Birth Date: January 23, 1943 / Age: 74
Biography: Gil Gerard did a good deal of acting in high school. He attended the University of Arkansas but dropped out before graduation. He landed a job as an industrial chemist. Within a few years, he became regional manager of a large chemical company headed by governor Winthrop Rockefeller. His employers said they would name him the firm's vice president if he went for his master's degree, so he quit rather than tell everyone that he didn't have a college diploma. He went to New York where he studied drama by day and drove a cab at night. Gil Gerard picked up a fare who showed a lively interest in the problems of unknown, unemployed actors. Before he left the cab, he told Gil to report in a few days to the set of Love Story, which was being filmed on location in New York. When Gil Gerard arrived on the Love Story set, he was hired as an extra. Later that day, he was singled out for a "bit" role, which eventually wound up on the cutting room floor, but he now had his first professional credit. During the next few years, he did most of his acting in television commercials, some four hundred of them, including a stint as spokesman for the Ford Motor Company. Then came a leading role in the daytime TV series, The Doctors. He formed his own production company in partnership with a writer-producer, co-authored a screenplay called Hooch and filmed it as a starring vehicle for himself. With Hooch completed, he was summoned to California to co-star with Yvette Mimieux in Ransom for Alice! and to play Lee Grant's youthful lover in Universal's Airport '77. A guest shot in Little House on the Prairie impressed producer-star Michael Landon, who cast him in the leading role in an ambitious TV movie of the week, Killing Stone. He signed to play Captain Buck Rogers in the television series, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. After this, he was featured in a number of other TV shows and movies, including starring roles in the series Sidekicks and E.A.R.T.H. Force.