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Gordon Wynnivo Jones (April 5, 1911 – June 20, 1963) was an American character actor, a member of John Wayne's informal acting company best known for playing Lou Costello's TV nemesis "Mike the Cop" and appearing as The Green Hornet in the first of two movie serials based on that old-time radio program.

Iowa-born Jones had been a student athlete and star football guard ("Bull" Jones) at University of California, Los Angeles, and had also played a few seasons of professional football. He started out playing small roles in Wesley Ruggles' and Ernest B. Schoedsack's The Monkey's Paw (1933), his first credited role in Sam Wood's Let 'Em Have It (1935), and Sidney Lanfield's Red Salute (1935). By 1937, he had moved on to a contract at RKO Radio Pictures. In 1940, Jones had the title role in The Green Hornet but did not reprise the role in the sequel.

Jones held a reserve commission in the army and was called into the service after filming his roles as "The Wreck" in My Sister Eileen (1942) and "Alabama Smith" in Flying Tigers (1942), a John Wayne vehicle that was one of the most popular action films of the war. This picture began Jones' 20-year onscreen association with Wayne, who was also a former football player at the University of Southern California.

Jones remained associated with the service after the war, encouraging college students to consider the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After resuming his acting career in the late 1940s, Jones appeared in prominent roles in the John Wayne features Big Jim McLain (1952) and Island in the Sky (1953).

By the end of the 1940s, Jones had aged into a beefier screen presence and into very physical character roles. He was no longer a leading man but he had developed a comic villain persona which meshed with the work of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Jones' association with the duo began in The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) with the role of the film's heavy, Jake Frame, and continued through their television series The Abbott and Costello Show. Jones played "Mike the Cop", Costello's hulking, loud-voiced antagonist. The program was produced for only two seasons, but ensured continued recognition for Jones via frequent reruns and a 21st Century DVD release.

Jones also remained busy in films and on television throughout the 1950s, in pictures that ranged from the sci-fi chiller The Monster That Challenged the World to the Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh sex comedy The Perfect Furlough, and on TV series ranging from The Real McCoys to The Rifleman. Jones also appeared in two very successful Disney movies during the early '60s, The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. He played harried school coaches in both pictures. He also starred with Mitzi Green and Virginia Gibson in the short-lived TV sitcom So This Is Hollywood (1955), and had a recurring role as neighbor Butch Barton during the early years of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Jones returned to the John Wayne stock company portraying Douglas, the bureaucrat antagonist to Wayne's G.W. McLintock in the Western comedy McLintock! (1963). Jones unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack on June 12, 1963, five months before the release of that movie.

Jones has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Gordon Wynnivo Jones (April 5, 1911 – June 20, 1963) was an American character actor, a member of John Wayne's informal acting company best known for playing Lou Costello's TV nemesis "Mike the Cop" and appearing as The Green Hornet in the first of two movie serials based on that old-time radio program.

Iowa-born Jones had been a student athlete and star football guard ("Bull" Jones) at University of California, Los Angeles, and had also played a few seasons of professional football. He started out playing small roles in Wesley Ruggles' and Ernest B. Schoedsack's The Monkey's Paw (1933), his first credited role in Sam Wood's Let 'Em Have It (1935), and Sidney Lanfield's Red Salute (1935). By 1937, he had moved on to a contract at RKO Radio Pictures. In 1940, Jones had the title role in The Green Hornet but did not reprise the role in the sequel.

Jones held a reserve commission in the army and was called into the service after filming his roles as "The Wreck" in My Sister Eileen (1942) and "Alabama Smith" in Flying Tigers (1942), a John Wayne vehicle that was one of the most popular action films of the war. This picture began Jones' 20-year onscreen association with Wayne, who was also a former football player at the University of Southern California.

Jones remained associated with the service after the war, encouraging college students to consider the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After resuming his acting career in the late 1940s, Jones appeared in prominent roles in the John Wayne features Big Jim McLain (1952) and Island in the Sky (1953).

By the end of the 1940s, Jones had aged into a beefier screen presence and into very physical character roles. He was no longer a leading man but he had developed a comic villain persona which meshed with the work of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Jones' association with the duo began in The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) with the role of the film's heavy, Jake Frame, and continued through their television series The Abbott and Costello Show. Jones played "Mike the Cop", Costello's hulking, loud-voiced antagonist. The program was produced for only two seasons, but ensured continued recognition for Jones via frequent reruns and a 21st Century DVD release.

Jones also remained busy in films and on television throughout the 1950s, in pictures that ranged from the sci-fi chiller The Monster That Challenged the World to the Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh sex comedy The Perfect Furlough, and on TV series ranging from The Real McCoys to The Rifleman. Jones also appeared in two very successful Disney movies during the early '60s, The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. He played harried school coaches in both pictures. He also starred with Mitzi Green and Virginia Gibson in the short-lived TV sitcom So This Is Hollywood (1955), and had a recurring role as neighbor Butch Barton during the early years of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Jones returned to the John Wayne stock company portraying Douglas, the bureaucrat antagonist to Wayne's G.W. McLintock in the Western comedy McLintock! (1963). Jones unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack on June 12, 1963, five months before the release of that movie.

Jones has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 107

Birthday 1911-04-05

Day of Death 1963-06-20

Place of Birth Alden, Iowa, USA

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Also Known As

  • Gordon Wynnivo Jones
  • Gordon W. Jones

Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Green Hornet Movie Edition as Britt Reid / The Green Hornet
2011 The Abbott and Costello Show: Who's On First? as Mike The Cop
1963 McLintock! as Matt Douglas
1961 Everything's Ducky as Conroy
1961 Master of the World as Talkative Townsman
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)
1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond as Police Sgt. Joe Cassidy
1959 Battle of the Coral Sea as Torpedoman Bates
1959 Hawaiian Eye (1 episode)
1959 Dennis, The Menace (1 episode)
1959 The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis (1 episode)
1959 Laramie (1 episode)
1959 Battle Flame as Sgt. McKelvey
1959 The Shaggy Dog as Captain Scanlon, Police Chief
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 The Perfect Furlough as MP "Sylvia"
1958 The Rifleman (2 episodes)
1958 Live Fast, Die Young as Pop Winters
1957 Maverick (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (1 episode)
1957 Sugarfoot (2 episodes)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (1 episode)
1957 Richard Diamond, Private Detective (2 episodes)
1957 The Monster That Challenged the World as Sheriff Josh Peters
1957 Shoot-Out At Medicine Bend as Will Clegg
1957 Spring Reunion as Jack Frazer
1956 The Adventures of Jim Bowie (1 episode)
1955 Cheyenne (1 episode)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1955 Smoke Signal as Cpl. Rogers
1955 Treasure Of Ruby Hills as Jack Voyle
1954 Lassie (1 episode)
1954 The Outlaw Stallion as Wagner
1953 The Ray Milland Show (76 episodes)
1953 Island in the Sky as Walrus
1953 Woman They Almost Lynched as Yankee Sergeant
1953 I'm the Law (1 episode)
1952 The Abbott and Costello Show (52 episodes)
1952 Abbott and Costello: The Drugstore as Mike Kelly
1952 The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon as Curly Wolf
1952 Cavalcade of America (1 episode)
1952 Wagon Team as Marshal Sam Taplin
1952 Big Jim McLain as Olaf
1952 The Winning Team as George Glasheen
1952 Sound Off as Crockett
1952 Gobs and Gals as CPO Mike Donovan
1952 Dangerous Assignment (1 episode)
1951 Corky of Gasoline Alley as Elwood Martin
1951 Racket Squad (1 episode)
1951 The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (1 episode)
1951 Heart of the Rockies as Splinters McGonigle
1951 Spoilers of the Plains as Splinters
1950 Trail of Robin Hood as Splinters McGonigle
1950 North of the Great Divide as Splinters McGonagle
1950 Sunset in the West as Splinters
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour (1 episode)
1950 The Gene Autry Show (2 episodes)
1950 Trigger, Jr. as Splinters
1950 The Arizona Cowboy as I.Q. Barton
1950 The Palomino as Bill Hennessey
1949 Dear Wife as Taxi Cab Driver
1949 Tokyo Joe as Idaho
1949 Easy Living as Bill 'Holly' Holloran
1949 Black Midnight as Roy
1949 Mr. Soft Touch as Muggles
1948 The Untamed Breed as Happy Keegan
1948 Black Eagle as Benjy Laughton
1948 Sons of Adventure as Andy Baldwin
1947 Whispering City as Reporter
1947 The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap as Jake Frame
1947 The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as Tubby Wadsworth
1942 Flying Tigers as 'Alabama' Smith
1942 Highways by Night as 'Footsy' Fogarty
1942 My Sister Eileen as 'The Wreck' Loomis
1941 Among the Living as Bill Oakley
1941 The Blonde from Singapore as 'Waffles' Billings
1941 The Feminine Touch as Rubber-Legs Ryan
1940 The Texas Rangers Ride Again as Ranger Radio Man
1940 Girl from Havana as Tubby Waters
1940 Up in the Air as Tex Barton
1940 I Take This Oath as Steve Hanagan
1940 The Doctor Takes a Wife as O'Brien
1940 The Green Hornet as Britt Reid / The Green Hornet
1939 Henry Goes Arizona as Tug Evans
1939 Disputed Passage as Bill Anderson
1939 When Tomorrow Comes as Radio Technician
1939 Invitation to Happiness as Dutch Arnold (uncredited)
1939 Big Town Czar as Chuck Hardy
1939 Pride of the Navy as Joe Falcon
1939 The Long Shot as Jeff Clayton
1938 Out West with the Hardys as Ray Holt
1938 Rich Man, Poor Girl as Tom Grogan
1937 Quick Money as Bill Adams
1937 Fight for Your Lady as Mike Scanlon
1937 The Big Shot as Chester Scott
1937 There Goes My Girl as Dunn
1937 China Passage as Joe Dugan
1937 Sea Devils as Puggy
1937 They Wanted to Marry as Jim Tyler
1937 We Who Are About to Die as Slim Tolliver
1936 Night Waitress as Martin Rhodes
1936 Don't Turn 'em Loose as Joe Graves
1936 Walking on Air as Joe
1936 Devil's Squadron as Tex
1936 Strike Me Pink as Butch Carson
1935 Red Salute as Michael (Lefty) Jones
1935 Let 'em Have It as Tex

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