Eddie Jones

Eddie Jones

Highest Rated: 91% The Grifters (1990)

Lowest Rated: 18% Invasion U.S.A. (1985)

Birthday: Sep 18, 1934

Birthplace: Washington, Pennsylvania, USA

A dependable and versatile character actor on television and in features for more than three decades, Eddie Jones was equally gifted at playing avuncular characters like "Pa" Kent on "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" (ABC, 1993-97), as he was with more authoritative roles like the countless policemen, priests, and military figures that fleshed out his sizable resume. Born Arthur Edward Jones in Washington, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1934, he hitchhiked west to Los Angeles, California, where he was introduced to performing through a friend's invitation to an acting class. An apprenticeship in summer stock theater gave him the experience to pursue larger roles in regional theater, which culminated in a 1972 stint as Charles Durning's understudy in the original Broadway run of Jason Miller's "That Championship Season." More roles on the New York stage, including the original Broadway run of Sam Shepard's "Curse of the Starving Class" in 1978, preceded his first feature film appearance in Robert Mulligan's "Bloodbrothers" that same year. His solid build and doleful visage made him an ideal choice to play sober-minded working men, including an array of police officers and blue collar types in Sidney Lumet's "Prince of the City" (1981), Michael Cimino's "Year of the Dragon" (1985) and Roger Donaldson's "Cadillac Man" (1990), as well as numerous roles on television, most notably a recurring role on "The Equalizer" (CBS, 1985-89). By the 1990s, Jonas had confirmed his talent for diverse roles, as evidenced by a malevolent turn in Stephen Frears's "The Grifters" (1990) and a more heartfelt performance as a father pleading for his daughter's place on a women's baseball team in Penny Marshall's "A League of their Own" (1992). He also worked steadily in major features, television movies, and episodic series. The latter provided him with one of his most enduring characters, the kindly Jonathan "Pa" Kent, adoptive father of Superman on "Lois and Clark," which he remained with for the entirety of its four-year run. After its conclusion, he remained inordinately active in character roles, including the owner of the titular champion horse in "Seabiscuit" (2003), and enjoyed a personal triumph in 2002 by winning a Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award as Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman." Jones's output slowed briefly in the 2000s, though he was still active as a guest star on "Veep" (HBO, 2012-19) and "Aquarius" (NBC, 2015-16). He made his last screen appearance in the 2018 short "Lost Dogs" before dying at the age of 84 at Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on July 6, 2019.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet 42% Disconnect Sheriff Bo Stevens (Character) - 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Act Your Age Harold (Character) - 2009
61% 74% The Terminal Salchak (Character) $77M 2004
63% 54% Fighting Tommy Riley Marty Goldberg (Character) $5.2K 2004
78% 76% Seabiscuit Samuel Riddle (Character) $120.1M 2003
39% 40% The Singing Detective Moonglow Bartender (Character) $336.5K 2003
62% 79% Return to Me Emmett McFadden (Character) $32.7M 2000
No Score Yet 50% The Day Lincoln Was Shot Secretary of War Edwin McMasters Stanton (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Stranger in My House Judge Prestwich (Character) - 1998
80% 72% Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 Earl (Character) $565.6K 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Total Stranger Judge Prestwich (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet 87th Precinct: Lightning Byrnes (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 17% Body Language Mac Brophy (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet 87th Precinct Byrnes (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Letter to My Killer Wilson Hartwick (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Final Appeal Det. Ayers (Character) - 1993
90% 49% The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom C.D. Holloway (Character) - 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock: The Assassination Chief Colin Young (Character) - 1992
79% 80% Sneakers Buddy Wallace (Character) $50.6M 1992
66% 65% The Rocketeer Malcolm the Mechanic (Character) $46.5M 1991
91% 70% The Grifters Mintz (Character) $10.1M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Case Closed Captain (Character) - 1988
No Score Yet 23% Apprentice to Murder Tom Kelly (Character) $140.3K 1987
No Score Yet 48% The New Kids Charlie McWilliams (Character) - 1985
56% 52% Year of the Dragon William McKenna (Character) $18.6M 1985
18% 51% Invasion U.S.A. Cassidy (Character) $17.2M 1985
No Score Yet 47% Bloodbrothers Blackie (Character) - 1978

TV

Credit
93% 89% Veep Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
No Score Yet 84% Ghost Whisperer Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Invisible Man Unknown (Character) 2000-2002
88% No Score Yet Michael Hayes Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
86% 85% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Jonathan Kent (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1993-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet EZ Streets Unknown (Guest Star) 1996-1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet In the House Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodies of Evidence Unknown (Guest Star) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet Matlock Unknown (Guest Star) 1992
50% No Score Yet Dark Shadows Bailiff Henry Evans (Character) 1991
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Lt. Brannigan (Character) 1989 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Spenser: For Hire Unknown (Character) 1988 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet To Have & to Hold Unknown (Guest Star)

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