Gil Gerard

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Gilbert C. “Gil” Gerard is an American actor, most notable for his role as Captain William “Buck” Rogers in the 1979–1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.

Gerard was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a college instructor mother and a salesman father.[1] While attending Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys, he was involved in acting. He worked at a Kroger grocery store in his teens. In 1960, he attended Maryknoll Seminary, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and played the title role in an all male production of The Music Man. He attended the University of Central Arkansas but dropped out before graduation.

Gerard landed a job as an industrial chemist, and within a few years he became regional manager of a large chemical company headed by governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Gerard’s 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 did not have a college degree.

He then went to New York where he studied drama by day and drove a taxicab at night. Gerard picked up a fare who showed a lively interest in the problems of unknown, unemployed actors. Before he left the cab, he told Gerard to report in a few days to the set of Love Story, which was being filmed on location in New York. When Gerard arrived on the Love Story set, he was hired as an extra. Later that day, he was singled out for a “bit” role, but this eventually wound up on the cutting room floor.

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. After small roles in the gay-themed film Some of My Best Friends Are… (1971), and the thriller Man on a Swing (1974), Gerard then gained a prominent role in the daytime soap opera The Doctors for two years. Gerard also formed his own production company in partnership with a writer-producer, co-authored a screenplay called Hooch (1977) 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 the 1978 TV movie Killing Stone. Gerard then landed his best known role, as Captain William “Buck” Rogers in the TV series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century which ran from 1979 to 1981, with the feature-length pilot episode being released theatrically some months prior to the series airing. After this, he was featured in a number of other TV shows and movies, including starring roles in the short-lived series Sidekicks (1986) and E.A.R.T.H. Force (1990).

In 1992, Gerard presented the reality TV series Code 3, which followed firefighters from different areas of the country as they answer emergency calls. The show ran on the Fox TV Network until the following year. For the remainder of the 1990s, Gerard made guest appearances on various TV shows, including Fish Police, Brotherly Love, The Big Easy, Days Of Our Lives, and Pacific Blue.
Gerard and his Buck Rogers co-star Erin Gray reunited in 2007 for the TV film Nuclear Hurricane, and also returned to the Buck Rogers universe by playing the characters’ parents in the pilot episode of James Cawley’s Buck Rogers Begins Internet video series in 2009.[


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2012 Blood Fare
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2011 The Lost Valentine (TV Movie)
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2009 Dire Wolf
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2009 Ghost Town (TV Movie)
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2009 Reptisaurus (TV Movie)
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2007 Bone Eater (TV Movie)
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2007 Psycho Hillbilly Cabin Massacre! (Short)

2007 Nuclear Hurricane (TV Movie)

2006 Beyond (TV Movie)
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2001 Air Rage (Video)
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2000 The Stepdaughter (Video)
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1999 Fugitive Mind (Video)
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1998 Mom, Can I Keep Her? (Video)

1998 Pacific Blue (TV Series)
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– Double Lives (1998) … Raymond Annandale

1997 The Big Easy (TV Series)
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– A Perfect Day for Buffalo Fish (1997) … Mickey Donelley

1996 Looking for Bruce

1996 Brotherly Love (TV Series)
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– Big Mike (1996) … Mike, the boys Grandfather

1992 Fish Police (TV Series)
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1991 Soldier’s Fortune
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1990 E.A.R.T.H. Force (TV Series)
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– Episode #1.6 (1990) … Dr. John Harding
– Episode #1.2 (1990) … Dr. John Harding
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1989 Nightingales (TV Series)
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– Episode #1.13 (1989) … Dr. Paul Petrillo
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– Playing for Keeps (1987) … Jake Rizzo
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– Petty Cache (1987) … Jake Rizzo
– The Patusani Always Rings Twice (1987) … Jake Rizzo

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1985 Stormin’ Home (TV Movie)
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1984 For Love or Money (TV Movie)

1983 Johnny Blue (TV Movie)
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1982 Hear No Evil (TV Movie)

1982 Not Just Another Affair (TV Movie)
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1982 Help Wanted: Male (TV Movie)
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1979-1981 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (TV Series)
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– The Ninth Step (1977) … Marty Cobb

1977 Little House on the Prairie (TV Series)
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– The Handyman (1977) … Chris Nelson

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1977 Ransom for Alice! (TV Movie)
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1977 Airport ’77
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1976 Baretta (TV Series)
– Dear Tony (1976) … Steve

1974 Man on a Swing
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1971 Some of My Best Friends Are

1965 Days of Our Lives (TV Series)
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1963 The Doctors (TV Series)
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