Who knew Dean Jones was an Alabama son? He was born (1931) and raised in Decatur, Alabama. He never planned on being an actor - he was just doing what ever he had to do in pursuit of a singing career. He studied music at Asbury College in Wilmore, KY in the early 1950's but didn't graduate. Jones then served in the military during the Korean War. His travels ended him up in California where he got some acting rolls (Torpedo Run, Jailhouse Rock) Again, his hopes were always for a career in music but had more success with acting. Dean Jones face is a very familiar one for those who grew up in the 60's and 70's. Dean became a main star in Walt Disney's films. He's got a very clean-cut wholesome appearance - with a very distinct voice. You might recall him in all those Herbie Love Bug movies, or in The Million Dollar Duck, That Darn Cat, The Computer That Wore Tennis Shoes, and Blackbeard's Ghost. There are too many to list. His face was everywhere.
Dean became a born-again Christian in 1973-74. He still does some acting and voice work. In 1998 Jones founded the Christian Rescue Committee, an organization that helps provide a "way of escape to Jews, Christians, and others persecuted for their faith.
He's still a pretty cool guy in my book.
When Hollywood is The Family Business.
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