Jerry Hausner

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Jerry Hausner
Born James Bernard Hausner
(1909-05-20)May 20, 1909
Cleveland, Ohio
United States
Died April 1, 1993(1993-04-01) (aged 83)
Los Angeles, California
United States

James Bernard Hausner (May 5, 1909 – April 1, 1993) (Another source gives May 20, 1909, as his birth date.)[1] professionally Jerry Hauser was an American radio and television actor, best known as Ricky Ricardo's agent in I Love Lucy and as the voice of Waldo in Mr. Magoo and several characters such as Hemlock Holmes, The Mole, Broodles and Itchy in The Dick Tracy Show (he has also worked as a dialogue director for both of these cartoons).


On Broadway Hausner had the role of Sammy Schmaltz in Queer People (1934).[2] He also acted in stock theater and vaudeville before going into radio at WJAY in Cleveland, Ohio.[1]

On radio, he was a regular on Blondie,[3] The Jim Backus Show,[4] The Judy Canova Show,[4]:182 Too Many Cooks,[4]:338 and Young Love.[4]:361

Hausner appeared as a courier who summons the Roman emperor Nero to a meeting called by the Devil in the 1969 KCET television reading of Norman Corwin's 1938 radio play The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. He provided special vocal effects in the 1975 animated film Hugo the Hippo.


Hausner died of heart failure on April 1, 1993, in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He was 83 years old and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills).[5]



  1. ^ a b DeLong, Thomas A. (1996). Radio Stars: An Illustrated Biographical Dictionary of 953 Performers, 1920 through 1960. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2834-2. Pp. 122-123.
  2. ^ "Queer People - Cast". Playbill Vault. Retrieved 18 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Studio Notes". The Evening News. Pennsylvania, Harrisburg. May 19, 1941. p. 14. Retrieved May 17, 2016 – via  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ a b c d Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4. P. 174.
  5. ^ "Jerry Hausner". Variety. 1993-04-05. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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