Few people are aware the Jerry Doyle, who is best known for his role as Michael Garibaldi, Chief of Security on board space station “Babylon 5” in the TV science fiction series of the same name actually flew for the United States Air Force and was a corporate pilot before he went into radio and TV. Born on 16 July 1956 in Brooklyn, New York this actor-pilot was also an athlete having played varsity basketball and football in Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, New Jersey where he graduated in 1974. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Aeronautics from the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University where he received his flight training.
After his stint with the Air Force, Jerry Doyle became a corporate jet pilot then went on to work for ten years as a stockbroker. When the movie world beckoned in 1991, he left his Wall Street stock trading room, packed up and headed for Hollywood. Having no prior acting experience, Jerry persevered and eventually landed a role as a day player that lasted for almost a year on the “Bold and the Beautiful.” The long-running science fiction TV series “Babylon 5” was his first significant film engagement. He went on to star in TNT original movies such as “A Call to Arms” and “River of Souls” and many other roles including voice acting.
Radio eventually became his main line hosting the nationally syndicated talk show, “The Jerry Doyle Show” that is aired throughout the United States on Talk Radio Network. Unlike other conservative talk show hosts, Jerry’s style is more laid back, often using personal experiences, satirical observations and well-rounded social commentary that provide context for his compelling and thought-provoking topics. Listeners of his issue-oriented, fast-paced and caller-driven program love Jerry’s wit and ability to engage listeners in fascinating conversation.
Observing the public’s fascination for celebrity court cases and penchant to become interested in people or trivial objects that hog the media limelight, Jerry Doyle coined the phrase “grapefruit mentality.” A good example of this mentality, he says, are the flocks of people who come from all over the country to places where there are media reports of Marian apparitions. The phrase was coined when he used an exaggerated example that people will journey from afar just to see a grapefruit that TV has been airing every night.
Being a long-time political junkie, Jerry Doyle threw his hat into political arena and ran as a Republican for a Congressional seat in California’s 24th district but lost in the November elections of 2000. He subsequently declared himself an independent cutting off ties with the Republican Party.