds on the bar. It was a commercial for PET Milk.[1]

His early movies included This Is My Love (1954), Men of the Fighting Lady (1954), The Seven Little Foys (1955) and The Trouble with Harry (1955). As he moved into his teenage years, Mathers retired from acting to concentrate on school. He suffered from dyslexia in his early life.

Mathers graduated from Notre Dame High School, in Sherman Oaks, California, in 1967. He went to college at the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a BA degree in philosophy in 1973.

Mathers became the subject of an urban legend when it was falsely reported that he died in Vietnam. While he did serve in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War, he remained in the United States. In 1969 (or 1968; sources differ) incorrect reports of his death were put out by Associated Press and United Press International when a similarly-named soldier was killed.[1][2] The rumor was so widespread and believable that Tony Dow, a co-star from the Beaver sitcom, sent flowers to the Mathers family upon hearing the news.

He began a successful career in real-estate development and banking. In order to pay for this, he used his savings from his acting career.

In 1978, he reentered the entertainment industry. He has since starred in Playing Patti (1998) and Better Luck Tomorrow (2002). He has also been in It's Howdy Doody Time (1987), Down the Drain (1990) and Sexual Malice (1994).

In 1983, Mathers starred in a Leave It to Beaver reunion movie and in a subsequent revival television series, Still the Beaver, reprising his role as Theodore Cleaver.

Mathers was diagnosed with diabetes in 1996[2]. He took preventative action, lost 45 pounds and became one of the leading lecturers on living with and dealing with diabetes. Mathers has partnered with diverse organizations to bring awareness of this epidemic to the public and is currently the national spokesperson for Johnson and Johnson’s OneTouch Ultra2 System blood glucose monitoring system.

Mathers has owned and operated a catering business and also has done commercial work for national and regional spots for advertisers such as PET Condensed Milk, Kellogg’s (he and Tony Dow were the first non-athletes on a box of corn flakes), General Electric, Purina, Kern International, Chevrolet, Toyota, General Mills, AOL, Coca Cola, Jim Beam and Biogen.

He is a highly requested speaker at national conventions, where he addresses the emotional state of the American family and the effects of television on society today, using the fabled Cleavers from his early television career.

Mathers was the first child actor ever to make a deal to get a percentage of the merchandising revenue from a television show. The Leave It to Beaver show still generates merchandise revenue today, almost 45 years after its original production run ended.

He is also the father of three children; his son, Noah Mathers (1978), works in film and video production, and two daughters: Mercedes Mathers (1982), and Gretchen Mathers (1985), who attends college in Southern California. All of his children were with his wife Rhonda to whom he was married 14 years. He has been married twice, although now is divorced.

Frank Bank, who played Clarence "Lumpy" Rutherford on the Beaver show, is now Mathers’s investment adviser.

Mathers, who is an FCC licensed broadcaster, often guest hosts on national talk-radio programs and is trained in radio satellite broadcasting.

Mathers has also had recurring spots on The Tonight Show with host Jay Leno.

In his first venture on Broadway, Mathers joined the musical cast of a production of Hairspray for a three-month run, between June and September of 2007.[3] He played the part of Wilbur Turnblad.[4] Mathers is the second cast member of the original Leave It to Beaver show to appear on Broadway. In 1936, Barbara Billingsley appeared in the Broadway play Straw Hat, which closed after only five shows.

In 1962, near the end of the run of the original show, Mathers recorded two songs for a single 45rpm: Don't 'Cha Cry, a retread of Spanish Harlem; and for the flip side, the twist ditty, Wind-Up Toy ("Wind-up Toy! Wind-up Toy! Say, when you gonna treat me like a real live boy.") During his high school years, following the production of the original show, Mathers had a band called "Beaver and the Trappers." They made some records for Atlantic Records, including one called Happiness is Havin', which was the number one single in Hawaii and Alaska for a while. The song was co-written by Mathers and Richard Correll, who played Richard Rickover in the original sitcom. Mathers's band recorded for about three-and-a-half years and played sock-hops and parties in southern California.

Mathers's partner since 2005 is Teresa Modnick, the community relations director for the Center for Healthy Aging, based in Santa Monica, California.

The original sitcom has been shown in over 80 countries in 40 languages. Mathers has noted that the Leave It to Beaver phenomenon is worldwide. "I can go anywhere in the world, and people know me," Mathers has said. "In Japan the show’s called 'The Happy Boy and His Family.' So I’ll be walking through the airport in Japan, and people will come up and say, 'Hi, Happy Boy!'"[5]

Select filmography

Bibliography

  • And Jerry Mathers as The Beaver; Mathers, Jerry and Fagen, Herb; Berkley Trade (1998)

References

1. ^ [3]
2. ^ [4]
3. ^ [5] - Playbill.com
4. ^ And Jerry Mathers as ... Tracy Turnblad’s Father? - New York Times.com
5. ^ And Jerry Mathers as ... Tracy Turnblad’s Father? - New York Times.com

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