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Gordon Jones

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Gordon Wynnivo Jones (April 5, 1911 – June 20, 1963) was an American character actor, a member of John Wayne's informal acting company best known for playing Lou Costello's TV nemesis "Mike the Cop" and appearing as The Green Hornet in the first of two movie serials based on that old-time radio program. Iowa-born Jones had been a student athlete and star football guard ("Bull" Jones) at University of California, Los Angeles, and had also played a few seasons of professional football. He started out playing small roles in Wesley Ruggles' and Ernest B. Schoedsack's The Monkey's Paw (1933), his first credited role in Sam Wood's Let 'Em Have It (1935), and Sidney Lanfield's Red Salute (1935). By 1937, he had moved on to a contract at RKO Radio Pictures. In 1940, Jones had the title role in The Green Hornet but did not reprise the role in the sequel. Jones held a reserve commission in the army and was called into the service after filming his roles as "The Wreck" in My Sister Eileen (1942) and "Alabama Smith" in Flying Tigers (1942), a John Wayne vehicle that was one of the most popular action films of the war. This picture began Jones' 20-year onscreen association with Wayne, who was also a former football player at the University of Southern California. Jones remained associated with the service after the war, encouraging college students to consider the Reserve Officers' Training Corps. After resuming his acting career in the late 1940s, Jones appeared in prominent roles in the John Wayne features Big Jim McLain (1952) and Island in the Sky (1953). By the end of the 1940s, Jones had aged into a beefier screen presence and into very physical character roles. He was no longer a leading man but he had developed a comic villain persona which meshed with the work of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. Jones' association with the duo began in The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap (1947) with the role of the film's heavy, Jake Frame, and continued through their television series The Abbott and Costello Show. Jones played "Mike the Cop", Costello's hulking, loud-voiced antagonist. The program was produced for only two seasons, but ensured continued recognition for Jones via frequent reruns and a 21st Century DVD release. Jones also remained busy in films and on television throughout the 1950s, in pictures that ranged from the sci-fi chiller The Monster That Challenged the World to the Tony Curtis/Janet Leigh sex comedy The Perfect Furlough, and on TV series ranging from The Real McCoys to The Rifleman. Jones also appeared in two very successful Disney movies during the early '60s, The Absent-Minded Professor and Son of Flubber. He played harried school coaches in both pictures. He also starred with Mitzi Green and Virginia Gibson in the short-lived TV sitcom So This Is Hollywood (1955), and had a recurring role as neighbor Butch Barton during the early years of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Jones returned to the John Wayne stock company portraying Douglas, the bureaucrat antagonist to Wayne's G.W. McLintock in the Western comedy McLintock! (1963). Jones unexpectedly succumbed to a heart attack on June 12, 1963, five months before the release of that movie. Jones has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on the West side of the 1600 block of Vine Street.


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Born:
Apr 5, 1911 In Alden, Iowa, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
106
First Appeared:
In the movie The Green Hornet Movie Edition
Latest Project:
Movie The Abbott and Costello Show: Who's On First? 2011-02-01
Known For
Poster of Perry Mason
Poster of Have Gun, Will Travel
Poster of Lassie
Poster of Red Salute
Filmography
Movie The Green Hornet Movie Edition Britt Reid / The Green Hornet 2022
Movie The Abbott and Costello Show: Who's On First? Mike The Cop 2011-02-01
Movie McLintock! Matt Douglas 1963-11-12
Movie Everything's Ducky Conroy 1961-12-20
Movie Master of the World Talkative Townsman 1961-05-01
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Movie The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond Police Sgt. Joe Cassidy 1960-02-03
Movie Battle Flame Sgt. McKelvey 1959-07-26
Series Laramie Unknown 1959-09-15
Movie The Shaggy Dog Captain Scanlon, Police Chief 1959-03-19
Series Hawaiian Eye Unknown 1959-10-07
Movie Battle of the Coral Sea Torpedoman Bates 1959-11-01
Series Dennis the Menace Unknown 1959-10-04
Series The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis Unknown 1959-09-29
Movie Live Fast, Die Young Pop Winters 1958-04-01
Movie The Perfect Furlough MP "Sylvia" 1958-11-30
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Movie The Monster That Challenged the World Sheriff Josh Peters 1957-06-01
Movie Spring Reunion Jack Frazer 1957-03-01
Movie Shoot-Out At Medicine Bend Will Clegg 1957-05-04
Series Richard Diamond, Private Detective Unknown 1957-07-01
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Sugarfoot Unknown 1957-09-17
Series The Adventures of Jim Bowie Unknown 1956-09-07
Movie Treasure Of Ruby Hills Jack Voyle 1955-01-23
Series Cheyenne Unknown 1955-09-20
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Movie Smoke Signal Cpl. Rogers 1955-03-01
Series Lassie Unknown 1954-09-12
Movie The Outlaw Stallion Wagner 1954-07-03
Series I'm the Law Unknown 1953-02-13
Movie Island in the Sky Walrus 1953-09-05
Movie Woman They Almost Lynched Yankee Sergeant 1953-03-20
Movie Sound Off Crockett 1952-05-15
Series Dangerous Assignment Unknown 1952-01-01
Movie Big Jim McLain Olaf 1952-08-30
Movie Gobs and Gals CPO Mike Donovan 1952-05-01
Movie The Winning Team George Glasheen 1952-06-20
Movie Wagon Team Marshal Sam Taplin 1952-09-29
Series The Abbott and Costello Show Unknown 1952-12-05
Movie Abbott and Costello: The Drugstore Mike Kelly 1952-12-05
Series Cavalcade of America Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie The Ghost of Crossbones Canyon Curly Wolf 1952-11-01
Movie Heart of the Rockies Splinters McGonigle 1951-03-29
Movie Spoilers of the Plains Splinters 1951-02-02
Series The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok Unknown 1951-04-15
Series Racket Squad Unknown 1951-06-07
Movie Corky of Gasoline Alley Elwood Martin 1951-09-17
Movie The Arizona Cowboy I.Q. Barton 1950-04-01
Movie The Palomino Bill Hennessey 1950-03-18
Movie Trigger, Jr. Splinters 1950-06-30
Movie Sunset in the West Splinters 1950-09-25
Series The Gene Autry Show Unknown 1950-07-23
Movie Trail of Robin Hood Splinters McGonigle 1950-12-15
Movie North of the Great Divide Splinters McGonagle 1950-11-15
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Mr. Soft Touch Muggles (Uncredited) 1949-07-28
Movie Black Midnight Roy 1949-10-01
Movie Tokyo Joe Idaho 1949-10-26
Movie Dear Wife Taxi Cab Driver 1949-11-15
Movie Easy Living Bill 'Holly' Holloran 1949-10-08
Movie Sons of Adventure Andy Baldwin 1948-09-01
Movie Black Eagle Benjy Laughton 1948-09-16
Movie The Untamed Breed Happy Keegan 1948-10-20
Movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Tubby Wadsworth 1947-09-01
Movie Whispering City Reporter 1947-11-20
Movie The Wistful Widow of Wagon Gap Jake Frame 1947-10-08
Movie Flying Tigers 'Alabama' Smith 1942-10-08
Movie My Sister Eileen 'The Wreck' Loomis 1942-09-24
Movie Highways by Night 'Footsy' Fogarty 1942-10-02
Movie The Feminine Touch Rubber-Legs Ryan 1941-10-01
Movie The Blonde from Singapore 'Waffles' Billings 1941-10-15
Movie Among the Living Bill Oakley 1941-12-12
Movie The Doctor Takes a Wife O'Brien 1940-04-25
Movie I Take This Oath Steve Hanagan 1940-05-20
Movie The Green Hornet Britt Reid / The Green Hornet 1940-01-08
Movie The Texas Rangers Ride Again Ranger Radio Man 1940-12-13
Movie Up in the Air Tex Barton 1940-09-09
Movie Girl from Havana Tubby Waters 1940-09-11
Movie The Long Shot Jeff Clayton 1939-01-06
Movie Big Town Czar Chuck Hardy 1939-05-03
Movie Pride of the Navy Joe Falcon 1939-01-23
Movie Disputed Passage Bill Anderson 1939-10-25
Movie When Tomorrow Comes Radio Technician 1939-08-11
Movie Henry Goes Arizona Tug Evans 1939-12-08
Movie Invitation to Happiness Dutch Arnold (uncredited) 1939-06-07
Movie Rich Man, Poor Girl Tom Grogan 1938-08-12
Movie Out West with the Hardys Ray Holt 1938-11-25
Movie They Wanted to Marry Jim Tyler 1937-02-05
Movie We Who Are About to Die Slim Tolliver 1937-01-08
Movie Sea Devils Puggy 1937-02-19
Movie The Big Shot Chester Scott 1937-07-23
Movie China Passage Joe Dugan 1937-03-12
Movie Quick Money Bill Adams 1937-12-10
Movie Fight for Your Lady Mike Scanlon 1937-11-05
Movie There Goes My Girl Dunn 1937-05-21
Movie Strike Me Pink Butch Carson 1936-01-24
Movie Devil's Squadron Tex 1936-04-30
Movie Walking on Air Joe 1936-09-11
Movie Don't Turn 'em Loose Joe Graves 1936-09-18
Movie Night Waitress Martin Rhodes 1936-12-18
Movie Red Salute Michael (Lefty) Jones 1935-09-12
Movie Let 'em Have It Tex 1935-05-15