He is an American actor best known as the clueless yet occasionally wise radio station manager Arthur Carlson in the t.v. series WKRP in Cincinnati and the incompetent “Chief of Police Tinkler” in the sitcom Soap. Jump’s most memorable guest starring role was on a two-part episode of the 1980s sitcom Different Strokes, in which he portrayed a pedophile who attempts to molest main characters Arnold and his friend, Dudley. He also played the “Maytag Repairman” in commercials for Maytag brand appliances, from 1989 until his retirement from the role in July 2003.
Jump died on September 22, 2003 from pulmonary fibrosis, leading to respiratory failure at his home near Los Angeles, California.
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