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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, timber cutter, cotton picker, coal loader, dishwasher

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Over the course of more than half a century, Dean Jones built up a name synonymous with family-friendly entertainment. Kicking off his film career with the campy Walt Disney comedies of the 1960s, Jones eventually went on to explore spiritually-themed stage productions and action blockbusters like "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). No matter the variety of endeavors he attempted later in his career, Jones forever remained the wholesome comedian at the center of kooky family fare. Dean Carroll Jones was born on January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama. A young Jones served in the United States Navy and attended Asbury University before exploring a career on the stage and screen. After accumulating a number of minor film and television parts throughout the 1950s, Jones leapt to a starring position on the sitcom "Ensign O'Toole" (NBC 1962-63), which in turn led him to roles in hit Walt Disney family comedies like "That Darn Cat!" (1965) and "The Love Bug" (1968). Jones enjoyed a brief stint in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" in 1970. Following a conversion to born-again Christianity after he stopped drinking, Jones branched out to heavier dramas like the political biography "Born Again" (1978) and...

Over the course of more than half a century, Dean Jones built up a name synonymous with family-friendly entertainment. Kicking off his film career with the campy Walt Disney comedies of the 1960s, Jones eventually went on to explore spiritually-themed stage productions and action blockbusters like "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). No matter the variety of endeavors he attempted later in his career, Jones forever remained the wholesome comedian at the center of kooky family fare. Dean Carroll Jones was born on January 25, 1931 in Decatur, Alabama. A young Jones served in the United States Navy and attended Asbury University before exploring a career on the stage and screen. After accumulating a number of minor film and television parts throughout the 1950s, Jones leapt to a starring position on the sitcom "Ensign O'Toole" (NBC 1962-63), which in turn led him to roles in hit Walt Disney family comedies like "That Darn Cat!" (1965) and "The Love Bug" (1968). Jones enjoyed a brief stint in Stephen Sondheim's musical "Company" in 1970. Following a conversion to born-again Christianity after he stopped drinking, Jones branched out to heavier dramas like the political biography "Born Again" (1978) and pioneered Christianity-themed stage productions throughout the 1980s. After returning to his family comedy roots with the hit film "Beethoven" (1992), Jones played opposite Harrison Ford in the acclaimed crime drama "Clear and Present Danger" (1994). Jones spent the last years of his career playing small cameos and voiceover roles. On September 1, 2015, an 84-year-old Jones died following a battle with Parkinson's disease.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero (1998) Dean Arbagast
2.
 That Darn Cat (1997) Mr Flint
3.
 Love Bug, The (1997) Jim Douglas
5.
 Spasso Nel Tempo, A (1996) Joe; Professor Mortimer
6.
 Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996) Scotty Berlin
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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1962:
Played title role in TV series "Ensign O'Toole"
1970:
Starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's "Company"; left after a few weeks into run (official reason was "hepatitis" but he was in the midst of a divorce); replaced by standby Larry Kert
:
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
1991:
Made feature film comeback in "Other People's Money"
1986:
Starred in a short-lived (ran five performances) Broadway musical, "Into the Light" about the Shroud of Turin
1960:
Appeared on Broadway in "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
1982:
Played Jim Douglas on short-lived TV series "Herbie, the Love Bug"
1956:
Film debut in "Gaby" (uncredited), "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "These Wilder Years" and "Tea and Sympathy"
1969:
Hosted TV series, "What's It All About, World"
:
Landed his own local radio show "Dean Jones Sings" while still a student of Riverside High School in Decatur AL
1978:
Portrayed Charles Colson in film "Born Again"
1971:
Starred on TV series "The Chicago Teddy Bears"
1960:
Broadway debut opposite Jane Fonda in the short-lived (ran three-weeks) play, "There Was a Little Girl"
1966:
Starred with Suzanne Pleshette in "The Ugly Dachshund"
1977:
Starred in final Disney film, "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo"
2009:
Made final film appearance in "Mandie and the Secret Tunnel"
1963:
Co-starred with Jack Lemmon in film version of "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
1965:
Starred in first Disney hit, "That Darn Cat!"
1966:
Starred opposite Jane Fonda and Jason Robards in romantic comedy "Any Wednesday'
1968:
Starred in "The Love Bug"
1976:
Starred with Tim Conway and Suzanne Pleshette in "The Shaggy D.A."
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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.

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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.

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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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"Under Running Laughter"

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