Sam J. Jones
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|Sam J. Jones|
Sam J. Jones at a sci-fi convention in Sweden in April 2013.
|Born||Samuel Gerald Jones
August 12, 1954
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Lynn Eriks (m. 1982–1987) (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 credited as Sam Jones. He is best known for playing the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
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. Jones dyed his hair blonde for this role. The film also starred Max von Sydow, Timothy Dalton and Brian Blessed. The movie did not succeed at the box office (except in the UK) and the planned trilogy was scrapped.
He played Chris Rorchek in the TV series Code Red (1981–1982), was the lead in a 1987 adaptation of Will Eisner's comics character The Spirit, and played the title character in the short-lived NBC series The Highwayman, playing the titular character who would travel from town to town in his truck, always looking to save the day.
Jones starred in several straight-to-video movies such as Silent Assassins, Driving Force, Jane and the Lost City, American Tigers, Fist of Honor, a supporting role in cult classic One Man Force (which starred former NFL star John Matuszak), and b-movie classic White Force. Jones's popularity was in part due to his good looks, his rugged voice and his insistence at performing his own stunt work. 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.
Jones has had guest roles on such TV shows as The A-Team, Baywatch and Diagnosis Murder.
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 in playing the prisoner Krebb in the Sci Fi Channel original television series Flash Gordon.
Jones has now retired from movies, forming with his wife Ramona, Inner Cordon Inc., a firm that specialises in corporate security and hostage extraction.
He had an extended cameo as himself, with his Flash Gordon blond hairstyle, in the 2012 fantasy film comedy, Ted.
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