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Also Known As: Dean C Jones, Dean Carroll Jones Died:
Born: January 25, 1931 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Decatur, Alabama, USA Profession: actor, singer, dishwasher, timber cutter, coal loader, cotton picker

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Boyish-looking, squeaky-clean leading man of the 1960s and 70s who began his career as a blues singer before making his film debut in 1956. Jones gained prominence for his starring roles in a succession of Disney family comedies in the 1960s, most notably "That Darn Cat!" (1965), "The Love Bug" (1968), "Million Dollar Duck" (1971), "The Shaggy D.A." (1976) and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (1977). Jones also starred briefly on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's sophisticated dissection of modern marriage, "Company" (1970) and received praise for the innocent, dopey quality he brought to the role of the bachelor Bobby. After a hiatus from major roles in the 1980s, Jones was featured as a pragmatic business manager whose company is about to be taken over by a liquidator in "Other People's Money" (1991). Jones married second wife, actress-turned-screenwriter, Lory Basham in 1973.

Boyish-looking, squeaky-clean leading man of the 1960s and 70s who began his career as a blues singer before making his film debut in 1956. Jones gained prominence for his starring roles in a succession of Disney family comedies in the 1960s, most notably "That Darn Cat!" (1965), "The Love Bug" (1968), "Million Dollar Duck" (1971), "The Shaggy D.A." (1976) and "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" (1977).

Jones also starred briefly on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's sophisticated dissection of modern marriage, "Company" (1970) and received praise for the innocent, dopey quality he brought to the role of the bachelor Bobby. After a hiatus from major roles in the 1980s, Jones was featured as a pragmatic business manager whose company is about to be taken over by a liquidator in "Other People's Money" (1991). Jones married second wife, actress-turned-screenwriter, Lory Basham in 1973.

Filmographyclose complete filmography

CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Batman and Mr. Freeze: Subzero (1998) Voice Of Dean Arbagast
2.
 Love Bug, The (1997) Jim Douglas
3.
 That Darn Cat (1997) Mr Flint
5.
 Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) Scotty Berlin
6.
 Spasso Nel Tempo, A (1996) Joe; Professor Mortimer
7.
 Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, The (1995) Dean Carlson
8.
 Clear and Present Danger (1994) Judge Moore
10.
 Beethoven (1992) Dr Herman Varnick
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Milestones close milestones

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Landed his own local radio show "Dean Jones Sings" while still a student of Riverside High School in Decatur AL
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Left home at fifteen to become a singer; worked as a coal loader, timber cutter, cotton picker and dishwasher before making professional debut as a blues singer in a New Orleans nightclub (earning $3 an hour and all he could eat until the club folded)
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Returned to Decatur to finish high school
1953:
Served in US Navy Air Corps, operating radio-controlled aircraft for fleet gunner practice; produced entertainment programs on the base and sang on the local San Diego TV program, "Liberty Call"
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Hired to sing in a melodrama produced at Knott's Berry Farm amusement park, Los Angeles where composer Vernon Duke heard him and introduced him to composer Frank Loesser who brought Jones to MGM where he was signed as a singer
1956:
Film debut in "Gaby" (uncredited), "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "These Wilder Years" and "Tea and Sympathy"
1960:
Broadway debut opposite Jane Fonda in the short-lived (ran three-weeks) play, "There Was a Little Girl"
1960:
Appeared on Broadway in "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
1962:
Played title role in TV series "Ensign O'Toole"
1967:
Suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident in Baja CA
1969:
Hosted TV series, "What's It All About, World"
1970:
Starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's "Company"; left after a few weeks into run (official reason was "hepatitis" but real reason was that he was in the midst of a divorce); replaced by standby Larry Kert
1971:
Starred on TV series, "The Chicago Teddy Bears"
1978:
Became a born-again Christian
1978:
Portrayed Charles Colson in film, "Born Again"
1982:
Played Jim Douglas on short-lived TV series, "Herbie, the Love Bug"
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Toured in one-man show, "St John in Exile" and made documentaries for Compassion International, a child-care organization
1986:
Starred in a short-lived (ran five performances) Broadway musical, "Into the Light" about the Shroud of Turin
1991:
Made feature film comeback in "Other People's Money"
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Education

Riverside High School: Decatur , Alabama -
Asbury College: Wilmore , Kentucky -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California - 1957

Notes

"Life is not fair and Hollywood is even less fair."--Dean Jones discussing his hiatus from film during the decade after the "Herbie" movies, quoted in USA Today, October 28, 1991.

On his Disney movies Jones said, "I didn't want to play Hamlet. To make people laugh was a good thing to be about." --quoted in USA Today, October 28, 1991.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Mae Inez Entwisle. Local beauty queen. Married on January 1, 1954; divorced c. 1970.
wife:
Lory Basham Jones. Writer, former actor. Married in 1973; first met at an NBC Christmas party in 1960.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Andrew Guy Jones. Traveling construction worker.
mother:
Nolia Elizabeth Jones.
daughter:
Carol Elizabeth Jones. Born c. 1955; mother, Mae Entwisle.
daughter:
Deanna Jones. Born c. 1957; mother, Mae Entwisle.
son:
Michael Jones. Mother Lory Basham.
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