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Dean Jones



After a four-year hitch with the Air Corps, Dean Jones worked the nightclub and cabaret circuit as a blues singer. It was, however, as an actor that Jones was signed to an MGM contract in 1956; he spent the next four years essaying showy supporting roles in films like Tea and Sympathy (1956), Jailhouse Rock (1957) and Torpedo Run (1958). He made his first Broadway appearance in 1960, then went on to star in the TV service sitcom Ensign O'Toole (1962). Jones spent the next several years in light leading-man assignments in such Disney fare as That Darn Cat! (1965), The Ugly Dachshund (1966) The Love Bug (1968) and The Boatniks (1970). He returned to TV in 1970 as host of What's It All About World (1969), then scored a Broadway hit as the central character in the Steven Sondheim musical Company. In 1971, it was back to sitcom-land with the 13-week TVer Chicago Teddy Bears. Throughout the 1970s, Jones became increasingly involved in religious activities; this was reflected to a large degree in his sincere portrayal of Charles Colson in Born Again (1978). He made yet another TV comeback in Disney's Herbie the Love Bug in 1982, the same year that he published his autobiography, Under Running Laughter. Dean Jones remained busy as a film character actor into the 1990s, most delightfully in the atypical role of the vivisection-happy villain in Beethoven (1992). In 1997, he appeared in remakes of both That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug, reprising his role of Jim Douglas in the latter. Jones died in 2015, at age 84.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Dark Awakening
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Coffin Baby
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Mandie and the Secret Tunnel
  • Jason Bond
2009
No Score Yet Acts
  • Actor
2005
90% Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero
  • Dean Arbagast
1998
No Score Yet The Love Bug
  • Jim Douglas
1997
13% That Darn Cat
  • Mr. Flint
1997
No Score Yet St. John in Exile
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet Visual Bible, The - Acts
  • Actor
1996
No Score Yet The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
  • Dean Carlson
1995
No Score Yet God's Story: From Creation to Eternity
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet The Visual Bible: Acts (Falling Fire: The Gift of the Spirit)
  • Actor
1994
82% Clear and Present Danger
  • Judge Moore
1994
No Score Yet Saved by the Bell Hawaiian Style
  • Harry
1992
31% Beethoven
  • Dr. Herman Varnick
1992
33% Other People's Money
  • Bill Coles
1991
No Score Yet Fire and Rain
  • Jack Ayers
1989
No Score Yet St. John in Exile
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Acts
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet The Long Days of Summer
  • Ed Cooper
1980
No Score Yet When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
  • Ed Cooper
1978
No Score Yet When Every Day Was the Fourth of July
  • Actor
1978
67% Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
  • Jim Douglas
1977
No Score Yet Once Upon a Brothers Grimm
  • Jakob Grimm
1977
50% The Shaggy D.A.
  • Wilby Daniels
1976
No Score Yet Snowball Express
  • Johnny Baxter
1972
0% The $1,000,000 Duck
  • Professor Albert Dooley
1971
No Score Yet Mr. Superinvisible
  • Peter
1970
75% The Love Bug
  • Jim Douglas
1969
80% Blackbeard's Ghost
  • Steve Walker
1968
No Score Yet The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit
  • Fred Bolton
1968
No Score Yet Monkeys, Go Home!
  • Hank Dussard
1967
No Score Yet Any Wednesday
  • Cass Henderson
1966
No Score Yet The Ugly Dachshund
  • Mark Garrison
1966
93% That Darn Cat!
  • Agent Zeke Kelso
1965
No Score Yet Two on a Guillotine
  • Val Henderson
1965
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree
  • Dave Manning
1963
No Score Yet Never So Few
  • Sgt. Jim Norby
1960
No Score Yet Imitation General
  • Cpl. Terry Sellers
1958
No Score Yet Torpedo Run
  • Lt. Jake 'Fuzz' Foley
1958
77% Jailhouse Rock
  • Teddy Talbot
1957
60% Until They Sail
  • Marine Lieutenant
1957
No Score Yet Tea and Sympathy
  • Ollie
1957
No Score Yet Ten Thousand Bedrooms
  • Dan
1957
No Score Yet The Rack
  • Lieutenant
1956
20% The Opposite Sex
  • Assistant Stage Manager
1956
No Score Yet These Wilder Years
  • Hardware Clerk
1956
82% Somebody Up There Likes Me
  • Private
1956

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