|Born||Isaac Lolette Jones
December 23, 1929
Santa Monica, California
|Died||October 5, 2014
Los Angeles, California
|Spouse(s)||Inger Stevens (1961–1970, her death) (disputed)|
Ike Jones (December 23, 1929 – October 5, 2014) was a producer and actor who was perhaps best known for coming forward after the death of actress Inger Stevens with the claim of being her "secret" husband. He also had the distinction of being the first black graduate of UCLA Film School in June 1953 and the first black person to serve as a producer on a major motion picture.
That same year, Jones worked as an actor in bit parts and served as an assistant director on The Joe Louis Story. Later on in the decade, Jones worked as an assistant producer for Hill-Hecht Lancaster Company. After that production company folded, Harry Belafonte hired him as vice president of development for Harbel Productions.
In the 1960s, Jones headed Nat King Cole's Kell-Cole Productions. After the singer's death, Jones was hired as a producer on A Man Called Adam, a film starring Sammy Davis, Jr. This was the first time that an African American was hired as a producer on a major motion picture.
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- Johnson, John H., ed. (September 16, 1965). "Ike Jones Set As 1st Negro Producer of Major Film". Jet (Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.) 28 (23): 58.
- Tiegel, Eliot (September 11, 1965). Zhito, Lee, ed. "The Jazz Beat". Billboard (Cincinnati, Ohio: The Billboard Publishing Company) 77 (37): 70.
- Johnson, John H., ed. (June 4, 1953). "Ike Jones May Get Role in Play With Eartha Kitt". Jet (Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.) 4 (4): 61.
- Johnson, John H., ed. (November 5, 1959). "Ex-UCLA star named to Belafonte's Harbel Film Co.". Jet (Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.) 17 (2): 59.
- "Ike Jones dies at 84; pioneering African American film producer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
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