Biography

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper. At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him in Hollywood, and the boy and his mother went west. Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy, and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget Westerns and in more substantial productions. In 1940, he had one of his most prominent (although invisible) roles, as the voice of Pinocchio (1940) in Walt Disney's animated film of the same name. Jones attended Hollywood High School and, at 15, took over the role of Henry Aldrich on the hit radio show "The Aldrich Family." He learned carpentry and augmented his income with jobs in that field. He served in the Army in Alaska during the final months of World War II. Gene Autry, who before the war had cast Jones in several Westerns, put him back to work in films and particularly in television, on programs produced by Autry's company. Now billed as Dick Jones, the handsome young man starred as Dick West, sidekick to the Western hero known as The Range Rider (1951), in a TV series that ran for 76 episodes in 1951 (and for decades in syndication). Then Autry gave Jones his own series, Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955), which ran for 40 episodes. Jones continued working in films throughout the 1950s, then retired and entered the business world.

Date of Death: 7 July 2014, Northridge, Los Angeles, California

American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and in television. The son of a Texas newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper. At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him in Hollywood, and the boy and his mother went west. Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy, and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget Westerns and in more substantial productions. In 1940, he had one of his most prominent (although invisible) roles, as the voice of Pinocchio (1940) in Walt Disney's animated film of the same name. Jones attended Hollywood High School and, at 15, took over the role of Henry Aldrich on the hit radio show "The Aldrich Family." He learned carpentry and augmented his income with jobs in that field. He served in the Army in Alaska during the final months of World War II. Gene Autry, who before the war had cast Jones in several Westerns, put him back to work in films and particularly in television, on programs produced by Autry's company. Now billed as Dick Jones, the handsome young man starred as Dick West, sidekick to the Western hero known as The Range Rider (1951), in a TV series that ran for 76 episodes in 1951 (and for decades in syndication). Then Autry gave Jones his own series, Buffalo Bill, Jr. (1955), which ran for 40 episodes. Jones continued working in films throughout the 1950s, then retired and entered the business world.

Date of Death: 7 July 2014, Northridge, Los Angeles, California

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 65

Birthday 1927-02-25

Day of Death 2014-07-07

Place of Birth McKinney, Collin, Texas

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Also Known As

  • Richard Percy Jones
  • Dick Jones
  • Dicky Jones

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2009 The Making of Pinocchio: No Strings Attached as Himself (as Dick Jones)
2000 A Wish Came True: The Making of 'Pinocchio'
1965 Requiem for a Gunfighter as Cliff Fletcher
1962 The Night Rider as Billy Joe
1956 The Wild Dakotas as Mike McGeehee (as Dick Jones)
1955 Buffalo Bill, Jr. (42 episodes) as Buffalo Bill Jr.
1953 Last of the Pony Riders as Johnny Blair
1952 The Old West as Pinto
1952 Wagon Team as Dave Weldon, aka The Apache Kid (as Dick Jones)
1951 Fort Worth as Luther Wicks (as Dick Jones)
1951 The Range Rider (77 episodes)
1950 Redwood Forest Trail as Mighty Mite (as Dick Jones)
1950 The Gene Autry Show (95 episodes)
1950 Rocky Mountain as Jim 'Buck' Wheat
1949 Sons of New Mexico as Randy Pryor
1949 Sands of Iwo Jima as Scared Marine (uncredited)
1948 The Strawberry Roan as Joe Bailey
1942 The Vanishing Virginian as Robert Yancey, Jr.
1941 Adventure in Washington as Abbott
1940 Knute Rockne All American as Boy Captain
1940 Brigham Young as Henry Kent
1940 The Howards of Virginia as Matt Howard at 12
1940 Maryland as Lee Danfield, Age 12
1940 Virginia City as Cobby
1940 Pinocchio as Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
1939 Destry Rides Again as Claggett Boy
1939 Mr. Smith Goes to Washington as Pageboy Richard Jones (uncredited)
1939 Sky Patrol as Bobby Landis
1939 On Borrowed Time as Boy in Tree (uncredited)
1939 Young Mr. Lincoln as Adam Clay as a Boy
1939 The Man Who Dared as Bill Carter
1939 Sergeant Madden as Dennis Madden, as a boy
1939 Nancy Drew... Reporter as Killer Parkins
1939 Woman Doctor as Johnny
1938 The Frontiersmen as Artie Peters
1938 Girls on Probation as Magazine Newsboy - Witness
1938 A Man to Remember as Dick Abbott (as a boy)
1938 The Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok as Buddy
1938 The Devil's Party as Joe O'Mara as a child
1938 Border Wolves as Jimmie Benton
1938 The Kid Comes Back as Bobby Doyle
1937 Hollywood Round-Up as Dickie Stevens
1937 Love Is on the Air as Bill - Mouse's Friend
1937 Renfrew of the Royal Mounted as Tommy MacDonald
1937 Stella Dallas as Lee Morrison
1937 Flying Fists as Dickie Martin
1937 Smoke Tree Range
1937 Land Beyond the Law as Bobby Skinner
1937 Ready, Willing and Able as Junior
1937 Blake of Scotland Yard as Bobby Mason as Bobby Mason
1936 Wild Horse Round-Up
1936 Who's Looney Now as Sonny Brown
1936 Love Begins at Twenty as Boy on Streetcar
1936 36 Hours to Kill as Little Boy Selling The Garden Beautiful
1936 Sutter's Gold as 2nd Newsboy
1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell as Jimmy McLaw
1936 Gasoloons as Wilbur
1935 Moonlight on the Prairie as Dickie Roberts
1935 O'Shaughnessy's Boy as Boy with Sling Shot at Parade
1935 Westward Ho as Jim Wyatt as a Child
1935 The Hawk as Dickie Thomas
1935 The Call of the Savage as Jan Trevor as a Boy
1934 Babes in Toyland as Schoolboy (uncredited)
1934 Little Men as Dolly

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