This is an example of the endearing words said by Jerry “The Beaver” Mathers, who remains an American institution.
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Jerry’s television show business career began at the tender age of two when he did a Pet Condensed Milk commercial with Ed Wynn on the Colgate Comedy Hour. The budding actor appeared with John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine, Alan Ladd, and many other in his early career.
But it was in 1957 with the debut of the series Leave It To Beaver that Jerry entered the hearts and homes of America. An immediate success, the show gained national attention and ran for six seasons, totaling 234 episodes. When it celebrated its 50th anniversary on October 4, 2007, the show became the longest running scripted show in television history. Currently shown on TV Land and in countries throughout the world, Leave it to Beaver has made Jerry an American Icon.
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 they aired in all major domestic and foreign markets. As well as starring in the series, Jerry also directed multiple episodes.
In the mid 90’s Jerry was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. He took preventative action, lost 55 pounds 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. He has been invited to share his experience with diabetes on Larry King Live numerous times and has spoken to the Congressional Caucus on Diabetes at the
Capitol in Washington, DC. Jerry also speaks with the media to alert individuals about the importance of early diagnosis, diet and exercise, and the proper treatment of diabetes.
Jerry currently participates with PhRMA’s The “Help is Here Express” national bus tour to help uninsured and financially-struggling patients obtain prescription medicines for free or nearly free. The bus tour is part of the Partnership for Prescription Assistance (PPA) – a nationwide effort sponsored by America’s pharmaceutical research companies – raising awareness of patient assistance programs and the need to effectively address the rising and alarming rates of chronic disease.
Jerry is an often requested speaker at national conventions and trade shows talking about taking control of your diabetes and the state of the American family. He compares the mythical Cleavers of the 1950’s to critique the entertainment industry in general with an emphasis on early television and the impact of current media and popular culture upon our society.
Jerry’s live theater credits include Hairspray, Neil Simon Theater, Boeing, Boeing, Who’s On First, and the national debut tour of So Long Stanley, which played to standing room only houses across the country for 18 months.
Jerry continues to do commercial work for national and regional spots for advertisers such as Pet Condensed Milk, Kellogg’s (first non-athlete on a box of corn flakes), General Electric, Purina, Kern, Chevrolet, Toyota, General Mills, AOL, Coca Cola, Jenny Craig, Jim Beam, Biogen, and Johnson and Johnson’s OneTouch Ultra 2.
A few of the many testimonials…
“Jerry was a pleasure to work with and went out of his way to sign autographs and chat with our guests. It’s nice to work with a celebrity who is so accommodating!” — Brian Luscomb, Director Corp. Communications Jack in the Box, San Diego, CA
“After Jerry’s inspiring talk about managing diabetes, we were impressed to learn that several at-risk audience members were motivated to be tested.” — Monika White PhD, CEO, WISE and Healthy Aging, Santa Monica, CA
“Kudos to Jerry Mathers! What a fantastic evening. He was a gem to work with and so personable. He was so open and spoke from his heart. This was a true connecting factor with
the audience.” — Barb Lipinski, Coordinator, Adult Community Center, Marshall, MN
“What a pleasure to work with someone as easy-going, pleasant and hard-working as Jerry. We got great coverage for his visit and the film. The positive comments just keep rolling in.” — Dan Hope, Community Relations Pink Palace Museum, Memphis, TN