Gordon Jump (April 1, 1932 - September 22, 2003), born in Centerville, Ohio, USA, was an American actor, known for his role as the "Maytag Repairman" in commercials for Maytag brand appliances, from 1989 until his retirement from the role in July 2003. He is also well-known as the clueless radio station manager Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and the incompetent "Piece of Chalief Tinkler" in the controversial sitcom Soap, and served viewers with a comical example of a Pointy Haired Boss in the animated TV series Dilbert. Jump was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Jump graduated from the Kansas State University with a degree in journalism in 1957. He began his career working at radio and television stations in Manhattan, Kansas and Topeka, Kansas. He was a TV producer and on-air personality in Dayton, Ohio, when he decided to move to Los Angeles and study acting.
He took minor roles in television, on such shows as Get Smart, The Partridge Family and The Rockford Files. He also guest-starred on a number of television series, including a memorable and somewhat infamous appearance playing a child molester on Diff'rent Strokes. After "WKRP" folded, Jump hosted the PBS series "Make Yourself at Home" and taught voice classes. Jump also enjoyed working in theater. In the 1990s, concurrent with his new role as the Maytag Repairman, Jump starred in a short-lived revival of WKRP entitled The New WKRP in Cincinnati.
Jump had been suffering from pulmonary fibrosis, a disease that leaves the lungs scarred, restricting oxygen to tissue in the body and eventually causing heart or respiratory failure. He finally succumbed to the condition at the age of 71 at his home near Los Angeles, California.