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Henry Jones (actor)

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Birth dateAugust 1, 1912
Place of birthPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
SpouseYvonne Bergere (1942; her death)
Judy Briggs (1946-61; divorce)

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

Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Helen (née Burk) and John Francis Xavier Jones. He was the grandson of Pennsylvania Representative Henry Burk. He attended the Jesuit-run 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 theatre 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 movies 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, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Dirty Dingus Magee, Support Your Local Gunfighter, 9 to 5 (film) and Arachnophobia.

On television, Jones appeared in Appointment with Adventure, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Eleventh Hour, Channing, Phyllis, Night Gallery, Emergency!, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, The Dukes of Hazzard and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.

He played Dr. Smith's cousin in a 1966 episode of Lost In Space, "Curse Of Cousin Smith," great acting by Henry, and R.J. Hoferkamp in the 1968 made-for-television western movie Something for a Lonely Man.

Jones died in Los Angeles, California, at age 86, from complications from injuries suffered in a fall.




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