Freddie Jones Biography

Birthday: 1927-09-12
Place of Birth: Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Height: 6' 1" (1.85 m)
Wiki Biography: The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. He then worked in repertory theater, later joining up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and gaining recognition as an actor of exceptional cleverness, intelligence and perception. His theatrical film debut came in 1967 in Peter Brook's critically acclaimed, Marat/Sade (1967). Two years later, Jones made his mark on the acting world playing "Claudius" in the six-part television miniseries, "The Caesars" (1968). Based on this performance, he was named "The World's Best Television Actor of the Year" at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 1969. Also, around this time, Jones gave one of his most touching film performances, that of the "monster" in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969), in which he displayed pathos reminiscent of Boris Karloff's monster. Critical acclaim led Jones to more prominent roles in television, e.g., "The Ghosts of Motley Hall" (1976), "Children of the Stones" (1977), and "Pennies from Heaven" (1978), as well as in film, e.g., The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970), Antony and Cleopatra (1972), All Creatures Great and Small (1975) (TV) and Zulu Dawn (1979). Jones achieved international recognition as a film actor after appearing in such Hollywood films as Clint Eastwood's Firefox (1982) and David Lynch's The Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984) and Wild at Heart (1990). Arguably one of his most endearing roles was the frequently drunk reporter "Orlando" in Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On (1983). His theatrical acting has been especially well-suited for literary drama, e.g., Far from the Madding Crowd (1967), "Nicholas Nickleby" (1977), Silas Marner (1985) (TV), Adam Bede (1992) (TV), David Copperfield (2000) (TV) and The Count of Monte Cristo (2002). Jones' eccentric, twitchy portrayals, often bordering on caricature, although sometimes criticized, have nevertheless ensured his international recognition and popularity as a character actor.

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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Caesars Claudius 1968 - 1968
Ghosts of Motley Hall Sir George Uproar 1976 Comedy
Children of the Stones Dai 1977 Drama
The Devil's Crown Bertrand 1978 Drama
Dune Thufir Hawat 1984 Action
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4 Mr. Scruton 1985 Comedy
Sob Sisters 1989 Comedy
True Adventures of Christopher Columbus 1992 Comedy
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Marat/Sade 1967 Drama, History, Music
Far from the Madding Crowd Cainy Ball 1967 Drama, Romance
The Bliss of Mrs. Blossom 1968 Comedy
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed 1969 Reality Tv
The Man Who Haunted Himself 1970 Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Sitting Target 1972
Goodbye Gemini 1972 Crime, Drama, Horror
The Satanic Rites of Dracula Prof. Julian Keeley 1973
Secret Orchards 1979
The Elephant Man Bytes 1980 Drama, History
Firefox Kenneth Aubrey 1982 Action, Thriller, Sci Fi
Krull Ynyr 1983 0, 0
Firestarter Doctor Joseph Wanless 1984 Horror, Sci Fi, Thriller
Dune Thufir Hawat 1984 Action, Adventure, Sci Fi
The Black Cauldron Dallben 1985 Animation, Adventure, Family
Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 Action, Adventure, Family
Maschenka Podtyagin 1987 Drama, Romance
Erik the Viking 1989 0, 0
Wild at Heart George Kovich 1990 Crime, Romance, Thriller
Poslední motýl Karl Rheinberg 1991 Drama
Consuming Passions 1992 Comedy
Spies Inc. Filatov 1992 Adventure, Comedy
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Sapsea 1993 Drama, Mystery
Royal Deceit Bjorn 1994 0
The NeverEnding Story III Mr. Coreander 1994 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
What Rats Won't Do Judge Foster 1998 Comedy, Romance
Married 2 Malcolm Jasper 2000 Comedy
Puckoon 2003 Comedy
Ladies in Lavender 2004 Drama, Music, Mystery
Caught in the Act Collingsworth Jenkins 2008 Comedy
Come on Eileen Dermot 2010 0