Sam J. Jones

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Sam J. Jones
Sam J. Jones, Svenska Mässan 2013.jpg
Jones at the Scandinavian Sci-Fi, Game & Film Convention in Sweden, in April 2013.
Born Samuel Gerald Jones
(1954-08-12) August 12, 1954 (age 60)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975-present
Spouse(s) Lynn Eriks (m. 1982–87) (divorced; 2 children)
Ramona Lynn Jones (currently married; 3 children)

Samuel Gerald Jones (born August 12, 1954) is an American actor, better known by his stage name Sam J. Jones. He has also been credited as Sam Jones. He is best known for playing the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.

Early life[edit]

Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Sacramento, California. He is a 1972 graduate of Mira Loma High School in Sacramento.


In 1975, prior to his first screen roles, Jones appeared as a nude centrefold for Playgirl magazine, under the name Andrew Cooper III.[1] He made his first film appearance opposite Bo Derek in the 1979 romantic comedy film 10.[2]

His appearance in 10 allowed Jones to beat out actors such as Kurt Russell and Arnold Schwarzenegger to his most famous role to date, that of Flash Gordon in the 1980 film of the same name.[3] Jones dyed his hair blonde for this role. The film was moderately successful at the box office grossing $27,1M in North America, and $22m in the UK - double its $20M budget. However, a falling out between Jones and the producers helped to scrap the planned trilogy.[4] After the release of Flash Gordon, Playgirl magazine reprinted his 1975 photospread in their January 1981 issue, this time using his real name.

Jones went on to play Chris Rorchek in the TV series Code Red (1981–1982). He had guest roles in various other TV shows including The A-Team, Hunter, and Riptide. In 1987, he played the lead role in an adaptation of Will Eisner's comics character The Spirit. Additionally that year, he played the title character in the short-lived NBC sci-fi series The Highwayman. In the late 1980s and early 1990s he portrayed Johnny Valentine on the HBO series 1st & Ten.

Jones starred in several straight-to-video movies such as My Chauffeur, Silent Assassins, Driving Force, Jane and the Lost City, American Tigers, Fist of Honor, One Man Force, and White Force. In the 1990s, Jones took roles in films such as In Gold We Trust, Enter the Shootfighter, Baja Run, Maximum Force, Hard Vice and Dead Sexy, and had guest roles on such TV shows as Baywatch, Diagnosis Murder and Walker: Texas Ranger.

In 2001, Jones was cast in the Animal Planet's family series Hollywood Safari as a park ranger. He appeared in "Deadman Switch", an episode of the television series Stargate SG-1. In 2007, he had a special guest role as the prisoner Krebb in the Sci Fi Channel original television series Flash Gordon. He also had an extended cameo (as himself, with his blond Flash Gordon hairstyle) in the 2012 film comedy, Ted.


  1. ^ Lodge, Jack (1992). Hollywood: Sixty Great Years (1930-1990). New York, USA: Barnes & Noble. p. 572. ISBN 1853750743. Retrieved 22 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Roger Ebert (1987). Roger Ebert's Movie Home Companion. Andrews, McMeel & Parker. ISBN 978-0-8362-6212-4. Retrieved 8 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mike Hodges: "Flash Gordon was a bumpy ride… "". Total Sci-fi Online. Retrieved 2010-08-28. 
  4. ^ "Sequel Baiting Endings That Didn't Work". Empire. Retrieved 2014-03-26. 

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