Jones' mugshot, 2005
|Born||Jeffrey Duncan Jones
September 28, 1946
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
|Children||Julian Coutts (b. 1971)|
Jeffrey Duncan Jones (born September 28, 1946) is an American actor best known for his roles as Emperor Joseph II in Miloš Forman’s Amadeus, Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice, and Dean of Students Edward R. Rooney in the 1986 John Hughes film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He is also a registered sex offender for life after pleading no contest for his role in child pornography.
Jones was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Ruth (née Schooley), an art historian who urged him towards a career in acting, and Douglas Bennett Jones, who died during Jeffrey's childhood. After briefly attending the Sylvia Herpolscheimer Academy of the Performing Arts, Jones attended Lawrence University, where he was initiated as a brother into Beta Theta Pi fraternity. He then went to London in 1969 to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, followed by a three-year stint with the Stratford Theatre, in Stratford, Ontario.
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Jones began acting in small parts in film and TV in the 1970s. A supporting role in the 1983 Rodney Dangerfield film Easy Money and a guest shot on Remington Steele led to his replacing Ian Richardson in Miloš Forman's 1984 adaptation of the Peter Shaffer play Amadeus as Emperor Joseph II; he received a nomination for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture for his performance. Jones’ performance as Mr. Edward R. Rooney, Dean of Students in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, made him a cultural icon. Rooney, self-important and obsessed with catching the chronically truant Ferris Bueller, became a symbol of stuffed-shirt pomposity and authoritarian hatefulness.
Jones has proven to be a favorite of director Tim Burton, starring in Beetlejuice, Ed Wood as The Amazing Criswell, and Sleepy Hollow, and he has also appeared in such prominent films as The Hanoi Hilton, The Hunt for Red October, Howard the Duck, Houseguest, The Crucible, The Devil’s Advocate, and Stuart Little. Jones also had a key role in The Pest, a comedy starring John Leguizamo, as the evil German trying to hunt Pestario "Pest" Vargas. Other key roles for Jones include Stay Tuned, where he played Mr. Spike, and the 1992 comedy Mom and Dad Save the World, where he played Dick Nelson.
Jones co-starred in the 1999 cult favorite cannibal western Ravenous and played Inspector Lestrade in Without a Clue. In 1995, Jones co-starred with Kathy Najimy in the video storyline portion of the Walt Disney World Tomorrowland attraction ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. Jones has guested on a number of television series, including Amazing Stories, Tales from the Crypt and Wayside. In 1989, Jones starred in Wes Craven's short-lived CBS sitcom The People Next Door, where he played a cartoonist whose imagination could make things come to life. He also appeared as newspaper publisher A. W. Merrick on HBO’s highly acclaimed show Deadwood.
In 2002, Jones was arrested for soliciting a 14-year-old boy to pose for sexually explicit photographs, and possession of child pornography. Jones pled no contest in a Los Angeles courtroom to the felony charge under Penal Code Section 311.4 involving a 14 year old boy posing in sexually explicit photos in 2003. Under CA Penal Code Section 1016(3) this is deemed the same as a plea of guilty for all purposes. The misdemeanor possession charge was dropped after Jones pleaded no contest to the felony charge of inducing a minor to pose for sexually explicit photographs; he was sentenced to five years' probation, ordered to undergo counseling, and required to register as a sex offender for life. In October 2004 the victim of Jones' sexual abuse sued Jones in Los Angeles Superior Court for damages related to the abuse he suffered at the hands of Jones. In 2004 and 2010, Jones was arrested for failing to update his sex offender registration. The 2004 allegation of failing to update was dismissed by Florida prosecutors after an investigation. On September 28, 2010, Jones was sentenced for the 2010 failure to update violation to three years probation and 250 hours of community service.
|1983||Easy Money||Clive Barlow|
|1984||Amadeus||Emperor Joseph II|
|1985||Transylvania 6-5000||Mayor Lepescu|
|1986||Howard the Duck||Dr. Walter Jenning/Dark Overlord|
|Ferris Bueller's Day Off||Edward R. Rooney, Dean of Students|
|1987||The Hanoi Hilton||Major Fischer|
|Without a Clue||Inspector George Lestrade|
|1989||Who's Harry Crumb?||Elliot Draison|
|1990||The Hunt for Red October||Dr. Skip Tyler|
|1992||Out on a Limb||Matt Skearns/ Peter Van Der Haven|
|Mom and Dad Save the World||Dick Nelson|
|1994||Ed Wood||The Amazing Criswell|
|1996||The Crucible||Thomas Putnam|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||Eddie Barzoon|
|The Pest||Gustav Shank|
|1999||Stuart Little||Crenshaw Little|
|Sleepy Hollow||Reverend Steenwyck|
|2000||Company Man||Senator Biggs|
|Dr. Dolittle 2||Joe Potter|
|How High||Vice President|
|2002||Par 6||Lloyd Bator Jenkins|
|2007||Who's Your Caddy?||Cummings|
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