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Also Known As: Chris Jones, William Frank Jones Died:
Born: August 18, 1941 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Jackson, Tennessee, USA Profession: actor

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A moodily handsome leading player of the 1960s, Christopher Jones retreated from the entertainment industry after portraying Sarah Miles' English lover in David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter" (1970).Born in Tennessee, Jones and his brother were placed in a Memphis orphanage after the death of their mother in 1945. Jones ran away at age 16 and enlisted in the Army, but reportedly went AWOL after only two days. After spending time traveling around the US, he turned himself in and served a six month jail sentence. Not long after his release, Jones met acting coach and director Frank Corsaro who encouraged him to attend classes at The Actors Studio. Corsaro cast Jones alongside Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton in the original 1961 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana". Jones later landed the leading role in the short-lived ABC series "The Adventures of Jesse James" (1965-66).Jones moved to the big screen in 1968 and that year had the role for which he is perhaps best-remembered: Max Frost, a rock star who becomes president in the political-musical-satire "Wild in the Streets". After only two more films, Jones disappeared from view. Quentin Tarantino supposedly offered the actor the...

A moodily handsome leading player of the 1960s, Christopher Jones retreated from the entertainment industry after portraying Sarah Miles' English lover in David Lean's "Ryan's Daughter" (1970).

Born in Tennessee, Jones and his brother were placed in a Memphis orphanage after the death of their mother in 1945. Jones ran away at age 16 and enlisted in the Army, but reportedly went AWOL after only two days. After spending time traveling around the US, he turned himself in and served a six month jail sentence. Not long after his release, Jones met acting coach and director Frank Corsaro who encouraged him to attend classes at The Actors Studio. Corsaro cast Jones alongside Bette Davis and Margaret Leighton in the original 1961 Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana". Jones later landed the leading role in the short-lived ABC series "The Adventures of Jesse James" (1965-66).

Jones moved to the big screen in 1968 and that year had the role for which he is perhaps best-remembered: Max Frost, a rock star who becomes president in the political-musical-satire "Wild in the Streets". After only two more films, Jones disappeared from view. Quentin Tarantino supposedly offered the actor the role of Zed in "Pulp Fiction" (1994), but Jones balked at the storyline and refused to appear in the film. He did, however, accept a small role in Larry Bishop's "Trigger Happy" (1996).

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 You Got Served (2004) Wade
2.
 Mad Dog Time (1996)
3.
 Ryan's Daughter (1970) Randolph Doryan
4.
 The Looking Glass War (1969) Leiser
5.
 Chubasco (1968) Chubasco
6.
 3 in the Attic (1968) Paxton Quigley
7.
 Wild in the Streets (1968) Max Frost
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Raised in Memphis, TN in a boys orphanage
1956:
Joined the US Army at age 16; went AWOL after a few days (date approximate)
:
Reportedly travelled around the US
:
Settled in NYC; turned himself in to the Army and served six month sentence; began appearing in stage productions
1961:
Played featured role in Tennessee Williams' "The Night of the Iguana", starring Margaret Leighton and Bette Davis
1965:
Starred in title role in short-lived television series, "The Legend of Jesse James"
1968:
First leading role in a feature film, "Wild in the Streets"
1970:
Last film for over 25 years, "Ryan's Daughter"
:
Reportedly turned down role of Zed in Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction"; role eventually went to Peter Greene
1996:
Returned to films with a cameo role in "Trigger Happy"
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Education

The Actors Studio: New York , New York -

Notes

Not to be confused with the youthful actor of the same name who appeared in "Forrest Gump" and The Family Channel TV-movies "Tad" and "Stolen Memories: Secrets From the Rose Garden"

On his years away from screen acting, Jones told Pamela des Barres in MOVIELINE, August 1996:

"I was flipped out on the agony and the ecstacy. Let me tell you, if you have two managers trying to rob you, an ex-wife driving you crazy, and everybody's after your fucking money--I went through a Howard Hughes kind of thing. . . . I guess I went a little nuts."

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companion:
Shelley Winters. Actor. Appeared together on stage in "Night of the Iguana"; together briefly in early 1960s; also played Jones' mother in "Wild in the Streets".
wife:
Susan Strasberg. Actor. Married September 25, 1965; divorced in 1968; co-starred in "Chubasco" (1968).
companion:
Pia Degermark. Actor. Together c. 1969-70.
companion:
Olivia Hussey. Actor. Together c. 1970-71.
companion:
Susan Cabot. Actor. Mother of Timothy Jones; killed by her son in 1986.
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daughter:
Jennifer Jones. Mother, Susan Strasberg.
son:
Timothy Jones. Mother Susan Cabot; killed his mother in self-defense in 1986.

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