'Home Improvement' actor Mickey Jones dies at 76

Actor Mickey Jones has died at the age of 76.

TMZ reported on Wednesday that the "Home Improvement" actor lost a long battle with illness in the very early hours of Wednesday morning.

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Though it's not known to the public what illness he was battling, sources told the outlet that the actor had been in and out of the hospital for the last several months.

Jones was married to Phyllis Jean Starr, whom he wed in June of 1980. He had previously been married to Sandra Joel Davis. He also had five children and six grandchildren.

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Mickey Jones through the years
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Mickey Jones through the years
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Arrivederci, Binford' - Airdate: October 13, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) MICKEY JONES;TIM ALLEN;RICHARD KARN
STEP BY STEP - 'Close Encounters of the Marital Kind' - Airdate: December 17, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) L-R: SASHA MITCHELL;MICKEY JONES;EXTRAS;PATRICK DUFFY
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'To Build or Not to Build' - Airdate: May 5, 1993. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN;MICKEY JONES;GARY MCGURK
HOME IMPROVEMENT - 'Swing Time' - Airdate: May 4, 1994. (Photo by ABC Photo Archives/ABC via Getty Images) TIM ALLEN;MICKEY JONES;RICHARD KARN
MISFITS OF SCIENCE -- Season 1 Gallery -- Pictured: Mickey Jones as Arnold Biefneiter -- (Photo by: Frank Carroll/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
386764 13: Actor Mickey Jones poses during the 2nd Annual Mark & Brian Celebrity Golf Tournament March 17, 2001 in Fullerton, CA. (Photo by Jason Kirk/Newsmakers)
391434 01: Actors Peter Fonda and Mickey Jones pose while attending the start of a cross-country trip to celebrate Indian Motorcycles'' 100th Anniversary July 3, 2001 at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, CA. The Indian Motorcycle riders donated a $50,000 check to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. (Photo by Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Mickey Jones attends the LA premiere of 'Simple Things' at Raleigh Theatre on February 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 02: Actor Mickey Jones attends the LA premiere of 'Simple Things' at Raleigh Theatre on February 2, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
WOODLAND HILLS, CA - MAY 19: Musician/Actor Mickey Jones poses at St. Jude Children's Hospital 'Deal or No Deal' Celebrity Golf Classic on May 19, 2008 at Woodland Hills Country Club in Woodland Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Redmond/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 20: Actors Mickey Jones attends 16th Annual Hollywood Film Festival - 'Thriftstore Cowboy' Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on October 20, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)

The actor had appeared in a slew of movies and television programs throughout his decades-long career, including "Home Improvement," "Justified," "Sling Blade," "Starman" and "Total Recall."

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In addition to being an accomplished actor, Jones was widely known for his skilled drumming. He was Bob Dylan's drummer during his controversial 1966 tour, and he had also performed with country legend Kenny Rogers. 

According to IMDb, the actor signed all of his autographs with "All of it, boy," which was a famous quote of his from 1983's "National Lampoon's Vacation."

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