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|Born:||January 25, 1931||Cause of Death:|
|Birth Place:||Decatur, Alabama, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Landed his own local radio show "Dean Jones Sings" while still a student of Riverside High School in Decatur AL
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)
Returned to Decatur to finish high school
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"
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
Film debut in "Gaby" (uncredited), "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "These Wilder Years" and "Tea and Sympathy"
Broadway debut opposite Jane Fonda in the short-lived (ran three-weeks) play, "There Was a Little Girl"
Appeared on Broadway in "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
Played title role in TV series "Ensign O'Toole"
Suffered a near-fatal motorcycle accident in Baja CA
Hosted TV series, "What's It All About, World"
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
Starred on TV series, "The Chicago Teddy Bears"
Became a born-again Christian
Portrayed Charles Colson in film, "Born Again"
Played Jim Douglas on short-lived TV series, "Herbie, the Love Bug"
Toured in one-man show, "St John in Exile" and made documentaries for Compassion International, a child-care organization
Starred in a short-lived (ran five performances) Broadway musical, "Into the Light" about the Shroud of Turin
Made feature film comeback in "Other People's Money"
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