Henry Jones (actor)

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Henry Jones
Jones in The Lady Says No (1952)
Henry Burk Jones

(1912-08-01)August 1, 1912
DiedMay 17, 1999(1999-05-17) (aged 86)
Years active1943–1996
Spouse(s)Yvonne Bergere (1942; her death)
Judy Briggs (1946–61; divorce; 2 children)
RelativesHenry Burk (grandfather)

Henry Burk Jones (August 1, 1912 – May 17, 1999) was an American actor of stage, film, and television.

Early years[edit]

Jones was born in New Jersey,[1] and was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Helen (née Burk) and John Francis Xavier Jones. He was the grandson of Pennsylvania Representative Henry Burk, a German immigrant. Jones attended the Jesuit Saint Joseph's Preparatory School.[citation needed]


Early in his career, he performed with the Hedgerow Theatre near Philadelphia. His first Broadway appearance was in Maurice Evans's 1938 Hamlet. During World War II, he served in the Army and was cast in Irving Berlin's This is the Army.[citation needed]

Jones is remembered for his role as handyman Leroy Jessup in the movie The Bad Seed (1956), a role he originated on Broadway.[2] Other theater credits included My Sister Eileen, The Time of Your Life, They Knew What They Wanted, The Solid Gold Cadillac, and Sunrise at Campobello, for which he won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Performance in a Drama.[3] His last Broadway role was in Advise and Consent in 1960–1961.[4]

Jones appeared in more than 180 films and television shows. His screen credits included The Girl Can't Help It with Jayne Mansfield, 3:10 to Yuma with Van Heflin, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? with Jayne Mansfield and Tony Randall, Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo with James Stewart, Cash McCall with James Garner, The Bramble Bush with Richard Burton, Rascal with Bill Mumy, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid with Paul Newman and Robert Redford, Dirty Dingus Magee with Frank Sinatra, Support Your Local Sheriff with James Garner and Walter Brennan, Support Your Local Gunfighter with James Garner, 9 to 5 with Dolly Parton and Lily Tomlin, and Arachnophobia with Jeff Daniels.[citation needed]

On television, Jones' best-remembered role was as the title character's father-in-law in the 1970s sitcom Phyllis. Jones portrayed Jed McCoy on a 1961 episode of the sitcom The Real McCoys. He had a regular role on the drama Channing, with Jason Evers.[citation needed]

Jones also appeared on Appointment with Adventure, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Investigators, The Eleventh Hour, Bewitched, Night Gallery, Emergency!, The Mod Squad, Daniel Boone with Fess Parker, Gunsmoke, The Twilight Zone, Thriller, Adam-12, The Doris Day Show, Father Knows Best, The Dukes of Hazzard, Flo, Magnum, P.I. with Tom Selleck, The Untouchables with Robert Stack, Hawkins with James Stewart, Kolchak: The Night Stalker with Darren McGavin, MacGyver, Mr. Belvedere, The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show with Burns and Allen,The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Falcon Crest.[citation needed]

He played Dr. Smith's cousin in a 1966 episode of Lost in Space, "Curse of Cousin Smith", and with R.J. Hoferkamp in the 1968 made-for-television movie Something for a Lonely Man. In 1967, he guest-starred as mysterious time travelling villain Mr. Pem in the episode "A Time to Die" of the Sci-Fi TV show Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Jones returned as Pem in the 110th and last episode of the series, "No Way Back". Starting in 1974, he guest-starred three times on The Six Million Dollar Man as Dr. Jeffrey/Chester Dolenz. This character was a brilliant scientist who built lifelike robots, but although every plot was foiled, he still managed to escape to fight another day. In 1978, he appeared in the Barney Miller episode "The Prisoner".[citation needed]

In the mid-1980s, Jones appeared at local dining theatre productions, including Winnipeg's Stage West.[citation needed]

Personal life and death[edit]

Jones was a Republican and supported the campaign of Dwight Eisenhower in the 1952 presidential election.[5]

Jones died in UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, at age 86 from complications from injuries suffered in a fall at his home in Santa Monica, California.[6]



Year Title Roles Notes
1943 This Is the Army Mr. Brown/World War One Bugle Audition Observer
Musical film produced by Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner and directed by Michael Curtiz,[7] uncredited
1949 Strawhat Cinderella Stage Director Short film directed and written by Justin Herman, uncredited
1950 Cowboy Crazy Papa in His Study Short film directed by and written by Justin Herman
1951 The Lady Says No Potsy Comedy film directed by Frank Ross[8]
1953 Society Man Narrator Short film directed and produced by Justin Herman
Taxi Thorndike

Drama film directed by Gregory Ratoff,[9] uncredited

1956 The Bad Seed Leroy Jessup Thriller film directed by Mervyn LeRoy
The Girl He Left Behind Hanson
The Girl Can't Help It Mousie
1957 Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Henry Rufus Satirical comedy film directed by Frank Tashlin
3:10 To Yuma Alex Potter Western film directed by Delmer Daves
1958 Vertigo Coroner Drama film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
1960 Cash McCall Gilmore Clark Romantic drama film directed by Joseph Pevney
The Bramble Bush Parker Welk
1961 Angel Baby Ben Hays
1965 Never Too Late Dr. James Kimbrough Comedy film directed by Bud Yorkin
1967 The Champagne Murders Mr. Clarke
1968 Stay Away, Joe Hy Slager Western-comedy film directed by Peter Tewksbury
Project X Dr. Crowther
1969 Support Your Local Sheriff! Henry Jackson
Angel in My Pocket Mayor Will Sinclair Comedy film feature directed by Alan Rafkin
Rascal Garth Shadwick
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Bike Salesman Western film directed by George Roy Hill
1970 The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Hanson
Rabbit, Run Mr. Angstrom
Dirty Dingus Magee Rev. Green
1971 Support Your Local Gunfighter Ez Comedy-western film directed by Burt Kennedy
Skin Game Sam
1972 Napoleon and Samantha Mr. Gutteridge
Pete 'n' Tillie Mr. Tucker
1973 Tom Sawyer Mr. Dobbins Musical film directed by Don Taylor
The Outfit Doctor
1980 Nine to Five Hinkle Comedy film directed by Colin Higgins
1982 Deathtrap Porter Milgrim Drama film directed by Sidney Lumet
1983 Balboa Jeffry Duncan
1989 Nowhere to Run Judge Culbert
1990 Enid Is Sleeping Old Man
Dick Tracy Night Clerk Action comic film directed by Warren Beatty
Arachnophobia Dr. Sam Metcalf Thriller film directed by Frank Marshall
The Grifters Mr. Simms Neo-noir film directed by Stephen Frears
1994 Breathing Lessons Sam TV movie


year title role notes
1949 Hands of Murder Guest Episode: "A Room Full of Water" (S 1:Ep 12)
1950 Studio One Guest Episode: "The Dusty Godmother: (S 2:Ep 27)
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Charles Jones Episode: "The Kleebob Card Game" (S 1:Ep 1)
Danger Guest Episode: "Another Man's Poison" (s 1:Ep 11)
The Ford Theatre Hour Guest Episode: "Father Malachy's Miracle" (S 2:Ep 16)
Actors Studio Guest Episode: "The Timid Guy" (S 2:Ep 18)
Danger Guest Episode: "Surprise for the Boys" (S 1:Ep 14)
1951 Danger Guest Episode: "Footfalls" (S 1:Ep 16)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest Episode: "The Big Rainbow" (S 2:Ep 47)
The Web Himself Episode:"A Switch in Time" (S 1:Ep 47)
Prudential Family Playhouse Guest Epispode: "Ruggles of Red Gap" (S 1:Ep 11)
Big Town Guest Episode: "The Return" (S 1:Ep 28)
Danger Guest Episode: "Death Gambles" (S 1:Ep 45)
The Philco Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "Ephraim Tutt's Clean Hands" (S 3:Ep 48)
The Web Himself Episode: "The Dishonorable Thief" (S 1:Ep 60)
Big Town Guest Episode: "Neighborhood Story" (S 1:Ep 42)
The Web Himself Episode: "All the Way to the Moon" (S 2:Ep 2)
Armstrong Circle Theatre Guest Episode: "Marionettes" (S 3:Ep 13)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "Still Life" (S 1:Ep 4)
Suspense Man at Train Station Episode: "The Far-Off House" (S 4:Ep 12)
Lux Video Theatre Sanford Episode: "Dames Are Poison" (S 2:Ep 14)
1952 The Gulf Playhouse Guest Episode: "The Duel" (S 1:Ep 7)
Short Short Dramas Guest Episode: "Meet Me at the Liberty" (S 1:Ep 14)
The Gulf Playhouse Guest Episode: "Our Two Hundred Children" (S 1:Ep 10)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "P.G." (S 1:Ep 17)
Short Short Dramas Guest Episode: "Night School" (S 1:Ep 23)
Schlitz Playhouse Guest Episode: "Apple of His Eye" (S 1:Ep 22)
Tales of Tomorrow Guest Episode: "A Bird in Hand" (S 1:Ep 45)
Short Short Dramas George Woodhull Episode: "Equal Partners" (S 1:Ep 56)
Lights Out Guest Episode: "A Lucky Piece" (S 4:Ep 34)
Lux Video Theatre Dan Episode: "The Orchard" (S 2:Ep 51)
The Philco Television Playhouse Guest Episode: "The Gift" (S 5:Ep 6)
1953 The Revlon Mirror Theater Guest Episode: "The Little Wife" (S 1:ep 1)
Eye Witness Guest Episode: "The Righteous" (S 1:Ep 6)
Suspense Mr. Matches Episode: "Mr. Matches" (S 5:Ep 13)
The Doctor Joey Martin Episode: "Song for a Banker" (S 1:Ep 26)
Tales of Tomorrow Irwin Episode: "The Spider's Web" (S 2:Ep 38)
1954 You Are There Captain Kidd Episode: "The Hanging of Captain Kidd (May 23, 1701)" (S 2:Ep 25)
1956 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Wally Long Season 2 Episode 3: "De Mortuis"
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Harry Parker Season 2 Episode 16: "Nightmare in 4-D"
1957 Alfred Hitchcock Presents George Tiffany Season 2 Episode 35: "The West Warlock Time Capsule"
1958 Father Knows Best Mr. Kermit Episode: "Margaret's Other Family" (S4:Ep19)
1959 Alfred Hitchcock Presents John Treadwell Season 5 Episode 8: "The Blessington Method"
1959 The Twilight Zone J. Hardy Hempstead Episode: "Mr. Bevis" (S1:Ep 33)
1960 The Untouchables Brooks Wells Episode: "Portrait of a Thief" (S1:Ep 25)
1961 Thriller Erik Borg Episode: "The Weird Tailor" (S2:Ep 4)
The Investigators Gov Episode: "The Dead End Man" (S 1:Ep 13)
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Miles Cheever Season 7 Episode 23: "Profit-Sharing Plan"
1962 Route 66 Asa Turnbull Episode: "Two on the House" (S2:Ep 27)
Wagon Train Ben Morrell Episode: "The Terry Morrell Story" (S5:Ep 30)
1964 Bonanza King Arthur / Uncle Leo Episode: "A Knight to Remember" (S6:Ep 13)
1965 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Alex Marrow Episode: "The World's Oldest Motive" (S 1: Ep 25)
1966 Lost In Space Colonel Jeremiah Smith Episode: "Curse of Cousin Smith" (S2:Ep 10)
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Dr. Sprauge Episode: "Night of Terror" (S3:Ep 04?)
Bewitched Brian O'Brian Episode: "The Leprechaun" (S2:Ep 27)
1967 The Big Valley General Alderson Episode: "Court Martial"
Gunsmoke Harvey Cagle Episode: "Stranger in Town"
Daniel Boone Landers Episode: “The Spanish Horse”
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Mr. Pem Episode: “A Time To Die” (S4:Ep 11)

Episode: “No Way Back” (S4:Ep 26)

1968 The Mod Squad Herbert Milne Episode: "My What A Pretty Bus" (S1:Ep 3)
1969 The Name of the Game The Reverend Mr. McKim Episode: "Love-In at Ground Zero" (S1:Ep 19)
1970 Gunsmoke Papa Steiffer "The Badge" (S15:Ep19)
The Name of the Game George Episode: "Island of Gold and Precious Stones" (S2:Ep 16)
Nanny and the Professor Mr. Abercrombie Episode: "I Think That I Shall Never See a Tree" (S1:EP 10)
The Virginian Ned Cochran Episode: "No War for the Warrior" (S8:Ep 20)
1971 The Mod Squad Paulie Episode: "And a Little Child Shall Bleed Them" (S4:Ep 11)
1972 Emergency! Dr. Alexander Knott Episode: "Show Biz" (S2:Ep 3)
1972 Adam-12 Harry Craig Episode: "Harry Nobody" (S5:Ep 7)
1972 Bonanza Sheriff Episode: "The Younger Brothers' Younger Brother" (S13: Ep 23)
1973 The Doris Day Show Sam Johnson Episode: "The Last Huzzah" (S5:Ep 16)
Hawkins George Davis Episode: "Die, Darling, Die" (S1:Ep 2)
1973 The Partridge Family Mr. Phelps Episode: “The Partridge Connection” (S3: Ep 22)
1974 Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law Dr. Metz Episode: "The Desertion of Keith Ryder" (S3: Ep 22)
Petrocelli Wheaton Episode: "A Life for a Life" (S1: Ep 5)
The Six Million Dollar Man Dr. Chester Dolenz Episode: "Day Of The Robot" (S1: Ep 4)

Episode: "Run, Steve, Run" (S1: Ep 13) and Episode: "Return Of The Robot Maker" (S2: Ep 15)

1975-1977 Phyllis Judge Jonathan Dexter
1979 Mrs. Columbo Josh Alden Episode: "Word Games" (S1: Ep 01)
1981 CHiPs Dutton Episode “Diamond in the Rough” (S5:EP 8)
1982 The Love Boat Frank Jensen Episode "Good Neighbors/Captain's Portrait/Familiar Faces" (S5:Ep 14)
1985-1986 Falcon Crest B. Riley Wicker
1986 MacGyver Charles 'Papa Chuck' Banning Episode "The Eraser" (S2:Ep 2)
1987 Magnum, P.I. The Butler Episode "Murder by Night" (S7:Ep 13)
1988 Murder, She Wrote Morris Penroy Episode “Mr. Penroy’s Vacation” (S5:Ep 3)


  1. ^ "Henry B Jones – United States Census, 1930". familysearch.org. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  2. ^ "Tony Winner Henry Jones, TV, Movie and Stage Character Actor, Dead at 86", Playbill, May 20, 1999
  3. ^ Awards Archive Archived May 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Advise and Consent – Broadway Play – Original". www.ibdb.com.
  5. ^ Motion Picture and Television Magazine, November 1952, page 34, Ideal Publishers
  6. ^ Veteran character actor dies after fall
  7. ^ "This Is the Army". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  8. ^ "The Lady Says No". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 1, 2016.
  9. ^ "Taxi". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 1, 2016.

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