Jack (Dick Van Dyke) is an unsuccessful actor who gets mistaken for an art thief by a mobster (Edward G. Robinson) anxious to get his hands on a valuable painting. Although Jack has repeatedly tried to convince the mob boss of his true identity, the gangster doesn’t seem to buy it. Things only get worse when Jack unwittingly winds up involved in a high-stakes museum heist. Jerry Paris (“Happy Days”) directs this fun film set in New York City.
Glimpsed here and there throughout the 1950s in amiable acting supports on film, it was as a TV producer and director that Jerry Paris found his true calling. In front of the camera, however, most fans will remember him quite fondly as the neighborhood dentist to Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore on Van Dyke’s treasured TV comedy sitcom of the 60s.
He was born William Gerald Paris on July 25, 1925, in San Francisco, California. His father was a Russian immigrant; his mother, the former Esther Mohr, remarried when Jerry was a small child. Jerry’s new stepfather, Milton Grossman, eventually adopted the boy and Jerry thereafter used the name William Gerald Grossman while growing up. He reverted back to his real name when he became an actor.
Jerry graduated from both New York University and UCLA and studied at the Actor’s Studio after serving in the Navy during WWII. Starting off on the stage in such plays as “The Front Page”. He appeared dramatically on Broadway twice, making… read more