Disney Star Dean Jones Dies at 84

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FILE - In this May 24, 1966 file photo, actor Dean Jones, poses for a photo while on set for the Warner Bros. film, "Any Wednesday," in New York. Jones, has died of Parkinson's Disease at age 84. He passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, in Los Angeles, publicist Richard Hoffman announced on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi, File)

RIP Dean Jones

Dean Jones, the star of numerous Disney films like The Love Bug, That Darned Cat!, and The Shaggy D.A., has passed away at 84. Publicist Richard Hoffman announced that he died Tuesday of Parkinson’s disease in Los Angeles.

Jones was immortalized in the Disney Legends Hall of Fame back in 1995. In addition to the films listed above, Jones appeared in several other obscure Disney titles like Under The Yum-Yum Tree, Blackbeard’s Ghost, The Million Dollar Duck, Snowball Express, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo, The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit, and Monkeys, Go Home! throughout the 60’s and 70’s. Of course if you grew up in the 90’s, you probably know him best as the villain from Universal’s Beethoven. In any case, Jones more than likely played a role in your childhood.

Aside from family friendly fare, Jones was also a respected Broadway actor, making his 1960 debut in There Was A Little Girl alongside Jane Fonda. His other film credits include Somebody Up There Likes Me, Jailhouse Rock, and Clear and Present Danger. Appearing in a total of 46 movies, 5 Broadway shows, and various TV shows like Ensign O’Toole, Jones certainly had a rich career in show business. He was also a dedicated family man, leaving behind his wife of 42 years (Lory Basham Jones), three children, eight grandchildren, and three great-grand children. Jones will be deeply missed, but not forgotten.

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About Nick Spake

Nick Spake has been working as an entertainment writer for the past ten years, but he's been a lover of film ever since seeing the opening sequence of The Lion King. Movies are more than just escapism to Nick, they're a crucial part of our society that shape who we are. He now serves as the Features Editor at Flickreel and author of its regular column, 'Nick Flicks'.

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