Dean Carroll Jones January 25, 1931 – September 1, 2015
Dean Jones, a stage and screen actor who starred in numerous Disney movies, including "The Love Bug," "That Darn Cat!" and "Beethoven," died Tuesday in Los Angeles of Parkinson's disease, his publicist said. He was 84.
Born Jan. 25, 1931, in Decatur, Ala., Jones was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame in 1995.
Jones was perhaps best known for playing Jim Douglas, a racecar driver who sat behind the wheel of Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, in 1968’s “The Love Bug” and one of its sequels, “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo,” as well as a 1982 television series and a 1997 TV movie.
In 1965's "That Darn Cat!" he played an FBI agent who helped foil a bank robbery with the assistance of a rambunctious Siamese house pet.
He was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1972 for his performance as Professor Albert Dooley in “The Million Dollar Duck.”
And he took a villainous turn in 1992, filling the role of a scheming veterinarian in “Beethoven,” a comedy about a slobbering St. Bernard.
The actor made the most of his career in family comedies. "I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching. We're always looking for social significance, but maybe people just like to be entertained," he told the Los Angeles Times in 1966.
He also had several roles on Broadway, appearing in "Under the Yum-Yum Tree" and other shows.
Jones is survived by his wife, Lory Basham Jones; three children, Caroline Jones, Deanna Demaree and Michael Pastick; 8 grandchildren; and 3 great-grandchildren.
Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
These Wilder Years (1956)
Tea and Sympathy (1956)
The Opposite Sex (1956)
The Rack (1956)
The Great American Pastime (1956)
Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957)
Designing Woman (1957)
Until They Sail (1957)
Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Handle with Care (1958)
Imitation General (1958)
Torpedo Run (1958)
Night of the Quarter Moon (1959)
Never So Few (1959)
Under the Yum Yum Tree (1963)
The New Interns (1964)
Two on a Guillotine (1965)
That Darn Cat! (1965)
The Ugly Dachshund (1966)
Any Wednesday (1966)
Monkeys, Go Home! (1967)
Blackbeard's Ghost (1968)
The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit (1968)
The Love Bug (1969)
Mr. Superinvisible (1970)
The Million Dollar Duck (1971)
Snowball Express (1972)
Guess Who's Sleeping in My Bed? (1973)
The Shaggy D.A. (1976)
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Once Upon a Brothers Grimm (1978)
When Every Day Was the Fourth of July (1978)
Born Again (1978)
The Long Days of Summer (1980)
Herbie, the Love Bug (1982)
St John In Exile (1986)
Other People's Money (1991)
Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style (1992)
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
Getting Around in Time (A spasso nel Tempo) (1996)
Nowhere Man (1995)
That Darn Cat (1997)
The Love Bug (1997)
Batman & Mr. Freeze: SubZero (1998) (voice) (direct-to-video)
Scrooge and Marley (2001) (TV)
Lavinia's Heist (2007)
You Know the Face (2008) (documentary)
Mandie and the Secret Tunnel (2008)