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Jerry verDorn - Actor Profile and Biography


Jerry verDorn - Actor Profile and Biography

Jerry verDorn

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Character on 'One Life to Live':

Date of First Appearance on OLTL:

October 25, 2005

Date of Birth:

November 23, 1949 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota


Jake and Janice verDorn


Jim, Bonnie and Dan

Martial Status and Children:

Married to Bethea
Has two sons, Jacob and Peter

Interesting Facts for Jerry verDorn:

  • Jerry graduated from Edina High School in Edina, Minnesota
  • He was on Guiding Light for 26 years
  • Jerry has been nominated several times and won 3 awards during his career
  • He has two brothers and one sister
  • He plays the wealthy and shrewd Clint Buchanan on OLTL

Filmography and Television Roles:

One Life to Live (Jerry verDorn (2005-present)
Guiding Light (Ross James Marler – 1979 – 2005)
NY TV: By the People Who Made It (Part I & II – 1998, Himself)
The Cradle Will Fall - (Character from Guiding Light, Ross James Marler - 1983)
To Kill a Cop - (1978)

Theater Roles:

Are You Now, Have You Ever Been – Investigator
The Runner Stumbles – Rivard
Black Elk Speaks
Death of A Salesman – Biff Loman
The Elephant Man – Dr. Treves
The Lark
A Long Day’s Journey into Night – Jamie
Man and Superman – Jack Tanner
Mother Courage and Her Children – Eilif
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – R.P. McMurphy
Othello – Iago
Butley – Ben Butley
A Phoenix Too Frequent – Tegeus
Richard II – Richard
Hughie – Erie Smith
The Star Spangled Girl – Andy Hobart
Young Bucks – Coach Frank

Overview and Biography of Jerry verDorn:

Mr. verDorn was accepted and planned to attend Northwestern University until a friend from Moorhead State University in Minnesota invited him for a visit. Jerry initially wanted to begin his studies as an English teacher but became interested in the theatre department at Moorhead and graduated as an aspiring actor. With his parents’ full support, Jerry followed his dreams.

Landing the role of Ross James Marler on Guiding Light in 1979, he remained on the soap for 26 years until October 11th 2005 until severe budget cuts released his character from the long running soap. Jerry was hired on One Life to Live and made the smooth transition as the wealthy Clint Buchanan two weeks later on October 25th, 2005.

Mr. verDorn has appeared in many theatre roles early in his career and later television movies followed. In ‘The Cradle Will Fall’, he starred as Ross Marler in a made-for-TV-movie with several of his Guiding Light costars in supporting roles. He later played the role of “Hoss” which was a comedic lookalike of Ross but with a complete opposite personality!

Mr. verDorn has been married to his wife, Bethea since 1977 and they have two sons together, Jacob and Peter.
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