Emmy Award-winning actor Jerry ver Dorn was born on November 23, 1949 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Due to his father’s job, the family moved often, living in various parts of North Dakota, South Dakota and Minnesota. He didn’t intentionally aspire to become an actor, and wanted instead to be an English teacher. When he was all set to attend Northwestern University, a friend took him to visit Minnesota State University at Moorhead. Jerry found himself wandering over to the theatre department of the school, where he discovered summer theatre. He soon applied, got accepted, even spending some time in London at Studio 68. He later graduated in 1976 with dreams of being an actor.
Jerry ver Dorn was immediately cast in a New Jersey production of the play Black Elk Speaks. Upon the show’s relocation to Washington’s Folger Theater, ver Dorn was discovered by a manager. He later moved to New York City, and was invited to appear as a guest artist for the Rutger’s University production of Eric Bentley’s Are You Now or Have You Been? The play moved to the off-Broadway Promenade Theatre and later to Broadway, earning ver Dorn the fame and experience he yearned for.
Later on, Jerry ver Dorn joined the cast of the series Guiding Light, where he rose to prominence as the character Ross Marler. Because of this, he won Daytime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in 1995 and 1996. He later portrayed the same character in the made-for-TV movie The Cradle Will Fall for CBS. In September 2005, he announced that he would be leaving Guiding Light, and will branch out into other roles. He later assumed the contract role of Clint Buchanan on the ABC series One Life to Live.
In 1977, Jerry ver Dorn married his college sweetheart, Beth. The couple has two sons, namely Jacob and Peter.
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