Jackie Gerken is one of those who enjoys the limelight because of her star husband, Anson Williams, who is a very successful actor & director.
Jackie Gerken’s Family
Jackie Gerken is known around the world as the wife of the famous actor & director, Anson Williams. Jackie had a very simple & hidden life before her marriage, and so there isn’t any information available on the web about her family background, her birthplace, her parents, siblings, etc. It is known that Jackie met Anson in 1986, after his divorce. They dated for a while before getting married in 1988.
Anson Williams was born Anson William Heimlich, on September 25, 1949, in Los Angeles, California, USA, to a Jewish family. He is the son of Rosalind (Horowitz) and Haskell “Hal” Heimlich/Heimlick. His father legally changed the spelling of the family name to “Heimlick”, unlike Anson‘s uncle, Dr. Henry Heimlich, the namesake of the Heimlich maneuver for treating choking victims. Anson attended Burbank High School, where he was the track team captain and acted in multiple school productions. In 1971, he appeared with John Amos in a commercial for McDonald’s.
In 1978, Anson married Lorrie Mahaffey, who played his character’s girlfriend on “Happy Days.” The couple divorced in 1986, following which he tied the knot with Jackie. The couple had a very lovely relationship and has 4 beautiful children. Their first daughter, Hannah Lily Williams was born on July 1, 1989, followed by
Olivia Jean Williams, who was born in 2002, Gabriella Rose Williams in 2002, and Stella Rayne Williams in 2007. On September 11, 2019, Anson Williams filed for divorce from Jackie.
Jackie Gerken’s Net Worth
Jackie Gerken enjoyed celebrity status because of her super-talented and rich husband, Anson Williams. Anson is an established actor, singer, and director, best known for his role as gullible, well-intentioned singer Warren “Potsie” Weber on the television series Happy Days (1974–1984), a role for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film. In 1977, he recorded and released a single, “Deeply” which peaked at #93 on the Hot 100. He also directed several episodes of the TV series 7th Heaven.
As a businessman, Anson opened the Big Al’s chain of diners in 1987 with his former “Happy Days” costar Al Molinaro. The business eventually folded. Later, he founded the cosmetics company Starmaker Products. He also penned a memoir entitled “Singing to a Bulldog: From Happy Days to Hollywood Director, and the Unlikely Mentor Who Got Me There. “In June 2022, Anson announced he was running for mayor of Ojai, California but lost to incumbent mayor Betsey Stix by 42 votes.
In 2011 Anson Williams paid $950,000 for a home in Ojai, California. Today this home is likely worth close to $3 million. He also has a net worth of $4 million.