5 Famous Actors Who Became A Latter-day Saint

Gordon Jump

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Gordon Alexander Jump got his start with Nathan Hale and Ruth Hale, a California couple who owned a small theater in Glendale, Utah. It was through the Hale family that Gordon became acquainted with the Latter-day Saints. When he landed a part in a play about Latter-day Saints, he began to have questions about the 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, remaining a devout member throughout his career. Gordon’s most popular roles include the clueless radio station manager Arthur “Big Guy” Carlson in the TV series WKRP, the incompetent Chief of Police Tinkler in the sitcom Soap, and as the lonely Maytag Repairman in commercials for Maytag brand appliances.

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.

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

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