Jerry verDorn, Who Performed Ross on Guiding Gentle, Lifeless at 72


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Jerry verDorn, Who Performed Ross on Guiding Gentle, Lifeless at 72

Gerald “Jerry” M. verDorn, who’s greatest identified to daytime-TV audiences for his run as Guiding Gentle‘s Ross, died peacefully at house on Sunday after a months-long most cancers sickness. He was 72.

Born in Sioux Falls, S.D., verDorn after graduating from what’s now Minnesota State College Moorhead had main roles in lots of seasons of summer season theatre and likewise spent a yr finding out at an appearing academy in London.

In June 1977, after marrying his school girlfriend, Bethea “Beth” Stewart, the 2 moved to the Large Apple, the place amongst different stage productions verDorn understudied George Grizzard within the lead function of Shaw’s Man and Superman on Broadway, enjoying matinee performances for a number of months

It was there that verDorn caught the attention of casting brokers for CBS’ venerable Guiding Gentle, and he joined that solid in March 1979 as legal professional Ross Marler, a job he performed till 2005 and for which he earned two Daytime Emmys and 4 extra nominations.

In 2005, verDorn moved to One Life to Dwell, recreating the function of Clint Buchanan (initially performed by Clint Ritchie) till that ABC serial and its on-line revival led to 2013. He then retired after 34 years on daytime tv.

VerDorn is survived by his spouse Beth; his sons and daughters-in-law Jake and Laura verDorn and Peter and Erin verDorn; his sister Bonnie Simpfenderfer and brothers Jim verDorn and Dan Verdorn; and a number of other nieces, nephews, cousins, and three younger grandchildren.


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