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Overview (4)

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, USA
Birth NameGerald P. Mathers
Nickname The Beav
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jerry Mathers was born on June 2, 1948 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Gerald P. Mathers. He is an actor and director, known for The Trouble with Harry (1955), Leave It to Beaver (1957) and The Love Boat (1977). He has been married to Teresa Modnick since January 30, 2011. He was previously married to Rhonda Gehring and Diana Platt.

Spouse (3)

Teresa Modnick (30 January 2011 - present)
Diana Platt (1 September 1974 - 8 December 1982) ( divorced)
Rhonda Gehring (? - 1997) ( divorced) ( 3 children)

Trivia (18)

In 1974 he got a B.A. from UC Berkeley (CA).
Forever embraced as the cute young star of Leave It to Beaver (1957), he later toured with his TV brother, Tony Dow, in the 1980s stage productions of "Boeing, Boeing" and "So Long, Stanley".
Older brother of James Mathers and former child actress Susie Mathers.
Played in a rock band called Beaver and the Trappers.
Served in the US Air Force National Guard during Vietnam War. He was mistakenly reported as having been killed in action when a soldier with a similar name appeared on a "KIA" list.
Earned his BA in Philosophy. Worked in banking and real estate in 1970s.
Spokesman for National Psoriasis Foundation.
Father of Noah Mathers, Mercedes Mathers and Gretchen Mathers.
No relation to Marshall Mathers who is better known as Eminem.
Is diabetic.
Won his most famous role as the Beaver by admitting he'd rather be at his Cub Scout meeting than auditioning for the show. The producers chose him because they wanted a boy with a "real boy" attitude.
In the late 1990s he owned and operated a sideline catering company in Santa Clarita, CA. It was called "Cleaver's Catering", with him using his "Beaver" photo, but was sued by the studio that produced the show. The court, however, ruled the studio did not own the image of Jerry's face. Concerning the company name, he proved he also butchered meat for his company using cleavers.
Best known by the public for his starring role as the title character on Leave It to Beaver (1957).
His acting mentor was the late Barbara Billingsley.
Revealed that he had a wonderful working relationship with Barbara Billingsley on Leave It to Beaver (1957).
He has played the same character (Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver) on three different series: Leave It to Beaver (1957), The Love Boat (1977) and The New Leave It to Beaver (1983).
Profiled in the 2016 book "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?" by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher.
In 1960, MGM toyed with the idea of doing an all-male remake of 1939's The Women which would have been entitled, Gentlemen's Club. Like the female version, this would have involved an all masculine cast and the plot would have involved a man (Jeffrey Hunter) who recently discovers among his comrades that his wife is having an affair with another man (Earl Holliman) and after going to Reno to file for divorce and begin a new life, he later finds himself doing what he can to rectify matters later on when he discovers that the other man is only interested in money and position and he decides to win his true love back again. Although nothing ever came of this, it would have consisted of the following ensemble had it did: Jeffrey Hunter (Martin Heal), Earl Holliman (Christopher Allen), Tab Hunter (Simon Fowler), Lew Ayres (Count Vancott), Robert Wagner (Mitchell Aarons), James Garner (Peter Day), Jerry Mathers (Little Martin), James Stewart (Mr. Heal), Ronald Reagan (Larry), Troy Donahue (Norman Blake), and Stuart Whitman (Oliver, the bartender who spills the beans about the illicit affair).

Personal Quotes (7)

I have several computer companies. One of them I have a program for wide-format printing. I have a beauty program. So I have several different programs that I own for printing.
[on auditioning for Leave It to Beaver (1957) at age 8] All the original [Beavers] were from real-life, so that things that really did happen to boys, say, in the 1920s, '30s, that really happened in the '50s can go on forever.
[about being a TV star and also a son in his real family] I had a very special family life. My mother and father made sure when we were home, we were part of the family, not a TV star. And the other thing--my father was fully employed while I was doing the series.
Our generation is the first to have grown up with TV. I'm one of the first kids that they watched grow up on television.
[on the death of Barbara Billingsley] I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend and lifetime mentor Barbara Billingsley. She will live in the hearts of her fans as a wonderful actress and be remembered by her friends as a gracious lady. She will be deeply missed by all of her family, friends, fans and most especially by me.
[on his on- and off-screen relationship with Barbara Billingsley, who played June Cleaver] Barbara Billingsley, who was my TV mom June, is as nice in person as she appeared on the show.
[on Barbara Billingsley] Well, you know, Barbara was very much on manners, so she taught me a lot of manners. I was always a rambunctious little boy, and so when we go places [a lot of times] she would walk [of course, as a lady] very slowly, and I would sometimes try to dash ahead of her, and she would always grab me by the little hairs right there in the back of my neck, and she would say, "Ladies first!" And I would always say, "OK, oh, but I wanted to make sure nobody was going to hurt you, you know?". "No, no!", she said, "ladies first!", and she pulled me back. She had a way of teaching manners that stuck with you.

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