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Jeffrey Jones

Jeffrey Jones plays the benevolent Emperor and music-lover Joseph II, one of Mozart's patrons in Amadeus.

Born in 1947 in Buffalo, New York Jones was taken by his parents at an early age to see the Stratford Theater in Ontario, little suspecting that one day he would be a member of this illustrious troupe. After four years in high school at Putney, Vermont, known for its extensive arts program, Jones attended Lawrence University, Wisconsin, majoring in pre-medical studies with a minor in drama. While appearing as Will Mossop in Hobson's Choice in 1967, he caught the attention of Sir Tyrone Guthrie who immediately invited the awestruck Jones to join the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. That was the end of my medical career, he said.

With the Guthrie Theater, Jones specialized in classic drama, with roles in the Aeschylus Trilogy The House of Atreus, and The Duchess of Malfi. After a hiatus on a remote South American island he ventured to London in 1969 to attend the London Academy of Dramatic Art for four years. Then back home, this time to Canada to perform with his first love, the Stratford Theater, Ontario for three years, appearing in Three-Penny Opera, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Merchant of Venice and Volpone. In 1974 he joined the famed Actors Theater of Louisville for roles ranging from Shakespeare to Frankenstein and Carson McCullers' The Ballad of the Sad Café.

Returning to New York, Jones appeared on Broadway in Elephant Man with David Bowie and the successful revival of Boy Meets Girl directed by John Lithgow. His off-Broadway roles included major roles in Tommy Tune's direction of Cloud 9, Comedy of Errors, The Death of Von Richtofen and The Tempest.

His television credits include the CBS pilot A Fine Romance, PBS's Adams Chronicles, Theater in America's Secret Service with John Lithgow and Mary Beth Hurt and NBC's Interrogation in Budapest that won a Special Emmy Award.

Jones' film roles include Easy Money in 1983 with Rodney Dangerfield and the widely acclaimed The Revolutionary in 1969 with Jon Voight and Robert Duvall, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Beetlejuice, The Devil's Advocate, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Hunt for Red October, and Dr. Doolittle 2.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2002.

Jeffrey Jones Facts

Birth Name Jeffrey Duncan Jones
BirthdaySeptember 28, 1947 (74)
BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, USA
Height6' 5" (1m96)  How tall is Jeffrey Jones compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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