Gil Gerard has starred in numerous successful made for TV movies as well as feature films. However, his fans prefer to remember him as “Buck Rogers” from the Universal motion picture and NBC series, “BUCK ROGERS in the 25th CENTURY”.
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Gil headed to New York in the summer of 1969 where he found a job as a taxi driver and began training with Phillip Burton at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. It wasn’t long before Gil found himself working in the “Business”, however, as one of his fares told him he should audition for “Love Story” which was filming in New York at that time.
Following “Love Story”, Gil began auditioning for and getting commercials for various national accounts. All in All, Gil ended up starring in over 400 television commercials during the 8 years he was in New York. Gil also joined the cast of the Emmy Award winning “the Doctors” He played returned prisoner of war Dr. Alan Stewart for 3 ½ years.
During this time, Gil formed an independent production company with two partners and produced a low-budget feature film entitled, “Hooch” and a Broadway musical. “the Amen Corner”, based on James Baldwin’s award-winning play of the same name.
Gil was called to Hollywood to screen test for several new projects that were being considered. After landing a guest starring role on “Little house on the Prairie”, Michael Landon offered him the lead in a new series he was producing and writing. The series wasn’t picked up by NBC but Gil was offered the title role in a feature and series deal involving Universal Pictures and NBC entitled “Buck Rogers in the 25th Century”. The film was a huge commercial success, grossing over 11 million dollars in its opening weekend (this is in 1979).
Gil followed the success of “Buck Rogers” with several highly rated movies of the week, including “Help Wanted: Male”, “Not Just Another Affair”, with Victoria Principal; “ For Love or Money”, “Hear No Evil”, and “Storming’ Home”.
Interspersed with these movies of the week were several series that included “Sidekicks” for ABC in which Gil portrayed Detective Rizzo. A series for CBS entitled “E.A.R.T.H. Force” followed in which Gil played the leader of an environmental task force charged with patrolling the world fighting environmental crime. In a series for NBC and Aaron Spelling, Gil was seen on “Nightingales”. Two years on the Fox TV series “Code 3” followed.
Gil enjoys tennis, golf, scuba diving, trap and skeet shooting and horseback riding. He is also a licensed pilot and a published poet, having seen his work included in an anthology of American poets.