Christopher Jones

Christopher Jones


Christopher Jones

Died January 31, 2014. Born August 18, 1941.

American stage, movie, and television actor from Jackson, Tennessee.

Jones (adopting the stage name Christopher) made his Broadway debut on December 17, 1961, in Tennessee Williams's The Night of the Iguana, directed by Corsaro and starring actress Shelley Winters. Winters introduced Jones to actress Susan Strasberg, the daughter of Method actingprogenitor Lee Strasberg. Jones later studied at Strasberg's Actors Studio, and despite personal friction between Lee and himself, Jones married Susan in 1965. The couple had a daughter, named Jennifer Robin Jones, in 1966. Their daughter's name was chosen as a tribute to actress Jennifer Jones.

Moving to Hollywood, Jones was cast in the title role of an ABC television series, The Legend of Jesse James (produced by 20th Century Fox), which ran for thirty-four episodes in the 1965-66 season. When the series ended, he accepted the role of Strasberg's lover/husband in the movie Chubasco. The marriage did not survive the filming, and the couple divorced in 1968.

Jones's next acting job, as rock star and Presidential wannabe Max Frost in the film Wild in the Streets (1968), costarring Shelley Winters, propelled Jones to the peak of his stardom. He appeared later in the same year with Yvette Mimieux in the sex comedy Three in the Attic. Jones also became friends with actress Sharon Tate and her husband Roman Polanski. He claimed later to have had an affair with Tate (while she was pregnant with Polanski's child), and claimed that she had a premonition of her death (she was murdered by members of the Manson family).

After two films in Europe with Pia Degermark (The Looking Glass War and Brief Season, both 1969), Jones was cast by movie director David Lean in Ryan's Daughter (1970). The two men had a difficult relationship. This intensified when production of the film took twelve months instead of the expected six. This and the death of Sharon Tate took a personal toll on Jones, who returned fromIreland to California after filming ended (staying for a time in the caretaker's cottage behind the house where Tate had died), and abandoned his acting career.

Jones was offered the part of Zed in Pulp Fiction (1994) by director Quentin Tarantino, but he turned it down. He made a final screen appearance in crime comedy Mad Dog Time (1996). In his later years he had a career as an artist and sculptor. His works included an oil painting of Rudolph Valentino that was displayed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

He died on January 31, 2014, at the age of 72 due to complications arising from cancer.



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