Dick Jones starred in hundreds of films and TV episodes, but he is probably best known for a role in which viewers never see his face.
As a child, Jones (known as Dickie Jones) voiced the character of Pinocchio in the classic Walt Disney film of the same name, and that role has continued to be his most lasting screen credit, though he worked steadily as an actor through the 1960s. When he was cast in the role of Pinocchio, he was only 11 years old, but he had already appeared in over 40 films. Still, he had no idea what he was becoming a part of.
"At the time, 'Pinocchio' was just a job. Who knew it would turn out to be the classic that it is today? I count my lucky stars that I had a part in it," he said in 2000, upon being named a "Disney Legend" by the company for his work in the film.
Jones had started out as a young rodeo trick rider and roper in Texas, but Hollywood embraced him. While working as a child actor, he appeared in numerous movie classics, including "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Young Mr. Lincoln" and "Heaven Can Wait." His acting career slowed a bit after he was drafted in 1944. Though the war was on, he has said that he did not see any action.
Jones would never again appear in a film as big as some of the ones he appeared in as a kid, but he continued to work in Hollywood. In 1949, his skill at stunt-riding on horses kicked off a longtime relationship with Gene Autry, and eventually won him roles in TV series such as "The Range Rider" and "Buffalo Bill Jr." By the 1960s, he had retired from acting and turned his attention to selling real estate.
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