- The New Leave It To Beaver
- Diabetes: Jerry was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes – taking control of diabetes
- Talk on the Golden Age of Television
- Event Host or Emcee
- Living with and dealing with diabetes.
- Wilbur Turnblad in the Tony winning best musical, Hairspray
- Bring awareness of this horrendous epidemic – Diabetes
- Diabetic neuropathy
Jerry Mathers, “You know, working isn’t as much fun as I thought it would be. I wonder why older people do it so much?”
The endearing words said by Jerry The Beaver: Leave it to Beaver. Mathers, who remains an American institution.
In the early 90’s Jerry was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes.
He took preventative action, and is currently one of the leading lecturers on living with and dealing with Diabetes. Jerry has partnered with diverse organizations to bring awareness of this epidemic among both children and adults that our country is currently facing. He has been invited to share his experience with diabetes on Larry King Live numerous times and has spoken before Congress and the media to alert individuals about the importance of early diagnosis, diet and exercise, and the proper treatment of diabetes.
Jerry is an often requested speaker at national conventions and trade shows speaking about the state of the American family as compared to the mythical Cleavers of the 1950’s and the entertainment industry in general, with an emphasis on early television and the impact of media on popular culture.
Born on June 2, 1948 in Sioux City Iowa, Jerry’s show business career began at the tender age of two when he was cast on the Ed Wynn Television Show. In 1954, he then co-starred with Linda Darnell in This Is My Love. He caught the attention of Alfred Hitchcock who signed him for the 1955 film, “The Trouble With Harry,” starring Shirley McLaine in her first film role and John Forsythe. (Chosen by Ben Cooper, director of acquisition and marketing for Blockbuster as one of the most highly rated comedies). The budding young actor next appeared in two Bob Hope movies, “The Seven Little Foys” and “That Certain Feeling. Two movies with Alan Ladd followed: Deep Six and Men of the Fighting Lady.
It was in 1957 however, with the debut of the series: Leave It To Beaver that Jerry entered the hearts and homes of America. An immediate success, the show soared to the top of the ratings, gained national attention and ran for six seasons, totaling 234 episodes. Currently shown on TV Land and in countries throughout the world, “Leave It To Beaver” has made Jerry an American Icon.
Named as one of the most well known individuals in television history by People Magazine in 1989, Americans and people throughout the world are familiar with Jerry Mathers. He has a very high Q rating for name and face recognition in the United States.
Jerry’s television credits include: Ozzie and Harriet, December Bride, the Red Skelton Show, the Ray Bolger Show, the George Gobel show, Lux Video Theater, Colgate Comedy Hour, Art Linkletter’s House Party, Lassie, My Three Sons, Family Affair, Batman, and The Love Boat. include Saturday Night Live, Diagnosis Murder, The Prodigy, Academy Awards (presenter), Vengeance Unlimited, Playing Patti, Alan Thicke Show, Vicki (Vicki Lawrence Show), Studs, Scattergories, Match Game, Hollywood Squares”, “Family Feud – celebrity edition”, “Married with Children”, “Howdy Doody Time Reunion”, TV’s All Time Favorites”, Dick Clark’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes”, “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose”, “Super Bloopers and Practical Jokes”, “Sexual Malice”, “Down the Drain”, “My Talk Show”, “Flying High”, “Fourth Network”, “Hardcastle and McCormick”, “Weakest Link”, “Prodigy”, “Conrad Bloom”, “Illeanarama Supermarket”, He has also had recurring spots on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno.
Jerry continues to do commercial work for national and regional spots and when his schedule permits, guests on radio stations around the country. His television movie, “Still the Beaver”, was one of the top ten movies of the week for 1982 which led to the development of a new series entitled “The New Leave It To Beaver.” Jerry successfully completed filming 108 episodes, which were syndicated and aired in all major markets. As well as starring in the series, Jerry also directed multiple episodes.
“The Von Trapp Family Christmas,” release date December, (2007)
“Will to Power”
“Larry the Cable Guy, Health Inspector –
“Angels with Angles”,
“Better Luck Tomorrow “Back to the Beach” with Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon and Pee Wee Herman.
“This is My Love” – Linda Darnell and Dan Duryer (SPELLING)
“Seven Little Foys” – Bob Hope
“That Certain Feeling” – Bob Hope, Eva Marie Saint, George Saunders, Pearl Bailey
“Deep Six” – Alan Ladd
“Men of the Fighting Lady” – Alan Ladd
War at Home (2006) High School Principal, Warner Brothers, Fox network
Host – PBS Documentary, “Getting Around-Driving Alternatives for Seniors” – (2006)
3rd Annual TV Land Awards John the gardener (“Desperate Classic Housewives”) skit
ABC’s 50th Anniversary Celebration
Golden Glow Award – Center for Healthy Aging – March 2006
8th annual DVD Awards – Television Legend Award
TV DVD Awards – Classic TV DVD Pop Culture icon Award