Jerry Zellers was born and raised on the shores of Lake Erie in Lorain, Ohio and lived in the greater Cleveland area until 1999, when he moved to New York to pursue acting full time. He has been an actor since 1993, appearing in several Cleveland area stage productions, commercials and print work. Since moving to New York in 99, he received an MFA in Acting from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a working finalist to become a lifetime member of The Actors Studio. He has performed for Al Pacino and Ellen Burstyn there, receiving commendations. Jerry has been in 12 films since living in New York, half of them are features. Some of them are still in post-production. One short has been screened in festivals in Connecticut and Washington DC.
He is a member of the Actors Studio. He is also a member of The Bat Theatre Co at the Flea Theatre in Tribeca in Manhattan under the artistic direction of Jim Simpson. Jerry is currently understudying John Lithgow there in the world premier of A.R. Gurney's Mrs. Farnsworth. Sigourney Weaver is also starring in the show. Since becoming a Bat in 2003, Jerry has been in Len Jenkin's New York premier of Like I Say as Mr. Harrold Schwarzberg and as an ensemble member in Mac Wellman's Cellophane.
Jerry's other New York stage credits include stage productions as Eddie in Affections of an Alleycat at Producers Club; Peter Sorin in The Seagull at The Trilogy Theatre; Bob in a premier of Project 9 at Actors Studio Repertoiry Theatre; and Dad in The Dreamer Examines His Pillow at Neighborhood Playhouse. He has also been in two television pilots, most recently as Caine Geeves in The Interns.
Jerry will soon be in a new work with The Bats at The Flea, Design Your Kitchen by Kate Ryan. He is also busy learning his understudy role, as well. He lives in Park Slope, Brooklyn with two cats, Nigel and Toby, who were willing to move to New York with him and be a part of the adventure. He works as a proofreader/copy editor at a medical ed firm in manhattan to help pay the bills.
His favorite quote is: "To be free, to be able to stand up and leave everything behind without looking back. To Say Yes." - by Dag Hammarskjold.