Jeffrey Jones

Highest Rated: 93% Amadeus (1984)
Lowest Rated: 0% Night of Henna (2005)
Birthday: Sep 28, 1946
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, USA
Character actor Jeffrey Jones earned an enduring spot in the zeitgeist with his portrayal of frustrated principal Ed Rooney, Matthew Broderick's outwitted nemesis in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Although he has tried to steer clear of playing only sinister roles, the actor's imposing height, bugged-out eyes, easy sneer, and shock of reddish-blond hair give him vaguely devilish features that have prompted villain typecasting. However, the actor is also widely respected and considered a boon wherever he appears.Jones was born on September 28, 1947, a native of Buffalo, NY. He involved himself in pre-med studies at Lawrence University in Wisconsin prior to getting the acting bug. His first jobs were on-stage, initially with Minneapolis' Guthrie Theater, then internationally in South America, Canada, and London. In the late '70s he began working in film and landed one of his first plum roles as Emperor Joseph II in Milos Forman's Amadeus (1984), for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination for best supporting actor. This paved the way for Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), in which Jones plays the hissable, cartoonish high school principal hell bent on proving that the title character is faking an illness in order to play hooky. Viewers won't soon forget Rooney's disastrous home invasion in which he is mangled by a dog and thrice karate-kicked by Ferris' sister (Jennifer Grey).But it was the gonzo Howard the Duck, released later that summer, that would truly preview the weird streak of movies with which Jones would begin to affiliate himself. In 1988 he played the good-natured father, one of the most normal characters, in Beetlejuice, his first of several collaborations with director Tim Burton. In 1992 alone he would play a triumvirate of oddball roles: an interplanetary freedom fighter in the goofy Mom and Dad Save the World, an actual demon stand-in in the TV spoof Stay Tuned, and evil bespectacled twins in Out on a Limb. He was also the star of a short-lived sitcom called The People Next Door (1989), in which he played a comic strip artist whose creations come to life. In recent years, Jones worked as a variety of cowardly townspeople in gothic period pieces like The Crucible (1996) and Sleepy Hollow (1999); always full of surprises, he would then go in the other direction by appearing in children's movies, such as Stuart Little (1999) and Dr. Doolittle 2 (2001). These less rewarding, secondary roles have alternated with more deserving work, such as Criswell, the over-dramatic narrator in Burton's juicy Ed Wood (1994). Following accusations of sex with a minor in late 2001, police raided Jones' home and seized numerious items of evidence relating to child pornography. The actor was arrested on related charges one year later.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Bitelchus Charles Deetz 2018
No Score Yet 10.0 Earthquake Gladstone 2014
6% Who's Your Caddy? Cummings $5.6M 2007
0% Night of Henna Producer 2005
26% How High Vice President $31.2M 2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Potter $111.5M 2001
53% Heartbreakers Mr. Appel 2001
No Score Yet Cutaway Producer 2000
67% Stuart Little Uncle Crenshaw 1999
68% Sleepy Hollow Steenwyck 1999
45% Ravenous Colonel Hart 1999
No Score Yet Life in the Fast Lane (There's No Fish Food in Heaven) Minister Pete 1998
67% The Devil's Advocate Eddie Barzoon 1997
8% The Pest Gustav Shank 1997
No Score Yet Flypaper Roger 1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe Dr. Raskin 1997
68% The Crucible Thomas Putnam 1996
14% Houseguest Ron Timmerman 1995
No Score Yet The Avenging Angel Milton Long 1995
92% Ed Wood Criswell 1994
No Score Yet Out on a Limb Matt/Peter 1992
40% Stay Tuned Spike 1992
9% Mom and Dad Save the World Dick 1992
No Score Yet Enid Is Sleeping Floyd 1990
89% The Hunt for Red October Skip Tyler 1990
55% Valmont Mons. Gercourt 1989
27% Who's Harry Crumb? Eliot Draisen 1989
84% Beetlejuice Charles 1988
60% Without a Clue Inspector Lestrade 1988
No Score Yet The Hanoi Hilton Maj. Fischer 1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Buffalo Bill 1987
15% Howard the Duck Dr. Walter Jenning 1986
80% Ferris Bueller's Day Off Ed Rooney 1986
No Score Yet George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation Actor 1986
20% Transilvania Seis, Cinco Mil Lepescu 1985
93% Amadeus Emperor Joseph II 1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut Actor 1984
60% Easy Money Clive Barlow 1983
No Score Yet The Soldier U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense 1982
73% A Wedding Ruteledge Child 1978


95% Deadwood
A.W. Merrick
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
  • 2006
No Score Yet The Outer Limits
  • 1998
82% Tales from the Crypt
  • 1993
No Score Yet Kojak
  • 1977
No Score Yet If Tomorrow Comes
Budge Hollander