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 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." The Walt Disney Company 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. AP Jay C. Flippen (l.) starred with Dean Jones in the 1960s TV series "Ensign O’Toole." Enlarge BOB D'AMICO/ABC Jones' 1960s and 1970s lighthearted roles in mainstream comedies like "The Love Bug" were his biggest claims to fame. Enlarge 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.