JERRY LANNING

Jerry Lanning was on the Dick Van Dyke Show in 1962, the episode was called “The Twizzle” where he played Randy “Twizzle” Eisenbauer, a young man who invents a new dance craze called the “Twizzle” (an obvious reference to a popular dance of the day). Do any of you remember Jerry at the bowling alley performing the song The Twizzle, and those moves he made to the song, (I now have the song stuck in my head, lol! it was a rather catchy tune). That episode was just on and I thought the guy guest starring on it was Jerry but I was not sure until I googled it! Sure enough it was him, he was all of 19 years old.

Jerry was born on May 17, 1943. He is well known for his stage work, singing and acting. He has starred on a few soap operas which include, Texas (as Justin Marshall), Search For Tomorrow (as Nick D’Antoni), Guiding Light (as Cain Harris), Another World (as Anthony Walker / Dr. Russell ‘Russ’ Matthews #5).

Jerry and his future wife to be Sherry Mathis both appeared on Search For Tomorrow in 1979, Sherry played Liza Walton Kaslo Sentell Kendall. You might remember that Jerry who played Nick was trying to kill Liza’s (Sherry) boyfriend Travis Sentell (Rod Arrants) for financial gain. They filmed scenes in Sarasota, Florida for the show and some of those senses with Liza & Nick were violent. Almost immediately after these remote scenes were filmed Sherry & Jerry went to Sherry’s hometown of Memphis, TN and got married!

Even a couple of years before they got married they both performed in the musical Camelot in 1977 where Jerry played Lancelot, Sherry was Guenevere and Rock Hudson played King Arthur.

Jerry and Sherry divorced sometime in the 1980’s I believe. (Sad to report Sherry died in January of 1994). I remember once talking to Jerry and Sherry in the late 1970’s on the telephone. They answered some questions I had for them about the soap operas they were on at the time. Both were very nice and generous with their time.

Jerry has continued in Theater and in 2010 he and Tom Rhoads and Frankie Michaels sang “My Best Girl” honoring Angela Lansbury at the Drama League Gala, Pierre Hotel, in New York City. He still has that wonderful singing voice! Look at handsome, young Jerry below with composer Jerry Herman, Angela Lansbury, Frankie Michaels and Jerome Lawrence for the 1966 Broadway Musical Mame.

Hope you enjoyed my little blog on Jerry Lanning and if you have some extra time check out my Store at Naturesjoy’s Celebrity Clippings & Pinups where you will find a neat selection of various Celebrity clippings and pinups for sale.

 

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4 Responses to JERRY LANNING

  1. Stephani Campbell February 23, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I always wondered what happened to this guy. Im glad I found something on him. They were trying to promote him at the time and that is why they did this episode although according to the cast it wasnt one of their favorite episodes. I enjoyed it though.

    • lisa February 23, 2013 at 4:47 pm #

      I also enjoyed the episode. Thanks for checking out my blog on Jerry and glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

  2. Josie March 28, 2013 at 10:10 am #

    Thanks so much for being here online…. Every now and then I think back to my childhood and I remember a handsome young man singing “This Nearly Was Mine” on the Dick Van Dyke show. This morning I was watching a classic episode of “The Donna Reed Show” and I saw him: Jerry Lanning! Finally after all these years I had a name to go with THE VOICE. I’d love to be able to write him a fan letter, and also to promote his name to a theater near me in southern NJ, very near Philadelphia, which does live performances. (They hire people like Shirley Jones and Frankie Avalon, plus they do plays). Do you have an email address or web site where Mr. Lanning or his agent can be contacted? I see where he does motivational speaking nowadays, but it would be GREAT if he also did concerts. His voice is amazing! I listened to that South Pacific tune on YouTube, and I really wish there were a DVD with the Jerry Lanning version on it. I wish I knew why this fellow never achieved super-star status, because he certainly is so very gifted…. A sincere thank you for any help you can offer.

    • lisa April 9, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

      I haven’t caught him on the Donna Reed Show, hoping that they repeat it someday! I’m sorry I don’t have any contact information on him, I hope you can find some. Jerry is very talented and I have enjoyed watching him through the years and yes he does have an amazing voice! Thanks for checking out my blog on Jerry and glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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