Jerry Paris

Jerry Paris

  • Highest Rated: 100% Marty (1955)
  • Lowest Rated: 29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
  • Birthday: Jul 25, 1925
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Born in San Francisco, Jerry Paris was a graduate of New York University and UCLA, and joined the Actors Studio after serving in the navy during World War II. His earliest stage performances were in productions of Medea, Anna Christie, and The Front Page. He entered films in 1950, and his early screen credits include Outrage, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Wild One, The Caine Mutiny, Marty, and The Naked and the Dead. Paris was also a regular on the series The Untouchables from 1959 thru 1961 in the role of G-man Martin Flaherty. In 1961, he joined the cast of The Dick Van Dyke Show as Jerry Helper, the next door neighbor to Rob and Laura Petrie. During the early run of the show, Paris began pestering producer Carl Reiner for a chance to direct, and was given his opportunity in 1962 with the classic episode "It May Look Like a Walnut," a comic take on science fiction chillers that was highlighted by the spectacle of costar Mary Tyler Moore sliding out of a closet filled with 1100 pounds of walnuts. Paris became a regular director on the show and won and Emmy in 1964 for his work. He subsequently went into feature filmmaking, including Viva Max and The Star-Spangled Girl, before returning to television, directing the pilot episode of Love American Style. He directed 35 episodes of The Odd Couple, and later spent a decade as producer and director of Happy Days, as well as directing the pilot episode of Laverne and Shirley. Paris created the character of Mork, played by Robin Williams, who was later spun off into the series Mork and Mindy. Paris returned to feature filmmaking in the late '80s with Police Academy 2 and Police Academy 3. He died in 1993 after a long struggle with cancer.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

40% Police Academy 3: Back in Training Director 1986
29% Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment Director 1985
No Score Yet Make Me an Offer Director 1980
No Score Yet How to Break Up a Happy Divorce Director 1976
No Score Yet Only with Married Men Director 1974
No Score Yet Evil Roy Slade Director Souvenir Salesman 1972
No Score Yet Star Spangled Girl Director 1971
No Score Yet The Grasshopper Director 1970
No Score Yet Viva Max! Director 1969
No Score Yet Never a Dull Moment Director Police Photographer 1968
No Score Yet Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River Director Baseball Umpire 1968
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! Director 1968
No Score Yet The Great Imposter Defense Lieutenant 1961
No Score Yet No Name on the Bullet Miller 1959
No Score Yet Career Allan Burke 1959
83% The Naked and the Dead Goldstein 1958
No Score Yet The Female Animal Hank Lopez 1958
No Score Yet Zero Hour! Tony Decker 1957
No Score Yet D-Day: The Sixth of June Raymond Boyce 1956
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Joe Cummings 1956
No Score Yet Good Morning, Miss Dove Maurice 1955
No Score Yet The Naked Street (The Brass Ring) Latzi Franks 1955
100% Marty Thomas 1955
No Score Yet Hell's Horizon Actor 1955
No Score Yet About Mrs. Leslie Actor 1954
92% The Caine Mutiny Ens. Harding 1954
No Score Yet Prisoner of War Axel Horstrom 1954
81% The Wild One Dextro 1954
No Score Yet Drive a Crooked Road Phil 1954
No Score Yet Sabre Jet Capt. Bert Flanagan 1953
No Score Yet The Glass Wall Tom 1953
88% Monkey Business Scientist 1952
No Score Yet Submarine Command (The Submarine Story) Sgt. Gentry 1951
No Score Yet Bright Victory Reynolds 1951
No Score Yet Call Me Mister Brown 1951
85% Cyrano de Bergerac Cadet 1950
No Score Yet Outrage Frank Marini 1950
88% D.O.A. Bell Hop 1950
No Score Yet My Foolish Heart Usher 1949
No Score Yet Sword in the Desert Levitan 1949

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Happy Days
1974-1984
Charlie Director
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
  • 1978
  • 1977
  • 1976
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
1976-1983
Director
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Odd Couple
1970-1975
Director
  • 1975
  • 1974
  • 1973
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-1977
Director
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Partridge Family
1970-1974
Director
  • 1970
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Jerry Helper Director
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
  • 1962
  • 1961
83% The Munsters
1964-1966
Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Prestwick
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Wally Benson Fred
  • 1958
  • 1956

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