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Jerry attended Moorehead State University in Minnesota, planning to be an English teacher. However, he wound up in the theater department, where he says he "developed the seven-year undergraduate program." Actually, one of those years was spent in London, studying at Studio 68, an acting academy founded by Sean Connery and other British actors.

Soon after graduation, Jerry was cast in a New Jersey production of the play Black Elk Speaks. The show moved to Washington's Folger Theater, where he was spotted by a manager, who urged him to come to New York City. He did go eventually, but first, he returned home for a season of summer theater and married his college sweetheart, Beth, on June 4, 1977.

In 1977, he was invited to appear at Rutgers University as a guest artist in a production of Eric Bentley's play Are You Now or Have You Ever Been? After 11 weeks, the play moved, first to the off-Broadway Promenade Theater, and three months later, to Broadway.

Simultaneously, Jerry understudied George Grizzard in the lead role of Shaw's Man and Superman at Circle in the Square, and played matinee performances for three months. Guiding Light casting people saw him in the play, and he joined the show as Ross. In addition to his two Emmys, he has been nominated three other times.

In 1982, Jerry and his wife reorganized the Playhouse on the Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, where their company, Fourstar Productions, presented a season of plays. In November of the same year, Jerry appeared in the play The Star-Spangled Girl. He also played his Guiding Light character in the motion-picture-for-television The Cradle Will Fall on CBS.

The ver Dorns have two sons, Jacob and Peter. The blue-eyed actor was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, one of four children, but due to his father's job as a salesman, the family relocated often, living in various parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. His birthday is November 23.

Acting Portfolio: TELEVISION
One Life to Live
Clint Buchanan
October 25, 2005 to January 13, 2012

The Cradle Will Fall
D.A. Ross Marler

Guiding Light
Ross Marler
March 1979 to June 2005 [contract]; June 2005 to October 2005 [recurring]
Acting Portfolio: THEATRE
Are You Now or Have You Ever Been?

Star Spangled Girl

Black Elk Speaks
in New Jersey, then at Washington's Folger Theater

Are You Know or Have You Ever Been?
at Rutgers University, then the Promenade Theater

Man and Superman
at Circle in the square

Awards & Acclaim
Daytime Emmys Awards Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor (1995, 1996; for Guiding Light)

Daytime Emmys Awards Nomination, Outstanding Supporting Actor (1989, 1990, 1991, 1993; for Guiding Light)

Daytime Emmys Awards Pre-Nomination, Outstanding Lead Actor (2008, 2010, 2011, 2012; for One Life to Live)
Vital Statistics
BIRTHPLACE: Sioux Falls, South Dakota; raised in various parts of South and North Dakota, and Minnesota
DATE OF BIRTH: November 23, 1949
HAIR: Brown
EYES: Blue
MARITAL STATUS: Married, Beth ver Dorn [June 4, 1977 to Present]
CHILDREN: Two sons, Jacob and Peter
FAMILY: The son of a salesman, Jerry is one of 4 children
Jerry planned on becoming an English teacher while in college; but later changed his major to theater.
Jerry and his wife reorganized the Playhouse on the Mall in Paramus, New Jersey, where their company, Fourstar Productions, presented a season of plays.
News Archives
News Archive: Vets O'Leary, ver Dorn signed to new contracts. [Mar 8, 2004]
News Archive: Long-time vet ver Dorn taken off contract. [Jun 6, 2005]
News Archive: OLTL hires ver Dorn as its new Clint. [Sep 19, 2005]
News Archive: ver Dorn among latest batch of Prospect Park signings. [Aug 30, 2011]
News Archive: Jerry ver Dorn "thrilled" to be returning to Llanview. [Jan 7, 2013]
News Archive: Ver Dorn one of more than a dozen OLTL stars signed on for return. [Jan 22, 2013]
News Archive: Podcast: Interviews with AMC and OLTL stars from series' Red Carpet premiere [Apr 26, 2013]
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