86 (passed away May. 17th, 1999)
Aug. 1st, 1912
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Henry Jones' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1990 - The Grifters
1990 - Arachnophobia
1990 - Dick Tracy
1982 - Deathtrap
1980 - Nine to Five
1973 - The Outfit
1973 - Tom Sawyer
1972 - Napoleon and Samantha
1971 - Support Your Local Gunfighter
1971 - Skin Game
1970 - Dirty Dingus Magee
1969 - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
1968 - Project X
1960 - Cash McCall
1958 - Vertigo
1957 - 3:10 To Yuma
1957 - Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
1956 - The Girl Can't Help It
1956 - The Bad Seed
1943 - This Is the Army
Guest TV Roles
Dean Fred Baker
B. Riley Wicker
Henry Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; he graduated from St. Jospeh's College. His Broadway debut was in 1938 in 'Maurice Evans'' "Hamlet" (Reynaldo and the second gravedigger). He served in the army in World War II. His highly reviewed stage appearances included the murdered handyman in "The Bad Seed," which he reprised in the film version (The Bad Seed (1956)), and the part of Louis Howe, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's confidant in Sunrise at Campobello (1960). Though very ordinary in appearance ("The casting directors didn't know what to do with me. I was never tall enough or good looking enough to play juvenile leads"), he had a long and varied career on Broadway, in movies and television. His parts included a wide range of second-string roles (ministers, judges, janitors), often with a dark and even frightening underside. His television career, which included over 150 appearances, began early, in 1950. Though his movies included such well-known titles as Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957), 3:10 to Yuma (1957), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Grifters (1990), and Dick Tracy (1990) no doubt his most recognizable screen performance was in the brief role of the methodical, nearly cruel coroner in Alfred Hitchcock (I)'s Vertigo (1958). He lived in Santa Monica, CA, and died 17 May 1999, aged 86, at the UCLA Medical Center.
- Won Broadway's 1958 Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor (Dramatic) for "Sunrise at Campobello."
- Jones amassed a considerable stage resume. He was active on Broadway as early as 1931, working there rather infrequently until late 1938 when his appearance there began to increase. He continued to appear on Broadway in numerous hit productions ("My Sister Eileen," "The Solid Gold Cadillac," "The Bad Seed," "Sunrise at Campobello," and "Advise and Consent") until 1961 when he moved into film and TV work exclusively.
- Daughter is actress and acting teacher 'Jocelyn Jones (I)' (qv)
- He was a favorite of 'Alfred Hitchcock (I)' (qv).
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