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Also Known As: Died: June 27, 1992
Born: October 14, 1908 Cause of Death: lung cancer
Birth Place: Old Forge, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: singer, actor, coal miner

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Stalwart, curly-haired American leading man and singer, perhaps best remembered for handling the obligatory romantic role in two Marx Brothers comedies, "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937). Jones also played riverboat gambler Gaylord Ravenal opposite Irene Dunne in James Whale's marvelous 1936 adaptation of the stage classic "Show Boat". Possessing a genial personality and a fine baritone, Jones enjoyed modest success in Hollywood for several years without ever attaining the star status of which he seemed capable. He was played up as a second-string Nelson Eddy, and consequently never developed a distinctive persona of his own. One of his best-remembered moments in film was his singing in "The Firefly" (1937) of the tuneful "The Donkey Serenade", which later became something of a trademark song for Jones. After his film career waned, Jones kept busy with singing tours and stage work, including touring companies of shows from "Guys and Dolls" in the 1950s to "Man of La Mancha" in the 1970s. At one time married to actress and singer Irene Hervey, Jones was the father (by Hervey) of singer Jack Jones.

Stalwart, curly-haired American leading man and singer, perhaps best remembered for handling the obligatory romantic role in two Marx Brothers comedies, "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937). Jones also played riverboat gambler Gaylord Ravenal opposite Irene Dunne in James Whale's marvelous 1936 adaptation of the stage classic "Show Boat". Possessing a genial personality and a fine baritone, Jones enjoyed modest success in Hollywood for several years without ever attaining the star status of which he seemed capable. He was played up as a second-string Nelson Eddy, and consequently never developed a distinctive persona of his own. One of his best-remembered moments in film was his singing in "The Firefly" (1937) of the tuneful "The Donkey Serenade", which later became something of a trademark song for Jones. After his film career waned, Jones kept busy with singing tours and stage work, including touring companies of shows from "Guys and Dolls" in the 1950s to "Man of La Mancha" in the 1970s. At one time married to actress and singer Irene Hervey, Jones was the father (by Hervey) of singer Jack Jones.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Sub Rosa Rising (1971) Narration
2.
 A Swingin' Summer (1965) Mr. Johnson
3.
 Stage to Thunder Rock (1964) Mayor Ted Dollar
4.
 Honeymoon Ahead (1945) Orpheus
5.
 Senorita from the West (1945) Phil Bradley
6.
 Sing a Jingle (1944) Ray King [also known as Steve Roberts]
7.
 Crazy House (1943)
8.
 You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith (1943) Tony [Smith]
9.
 Rhythm of the Islands (1943) Tommy Jones, also known as "Chief Atamu"
10.
 When Johnny Comes Marching Home (1943) Johnny Kovacs [also known as Johnny O'Rourke]
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1935:
Made film debut in "Reckless"
1937:
Performed his signature song, "The Donkey Serenade" in the MGM film "The Firefly", opposite Jeanette MacDonald
1945:
Last feature film for nearly two decades, "Senorita from the West"
1964:
Returned to films for "Stage to Thunder Rock"
1970:
Last acting performance in a feature film, "A Man Called Sledge"
1971:
Narrated the adult documentary, "Sub Rosa Rising"
1991:
Toured Florida in musical act with son Jack Jones
1992:
Completed singing tour of Australia three months before his death
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Education

Syracuse University: Syracuse , New York -

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wife:
Irene Hervey. Actor. Married in 1936; divorced in 1957; died on December 20, 1998 at age 89.
wife:
Maria Jones. Survived him.

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step-daughter:
Gail Christiansen. Mother, Irene Hervey.
son:
Jack Jones. Entertainer, singer. Mother, Irene Hervey.
son:
Ted Jones. Mother, Maria Jones.

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