Jeffrey Jones

An accomplished American actor of both stage and screen, Jeffrey Jones became known for a series of frequently hilarious characters ranging from the bumptious, to the blundering, to the merely bewildered. Jones gained ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1946 in Buffalo, New York, USA


Actor (50)

Robot of Mars 2014 (Movie)


Who's Your Caddy? 2007 (Movie)


Deadwood 2004 - 2006 (Tv Show)


Justice League 2001 - 2005 (Tv Show)


Company Man 2001 (Movie)


Dr. Dolittle 2 2001 (Movie)

Joseph Potter (Actor)

Heartbreakers 2001 (Movie)

Mr Appel (Actor)

How High 2001 (Movie)

Vice President (Actor)

Par 6 2001 (Movie)

Lloyd (Actor)

Tim Burton: Trick or Treat 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


Ravenous 1999 (Movie)

Colonel Hart (Actor)

Sleepy Hollow 1999 (Movie)

Reverend Steenwyck (Actor)

Stuart Little 1999 (Movie)

Uncle Crenshaw (Actor)

Duckman 1993 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Eddie Barzoon (Actor)

The Pest 1997 (Movie)

Gustav (Actor)

There's No Fish Food in Heaven 1997 (Movie)

Minister Pete (Actor)

The Crucible 1996 (Movie)

Thomas Putnam (Actor)

Bombmeister 1995 (Movie)


Houseguest 1995 (Movie)

Ron Timmerman (Actor)

The Avenging Angel 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)


Creep Course 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)


Ed Wood 1994 (Movie)

Criswell (Actor)

Mom and Dad Save the World 1992 (Movie)

Dick Nelson (Actor)

Out on A Limb 1992 (Movie)

Matt Skearns/Mayor Peter Van Der Haven (Actor)

Stay Tuned 1992 (Movie)

Spike (Actor)

Angel Square 1991 (Movie)


CBS Premiere Preview Spectacular 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Enid Is Sleeping 1990 (Movie)

Floyd (Actor)

Milos Forman: Portrait 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Hunt for Red October 1990 (Movie)

Skip Tyler (Actor)

The People Next Door 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


Valmont 1989 (Movie)

Monsieur DeGercourt (Actor)

Who's Harry Crumb? 1989 (Movie)

Eliot Draisen (Actor)

Beetlejuice 1988 (Movie)

Charles (Actor)

Disney's DTV Monster Hits 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Without A Clue 1988 (Movie)

Inspector Lestrade (Actor)

Fresno 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


The Hanoi Hilton 1987 (Movie)

Fischer (Actor)

Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 (Movie)

Ed Rooney (Actor)

Howard the Duck 1986 (Movie)

Dr Jenning (Actor)

If Tomorrow Comes 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Transylvania 6-5000 1985 (Movie)

Mayor Lepscu (Actor)

Amadeus 1984 (Movie)

Emperor Joseph II (Actor)

A Fine Romance 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Easy Money 1983 (Movie)

Clive Barlow (Actor)

The Soldier 1981 (Movie)

US Assistant Secretary of Defense (Actor)

Till Dad Do Us Part (TV Show)



An accomplished American actor of both stage and screen, Jeffrey Jones became known for a series of frequently hilarious characters ranging from the bumptious, to the blundering, to the merely bewildered. Jones gained widespread recognition in the period biopic that essayed the short, tumultuous life of master composer Mozart, "Amadeus" (1984) starring to riotous effect as the preening, child-like Emperor of Austria. As notable as that role was, he topped himself with a turn as a high school principal obsessed with catching hooky-playing hero Matthew Broderick in John Hughes' "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (1986). Jones found a professional home as part of director Tim Burton's unofficial acting troupe in efforts like "Beetlejuice" (1988), "Ed Wood" (1994) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1999). Sadly, his professional credits were eclipsed for a time by child pornography charges leveled at him in 2002, part of an investigation that included fellow Burton collaborator, Paul "Pee Wee Herman" Reubens. Jones resurfaced in the critically acclaimed cable Western "Deadwood" (HBO, 2004-06) as a journalist in a corrupt pioneer town, but appeared in little else in the second half of the decade. Having fashioned a career in which he frequently brought humanity and humor to unlikable characters, Jones' unsavory personal exploits threatened to derail a respectable career that had made him a welcome fixture in American cinema for 20 years.


Douglas Jones

died when Jones was young

Ruth Jones

urged Jones toward drama


London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

attended on full scholarship

Lawrence University

Appleton , Wisconsin 1968
enrolled in the premedical program and minored in drama; as part of work-study program, spent sophomore year as an apprentice at the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Putney School

Putney , Vermont
a liberal boarding high school in southern Vermont; studied the classics and began acting in earnest



Appeared in the comedy feature "Who's Your Caddy?"


Cast as AW Merrick, the editor and reporter for the Pioneer on the HBO acclaimed series "Deadwood"


Arrested by Los Angeles police and charged with using a minor for prohibitive acts and a misdemeanor count of possessing child pornography


Co-starred with Eddie Murphy in "Doctor Dolittle 2"


Joined Gene Hackman, Sigourney Weaver and Jennifer Love Hewitt as part of the cast of "Heartbreakers", the story of mother-daughter con artists


Had small role as Uncle Crenshaw in the hit "Stuart Little"; reunited on screen with Geena Davis


Appeared as Colonel Hart, a genial commanding officer who acts more like a host, in Antonia Bird's horror thriller "Ravenous"


Appeared in Williamstown Theatre Festival revival of Tennessee Williams' "Camino Real"


Third film role under Tim Burton's direction, Reverend Steenwyck in "Sleepy Hollow"


Essayed the managing partner of Satan's law firm in "The Devil's Advocate"


Portrayed Thomas Putnam in Nicholas Hytner's film version of "The Crucible"


Reteamed with Burton on "Ed Wood", playing the amazing Criswell (amazing for his ability to find employment without any apparent talent)


Reunited with Broderick for the disastrous "Out on a Limb"; played demented twin brothers


Played technical consultant Skip Tyler in John McTiernan's "The Hunt for Red October", adapted from the Tom Clancy novel


Appeared as Judge Reinhold's partner (who's just itching to discharge his new .357 magnum) in the underrated "Enid Is Sleeping/Over Her Dead Body", starring Elizabeth Perkins


Starred in short-lived CBS TV series, "The People Next Door", a fantasy-comedy produced by Wes Craven


Reteamed with Forman, taking the part of Monsieur de Gercourt, the unappetizing older man who marries the innocent young convent girl (Fairuza Balk) despoiled by "Valmont"


First film with director Tim Burton, "Beetlejuice", playing the smarmy mortal who moves his family into a fixer-upper haunted by ghosts Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin


Portrayed Major Fisher, an Army officer whose helicopter was shot down while on a non-combat mission, in "The Hanoi Hilton"


Offered a fabulous comic turn as principal Ed Rooney, Matthew Broderick's nemesis in "Ferris Beuller's Day Off"


Underwent five-hour make-up sessions to transform himself from pleasant research scientist Dr Walter Jenning to the mysterious Dark Overlord, his two roles in the bomb "Howard the Duck"


Acted in three CBS miniseries, "George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation" (as Thomas Jefferson), "Fresno" and "If Tomorrow Comes"


Delivered a marvelous portrayal as the vacuous Emperor Joseph II in Milos Forman's film version of "Amadeus"


Acted in the original Off-Broadway production of "Cloud Nine", directed by Tommy Tune


Broadway stage debut in "The Elephant Man" with David Bowie


First significant film role in "Underground", a documentary directed by Emile DeAntonio


Appeared in successful revival of "Boy Meets Girl", directed by Lithgow


Acted with Meryl Streep and John Lithgow in "Trelawney of the Wells" at Lincoln Center


Joined the famed Actors Theatre of Louisville


Worked with the Stratford Festival in Ontario


London stage debut in "A School for Scandal"


Feature debut in "The Revolutionary", a docudrama about campus activism starring Jon Voight and Jennifer Salt


His performance in a Lawrence University production of "Hobson's Choice" brought him to the attention of Sir Tyrone Guthrie, who invited him to join the prestigious Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis, Minnesota


Professional debut in "The House of Atreus" at the Guthrie Theatre

After graduating, urged to attend theater school by Guthrie, who arranged for him to attend either the Royal Academy of the Dramatic Art or the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art with full scholarships

Worked with Vancouver touring children's theater company, Playhouse Holiday

Moved to NYC

Attended London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

Played "Hamlet" in second grade

Performed in New York Shakespeare Festival productions of "Lotta" and "The Tempest"

Bonus Trivia


November 2002, Jones was busted on child-pornography charges. Police in Hollywood took the Jones custody after an unidentified teenager told authorities last November 2001 that Jones used him for "alleged criminal acts of a sexual nature


July 1, 2004, Jones was charged with failure to register an address change as a sex offender.


Jones was arrested again on June 23, 2010 and charged a few days later with a single felony count of failing to update his registration as a sex offender.


On Sept. 28, 2010, Jones plead guilty to one felony count of failing to update his California sex-offender registration.