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Also Known As: Jeffrey Duncan Jones Died:
Born: September 28, 1946 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Buffalo, New York, USA Profession: actor

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An accomplished American actor of both stage and screen, Jeffrey Jones became known for a series of frequently hilarious characters ranging from the bumptious, to the blundering, to the merely bewildered. Jones gained widespread recognition in the period biopic that essayed the short, tumultuous life of master composer Mozart, "Amadeus" (1984) starring to riotous effect as the preening, child-like Emperor of Austria. As notable as that role was, he topped himself with a turn as a high school principal obsessed with catching hooky-playing hero Matthew Broderick in John Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). Jones found a professional home as part of director Tim Burton's unofficial acting troupe in efforts like "Beetlejuice" (1988), "Ed Wood" (1994) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999). Sadly, his professional credits were eclipsed for a time by child pornography charges leveled at him in 2002, part of an investigation that included fellow Burton collaborator, Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens. Jones resurfaced in the critically acclaimed cable Western "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) as a journalist in a corrupt pioneer town, but appeared in little else in the second half of the decade. Having fashioned a career in...

An accomplished American actor of both stage and screen, Jeffrey Jones became known for a series of frequently hilarious characters ranging from the bumptious, to the blundering, to the merely bewildered. Jones gained widespread recognition in the period biopic that essayed the short, tumultuous life of master composer Mozart, "Amadeus" (1984) starring to riotous effect as the preening, child-like Emperor of Austria. As notable as that role was, he topped himself with a turn as a high school principal obsessed with catching hooky-playing hero Matthew Broderick in John Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). Jones found a professional home as part of director Tim Burton's unofficial acting troupe in efforts like "Beetlejuice" (1988), "Ed Wood" (1994) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999). Sadly, his professional credits were eclipsed for a time by child pornography charges leveled at him in 2002, part of an investigation that included fellow Burton collaborator, Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens. Jones resurfaced in the critically acclaimed cable Western "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) as a journalist in a corrupt pioneer town, but appeared in little else in the second half of the decade. Having fashioned a career in which he frequently brought humanity and humor to unlikable characters, Jones' unsavory personal exploits threatened to derail a respectable career that had made him a welcome fixture in American cinema for 20 years.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001) Joseph Potter
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 How High (2001) Vice President
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 Heartbreakers (2001) Mr Appel
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 Company Man (2001)
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 Sleepy Hollow (1999) Reverend Steenwyck
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 Stuart Little (1999) Uncle Crenshaw
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 Ravenous (1999) Colonel Hart
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 There's No Fish Food in Heaven (1998) Minister Pete
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Played "Hamlet" in second grade
1967:
His performance in a Lawrence University production of "Hobson's Choice" brought him to the attention of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who invited him to join the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota
1967:
Professional debut in "The House of Atreus" at the Guthrie Theatre
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After graduating, urged to attend theater school by Guthrie, who arranged for him to attend either the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art or the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with full scholarships
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Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
1970:
London stage debut in "A School for Scandal"
1970:
Feature debut in "The Revolutionary", a docudrama about campus activism starring Jon Voight and Jennifer Salt
1971:
Worked with the Stratford Festival in Ontario
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Performed in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Lotta" and "The Tempest"
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Worked with Vancouver touring children's theater company, Playhouse Holiday
1974:
Joined the famed Actors Theatre of Louisville
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Moved to NYC
1975:
Acted with Meryl Streep and John Lithgow in "Trelawney of the Wells" at Lincoln Center
1976:
Appeared in successful revival of "Boy Meets Girl", directed by Lithgow
1976:
First significant film role in "Underground", a documentary directed by Emile DeAntonio
1980:
Broadway stage debut in "The Elephant Man" with David Bowie
1981:
Acted in the original Off-Broadway production of "Cloud Nine", directed by Tommy Tune
1984:
Delivered a marvelous portrayal as the vacuous Emperor Joseph II in Milos Forman's film version of "Amadeus"
1986:
Offered a fabulous comic turn as principal Ed Rooney, Matthew Broderick's nemesis in "Ferris Beuller's Day Off"
1986:
Underwent five-hour make-up sessions to transform himself from pleasant research scientist Dr Walter Jenning to the mysterious Dark Overlord, his two roles in the bomb "Howard the Duck"
1986:
Acted in three CBS miniseries, "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation" (as Thomas Jefferson), "Fresno" and "If Tomorrow Comes"
1987:
Portrayed Major Fisher, an Army officer whose helicopter was shot down while on a non-combat mission, in "The Hanoi Hilton"
1988:
First film with director Tim Burton, "Beetlejuice", playing the smarmy mortal who moves his family into a fixer-upper haunted by ghosts Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin
1989:
Reteamed with Forman, taking the part of Monsieur de Gercourt, the unappetizing older man who marries the innocent young convent girl (Fairuza Balk) despoiled by "Valmont"
1989:
Starred in short-lived CBS TV series, "The People Next Door", a fantasy-comedy produced by Wes Craven
1990:
Played technical consultant Skip Tyler in John McTiernan's "The Hunt for Red October", adapted from the Tom Clancy novel
1990:
Appeared as Judge Reinhold's partner (who's just itching to discharge his new .357 magnum) in the underrated "Enid Is Sleeping/Over Her Dead Body", starring Elizabeth Perkins
1992:
Reunited with Broderick for the disastrous "Out on a Limb"; played demented twin brothers
1994:
Reteamed with Burton on "Ed Wood", playing the amazing Criswell (amazing for his ability to find employment without any apparent talent)
1996:
Portrayed Thomas Putnam in Nicholas Hytner's film version of "The Crucible"
1997:
Essayed the managing partner of Satan's law firm in "The Devil's Advocate"
1999:
Appeared as Colonel Hart, a genial commanding officer who acts more like a host, in Antonia Bird's horror thriller "Ravenous"
1999:
Third film role under Tim Burton's direction, Reverend Steenwyck in "Sleepy Hollow"
1999:
Had small role as Uncle Crenshaw in the hit "Stuart Little"; reunited on screen with Geena Davis
1999:
Appeared in Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"
2001:
Joined Gene Hackman, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as part of the cast of "Heartbreakers", the story of mother-daughter con artists
2001:
Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in "Doctor Dolittle 2"
2002:
Arrested by Los Angeles police and charged with using a minor for prohibitive acts and a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography
2004:
Cast as AW Merrick, the editor and reporter for the Pioneer on the HBO acclaimed series "Deadwood"
2007:
Appeared in the comedy feature "Who's Your Caddy?"
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Education

Putney School: Putney , Vermont -
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art: -
Lawrence University: Appleton , Wisconsin - 1968

Notes

"Jeffrey is a tremendously gifted performer with a wide range," says John Hughes. "He has a brilliant sense of comic timing which has been honed with years of stage work, and he's a master at physical comedy. I've had a great deal of experience with young actors in comedy roles, but it had been a while since I had worked with a more seasoned comic actor ... " --From publicity release for "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"

November 2002, Jones was busted on child-pornography charges. Police in Hollywood took the Jones custody after an unidentified teenager told authorities last November 2001 that Jones used him for "alleged criminal acts of a sexual nature

July 1, 2004, Jones was charged with failure to register an address change as a sex offender.

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mother:
Ruth Jones. Art historian. Urged Jones toward drama.
father:
Douglas Bennett Jones. Died when Jones was young.

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