Jay Gerber
Jay Gerber Alias
Jay Gerber, shown here in a scene from a 2001 episode of the ABC-TV series "Alias", made 3 guest appearances on "Night Court" in different roles.
General Actor Information
Gender: Male
Born: (1929-04-18)April 18, 1929
Birthplace The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Died October 2, 2015(2015-10-02) (aged 86)
Death Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active: 1971-2002
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
3 in Seasons 2-4
Appears as: Alan Kitch / Mr. Loller / Sydney Shoup
Jay Gerber (born April 18, 1929-died October 2, 2015) made three guest appearances on Night Court, first appearing as Alan Kitch in the Season 2 episode Christine and Mac (a.k.a Daddy for the Defense)" then as Mr. Loller in Season 3's "Dad's First Date", and last, as Sydney Shoup in "Author, Author" in Season 4.


A native of the Bronx and a veteran of the Korean War who moved to Los Angeles in 1975, Gerber made his movie debut in Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon, [1] playing an insurance salesman across the street from the bank being held up. Other film appearances included the made-for-TV movie America, You're On (1975), as well as roles in Memoirs of an Invisible Man (1992), and Three Wishes (1995).[1]

His many subsequent TV show guest appearnce credits, which spanned four decades, from the 1970's to  the 2000's, would soon include, in addition to his Night Court appearances, What’s Happening!!, The Rockford Files, On the Rocks, Eight Is Enough, One Day at a Time, Archie Bunker’s Place, M*A*S*H, Doogie Howser, M.D., Knots Landing, Dallas, Alias and Gilmore Girls.[1]

Jay also made a guest appearance in a a 1977 episode of the CBS-TV sitcom All in The Family, ("Goodbye, Stretch Cunningham") where he played the role the brother of the recently deceased recurring character Stretch Cunningham, a co-worker and friend of Archie Bunker (who had been played on the series by James Cromwell) [2] as Archie is shocked to learn that Stretch was Jewish, as the Bunkers all attend his funeral at a local synagouge.[1]

Gerber’s brother was the late Roy Gerber, an agent and talent manager who served as the inspiration for the character of Oscar Madison in Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. [2](After he and his wife split up, Roy moved into the home of Neil’s older brother, comedy writer Danny Simon, who also was newly separated.) [1]


Gerber died at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by friends and family;[2] he was 86 years old.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Barnes, Mike. "Character Actor Jay Gerber Dies at 86", Hollywood Reporter (.com), October 10, 2015. Retrieved on September 28, 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 WENN. "Actor Jay Gerber dies",, October 2015. Retrieved on September 28, 2018. 

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