Jerry verDorn

Jerry verDorn


11/23/1949, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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Jerry Ver Dorn
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Jerry verDorn is best known for playing the role of "Ross Marler" on the CBS soap opera Guiding Light, where he was the longest running cast member of the show since Charita Bauer, having continuously played the character from 1979 to 2005.

Jerry is married and has two sons.


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    • Jerry: My master plan was to stay about a decade or so and get college paid for for my two boys, then go back to the theater. Then, I got cancer. Then, I got a recurrence of cancer. My sons were young. I hate to use the word trapped, but I didn't wish to gamble if I were to leave and run out of insurance. So I just stayed.

    • Jerry: (on being a supporting actor on "Guiding Light") I was essentially Uncle Ross, helping other people's storylines, which I find to be gratifying. I like the supporting roles. I find it very challenging. The worst thing that could happen would be if I were on every day.

    • Jerry: I do crossword puzzles. I didn't get into Sudoku. I'm bad with numbers, but good with words.

    • Jerry: (on doing love scenes) Concentration goes out the window when you're doing something you normally do in private in front of 100 other people.

    • Jerry: (on "Guiding Light") It's a very realistic, tender kind of show with great depth to it. And it's always been blessed with a house full of good actors. It's a show that has a real identity to it. It centers in and around family. And the originators of the show realized how explosive and powerful dealing with family and small towns can be.