Gilbert C. "Gil" Gerard (born January 23, 1943) is an American actor. He is most famous for his role as Captain William "Buck" Rogers in the 1979-1981 television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Gerard was born in Little Rock, Arkansas to a college instructor mother and a salesman father. He acted in high school (Little Rock Catholic High School for Boys) while working for a Kroger grocery store in his teens. In 1960 he attended Maryknoll Seminary, in Glenn Ellyn, Illinois. Played the role of the 'Music Man' in an all male production. He attended the University of Central Arkansas but dropped out before graduation.
Gerard landed a job as an industrial chemist, and within a few years he became regional manager of a large chemical company headed by governor Winthrop Rockefeller. Gerard's employers said they would name him the firm's vice president if he went for his master's degree, so he quit rather than tell everyone that he did not have a college degree.