L. Q. Jones

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L. Q. Jones
Born Justice Ellis McQueen, Jr.
(1927-08-19) August 19, 1927 (age 86)
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Texas at Austin
Occupation Actor
Years active 1955–2006
Spouse(s) Neta S. Lewis (1950-1973, divorced)

L. Q. Jones (born August 19, 1927) is an American character actor and film director, known particularly for his work in the films of Sam Peckinpah.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born Justus Ellis McQueen in Beaumont in southeastern Texas, the son of Jessie Paralee (née Stephens) and Justice Ellis McQueen, a railroad worker.[3] He made his film debut in Battle Cry in 1955 with Van Heflin, under his birth name. His character was named L. Q. Jones, and when it was suggested to him by film producers that he change his screen name for future pictures, he decided that the name of his debut character would be a memorable one.[citation needed]

Jones appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a member of Sam Peckinpah's stock company of actors, appearing in his Klondike television series (1960–1961), Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973). He was frequently cast alongside his close friend, Strother Martin, most memorably in The Wild Bunch. Jones also appeared in television, as recurring characters on such western programs as Cheyenne (1955), Gunsmoke (1955), Laramie, Two Faces West (1960–1961), and twenty-five times on The Virginian (1962) as ranch hand Andy Belden. He was cast once in the syndicated military drama, Men of Annapolis, on the CBS western Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, and on the NBC western, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of con artist and murder victim Charles B. Barnaby in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Lonely Heiress."

He directed, was the executive producer, and adapted the screenplay for A Boy and His Dog (1975), with Don Johnson and Jason Robards. Other films include Men in War (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Cimarron (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Hang 'Em High (1968), Stay Away, Joe (1968), The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) (which he co-produced and wrote, and cast Strother Martin again in the lead role), Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Casino (1995), The Edge (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Jones also appeared in the Season 4 episode of The A-Team entitled "Cowboy George".

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Notes
1955 Battle Cry Pvt. L.Q. Jones as Justus McQueen (birth name)
An Annapolis Story Watson
Target Zero Pvt. Felix O'Hara
1956 Santiago Digger
Toward the Unknown 2nd Lt. Sweeney
Between Heaven and Hell Pvt. Kenny Co.G
Love Me Tender Pardee Fleming (uncredited)
1957 Men in War Sgt. Davis
Operation Mad Ball Ozark
Gunsight Ridge Lazy Heart Ranchhand
1958 The Young Lions Pvt. Donnelly (uncredited)
Buchanan Rides Alone Pecos Hill 
The Naked and the Dead Woodrow 'Woody' Wilson
Torpedo Run 'Hash' Benson
1959 Warlock Fen Jiggs  (uncredited) - USA (reissue title)
Battle of the Coral Sea Yeoman Halliday
Hound-Dog Man Dave Wilson
1960 Ten Who Dared Billy 'Missouri' Hawkins
Flaming Star Tom Howard
Cimarron Millis (Yountis' henchman)  USA (complete title)
1962 Ride the High Country Sylvus Hammond
Hell Is for Heroes Supply Sgt. Frazer
1963 Showdown Foray
1964 Iron Angel Buttons
The Devil's Bedroom as Justus McQueen (birth name)
Apache Rifles Mike Greer
1965 Major Dundee Arthur Hadley
1966 Nevada Smith Cowboy (uncredited)
1968 Stay Away, Joe Bronc Hoverty
The Counterfeit Killer Hotel Clerk Hanging Party
Hang 'Em High Loomis
1969 The Witchmaker (uncredited) - USA (reissue title) - USA (video box title)
The Wild Bunch T.C.
1970 The Ballad of Cable Hogue Taggart
The McMasters Russel
1971 The Hunting Party Hog Warren
The Brotherhood of Satan Sheriff
1972 43: The Richard Petty Story Ed Koler  1972 The Bravos Ben Lawler.
1973 Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Black Harris
1975 A Boy and His Dog Actor in Porno Film
White Line Fever Buck
Winterhawk Gates


1976 Mother, Jugs & Speed Sheriff Davey
1979 Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider  Floyd
1982 The Beast Within Sheriff Bill Pool
Melanie Buford (uncredited)
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann Ben Potter
1983 Sacred Ground Tolbert Coleman
Lone Wolf McQuade Dakota
1988 Bulletproof Sgt. O'Rourke
1989 River of Death Hiller
1990 The Legend of Grizzly Adams Reno 
1994 Lightning Jack Sheriff Tom
1995 The Friends of Harry Senator
Casino Clark County Commissioner Pat Webb
1997 The Edge Styles
1998 The Patriot Frank
The Mask of Zorro Three-Fingered Jack
2001 Route 666 Sheriff Bob Conaway 
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Chuck Akers
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1955 Cheyenne Smitty 3 episodes - Mountain Fortress / Julesburg / Border Showdown
1956 Annie Oakley Cal Upton and Ned Blane 2 episodes - The Robin Hood Kid / Dilemma at Diablo
1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial Jedediah 'Jed' Boone 1 episode - Dog vs. Biddeford
The Silent Service 1 episode - The Final War Patrol
1958 Flight 1 episode - Window in the Sky
Men of Annapolis 1 episode - Mister Fireball
Jefferson Drum Burdette 1 episode - The Keeney Gang
Lassie Attorney Blake 1 episode - The Owl
Perry Mason Charles Barnaby 1 episode - The Case of the Lonely Heiress
1959 Black Saddle Jack Shepherd 1 episode - Client: Banks
Tightrope Earl Bell 1 episode - The Frame
Wichita Town Walter 1 episode - Drifting
Tales of Wells Fargo Striker 1 episode - The Cleanup
Laramie John MacLean 1 episode - Dark Verdict
Wagon Train Squirrel Charvanaugh 1 episode - The Old Man Charvanaugh Story
1960 Johnny Ringo Billy Boy Jethro 1 episode -  Four Came Quietly
Lock Up Tex 1 episode - Death and Taxes
The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio Rodeo rider TV drama
Buick-Electra Playhouse Rodeo Rider 1 episode - The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio
Klondike Joe Teel 3 episodes - River of Gold / Saints and Stickups / The Unexpected Candidate
The Rebel Otis Rumpf  2 episodes - The Earl of Durango / Explosion
Two Faces West 1 episode - The Last Man
Laramie Actor 1 episode - The Dark Trail
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Betty Merriwether 1 episode - Kinfolk
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Tex 1 episode - Casey and the Clowns
The Americans Yonts 1 episode - The Coward
Two Faces West 1 episode - The Noose
Tales of Wells Fargo Striker 1 episode - Defiant at the Gate
Lassie Attorney Blake 1 episode - The Pigeon
Laramie Homer 1 episode - Cactus Lady
Laramie Truk 1 episode - Siege at Jubilee
Wagon Train Lenny 1 episode - The Christopher Hale Story
1962 Lawman Ollie Earnshaw 1 episode - The Bride
The Rifleman Charley Breen 1 episode - Day of Reckoning
Lassie Attorney Blake 1 episode - Lassie and the Calf
The Wide Country Whicker 1 episode - Straightjacket for an Indian
Ben Casey Stan Galloway 1 episode - The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits
Have Gun - Will Travel Little Fontana 1 episode - Lazarus
Have Gun - Will Travel Bill Renn - Drifting Cowboy 1 episode - The Waiting Room
Laramie Johnny Duncan 1 episode - The Replacement
Laramie Neeley 1 episode - Among the Missing
Laramie Frank Keefer 1 episode - Shadow of the Past
1963 Have Gun - Will Travel Hector Mackenby 1 episode - Debutante
Route 66 Babe 1 episode - Shall Forfeit His Dog and Ten Shillings to the King
Laramie Sergeant 1 episode - The Stranger
Empire L.Q. 1 episode - The Convention
Perry Mason Lewis 1 episode - The Case of the Badgered Brother
Wagon Train Esdras 1 episode - Charlie Wooster--Outlaw 
Wagon Train Ike Truman 1 episode - The Robert Harrison Clarke Story
Rawhide George Cornelius 1 episode - Incident at El Crucero
The Virginian Beldon 1 episode - The Evil That Men Do
The Virginian Andy 1 episode - Run Quiet
1964 Wagon Train Pvt. James Jones 1 episode - The Duncan McIvor Story
Rawhide Cpl. Wayne 1 episode - Incident at Gila Flats
Rawhide Luke 1 episode - The Race
The Virginian Beldon 7 episodes - First to Thine Own Self / The Intruders / Felicity's Spring / Big Image... Little Man / The Girl from Yesterday / Portrait of a Widow / The Payment
1965 Rawhide Pee Jay Peters 1 episode - Six Weeks to Bent Fork
Rawhide Pee Jay 1 episode - Clash at Broken Bluff
My Favorite Martian Frank James 1 episode - The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine
The Virginian Belden 5 episodes - Two Men Named Laredo / You Take the High Road / Shadows of the Past / Old Cowboy / We've Lost a Train
1966 A Man Called Shenandoah Ben Lloyd 1 episode - Rope's End
Pistols 'n' Petticoats 1st Gunman 1 episode - Sir Richard of Wretched
ABC Stage 67 Deputy 1 episode - Noon Wine
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Hotel Clerk 1 episode - The Faceless Man
The Big Valley Cort 1 episode - By Force and Violence
The Virginian Belden 4 episodes - Morgan Starr / Legacy of Hate / Jacob Was a Plain Man / Girl on the Glass Mountain
1967 The Virginian Beldon 6 episodes - Vengeance Trail / Melanie / Lady of the House / The Strange Quest of Claire Bingham / The Lady from Wichita / Paid in Full
The Big Valley Curtis 1 episode - Court Martial
The Big Valley Earl Vaughan 1 episode - Showdown in Limbo
The Big Valley Hutch 1 episode - Ambush
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Ernie Packer 1 episode - The Lady Is My Wife
The F.B.I. Wesley Davis 1 episode - The Gold Card
Cimarron Strip Barnes 1 episode - The Battleground
Cimarron Strip Lummy 1 episode - The Search
Hondo Allie 1 episode - Hondo and the Death Drive
1968 The Big Valley Gus Vandiver 1 episode - Fall of a Hero
1969 Gunsmoke Kittridge 1 episode - The Good Samaritans
Hawaii Five-O Colonel Lew Cardell 1 episode - King of the Hill
Lancer Slate Meek 1 episode - Blind Man's Bluff
1970 Gunsmoke Nix 1 episode - Albert
Gunsmoke Sumner Pendleton 1 episode - The Gun
1971 The Virginian Bedlem 1 episode - The Town Killer
Alias Smith and Jones Clint Weaver 1 episode - Stagecoach Seven
The F.B.I. Al Tanner 1 episode - Dynasty of Hate
Cannon Phil Mackey 1 episode - Fool's Gold
Cade's County Grover Curtis 1 episode - Delegate at Large
1972 Gunsmoke Gecko Ridley 1 episode - Tara
Alias Smith and Jones Drunk 1 episode - The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg (uncredited)
The Delphi Bureau Cole 1 episode - The Man Upstairs-The Man Downstairs Project
The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Dr. Dietrich 1 episode - A Purge of Madness
Alias Smith and Jones Peterson 1 episode - McGuffin
1973 Ironside Harry Ashton 1 episode - The Caller
Kung Fu Sgt. Straight 1 episode - An Eye for an Eye
Assignment Vienna Actor 1 episode - A Deadly Shade of Green
Cannon Sheriff Virgil Spoontz 1 episode - Perfect Alibi
1974 The Magician Johnson 2 episodes - The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit: Part 1 / The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit: Part 2
Ironside Cardiff 1 episode - Riddle at 24,000
1975 Kung Fu Major Clarke Bealson 1 episode - The Last Raid
Matt Helm Actor 1 episode - Deadly Breed
1976 Movin' On Flakey Edwards 1 episode - The Big Switch
Charlie's Angels Sgt. Billings 1 episode - Bullseye
1977 McCloud Kenny Hingle 1 episode - The Moscow Connection
1978 CHiPs Hoskins 1 episode - Rustling
Charlie's Angels Dan Jarvis 1 episode - Angels in the Backfield
Columbo Gun Dealer 1 episode - The Conspirators
The Eddie Capra Mysteries Actor 1 episode - Dying Declaration
1979 How the West Was Won Batlin 1 episode - Luke
The Runaways Matthew Turner 1 episode - They'll Never Forgive Me
The Incredible Hulk Jake White 1 episode - Jake
The Dukes of Hazzard Warren 1 episode - Witness for the Persecution
Charlie's Angels Burdette 1 episode - Angel Hunt
1980 Vega$ Everett Mason 1 episode - The Lido Girls
Charlie's Angels Sam Mason 1 episode - An Angel's Trail
The Incredible Hulk Director 1 episode - On the Line
Enos Garrett 1 episode - Blu Flu
1981 Walking Tall John Whitter 1 episode - Hitman
Riker Massey 1 episode - Honkytonk
1982 The Dukes of Hazzard Morton 1 episode - The Sound of Music - Hazzard Style
The Fall Guy Sheriff Wyatt Le Clerc 2 episodes - Colt Breaks Out / Colt's Outlaws
1983 Voyagers! Ground Control #1 1 episode - All Fall Down
The Yellow Rose Sheriff Lew Wallace 3 episodes - Divided We Fall / A Question of Love / Only the Proud
1984 Matt Houston Sheriff Loftus 1 episode - The Monster
The Yellow Rose Sheriff Lew Wallace 7 episodes - Divide and Conquer / Hell Hath No Fury / Deadline / Land of the Free / Sacred Ground / Debt of Honor / The Far Side of Fear
1986 The A-Team Chuck Danford 1 episode - Cowboy George
1991 Adam 12 Mr. Weaver 1 episode - Crack House
1994 Renegade Nathan Wayne 2 episodes - Murderer's Row: Part 1 / Murderer's Row: Part 2
Walker, Texas Ranger Billy Selkirk 1 episode - Deadly Reunion
1995 Renegade Nathan Wayne 1 episode - Living Legend
1996 Renegade Nathan Wayne 2 episodes - Rio Reno / The Dollhouse
2004 Dr. Vegas Hondo 1 episode - All In

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget, by Justin Humphreys. BearManor Media, Albany, 2006. ISBN # 1-59393-041-0.

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