Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Dean Jones, RIP

A Disney main-stay has passed.

Dean Jones, the affable actor best known for leading roles in several Disney films of the 1960s and ’70s including The Love Bug and That Darn Cat! — as well as creating one of Stephen Sondheim’s iconic leading roles on Broadway in Company — died Tuesday from complications related to Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. ...

While a tot, I became a fan of Dean Jones when he top-lined an amusing half-hour comedy title Ensign O'Tolle, supported by a terrific character actor named J.C. Flippen.

People forget that the original Love Bug, which Mr. Jones top-lined, was the highest grossing film of its year. (The Love Bug?! Yep, The Love Bug.)

Today, most people think of Dean Jones as a pleasant, bland Disney leading man in pleasant, bland Disney comedies. But he was a much better and more versatile actor than his spate of Disney films let on.

Condolences to his friends and family.


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