Dean Jones


Actor
Dean Jones

About

Also Known As
Dean C Jones, Dean Carroll Jones
Birth Place
Decatur, Alabama, USA
Born
January 25, 1931

Biography

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...

Photos & Videos

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo - Movie Poster
The Love Bug - Movie Poster
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos

Family & Companions

Mae Inez Entwisle
Wife
Local beauty queen. Married on January 1, 1954; divorced c. 1970.
Lory Basham Jones
Wife
Writer, former actor. Married in 1973; first met at an NBC Christmas party in 1960.

Bibliography

"Under Running Laughter"
Dean Jones (1991)

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.

Biography

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.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998)
Dean Arbagast
That Darn Cat (1997)
The Love Bug (1997)
Special Report: Journey to Mars (1996)
A Spasso Nel Tempo (1996)
The Visual Bible: The Gospel According to Matthew (1996)
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1995)
Dean Carlson
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Beethoven (1992)
Saved By the Bell -- Hawaiian Style (1992)
Other People's Money (1991)
Fire and Rain (1989)
The Long Days of Summer (1980)
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978)
Editor Cooper
Born Again (1978)
Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo (1977)
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
The Great Man's Whiskers (1973)
James E Cooper
Guess Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed (1973)
Snowball Express (1972)
Johnny Baxter
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Prof. Albert Dooley
The Love Bug (1969)
Jim
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
Steve Walker
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
Fred Bolton
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
Hank Dussard
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
Mark Garrison
Any Wednesday (1966)
Cass Henderson
That Darn Cat (1965)
Zeke Kelso
Two on a Guillotine (1965)
Val Henderson
The NEW Interns (1964)
Dr. Lew Worship
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
David
Night of the Quarter Moon (1959)
Lexington Nelson
Never So Few (1959)
Sgt. Jim Norby
Imitation General (1958)
Corp. Terry Sellers
Handle with Care (1958)
Zachary Davis
Torpedo Run (1958)
Lt. Jake "Fuzz" Doley
Until They Sail (1957)
Marine lieutenant
Slander (1957)
Newscaster
Designing Woman (1957)
Assistant stage manager
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Teddy Talbot
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Dan
The Opposite Sex (1956)
Assistant stage manager
The Rack (1956)
Lieutenant
These Wilder Years (1956)
Hardware clerk [Emily's son]
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
Private
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
Ollie
The Great American Pastime (1956)
Buck Rivers

Music (Feature Film)

The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Song Performer
The Great Man's Whiskers (1973)
Song Performer

Cast (Special)

The Age of Believing: The Disney Live Action Classics (2008)
Himself
Intimate Portrait: Suzanne Pleshette (2002)
Walt: The Man Behind the Myth (2001)
Scrooge & Marley (2001)
The Seventh Annual Genesis Awards (1993)
Presenter
We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala (1987)
Kraft Salutes Walt Disney World's 10th Anniversary (1982)
Father
I Love Her Anyway! (1981)
Jerry Martin
Mitzi and a Hundred Guys (1975)
The Chicago Teddy Bears (1971)
Linc Mccray
The Dean Jones Show (1965)
Alec Tate
Amos Burke: Who Killed Julie Greer? (1961)
Phil Winslow
Hard Case (1960)
Deputy Bill Devlin

Life Events

1956

Film debut in "Gaby" (uncredited), "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "These Wilder Years" and "Tea and Sympathy"

1960

Appeared on Broadway in "Under the Yum Yum Tree"

1960

Broadway debut opposite Jane Fonda in the short-lived (ran three-weeks) play, "There Was a Little Girl"

1962

Played title role in TV series "Ensign O'Toole"

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 with Suzanne Pleshette in "The Ugly Dachshund"

1966

Starred opposite Jane Fonda and Jason Robards in romantic comedy "Any Wednesday'

1968

Starred in "The Love Bug"

1969

Hosted TV series, "What's It All About, World"

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

1971

Starred on TV series "The Chicago Teddy Bears"

1976

Starred with Tim Conway and Suzanne Pleshette in "The Shaggy D.A."

1977

Starred in final Disney film, "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo"

1978

Portrayed Charles Colson in film "Born Again"

1982

Played Jim Douglas on short-lived TV series "Herbie, the Love Bug"

1986

Starred in a short-lived (ran five performances) Broadway musical, "Into the Light" about the Shroud of Turin

1991

Made feature film comeback in "Other People's Money"

2009

Made final film appearance in "Mandie and the Secret Tunnel"

Photo Collections

Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
The Love Bug - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for Disney's The Love Bug (1969). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.
Never So Few - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Never So Few (1959), starring Frank Sinatra, Gina Lollobrigida, Peter Lawford and Steve McQueen, and directed by John Sturges.

Videos

Movie Clip

Torpedo Run (1958) - Good Old Fujiyama Sighting land in their chase after a Japanese battleship, Sloan (Ernest Borgnine) and Commander Doyle (Glenn Ford) elect to surface, with Lt. Foley (Dean Jones) running late, in Torpedo Run, 1958.
Torpedo Run (1958) - I'm A Bad Risk Ending a sequence in which Cmdr. Doyle (Glenn Ford) had to torpedo the transport ship carrying his wife and daughter, because it was used to “screen” a Japanese ship he was obligated to attack, a flashback to his courtship with Jane (Diane Brewster), with his best-buddy Lt. Archie Sloan (Ernest Borgnine), in Torpedo Run, 1958.
Never So Few (1959) - Hiawatha Not something you see every day, Dean Jones (as "Norby") picking a fight with Charles Bronson (as Navajo "Danforth"), officiated by Frank Sinatra ("Reynolds") and directed by John Sturges, in the WWII Burmese jungle in Never So Few, 1959.
Imitation General (1958) - Combat Fatigue Cut off from his own unit, shell-shocked Sellers (Dean Jones) appears and mistakes Sgt. Savage (Glenn Ford) for the recently-deceased General, sparking an idea that Cpl. Derby (Red Buttons) tries to discourage, in Imitation General, 1958.
Opposite Sex, The (1956) - Open Season On Husbands Big scene for Joan Collins as showgirl Crystal (drawn from the Joan Crawford role in the 1939 original The Women), with trouper Pat (Carolyn Jones, Dean Jones the stage-hand), Leslie Nielsen her target and Dolores Gray and Joan Blondell catching on, in the musical re-make, The Opposite Sex, 1956.
Two On A Guillotine (1965) - You Scare That Easy? Smart Cassie (Connie Stevens), whose estranged magician father’s will instructed her to stay in his funky house in order to inherit, surveys the place with reporter Val (Dean Jones), whom she’s decided to tolerate, having convinced her he’s just a grabby real-estate guy, in Two On A Guillotine, 1965.
Under The Yum-Yum Tree (1963) - Open, Compatibility Robert Tucker was the choreographer and Dale Hennesy the production designer for the memorable dance opening for Under The Yum Yum Tree, 1963, starring Dean Jones, Carol Lynley and Jack Lemmon.
Under The Yum Yum Tree - Horrible Female Things Chauvinism and comedy as maid Dorkus (Imogene Coca) shows professor Irene (Edie Adams) she's been tricked by ex-beau and landlord Hogan (Jack Lemmon) whom she then attacks at the barber shop in Under The Yum Yum Tree, 1963.
Ten Thousand Bedrooms - You I Love Magnate Ray (Dean Martin) with swooning Italian Maria (Eva Bartok) in his private jet, for Nicholas Brodzsky and Sammy Cahn's You I Love, in Dean's first post-Martin & Lewis feature, Ten Thousand Bedrooms, 1957.
Any Wednesday - Let's Get Married! Having mistaken Ellen (Jane Fonda), the mistress of his boss, for a potential suicide, just-arrived junior executive Cass (Dean Jones) pursues her to a park by the Hudson River, in Any Wednesday, 1966.
Any Wednesday - Chicago Calling Song by George Duning and Alan and Marilyn Bergman, mid-60's Broadway-cum-Hollywood tastes apparent, Jane Fonda and Jason Robards Jr., in the opening of Any Wednesday, 1966, from the play by Muriel Resnik.
Love Bug, The - Cheap Honest Transportation Race-driver Jim (Dean Jones) clashes with Thorndyke (David Tomlinson) as Carole (Michele Lee) mediates and "Herbie" makes his first appearance in Disney's The Love Bug, 1969.

Trailer

Handle with Care - (Original Trailer) During a mock trial, a small-town law student uncovers new evidence about a real crime in Handle With Care (1958).
Night of the Quarter Moon - (Original Trailer) A San Francisco society boy learns that his new wife is one-quarter-black in Night of the Quarter Moon (1959).
Jailhouse Rock - (Original Trailer) After learning to play the guitar in prison, a young man becomes a rock 'n' roll sensation in Jailhouse Rock (1957) starring Elvis Presley and a song score including "You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)" and "Young and Beautiful."
These Wilder Years - (Original Trailer) James Cagney is a wealthy businessman who sets out to find his long-lost illegitimate son in These Wilder Years (1956).
Until They Sail - (Original Trailer) Four sisters in New Zealand fall for Allied sailors en route to World War II but can only have them Until They Sail (1957) starring Paul Newman.
Never So Few - (Black-and-white Trailer) A U.S. military troop takes command of a band of Burmese guerillas during World War II in Never So Few (1959).
Tea and Sympathy - (Original Trailer) A faculty wife risks her marriage to help a troubled student who questions his own sexuality in Tea and Sympathy (1956) starring Deborah Kerr.
Slander - (Original Trailer) M-G-M takes on the then-current "tell-all" magazines in Slander (1957) with Van Johnson as the victim of rumor.
Great American Pastime, The - (Original Trailer) A mild-mannered lawyer gets more than he bargained for when he takes over a little league team in The Great American Pastime (1956).
Ten Thousand Bedrooms - (Original Trailer) In his first solo movie, Dean Martin plays a playboy who finds love while managing a posh hotel in Rome.
Opposite Sex, The - (Original Trailer) June Allyson and Joan Collins star in MGM's 1956 musical remake of The Women (1940).

Family

Andrew Guy Jones
Father
Traveling construction worker.
Nolia Elizabeth Jones
Mother
Carol Elizabeth Jones
Daughter
Born c. 1955; mother, Mae Entwisle.
Deanna Jones
Daughter
Born c. 1957; mother, Mae Entwisle.
Michael Jones
Son
Mother Lory Basham.

Companions

Mae Inez Entwisle
Wife
Local beauty queen. Married on January 1, 1954; divorced c. 1970.
Lory Basham Jones
Wife
Writer, former actor. Married in 1973; first met at an NBC Christmas party in 1960.

Bibliography

"Under Running Laughter"
Dean Jones (1991)

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.