Jay North life and biography

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Jay North biography

Date of birth : 1951-08-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Hollywood, California, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2010-08-03
Credited as : Actor, role in Dennis the Menace CBS sitcom, son of singer Hal Hopper

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Jay Waverly North, born August 3, 1951in Hollywood, California is an American actor perhaps best remembered for his lead role in the CBS sitcom Dennis the Menace, which ran from 1959 to 1963.

Jay North, the son of singer/actor Hal Hopper, was chosen for the role of Dennis the Menace by creator Hank Ketcham himself out of approximately 500 hopefuls. North later appeared in several movies as a teen and as a young adult.

In the mid-50's, he had parts in various TV shows, such as Wanted: Dead or Alive starring young Steve McQueen in the episode "Eight Cent Reward". In the mid-60's, he starred in a movie entitled Maya filmed in India with Indian super-teen actor, Sajid Khan. Later that decade, North and Khan reunited for Maya, the TV series. In the early 1970s, he provided the voice of a teenage Bamm-Bamm Rubble in the Flintstones spin-off cartoon series The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show.

Tousle-haired child actor Jay North was the son of the West Coast regional director for AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), a performer's union. He began showing up on TV in 1958 and in films the following year. Selected from a group of 500 possibilities, he landed the title role in the TV series Dennis the Menace, which ran from 1959 to 1963. He went on to star in the single-season adventure weekly Maya (1966) and in such family oriented films as Zebra in the Kitchen. Reportedly mistreated and abused by his on-set guardians, North's career as a child star was less than pleasant; nor did he make a successful transition to adult roles in such trash as Teacher Teacher (1974). Eventually overcoming his past, he vowed to prevent others in his situation from suffering similar humiliations, and later spent much of his time offering advice, counsel, and moral support to preteen professional actors. Among Jay North's later acting appearances was the 1980 TV movie Scout's Honor, which featured several other former child TV performers in the cast.

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