After a lengthy battle with illness, actor/musician Mickey Jones passed away Wednesday at the age of 76. Born June 10th 1941 in Houston, Texas. Mickey Jones began his lifelong career in entertainment as a drummer for Trini Lopez before going on to perform, tour, and record with such artists as Bob Dylan, Kenny Rogers, and Johnny Rivers.
One of the most beloved recurring characters on the hit television series, Home Improvement, Jones broke into acting by making an appearance on the variety show Rolling On The River before going on to appear in dozens of movies and television shows including, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Tin Cup, M*A*S*H*, Baywatch, Shattered Lies, Sling Blade, Flo, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and The Rockford Files. His latest acting credit had Jones playing pot peddler, Rodney “Hot Rod” Durham in the second and third seasons of the series, Justified. This is but a small sampling of the total acting credits accrued to Mickey’s name.
Mickey Jones was a character actor who was typically cast as a tough biker or as a simple, but wise and likeable working man as he was in Home Improvement. His twinkling eyes that always seemed brimming full of laughter and his ready smile however; gave the lie to the image that many people got of him from those roles. Survived by his wife, Phyllis Jean Starr, and their two children, Mickey Jones was well loved and shall be missed by many.
June 10, 1941 – February 7, 2018
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