On Saturday (09.07.22), the renowned Western actor passed away at his Hollywood Hills home of natural causes.
He was surrounded by loved ones when he passed away, according to Jones’ grandson, Erte deGarces, to People.
Raoul Walsh directed ‘Battle Cry’, based on Leon Uris’s 1953 novel of the same name, in 1955, and Jones made his cinematic debut in the Raoul Walsh-directed film.
As a result of these roles, he went on to feature in numerous Western films such as “The Wild Bunch,” “Ride the High Country,” and “Major Dundee.”
Jones has previously said that his acting abilities are a “God-given gift”.
Actors, he said, “are born; hell, they’re not made. They’re born.” Acting is a skill that cannot be learned by technique alone. This is how I’ve always been. I’d want to say I’m trained, but the truth is, I’m not. I don’t think about it; I just do it. Whatever I decide to do, I believe, is right in the eyes of the universe.
Watching other actors is something I enjoy doing. I’ve had the pleasure of working with some truly exceptional individuals. If I stated I didn’t steal from them, it would be a lie. You are responsible for this. You either get better at what you do, or you quit. Just a divine blessing. A smattering of natural ability has been put to good use.
In addition to “Casino,” “The Patriot,” and “The Mask of Zorro,” Jones appeared in a slew of other high-profile films. ‘A Prairie Home Companion, starring Meryl Streep, Woody Harrelson, and Lindsay Lohan, was the veteran actor’s final cinematic appearance.
‘A Boy and His Dog’ was also directed, produced, and written by Jones in 1975.
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Aside from “Charlie’s Angels,” “Hawaii Five-0,” and “The Incredible Hulk,” Jones has appeared in numerous more TV shows over his career.
His three children, sons Randy and Steve, and daughter Mindy, will carry on the Western legend’s legacy.