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8 Famous People Who Became Mormons


Gordon Jump


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 photo courtesy of Alan Light

Best known for his roles as the bumbling radio station manager Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and "Chief of Police Tinkler" in the TV sitcom Soap, actor Gordon Jump got his start in a small California theater owned by Nathan and Ruth Hale. When he landed a part in a play about Mormons, he began to have questions about the LDS religion.

The Hales's son-in-law Alan Dietlein gave Jump a copy of A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards, and Jump joined the Church in the 1960s.

After becoming a member, he acted in several Church films, including a role in a 1969 temple film. He remained a devout member until his death in 2003.

BONUS FACT: Gordon Jump has a cameo appearance in the LDS comedy The Singles Ward, which was produced by Kurt Hale, grandson of Nathan and Ruth Hale.

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