Jerry Dexter

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Jerry Dexter
Born Jerry Morris Chrisman
(1935-04-18)April 18, 1935
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died June 21, 2013(2013-06-21) (aged 78)
Sonoma, California, U.S.
Cause of death Injuries from a fall
Occupation Actor and radio presenter
Years active 1958–1990
Children Jay Dexter

Jerry Dexter (April 18, 1935 – June 21, 2013) was an American actor and voice actor best known for playing teenage boys and young men in animated television series for Hanna-Barbera Productions from the late 1960s to the 1980s.


Dexter was born Jerry Morris Chrisman in San Franscico, California.[1] He began his radio career at KENO in Las Vegas in 1958.[2] After a stop at KVI in Seattle, Dexter moved to Los Angeles and KMPC in late 1959.[3] He took his show, The Dexter Affair, in October 1962 to KLAC radio in Los Angeles.[4]

In 1964, Dexter had a semi-regular role, playing Corporal Johnson in Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.. He moved into a full-time television job in June 1968 with the launch of Good Day L.A. on KABC-TV.[5]

Dexter's first cartoon voice work was in 1967 as Chuck in Shazzan. Among his roles were Gary Gulliver in The Adventures of Gulliver, Alan in Josie and the Pussycats, Ted in Goober and the Ghost Chasers, Hal in Sealab 2020, Biff in Fangface, Drak Jr. in Drak Pack, Superboy in an episode of Super Friends, and Sunfire in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.

He also voiced characters for Filmation Studios during the late 1960s, most notably as the voice of Aqualad in the series Aquaman. He later guest-starred on Challenge of the GoBots, the 1980s revival of The Jetsons, as well as Wildfire, Snorks, DuckTales and Fantastic Max.[citation needed]

In June, 2013, he suffered a fall in his home which resulted in head injuries. Jerry Dexter died on June 21, 2013.[6]




  • Checkmate (1961) TV series ... The Ticketman (episode: "To the Best of My Recollection")
  • 87th Precinct (1962) TV series ... Pat (episode: "Man in a Jam")
  • McHale's Navy (1963) TV series ... The Ensign (episode: "The Captain Steals a Crook")
  • Alcoa Premiere (1963) TV series ... Physical Therapist (episode: "The Broken Year")
  • Hazel (1964) TV series ... Cab Driver (episode: "Welcome Back, Kevin")
  • Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. (1964) TV series ... Corporal Johnson
  • The Reluctant Astronaut (1966) ... Technician (uncredited)
  • Dragnet 1967 (1967) TV series ... Himself (episode: "The Subscription Racket")
  • Apple's Way (1974) TV series ... Harold (episode: "The Applicant")
  • ABC Afterschool Specials (1975) TV series ... Pete Degley (episode: "The Skating Rink")
  • Ann Jillian (1989–1990) TV series ... (episodes: "Buddy System", "Good Citizen Ann")


  1. ^ Interview with Jay Dexter, July 2, 2013, and California State Birth records
  2. ^ Radio Annual and Television Year Book, 1959, p. 1215
  3. ^ Profile,; accessed April 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Broadcasting magazine, October 1, 1962.
  5. ^ Los Angeles Times, June 24, 1968.
  6. ^ Yowp (2013-07-02). "Yowp: Jerry Dexter". Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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