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November 17, 2019

Kiva Jump, 'Soap' Star Gordon Jump's Daughter, Is Following in Her Famous Dad's Footsteps

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Like her father, Kiva Jump pursued a career in show business, starring in numerous primetime shows and films.

The daughter of "Soap" star Gordon Jump is known for "Mad Men" (2007), "Weeds" (2005) and "Let Go" (2011), as shown in her IMDB profile.

She also appeared in popular series such as "Friends," "The Middle," "Life in Pieces," "One Mississippi" and "Bones," as reported by TV Guide.

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Apart from being an actress, Kiva is also a producer. More recently, she was cast on the hit series, "The Young and the Restless," as reported by Soap Opera News.

Her other projects include: "Pie Head: A Kinda' True Story," "Eliza Sherman's Revenge," and "True Blood," where she plays the role of Nurse Hastigan.

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FATHER'S LEGACY

Kiva’s well-known father, who passed away in September 2003, was best known for playing the role of radio station manager Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the TV series, "WKRP in Cincinnati," and as Chief of Police Tinkler in the sitcom "Soap."

He also guest-starred on the 1980s sitcom "Diff’rent Strokes" and also appeared in commercials for Maytag brand appliances.

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Jump’s acting career dated back to the 1960s, appearing with minor roles in television on such shows as "Get Smart," "Lancer," "Here Come the Brides," and "Green Acres."

In the 1970s, he guest-starred in a number of series such as "The Rockford Files," "A Touch of Grace," "Friends and Lovers," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Lost Saucer" and "Starsky & Hutch." 

His last movie role was in the 2004 film "Changing of the Guard," which hit the theaters after his death.

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On September 22, 2003, he succumbed to pulmonary fibrosis, leading to respiratory failure at his home near Los Angeles, California.

REMEMBERING ANOTHER BELOVED "SOAP" STAR

Another well-loved "Soap" actor who had passed away was Robert Mandan. He died at 86 years old on April 29, 2018, in Las Vegas after a long illness.

Born in Clever, Missouri, Mandan was known for playing the character of Chester Tate on "Soap." He was also known for playing the role of James Bradford in "Three's Company," as well as in its spin-off, "Three's a Crowd."

Mandan attended Pomona College, where he received a major degree in theater. His big break-through came when he appeared in "All of My Sons."

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