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Jeffrey Jones

Highest Rated:   95% Amadeus (1984)
Lowest Rated:   0% Night of Henna (2005)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet 10.0 Earthquake
  • Gladstone
2014
6% Who's Your Caddy?
  • Cummings
$5.6M 2007
0% Night of Henna
  • Producer
2005
27% 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
66% Stuart Little
  • Uncle Crenshaw
1999
67% 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
65% The Devil's Advocate
  • Eddie Barzoon
1997
9% The Pest
  • Gustav Shank
1997
No Score Yet Flypaper
  • Roger
1997
No Score Yet Santa Fe
  • Dr. Raskin
1997
67% The Crucible
  • Thomas Putnam
1996
15% 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
46% Stay Tuned
  • Spike
1992
9% Mom and Dad Save the World
  • Dick
1992
No Score Yet Enid Is Sleeping
  • Floyd
1990
86% The Hunt for Red October
  • Skip Tyler
1990
54% Valmont
  • Mons. Gercourt
1989
30% Who's Harry Crumb?
  • Eliot Draisen
1989
82% 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
81% 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
95% Amadeus
  • Emperor Joseph II
1984
No Score Yet Amadeus: Directors Cut
  • Actor
1984
56% Easy Money
  • Clive Barlow
1983
No Score Yet The Soldier
  • U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense
1982
78% A Wedding
  • Ruteledge Child
1978

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Deadwood
2004-2006
  • A.W. Merrick
  • 2011
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet America's Next Top Model
2003
  • Appearing
  • 2006

Quotes from Jeffrey Jones' Characters