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Also Known As: Henry Burk Jones Died: May 17, 1999
Born: August 1, 1912 Cause of Death: injuries sustained in a fall
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor

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After graduating from Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in his native Philadelphia, Henry Jones ventured into Broadway, making his acting debut in a 1938 production of "Hamlet." His theatrical career was halted during World War II, when he fought for the U.S. Army. Upon his return, he found a highly successful stage role as slain worker Leroy Jessup in the play "The Bad Seed" (He later reprised the role for the 1956 film version). In the 1950s, Jones ventured into television, finding recurring and one-off roles on a variety of live drama programs, including "The Web"--from 1951 to 1953--and "The Revlon Mirror Theatre" in 1953. The Glenn Ford-starring 1957 action-drama, "3:10 to Yuma" brought Jones a memorable role as town drunk Alex Potter, and he popped up for a brief-but-memorable spot as a coroner in Hitchock's 1958 mystery classic, "Vertigo." As long as there were parts to be claimed, Jones was there to fill the void, often bringing a slightly disturbing magnetism to the screen with him. He kept working throughout the following decades--and well into the '90s--and his remaining well-remembered parts include a spot as a bike salesman in George Roy Hill's 1969 western classic, "Butch Cassidy and...

After graduating from Saint Joseph's Preparatory School in his native Philadelphia, Henry Jones ventured into Broadway, making his acting debut in a 1938 production of "Hamlet." His theatrical career was halted during World War II, when he fought for the U.S. Army. Upon his return, he found a highly successful stage role as slain worker Leroy Jessup in the play "The Bad Seed" (He later reprised the role for the 1956 film version). In the 1950s, Jones ventured into television, finding recurring and one-off roles on a variety of live drama programs, including "The Web"--from 1951 to 1953--and "The Revlon Mirror Theatre" in 1953. The Glenn Ford-starring 1957 action-drama, "3:10 to Yuma" brought Jones a memorable role as town drunk Alex Potter, and he popped up for a brief-but-memorable spot as a coroner in Hitchock's 1958 mystery classic, "Vertigo." As long as there were parts to be claimed, Jones was there to fill the void, often bringing a slightly disturbing magnetism to the screen with him. He kept working throughout the following decades--and well into the '90s--and his remaining well-remembered parts include a spot as a bike salesman in George Roy Hill's 1969 western classic, "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and a night clerk in Warren Beatty's 1990 crime re-vamp, "Dick Tracy."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Breathing Lessons (1994) Sam
2.
 Mastergate (1992)
3.
 Enid is Sleeping (1990) Old Man
4.
 Grifters, The (1990) Simms
5.
 Arachnophobia (1990) Doctor Sam Metcalf
6.
 Dick Tracy (1990) Night Clerk
7.
 Guess Who's Coming For Christmas? (1990) Old Man Fisher
8.
 Nowhere to Run (1989) Judge Culbert
9.
 Leftovers, The (1986) Thorndike
10.
 Balboa (1982) Jeffry Duncan
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:
Had featured role as John Davidson's employer on the NBC sitcom "The Girl With Something Extra"
1995:
Last screen appearance in the Joe Dante-directed segment "Lightning" of the Showtime anthology "Picture Windows"
1946:
Early TV credit as guest performer on "Light's Out", an NBC live series of mysteries and tales of the supernatural
1960:
Final Broadway appearance in "Advise and Consent"
1939:
Had featured role in "The Time of Your Life" on Broadway
1969:
Portrayed the bicycle salesman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid"
1946:
Portrayed the Dauphin opposite Ingrid Berman's "Joan of Lorraine" on Broadway
1958:
Returned to Broadway to portray aide Louis Howe in the biographical play "Sunrise at Campobello"; received Tony Award
1951:
Returned to features in "Lady Says No"
1977:
Returned to the stage in an L.A. production of "Comedians"
1935:
Began acting career under Jasper Deeter at the famed Hedgerow Theatre in Moylan, Pennsylvania
1943:
Film debut, "This Is the Army"
1990:
Made last film appearances in small roles in "The Grifters", "Dick Tracy", "Enid Is Sleeping" and "Aracnophobia"
1954:
Portrayed the suspicious handyman Leroy in "The Bad Seed" on Broadway
1942:
Appeared in the stage show "This Is the Army"
1984:
Appeared opposite Virginia Mayo in a Los Angeles production of "Dear Jennie"
1938:
Broadway acting debut as Reynaldo and the second gravedigger in "Hamlet", starring Maurice Evans
1958:
Offered memorable turn as the coroner in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo"
:
Portrayed retired judge Jonathan Dexter on the CBS sitcom "Phyllis", starring Cloris Leachman
1956:
Reprised role in film version of "The Bad Seed"
1942:
Served as a private in the US Army
:
Starred in the ABC drama series "Channing"
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Education

St Joseph's College: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - 1935

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wife:
Yvonne Bergere. Actor. Married from January 14, 1942 until her death in October 1942.
wife:
Judy Briggs. Married in June 1946; divorced in March 1961.

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father:
John Francis Xavier Jones.
mother:
Helen Jones.
son:
David Jones. Survived him.
daughter:
Jocelyn Jones Watkins. Survived him.
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