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Henry Jones (actor)

Henry Jones (actor)

American actor of stage, film and television
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro American actor of stage, film and television
Countries United States of America
Occupations Actor Stage actor Film actor Television actor
Gender male
Birth 1 August 1912 (Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)
Death 17 May 1999 (Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, U.S.A.)
Children: Jocelyn Jones
The details

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

Life and career

Jones was born in New Jersey, 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 Prussian immigrant. Jones attended the Jesuit Saint Joseph's Preparatory School.

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.

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.

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

Jones portrayed Jed McCoy on a 1961 episode of the ABC 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.

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

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, The Untouchables, MacGyver, Mr. Belvedere and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.

He played Dr. Smith's cousin in a 1966 episode of CBS's Lost In Space, "Curse Of Cousin Smith", and alongside R.J. Hoferkamp in the 1968 made-for-television western 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's 4th season. 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".

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.

His daughter is actress Jocelyn Jones.



Year Title Role Notes
1943 This Is the Army Mr. Brown / World War One Bugle Audition Observer
  • Wartime musical comedy film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner and directed by Michael Curtiz.
  • Uncredited
1949 Strawhat Cinderella Stage Director Short film directed and written by Justin Herman.
1950 Cowboy Crazy Papa in his study Short film directed by and written by Justin Herman.
1951 The Lady Says No Potsy Comedy film directed by Frank Ross.
1953 Society Man Narrator Short film directed and produced by Justin Herman.
Taxi Thorndike
  • Drama film directed by Gregory Ratoff.
  • Uncredited
1956 The Bad Seed Leroy Jessup Thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy
1957 3:10 To Yuma Alex Potter Western film directed by Delmer Daves.
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Henry Rufus Satirical comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin
1958 Vertigo Coroner Drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1960 Cash McCall Gilmore Clark Romantic drama film directed by Joseph Pevney
1965 Never Too Late Dr. James Kimbrough Comic feature film directed by Bud Yorkin
1968 Stay Away, Joe Hy Slager Western-comic film directed by Peter Tewksbury
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Bike Salesman Western directed by George Roy Hill
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter Ez Comic western film directed by Burt Kennedy
1973 Tom Sawyer Mr. Dobbins Musical film adaptation directed by Don Taylor
1980 Nine to Five Hinkle Comedy film directed by Colin Higgins
1982 Deathtrap Porter Milgrim Drama film directed by Sidney Lumet
1990 Dick Tracy Night Clerk Action comic film directed by Warren Beatty
Arachnophobia Dr. Sam Metcalf Thriller directed by Frank Marshall
The Grifters Mr. Simms Neo-noir crime drama film directed by Stephen Frears


Year Title Role Notes
1949 Hands of Murder Guest Episode: "A Room Full of Water" (S 1:Ep 12)
1950 Studio One Guest Episode: "The Dusty Godmother: (S 2:Ep 27)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charles Jones Episode: "The Kleebob Card Game" (S 1:Ep 1)
Danger Guest Episode: "Another Man's Poison" (s 1:Ep 11)
The Ford Theatre Hour Guest Episode: "Father Malachy's Miracle" (S 2:Ep 16)
Actors Studio Guest Episode: "The Timid Guy" (S 2:Ep 18)
Danger Guest Episode: "Surprise for the Boys" (S 1:Ep 14)
1951 Danger Guest Episode: "Footfalls" (S 1:Ep 16)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest Episode: "The Big Rainbow" (S 2:Ep 47)
The Web Himself Episode:"A Switch in Time" (S 1:Ep 47)
Prudential Family Playhouse Guest Epispode: "Ruggles of Red Gap" (S 1:Ep 11)
Big Town Guest Episode: "The Return" (S 1:Ep 28)
Danger Guest Episode: "Death Gambles" (S 1:Ep 45)
The Philco Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "Ephraim Tutt's Clean Hands" (S 3:Ep 48)
The Web Himself Episode: "The Dishonorable Thief" (S 1:Ep 60)
Big Town Guest Episode: "Neighborhood Story" (S 1:Ep 42)
The Web Himself Episode: "All the Way to the Moon" (S 2:Ep 2)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest Episode: "Marionettes" (S 3:Ep 13)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "Still Life" (S 1:Ep 4)
Suspense Man at Train Station Episode: "The Far- Off House" (S 4:Ep 12)
Lux Video Theatre Sanford Episode: "Dames Are Poison" (S 2:Ep 14)
1952 The Gulf Playhouse Guest Episode: "The Duel" (S 1:Ep 7)
Short Short Dramas Guest Episode: "Meet Me at the Liberty" (S 1:Ep 14)
The Gulf Playhouse Guest Episode: "Our Two Hundred Children" (S 1:Ep 10)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "P.G." (S 1:Ep 17)
Short Short Dramas Guest Episode: "Night School" (S 1:Ep 23)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "Apple of His Eye" (S 1:Ep 22)
Tales of Tomorrow Guest Episode: "A Bird in Hand" (S 1:Ep 45)
Short Short Dramas George Woodhull Episode: "Equal Partners" (S 1:Ep 56)
Lights Out Guest Episode: "A Lucky Piece" (S 4:Ep 34)
Lux Video Theatre Dan Episode: "The Orchard" (S 2:Ep 51)
The Philco Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "The Gift" (S 5:Ep 6)
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater Guest Episode: "The Little Wife" (S 1:ep 1)
Eye Witness Guest Episode: "The Righteous" (S 1:Ep 6)
Suspense Mr. Matches Episode: "Mr. Matches" (S 5:Ep 13)
The Doctor Joey Martin Episode: "Song for a Banker" (S 1:Ep 26)
Tales of Tomorrow Irwin Episode: "The Spider's Web" (S 2:Ep 38)
1962 Wagon Train Ben Morrell Episode: "The Terry Morrell Story" (S5:Ep 30)
1964 Bonanza Episode: "A Knight to Remember"
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