In 1994, Jerry was one of 14 Guiding Light stars to appear on a special set of phone cards called "The Soap Connection Collection." He also appeared on a card with co-star Elizabeth Keifer for the "Romance Series."
Jerry, and several other Guiding Light cast members, appeared in the 1983 prime-time TV movie The Cradle Will Fall.
Jerry spent one year studying acting at London's Studio 68, an acting academy founded by a group of British actors.
When Jerry won the Daytime Emmy in 1996, he paid tribute to his former Guiding Light co-star William Roerick in his acceptance speech. Roerick died the previous year and was a very close friend of Jerry's.
Jerry graduated from Moorhead State University in Minnesota.
Jerry and his wife run a production company called Fourstar Productions.
Jerry once served as the national advertising spokesman for Sports Illustrated magazine.
Jerry's record at the Daytime Emmy Awards is as follows:
- 1999 Nominee; Supporting Actor
- 1996 Winner; Supporting Actor
- 1995 Winner; Supporting Actor
- 1994 Nominee; Supporting Actor
- 1993 Nominee; Supporting Actor
- 1992 Nominee; Supporting Actor
- 1991 Nominee; Supporting Actor
- 1990 Nominee; Supporting Actor
All were for his work on Guiding Light.
Jerry originally wanted to become an English teacher, not an actor.
Jerry enjoys riding his bicycle and can average over 2,000 miles on it a year.
Jerry says his favorite vacation spot is Bermuda.
Jerry's wife was also his college sweetheart.
When he was 22 years old, a casting director told Jerry that he should find something else to do. He admits that was very discouraging to him, especially since it was in the middle of an audition.
Jerry was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1993.
Jerry wrote the introduction for the book Guiding Light: The Complete Family Album in 1997.
Jerry's character on Guiding Light, 'Ross Marler' was alive when he left the show; later off-screen, Ross died in a plane crash.
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.