Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer


2/13/1944, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Gerald Norman Springer



Also Known As

Gerald Norman Springer
  • The cast from The Springer Hustle.
  • Jerry Springer from The Springer Hustle.
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Jerry Springer attended Northwestern University School of Law. He was an aide to US Senator Robert F. Kennedy, and he went on to become the mayor of Cincinnati. Then he decided to start giving back to the world, and created his long-running daytime talk show, 'The Jerry Springer…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Jerry made a quick guest appearance on The Megan Mullally Show during it's 2006-2007 run. He played himself in the role on Megan's talk show. He and another male guest star were competing and dancing with Megan on the stage. Jerry and the other guest stared down each other for Megan.

    • Despite the enjoyment Jerry derived from being Cincinnati's 1970's answer to New York City's 1930's Gentleman Jimmy Walker, Jerry was politicial ambitious and was seeking higher levels of political satisfaction. Jerry never did hide the fact from anyone. And one of Jerry's aspirations was to be the Governor of Ohio. Jerry saw that as a stepping stone to even greater heights, like the U.S. Senate. Sure Jerry was ambitious, but he didn't grow up wanting to be president.

    • On July 10, 2002, the sons of guest Nancy Campbell-Panitz, who was murdered by her ex-husband, Ralf Panitz, after they appeared on an episode with his new wife, Eleanor Panitz, filed a multimillion dollar wrongful death lawsuit in Florida's Sarasota County Court against Springer, his producers and his distributor, claiming that Jerry created "a mood that led to murder".

    • In July, 1994, Jerry penned a series of essays for Woman's Day magazine. The first was a Father's Day column in which he proudly pointed out, as he often had to friends, that Katie was the only member of the family who could run for U.S. President because she had the distinction of being the only Springer to be born in this country. Katie was born with a whole checklist of problems, Jerry acknowledged, but she's overcome them all.

    • As Mayor of Cincinnati, Jerry would do almost anything to please his public, which included wrestling a bear.

    • As newly elected mayor od Cincinnati, in 1977 Jerry basks in the glow od victory with vice mayor J. Kenneth Blackwell.

    • After the birth of his daughter Katherine Suzanne Springer on July 7, 1976 in Cinncinnati, it had been discovered she'd had been born physcially challenged and that she was going to need at the very least a series of operations.
      Jerry and Micki were both distaught to learn that their daughter, who had been placed in the intensive care unit and that she had been on oxygen since her birth, was facing surgery only the day after she was born. Their daughter was going to undergo surger because the nasal passages in her nose were not completely opened.
      Finally after being in the hospital, she got to go home five weeks later.
      After their daughter came home, they received a call from the doctor giving them more bad news. The doctor told Jerry and Micki that he believe that their daughter Katie was born legally blind and that he also believed that she could possibly be mental retarded. That really blew the wind out of Jerry and Micki.

    • Jerry was the youngest person to ever become mayor in the city's 189 years.

    • Jerry was very committed to his politics and to liberal policies.

    • In his 1977 bid for re- election, Jerry stunned even himself by emerging as the top vote getter in that year's 24 candidate race for the city council, a race in which he outstripped his closet rival by nearly 10,000. Jerry was absolutely shocked at how well he ran.

    • In February 1978 Jerry appeared at Bogart's, a Cincinnati nightclub. At the last minute stand-in for an ailing magician, he entertained a crowd of several hundred people for twenty minutes.

    • Jerry began showing up at local radio stations to read the homespun commentaries he'd written on subjects ranging from local bond and sewer issues to the untimely death of John Lennon.

    • Jerry absolutely loved being major of Cincinnati, even though it was mainly a ceremonial position. He faced the worst day of his life and had not only survived them, he had flourished.

    • As newly elected mayor of Cincinnati, Jerry Springer basks in the glow of victory with vice mayor J. Kenneth Blackwell.

    • Jerry Springer managed to be re-elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1975, even after publicly admitting he had enjoyed the services of a Kentucky prostitute and paid her with a personal check.

    • In late March, 1974, the local Enquirer ran a front page story titled, "Springer Sometimes Brash, Unorthodox," in which the writer described Jerry as "the young man with the sandy tousled hair and the slightly owlish look when he dons his glasses presents a picture to the public that is somewhat less than the haber-dasher's dream.

    • Jerry Springer appeared on the Nick Clooney show crooning the song of Bobby McGee into the microphone while accompanying himself on the guitar.

    • Jerry once appeared for a special guest spot on Bob Braun's television show, the 50-50 Club and sang several songs with the Apple Butter Band. He recorded a single , "Save The Union Terminal," a plea to revitalize the Cincinnati train station, as part of a one million dollar fundraiser.

    • Jerry and Margaret first met in August of 1969 when Margaret, a secretary at Proter and Gamble had asked a fellow employee to find her a date for a Saturday. She was going to a movie with her sister and brother-in-law and didn't want to be a fifth wheel. The friend was Gerald Springer.

    • In March of 1973, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Velten of Cynthiana, Kentucky announced the engagement of their daughter Margaret, a University of Cincinnati student, to Mr. Gerald Norman Springer, vice-mayor of Cincinnati and the only bachelor on the city council.

    • Steve Wilkos started on The Jerry Springer Show in May of 1994. He is a Chicago Police Officer.
      Todd Schultz joined The Jerry Springer Show a few months after Steve Wilkos helping security with Steve a first.

    • When Jerry Springer was on the TV show Dancing With the Stars he wanted to learn to do the waltz. He wanted to do the waltz so he could dance the waltz with his daughter at her wedding in December of 2006. He accompished what he sat out to do.

    • Jerry Springer first show was on September 30th, 1991.

    • Jerry added a twist to his career when he became the host of the radio talk show Springer on the Radio.

    • The Queen Mary was home to Jerry when he was 5 yrs old. That is when he and his family immigrated to the United States.

    • Jerry moved The Jerry Springer Show to Chicago. After moving in 1993 Jerry's show became the number 1 daytime series. The show then gained it's notoriety and success.

    • One of Jerry's accomplishments was in his news broadcast of the famine and distressed area's of Africa including but not limited to Ethiopia and Sudan.

    • In the UK the gameshow Greed was home for Jerry. He spent some time as the gameshow host.

    • Jerry is a member of the Air America group. Other members include Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Randi Rhodes, Katherine Lanpher, and Al Franken.

    • Jerry appeared in the production of Since You've Been Gone on April 18, 1998. It was written by Jeff Steinberg and directed by David Schwimmer.

    • Jerry first appeared on the Meet Wally Sparks show on January 16, 1997.

    • Jerry was a member of the Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity during his educaation at Columbia University.

    • Jerry attended Forest Hills High School, Forest Hills, NY. Jerry was politically oriented during this time.

    • Jerry was born to parents who were of the Jewish faith and were refugees the concentration camps of Nazi Germany.

    • When the filming of the Jerry Springer Show goes into reruns for the summer, Jerry like to spend his time in Lido Key, Sarasota, Florida.

    • Jerry offended many with his show's rude language and lude acts. His show also allowed fighting on stage. Since 1999 Jerry has cleaned up his act on the show and has curtailed any fighting, bad language and lude acts.

    • Jerry was a Boy Scout in his youth.

    • Jerry's daughter, Katie, who was born in 1976, was born legally blind, deaf in one ear and without nasal passages. In 2001 she graduated from Barat College.

    • Jerry always closed his shows with this saying Until next time, take care of yourself, and each other.

    • Jerry married Micki Velton in 1973 they divorced but had one child together.

    • Jerry's nickname is the Sultan of Salaciousness.

    • Jerry was born in a subway in London.

    • Jerry appeared as a guest star on the TV series I've Got a Secret, on July 2, 2006.

    • Jerry is Jewish.

    • Jerry was elected to the Cincinnati city council in 1971.

    • Jerry attended Northwestern University School of Law.

    • Prior to being mayor of Cincinnati, when Jerry was a member of the city council, Jerry was the subject of a controversey when it was discovered that he wrote a personal check to a prostitute (the check was found when police raided her home). Jerry issued an apology and, the next year, was reelected to city council.

    • Jerry won 7 local Emmys for his nightly news and political commentaries during his stint at Cincinnati's WLWT-TV.

    • Jerry did a cameo in Brad Paisley's video I'm Gonna Miss Her.

    • Jerry was the Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

    • Jerry ran for Governor of Ohio in 1982.

    • Jerry established a scholarship fund at the Keliman School (Chicago, IL) that serves inner-city youth.

    • Cincinnati Magazine voted Jerry TV's Best Anchor five years in a row.

    • Jerry is a talk show host.

  • Quotes

    • Jerry: (on appearing on "Days Of Our Lives" in 2007) In light of the fact that I deal with real-life soap operas every day, it's a total thrill to be able to appear on one.

    • Jerry Springer: After becoming host of the popular Jerry Springer Show is the most fulfilling job I have ever had. This job now is the most fun. But this has nothing to do with that, other than being how I make my living. It doesn't have anything to do with who I am.

    • Jerry Springer: My daughter Katie is and always will be the love of my life. She means everything to me.

    • Jerry Springer: Not long after Katie's birth defects had been discovered I told several friends that her afflictions had changed my prespective on life. Her eye problems helped me see what is really important and what isn't.

    • Jerry Springer: I know it's self serving to say anything about my job, but I really think the public knows that I work hard at it and dealing with consituent problems and providing services.

    • Jerry Springer: In 1975 the Democrats refused to put Jerry on their ticket, so he ran as an independent for a seat on the city council and one again won.

    • Jerry Springer: I've been raised to believe that political participation, government participation, issue- oriented participation, is the noblest thing that you can do with your life. There has to be some justification to why I'm alive.

    • Jerry Springer: I'm convinced that in order for me to survive as a human being of any particular worth, I've got to do something with my life which is more than making money.

    • Jerry Springer ; This commercial should be proof that I'm not afraid of the truth. Even if it hurts.

    • Jerry Springer: I'd suggest a toast, but I'm afraid you'd throw it rather thand drink it.

    • Jerry Springer: I do help stop fights quite a bit, but mostly I'm becoming known for my role as the 'show dork'.

    • Jerry Springer: I guess part of maturing is to have control of your life and not just be swept away by events. I was almost just observing my life rather than living it.

    • Jerry Springer: To be honest, I'm more comfortable around these people on the show than I am around executives.

    • Jerry Springer: My parents had a real plan to Americanize me, and I loved every bit of it.

    • Jerry Springer ; The lesson of the Holocaust is that you never, ever, judge someone based on what they are. You only judge them on what they do.

    • Jerry Springer ; The lesson of the Holocaust is that you never, ever, judge someone based on what they are. You only judge them on what they do.

    • Jerry Springer: I had politics, when I was a city councilman and, later mayor of Cincinnati: the young minorities, bluecollar people, liberals, the collar crowd, the disenfranchised. Nothing has changed.

    • Jerry Springer : I never try to be disrespectful to the people on stage. I'll have fun with them, but I know that I'm not better than they are.

    • Jerry Springer: And remember, till next time, take care of yourself and each other.

    • Jerry Springer: I don't know why they call this a talk show-hardly anyone does the talking.

    • Jerry Springer ; One thing I can say is I love my guests.

    • Jerry Springer: The concept is the same as the Old Ed Sullivan show although he would probably turn over in his grave at the comparsion.

    • Jerry Springer: My guess is more reporters probably vote Democrat than Republican - just because I think reporters are smart.

    • Jerry Springer: With a face like mine, I do better in print

    • Jerry Springer: Obviously I wanted to be a bus driver - and I still do. If only I could get a part time job.

    • Jerry Springer: Somebody once said I had a face for radio and a voice for newspapers

    • Jerry Springer: I said when I started the show that I am committed to making this radio program work, not only because I enjoy it, but because we need to hear progressive voices as well as conservative voices in our conversation today.

    • Jerry Springer: I wouldn't have written it. I don't believe in making fun of other religions or in saying things that could be insensitive to other people's religions

    • Jerry Springer: We don't want this moment to end, so cover us in chocolate and throw us to the lesbians.

    • Jerry Springer: It's just a show. It's not the end of Western Civilization. It's chewing gum

    • Jerry Springer: All of us, whether or not we're celebrities, every one ought to spend part of their life making someone else's life better.

    • Jerry Springer: It was physically uncomfortable. It is hard to sit in the theatre and have people turning round and looking at you.

    • Jerry Springer: We can't just have mainstream behavior on television in a free society, we have to make sure we see the whole panorama of human behavior.

    • Jerry Springer: To go from politics to news, at least the subject matter is the same, even if the view is different.