Henry Jones (actor)

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Jones in The Lady Says No (1952)
Henry Burk Jones

(1912-08-01)August 1, 1912
New Jersey, U.S.
DiedMay 17, 1999(1999-05-17) (aged 86)
Years active1943-1996
Spouse(s)Yvonne Bergere (1942; her death)
Judy Briggs (1946-61; divorce; 2 children)

Henry Burk Jones (August 1, 1912 – May 17, 1999) was an American actor of stage, film and television.


Life and career

Jones was born in New Jersey, [1] and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Helen (née Burk) and John Francis Xavier Jones. He was the grandson of Pennsylvania Representative Henry Burk, a German immigrant. Jones attended the Jesuit Saint Joseph's Preparatory School.

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Society of Jesus male religious congregation of the Catholic Church

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Jones is remembered for his role as handyman Leroy Jessup in the movie The Bad Seed (1956), a role he originated on Broadway. Other theater credits included My Sister Eileen , Hamlet , The Time of Your Life , They Knew What They Wanted , The Solid Gold Cadillac , and Sunrise at Campobello , for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Performance in a Drama. [2] His last Broadway role was in Advise and Consent in 1960-1961. [3]

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My Sister Eileen is an American comedy stage production, written by Joseph A. Fields and Jerome Chodorov, based on autobiographical short stories by Ruth McKenney. The stories were originally published in The New Yorker and then collected and published as the book My Sister Eileen (1938).

<i>Hamlet</i> tragedy by William Shakespeare

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Jones appeared in more than 180 films and television shows. His screen credits included The Girl Can't Help It , 3:10 to Yuma , Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? , Vertigo , Cash McCall , The Bramble Bush , Rascal , Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid , Dirty Dingus Magee , Support Your Local Gunfighter , 9 to 5 and Arachnophobia .

<i>The Girl Cant Help It</i> 1956 film by Frank Tashlin

The Girl Can't Help It is a 1956 musical comedy starring Jayne Mansfield in the titular role, Tom Ewell, Edmond O'Brien, Henry Jones, and Julie London. The picture was produced and directed by Frank Tashlin, with a screenplay adapted by Tashlin and Herbert Baker from an uncredited 1955 novel, Do Re Mi by Garson Kanin. Filmed in DeLuxe Color, the production was originally intended as a vehicle for the American sex symbol Jayne Mansfield, with a satirical subplot involving teenagers and rock 'n' roll music. The unintended result has been called the "most potent" celebration of rock music ever captured on film.

<i>3:10 to Yuma</i> (1957 film) 1957 American Western film directed by Delmer Daves

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On television, Jones' best-remembered role was as the title character's father-in-law in the 1970s sitcom Phyllis .

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Jones portrayed Jed McCoy on a 1961 episode of the sitcom The Real McCoys , starring Walter Brennan, with fellow guest stars Pat Buttram and Jane Darwell as Cousin Carl and Grandma McCoy, respectively. In the story line, the California McCoys return to West Virginia for Grandmother McCoy's 100th birthday. [4]

<i>The Real McCoys</i> American television program 1957-1963

The Real McCoys is an American situation comedy co-produced by Danny Thomas's Marterto Productions in association with Walter Brennan and Irving Pincus's Westgate Company. The series was broadcast for six seasons, five by the ABC-TV network from 1957–1962 and a final year, 1962–63 by CBS. Set in the San Fernando Valley of California, the series was filmed in Hollywood at Desilu studios.

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Pat Buttram American character actor

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He had a regular role on the drama Channing , with Jason Evers.

<i>Channing</i> (TV series) television series

Channing is an hour-long American drama series that aired at 10:00 p.m. on ABC from September 18, 1963 to April 8, 1964. The series depicted life at fictitious Channing College, with Jason Evers in the lead role of Professor Joseph Howe, and Henry Jones as Fred Baker, the dean of the institution.

Jason Evers American actor

Jason Evers was an American actor. He was the star of his own TV series. He portrayed a college professor in the 1963 ABC Television drama Channing.

Jones also appeared on Appointment with Adventure , Alfred Hitchcock Presents , The Eleventh Hour , Bewitched , Night Gallery , Emergency!, The Mod Squad, Daniel Boone , Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone , Thriller , Adam-12 , The Doris Day Show , Father Knows Best , The Dukes of Hazzard , Flo , Magnum, P.I. , The Untouchables , MacGyver , Mr. Belvedere , The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

He played Dr. Smith's cousin in a 1966 episode of Lost in Space , "Curse of Cousin Smith", and with R.J. Hoferkamp in the 1968 made-for-television movie Something for a Lonely Man . In 1967, he guest-starred in the episode "A Time to Die" of the Sci-Fi TV show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea . Starting in 1974, he guest-starred three times on The Six Million Dollar Man as Dr. Jeffrey/Chester Dolenz. This character was a brilliant scientist who built lifelike robots, but although every plot was foiled, he still managed to escape to fight another day.

In 1978, he appeared in the Barney Miller episode "The Prisoner".

In the mid-1980s, Jones appeared at local dining theatre productions, including Winnipeg's Stage West.

Personal life and death

Jones died in Los Angeles, California at age 86 from complications from injuries suffered in a fall at his home in Santa Monica, California. [5]

His daughter is actress Jocelyn Jones.

Jones was a Republican and supported the campaign of Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election. [6]



1943 This Is the Army Mr. Brown/World War One Bugle Audition Observer
Musical film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner and directed by Michael Curtiz [7] , uncredited
1949Strawhat CinderellaStage DirectorShort film directed and written by Justin Herman, uncredited
1950Cowboy CrazyPapa in His StudyShort film directed by and written by Justin Herman
1951 The Lady Says No PotsyComedy film directed by Frank Ross [8]
1953Society ManNarratorShort film directed and produced by Justin Herman
Taxi Thorndike

Drama film directed by Gregory Ratoff [9] , uncredited

1956 The Bad Seed Leroy JessupThriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy
The Girl He Left Behind Hanson
The Girl Can't Help It Mousie
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Henry RufusSatirical comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin
3:10 To Yuma Alex PotterWestern film directed by Delmer Daves
1958 Vertigo CoronerDrama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1960 Cash McCall Gilmore ClarkRomantic drama film directed by Joseph Pevney
The Bramble Bush Parker Welk
1961 Angel Baby Ben Hays
1965 Never Too Late Dr. James KimbroughComedy film directed by Bud Yorkin
1967 The Champagne Murders Mr. Clarke
1968 Stay Away, Joe Hy SlagerWestern-comedy film directed by Peter Tewksbury
Project X Dr. Crowther
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff! Henry Jackson
Angel in My Pocket Mayor Will SinclairComedy film feature directed by Alan Rafkin
Rascal Garth Shadwick
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Bike SalesmanWestern film directed by George Roy Hill
1970 The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Hanson
Rabbit, Run Mr. Angstrom
Dirty Dingus Magee Rev. Green
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter EzComedy-western film directed by Burt Kennedy
Skin Game Sam
1972 Napoleon and Samantha Mr. Gutteridge
Pete 'n' Tillie Mr. Tucker
1973 Tom Sawyer Mr. DobbinsMusical film directed by Don Taylor
The Outfit Doctor
1980 Nine to Five HinkleComedy film directed by Colin Higgins
1982 Deathtrap Porter MilgrimDrama film directed by Sidney Lumet
1983BalboaJeffry Duncan
1989 Nowhere to Run Judge Culbert
1990Enid Is SleepingOld Man
Dick Tracy Night ClerkAction comic film directed by Warren Beatty
Arachnophobia Dr. Sam MetcalfThriller film directed by Frank Marshall
The Grifters Mr. SimmsNeo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears
1994Breathing LessonsSamTV movie


1949 Hands of Murder GuestEpisode: "A Room Full of Water" (S 1:Ep 12)
1950 Studio One GuestEpisode: "The Dusty Godmother: (S 2:Ep 27)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charles JonesEpisode: "The Kleebob Card Game" (S 1:Ep 1)
Danger GuestEpisode: "Another Man's Poison" (s 1:Ep 11)
The Ford Theatre Hour GuestEpisode: "Father Malachy's Miracle" (S 2:Ep 16)
Actors Studio GuestEpisode: "The Timid Guy" (S 2:Ep 18)
DangerGuestEpisode: "Surprise for the Boys" (S 1:Ep 14)
1951DangerGuestEpisode: "Footfalls" (S 1:Ep 16)
Armstrong Circle Theatre GuestEpisode: "The Big Rainbow" (S 2:Ep 47)
The Web HimselfEpisode:"A Switch in Time" (S 1:Ep 47)
Prudential Family Playhouse GuestEpispode: "Ruggles of Red Gap" (S 1:Ep 11)
Big Town GuestEpisode: "The Return" (S 1:Ep 28)
DangerGuestEpisode: "Death Gambles" (S 1:Ep 45)
The Philco Television Playhouse GuestEpisode: "Ephraim Tutt's Clean Hands" (S 3:Ep 48)
The WebHimselfEpisode: "The Dishonorable Thief" (S 1:Ep 60)
Big TownGuestEpisode: "Neighborhood Story" (S 1:Ep 42)
The WebHimselfEpisode: "All the Way to the Moon" (S 2:Ep 2)
Armstrong Circle TheatreGuestEpisode: "Marionettes" (S 3:Ep 13)
Schlitz Playhouse GuestEpisode: "Still Life" (S 1:Ep 4)
Suspense Man at Train StationEpisode: "The Far-Off House" (S 4:Ep 12)
Lux Video Theatre SanfordEpisode: "Dames Are Poison" (S 2:Ep 14)
1952 The Gulf Playhouse GuestEpisode: "The Duel" (S 1:Ep 7)
Short Short Dramas GuestEpisode: "Meet Me at the Liberty" (S 1:Ep 14)
The Gulf PlayhouseGuestEpisode: "Our Two Hundred Children" (S 1:Ep 10)
Schlitz PlayhouseGuestEpisode: "P.G." (S 1:Ep 17)
Short Short DramasGuestEpisode: "Night School" (S 1:Ep 23)
Schlitz PlayhouseGuestEpisode: "Apple of His Eye" (S 1:Ep 22)
Tales of Tomorrow GuestEpisode: "A Bird in Hand" (S 1:Ep 45)
Short Short DramasGeorge WoodhullEpisode: "Equal Partners" (S 1:Ep 56)
Lights Out GuestEpisode: "A Lucky Piece" (S 4:Ep 34)
Lux Video TheatreDanEpisode: "The Orchard" (S 2:Ep 51)
The Philco Television PlayhouseGuestEpisode: "The Gift" (S 5:Ep 6)
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater GuestEpisode: "The Little Wife" (S 1:ep 1)
Eye Witness GuestEpisode: "The Righteous" (S 1:Ep 6)
SuspenseMr. MatchesEpisode: "Mr. Matches" (S 5:Ep 13)
The Doctor Joey MartinEpisode: "Song for a Banker" (S 1:Ep 26)
Tales of TomorrowIrwinEpisode: "The Spider's Web" (S 2:Ep 38)
1959 The Twilight Zone J. Hardy HempsteadEpisode: "Mr. Bevis" (S1:Ep 33)
1962 Wagon Train Ben MorrellEpisode: "The Terry Morrell Story" (S5:Ep 30)
1964 Bonanza Episode: "A Knight to Remember"
1966 Lost In Space Colonel Jeremiah SmithEpisode: "Curse of Cousin Smith" (S2:Ep 10)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr.SpraugeEpisode: "Night of Terror" (S3:Ep 04?)
Bewitched Brian O'BrianEpisode: "The Leprechaun" (S2:Ep 27)
1967The Big ValleyGeneral AldersonEpisode: "Court Martial"
1968 The Mod Squad Herbert MilneEpisode: "My What a Pretty Bus" (S1:Ep 3)
1969 The Name of the Game The Reverend Mr. McKimEpisode: "Love-In at Ground Zero" (S1:Ep 19)
1970The Name of the GameGeorgeEpisode: "Island of Gold and Precious Stones" (S2:Ep 16)
1971The Mod SquadPaulieEpisode: "And a Little Child Shall Bleed Them" (S4:Ep 11)
1972 Emergency! Dr. Alexander KnotEpisode: "Show Biz" (S2:Ep 3)
1973 The Doris Day Show Sam JohnsonEpisode: "The Last Huzzah" (S5:Ep 16)
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Dr. MetzEpisode: "The Desertion of Keith Ryder" (S3: Ep 22)
1979 Mrs. Columbo Josh AldenEpisode: "Word Games" (S1: Ep 01)
1981 CHiPs DuttonEpisode “Diamond in the Rough” (S5:EP 8)
1982 The Love Boat Frank JensenEpisode "Good Neighbors/Captain's Portrait/Familiar Faces" (S5:Ep 14)
1986 MacGyver Charles 'Papa Chuck' BanningEpisode "The Eraser" (S2:Ep 2)
1987 Magnum, P.I. The ButlerEpisode "Murder by Night" (S7:Ep 13)
1988 Murder, She Wrote Morris PenroyEpisode “Mr. Penroy’s Vacation” (S5:Ep 3)

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