WKRP’s Gordon Jump was Mormon?
Gordon Jump was an American actor best known as the clueless radio station manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati. He was also well-known for playing the “Maytag Repairman” in commercials for Maytag brand appliances.
In the 1960s, Jump was converted and baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Subsequently, he acted in several church-produced productions, including playing the Apostle Peter in a 1969 film used as part of the LDS temple ceremonies. He also appeared in the 2002 Mormon-themed comedy The Single Ward.
Friends who knew Jump recall his unwavering commitment to his faith in a profession that doesn’t always support that. Friend Sandy Dietlein said, “once he joined the church, he was truly converted, and that is not an easy thing in the theater business because you are always surrounded by people who have a totally different view of life than you do.”
Jump died in 2003 from pulmonary fibrosis, leading to respiratory failure at his home near Los Angeles, California.