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Also Known As: Justus E. Mcqueen, Justus E. Mcqueen Died:
Born: August 19, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Beaumont, Texas, USA Profession: actor, director, screenwriter, producer, Navy reservist

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Tall, laconic character player of film and TV usually in Westerns, war films, and other tough guy fare so abundant in the 1950s and early 60s. Jones, who took his stage name from his first film role in Raoul Walsh's "Battle Cry" (1954), worked with some of the most celebrated figures in action filmmaking. Some career highlights include Don Siegel's "Flaming Star" (1960), a superior Elvis Presley Western; "Hell Is For Heroes" (1962), a brilliant WWII film starring Steve McQueen; and Sam Peckinpah's much admired "Ride the High Country" (1962), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). Jones also appeared in such classic TV Westerns as "Rawhide" and "The Virginian". Trying his hand at directing and screenwriting, Jones crafted the cult classic "A Boy and His Dog" (1975). Based on the award-winning novella by Harlan Ellison about a post-apocalyptic Earth where young men use telepathic (and much smarter) dogs to scavenge for food and women. Making good use of his small budget, Jones conveyed both the desperation and desolation of the setting by shooting in deserts and other isolated areas. Furthermore, he elicited a finely tuned performance from Don Johnson and gained some...

Tall, laconic character player of film and TV usually in Westerns, war films, and other tough guy fare so abundant in the 1950s and early 60s. Jones, who took his stage name from his first film role in Raoul Walsh's "Battle Cry" (1954), worked with some of the most celebrated figures in action filmmaking. Some career highlights include Don Siegel's "Flaming Star" (1960), a superior Elvis Presley Western; "Hell Is For Heroes" (1962), a brilliant WWII film starring Steve McQueen; and Sam Peckinpah's much admired "Ride the High Country" (1962), "The Wild Bunch" (1969), and "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid" (1973). Jones also appeared in such classic TV Westerns as "Rawhide" and "The Virginian".

Trying his hand at directing and screenwriting, Jones crafted the cult classic "A Boy and His Dog" (1975). Based on the award-winning novella by Harlan Ellison about a post-apocalyptic Earth where young men use telepathic (and much smarter) dogs to scavenge for food and women. Making good use of his small budget, Jones conveyed both the desperation and desolation of the setting by shooting in deserts and other isolated areas. Furthermore, he elicited a finely tuned performance from Don Johnson and gained some respectability by casting Jason Robards in a supporting role. Jones subsequently returned to acting, appearing in such features as, "Mother, Jugs & Speed" (1976), "Lone Wolf McQuade" (1982) and the Australian Western, "Lightning Jack" (1994).

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  A Boy and His Dog (1974) Director
2.
  The Devil's Bedroom (1964) Director

CAST: (feature film)

2.
 Route 666 (2001) Sheriff Conaway
3.
 Jack Bull, The (1999) Henry Ballard
4.
 Patriot, The (1998)
5.
 Mask of Zorro, The (1998) Three-Fingered Jack
6.
 Edge, The (1997) Styles
7.
 Tornado! (1996) Ephram Thorne
9.
 Casino (1995) Pat Webb
10.
 Lightning Jack (1994) Local Sheriff
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1954:
Feature acting debut, "Battle Cry" (credited as Justus E. McQueen); first collaboration with director Raoul Walsh
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Changed professional name to L.Q. Jones, took name from the character he played in "Battle Cry"
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Feature acting debut as L.Q. Jones, "An Annapolis Story"; first collaboration with director Don Siegel
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TV series debut in a recurring role on the influential Western series, "Rawhide"
1962:
First film with director Sam Peckinpah, "Ride the High Country"
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Appeared in the Western TV series, "The Virginian"
1970:
Feature producing debut, "Brotherhood of Satan", also appeared
1974:
Feature directing and screenwriting debut, "A Boy and His Dog"
1982:
Final film for six years, "Lone Wolf McQuade"
1988:
Returned to features with "Bulletproof"
1994:
Starred in the Australian western "Lightning Jack"
1995:
Cast in Martin Scorsese's "Casino"
1997:
Appeared in "The Edge" written by David Mamet
1998:
Cast as Three-Fingered Jack in "The Mask of Zorro"
2006:
Cast in Robert Altman's ensemble feature "A Prairie Home Companion," based on Garrison Keilor's radio program
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Education

Lamar Junior College: Lamar , Texas - 1944
Lon Morris College: Jacksonville , Texas - 1949
University of Texas: Austin , Texas - 1950 - 1951

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wife:
Sue Helen Lewis.

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father:
Justice Ellis McQueen.
mother:
Pat McQueen.
son:
Marlin Randolph McQueen.
daughter:
Marilyn Helen McQueen.
son:
Steven Lewis McQueen.
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