Actor Dean Jones, who starred in The Adore Bug, That Darn Cat! and other classic Walt Disney films, has died at age 84. In addition to his film function, Jones played the part of Bobby in the original Broadway cast of Stephen Sondheim’s Business in 1970.
Jones died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to his publicist, Richard Hoffman. The cause of death is reportedly connected to Parkinson’s illness.
With an everyman quality and a knack for comedy that permitted him to appeal to a wide audience, Jones created a total of ten Disney movies one of his very first, The Really like Bug, became one of the highest-grossing films of 1968.
Jones’ other films incorporate The Shaggy D.A., The Million Dollar Duck, Snowball Express, and Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo.
“Jones’ film grosses exceeded $ 960 million and six of his ten films for Walt Disney are on Variety’s all-time hit list,” according to an obituary sent by his publicist.
He later appeared in 1992’s big-dog flick Beethoven and the 1994 Tom Clancy film Clear and Present Danger. In a lot more current years, Jones worked in Television and undertaking voice-overs.
The Hollywood Reporter provides this summary of Jones’ early career:
“Born Dean Carroll Jones on Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Alabama, Jones served in the Navy throughout the Korean War and attended Asbury University in Kentucky. He began his profession as the host of a local Alabama radio show, Dean Jones Sings, and as a producer of stage shows.
“Signed by MGM, Jones made his film debut opposite Paul Newman in the boxing film Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956), and Jailhouse Rock (1957) with Elvis Presley soon followed.
“Jones bowed on Broadway in There Was A Little Girl opposite Jane Fonda in 1960 and was in Below The Yum-Yum Tree in the same year.”