Allan Jones

Singer, Actor, Coal miner
Stalwart, curly-haired American leading man and singer, perhaps best remembered for handling the obligatory romantic role in two Marx Brothers comedies, "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937) ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1907 in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, USA

Filmography

Actor (15)

Sub Rosa Rising 1970 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

A Man Called Sledge 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

True to the Army 1941 (Movie)

Pvt. Stephen Chandler (Actor)

The Boys From Syracuse 1939 (Movie)

Antipholus of Ephesus / Antipholus of Syracuse (Actor)

The Great Victor Herbert 1938 (Movie)

John Ramsey (Actor)

A Day at the Races 1936 (Movie)

Gil (Actor)

Show Boat 1936 (Movie)

Gaylord Ravenal (Actor)

A Night at the Opera 1934 (Movie)

Ricardo (Actor)

Crazy House (Movie)

Orchestra (Actor)

Everybody Sing (Movie)

Ricky Saboni (Actor)

Honeymoon in Bali (Movie)

Eric Sinclair (Actor)

One Night in the Tropics (Movie)

Jim Moore (Actor)

Senorita from the West (Movie)

Phil Bradley (Actor)

The Firefly (Movie)

Don Diego/Captain François Andre (Actor)

There's Magic in Music (Movie)

Michael Maddy (Actor)

Biography

Stalwart, curly-haired American leading man and singer, perhaps best remembered for handling the obligatory romantic role in two Marx Brothers comedies, "A Night at the Opera" (1935) and "A Day at the Races" (1937). Jones also played riverboat gambler Gaylord Ravenal opposite Irene Dunne in James Whale's marvelous 1936 adaptation of the stage classic "Show Boat." Possessing a genial personality and a fine baritone, Jones enjoyed modest success in Hollywood for several years without ever attaining the star status of which he seemed capable. He was played up as a second-string Nelson Eddy, and consequently never developed a distinctive persona of his own. One of his best-remembered moments in film was his singing in "The Firefly" (1937) of the tuneful "The Donkey Serenade," which later became something of a trademark song for Jones. After his film career waned, Jones kept busy with singing tours and stage work, including touring companies of shows from "Guys and Dolls" in the 1950s to "Man of La Mancha" in the 1970s. At one time married to actress and singer Irene Hervey, Jones was the father (by Hervey) of singer Jack Jones.

Relationships

Father

Gail Christiansen

Step-Daughter
mother, Irene Hervey

Irene Hervey

Wife
married in 1936 divorced in 1957 died on December 20, 1998 at age 89

Maria Jones

Wife
survived him

Jack Jones

Son
mother, Irene Hervey

Ted Jones

Son
mother, Maria Jones

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
received scholarship

Milestones

1992

Completed singing tour of Australia three months before his death

1991

Toured Florida in musical act with son Jack Jones

1970

Narrated the adult documentary, "Sub Rosa Rising"

1969

Last acting performance in a feature film, "A Man Called Sledge"

1964

Returned to films for "Stage to Thunder Rock"

1944

Last feature film for nearly two decades, "Senorita from the West"

1937

Performed his signature song, "The Donkey Serenade" in the MGM film "The Firefly", opposite Jeanette MacDonald

1935

Made film debut in "Reckless"

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