RIP Dean Jones

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  1. Shithead

    Shithead Well-Known Member

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    Didn't know you were still with us up until today

    ‘The Love Bug’ and ‘That Darn Cat!’ actor Dean Jones dead at 84
    BY Deborah Hastings
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
    Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 5:46 PM
    [​IMG] Dan Grossi/AP
    Actor Dean Jones, famous for his Disney roles in light-hearted films including "The Love Bug," died Tuesday. He was 84. He is seen in this 1966 photo taken while making "Any Wednesday" for Warner Bros.
    Stage and screen actor Dean Jones, best known for his Disney roles in “The Love Bug” and “That Darn Cat!” died Tuesday in Los Angeles from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

    His publicist, Richard Hoffman, announced his death Wednesday.

    The boyish-looking performer was a favorite of Walt Disney, who called him out of the blue to praise the young man for his work on the 1960s TV series “Ensign O’ Toole.”

    The Alabama-born actor received critical acclaim for his performance as Bobby in Stephen Sondheim's 1970 staging of "Company." Jones quit a few months into the Broadway run, but was captured singing the emotional finale "Being Alive" on film.

    He made his Broadway debut in "There Was a Little Girl" with Jane Fonda in 1960, and then appeared in "Under the Yum-Yum Tree."

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    Dean Jones starred in Disney's "The Love Bug."
    He was signed by MGM in the late 1950s and had a roll in the Elvis Presley epic "Jailhouse Rock."

    But his 1960s and 1970s lighthearted roles in mainstream comedies were his biggest claims to fame.

    He made "That Darn Cat!" in 1965, followed by "The Love Bug" in 1969 and "The Shaggy D.A." in 1976.

    He also appeared in "Beethoven" in 1992.

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    Jay C. Flippen (l.) starred with Dean Jones in the 1960s TV series "Ensign O’Toole."
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    Jones' 1960s and 1970s lighthearted roles in mainstream comedies like "The Love Bug" were his biggest claims to fame.
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    Jones became a born-again Christian in the 1970s and was active in religious work. He credited winning a lifelong battle with depression to his conversion.

    He is survived by his wife, the writer Lory Basham Jones, three children, Caroline Jones, Deanna Demarree, and Michael Pastick as well as eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, according to Variety.
     
  2. sfgirl

    sfgirl Well-Known Member VIP

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    Wow. I remember that guy. Don't think I saw any of his movies, but I remember him.
     
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    Well reading that OB is like a trip in the way way machine...R.I.P Dean.
     
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  4. SouthernListen

    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    He was still alive? The Love Bug was one of the few movies I went to as a child. Dad thought it was crazy not to just wait the 6 years till it was on TV back then.
     
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    Wow - didn't realize he was still alive. One of my first movie crushes.
     
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    Lou Loomis Feel the Gern

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    Fight Club is basically a rip-off of "The Love Bug"

    pussy dude = Dean Jones

    Tyler Durden = Herbie
     
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    HS Cult Leader Elite Member Gold

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    I still remember, as clear as day, seeing The Shaggy D.A. with the family at the drive-in when it came out.


    R.I.P.
     
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    An icon of 60s and 70s family films. Rip
     
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    He was grandpa to Kelly Kapowski. He was on the screen while I jerked off to Kel Kel. I'll always remember him.

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    When I was a little kid the local theater had a real Herbie the Love Bug VW parked in the lobby and I thought it was so cool (and the real one from the movie) :c
     
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    RIP.
    I don't remember this guy, I'm sure I saw the movies.
     
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    Well, there goes another little piece of my childhood. I saw all his Disney films growing up. My grandmother took me to see them at Radio City Music Hall. Good times.