Nolia Elizabeth Jones
University of California at Los Angeles
Riverside High School
Made final film appearance in "Mandie and the Secret Tunnel"
Made feature film comeback in "Other People's Money"
Starred in a short-lived (ran five performances) Broadway musical, "Into the Light" about the Shroud of Turin
Played Jim Douglas on short-lived TV series "Herbie, the Love Bug"
Portrayed Charles Colson in film "Born Again"
Starred in final Disney film, "Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo"
Starred with Tim Conway and Suzanne Pleshette in "The Shaggy D.A."
Starred on TV series "The Chicago Teddy Bears"
Starred on Broadway in Stephen Sondheim's "Company"; left after a few weeks into run (official reason was "hepatitis" but he was in the midst of a divorce); replaced by standby Larry Kert
Hosted TV series, "What's It All About, World"
Starred in "The Love Bug"
Starred with Suzanne Pleshette in "The Ugly Dachshund"
Starred opposite Jane Fonda and Jason Robards in romantic comedy "Any Wednesday'
Starred in first Disney hit, "That Darn Cat!"
Co-starred with Jack Lemmon in film version of "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
Played title role in TV series "Ensign O'Toole"
Broadway debut opposite Jane Fonda in the short-lived (ran three-weeks) play, "There Was a Little Girl"
Appeared on Broadway in "Under the Yum Yum Tree"
Film debut in "Gaby" (uncredited), "Ten Thousand Bedrooms", "These Wilder Years" and "Tea and Sympathy"
Landed his own local radio show "Dean Jones Sings" while still a student of Riverside High School in Decatur AL
Hired to sing in a melodrama produced at Knott's Berry Farm amusement park, Los Angeles where composer Vernon Duke heard him and introduced him to composer Frank Loesser who brought Jones to MGM where he was signed as a singer
After leaving home at the age of 15 to become an entertainer, he was an itinerant laborer across the American south, working as a coal loader, timber cutter, cotton picker and dishwasher before finally landing a job as a singer at a New Orleans blues club.
Jones spent his post-World War II Navy career in San Diego as a member of the Special Services unit charged with entertaining fellow sailors.
In 1973, following a drunk joyriding incident, Jones became a born-again Christian; many of his later film and television roles were faith based.
Jones and second wife Lory Basham Jones founded The Christian Rescue Fund, advocates for those who had been persecuted because of their religious faith.
Hosted his own radio show, "Dean Jones Sings," at his high school in Decatur, Alabama.
Served in the United States Navy during the Korean War.