Here is a biography on Jesse White, another great character actor, who has appeared steadily on TV and in the movies since the 1950's. I'd like to thank Dale Robinson for this bio. Please feel free to send your comments, suggestions and additional credits to Dale Robinson . I also want to thank Deborah Casey for her help on Jesse White's movie credits.
In this memorable episode, Fred and Jennie Boone ( marvelously portrayed by Claudia Bryar ) are constanly arguing with each other, but are very kind to everyone else. Andy takes it upon himself to remedy the situation. Needless to say, the results are hilarious.
Jesse White was born, Jesse Wiedenfeld on January 3, 1918, in Buffalo, New York, but raised in Akron, Ohio. He made his first amateur appearance on the local stage at age 15. Before breaking into professional theatre in the 1940's, he held many different jobs, including selling beauty supplies and lingerie! He reached Broadway in 1943, via the vaudeville, burlesque and stock company route. The Broadway role that led him to popularity, was his supporting role to James Stewart in Harvey. He went on to appear with Mr. Stewart in the movie version of this play.
Many viewers recognize his face as the " lonely Maytag repairman " in the popular commercials in the 1970's and 80's. As a TV regular, Mr. White did something that has never been done before or since. He appeared regularly in two shows, as a show-biz agent, simultaneously! From 1953 - 1957, he appeared as Cagey Calhoun on " Private Secretary." During the same period ( 1955 - 1957 ), he portrayed Jesse Leeds on " The Danny Thomas Show." In 1960 and 1961, he appeared as Oscar Pudney, a newsstand operator, in " The Ann Southern Show."Jesse White's guest appearances on TV, include the following shows, pilot episodes and specials :
Hope you enjoyed it! Dale Robinson