Jerry Beck

Latenight broadcaster Jerry Beck, a former stuntman and magician, died Oct. 21of a heart attack at his weekend home in Millersport. Ohio. He was 58.

Beck was host in the 1960s and 1970s of “All Night Theatre” on Columbus television station WLW-C, which later became WCMH-TV, beginning in 1968. He attracted a following for the weekend program by clowning with a rubber chicken and cracking jokes about the movies being shown.

Beck dropped out of high school to go on the road as a magician before becoming a stuntman in Hollywood in the early 1960s, working in the war movie “PT 109” and in several Elvis Presley musicals.

He was later president of Vanguard Prods., a television and radio production house for commercials and training videos. He also occasionally hosted radio shows.

He is survived by his son and his wife.

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  1. JerryBeckFan says:

    I loved Jerry Beck…he had us on his show in the 70’s when we were little kids in his studio audience. He also read one of my letters written in crayon on a paper bag on the air. I had not idea he was gone ad too young. He was awesome.

  2. TheRabble says:

    Used to watch him during the late 60’s. He truly brought some small joy to some very unhappy children…it is said that the sum of the worth of a man’s life can be summed up in three words. For this man I say…..Jerry Beck, “you did good “

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