Dean Jones, 'The Love Bug' Star, Dies at 84

Legendary Disney Actor Dean Jones Dies at 84

By Variety

Actor Dean Jones, best known for his acting work in such Disney films as "The Love Bug" and "That Darn Cat," died of Parkinson's disease Tuesday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

In addition to his appearances in films like "Under the Yum-Yum Tree," "The Shaggy D.A.," "The Million Dollar Duck," "Snowball Express," "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo" and "Beethoven," Jones also had roles in five Broadway shows and appeared in numerous television series and specials. Overall, he appeared in 46 films over the course of his career.

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NEW YORK - CIRCA 1970: Actor Dean Jones performs during the stage play of 'Company' in New York. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Actor Dean Jones with his wife Lory Jones arrive at the 10th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)

Jones was born in Decatur, Ala., and served in the Navy during the Korean War. He attended Asbury University in Kentucky, which awarded him with an honorary degree in 2002.

The actor made his Broadway debut with "There Was A Little Girl" with Jane Fonda in 1960, and would go on to star in Broadway's "Under the Yum-Yum Tree" that same year, before starring in the 1963 film adaptation with Jack Lemmon.

Jones' other Broadway credits include the original role of "Bobby" in Harold Prince/Stephen Sondheim's Company, and "Cap'n Andy" in the national tour of Harold Prince's Showboat.

Jones made his film debut by inking a contract with MGM, and began with a small role in "Somebody Up There Likes Me." He later played a DJ in Elvis Presley's 1957 movie "Jailhouse Rock."

Other film credits include "Any Wednesday," "The New Interns," "Never So Few," "Other People's Money," "When Every Day Was the Fourth of July," "A Brush With Time" and Tom Clancy's "Clear and Present Danger."

Jones was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 1995.

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