Dean Jones, who started out his professional life as a producer of stage shows, has parlayed his skill as a light comedian into International motion picture grosses exceeding $960 million. Six of his ten films for Walt Disney are on Variety's all-time hit list.
Although best known for comedy efforts such as “The Love Bug” “Under the Yum-Yum Tree” “That Darn Cat ” and “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” Jones has also made many, dramatic films like “The New Interns” “Never So Few” “Other People's Money ” and “When Every Day Was the Fourth of July”
When Jones is not performing, he is a concerned activist, involved in international child-care, world hunger, and is founder/president of Christian Rescue Committee, which “provides a way of escape to Jews, Christians and others persecuted for their faith”.
After 46 films, 5 Broadway shows, and twenty-something years of television, Jones wrote his autobiography, “Under Running Laughter” cameo’d in Tom Clancy's “Clear and Present Danger” filmed two Disney remakes and starred in the Italian feature “A Brush with Time”.
Dean’s recent stage work includes starring as ‘Cap’n Andy’ in Hal Prince’s epic $10 million touring production of “SHOW BOAT” where he played to SRO crowds and rave reviews across the country. In addition, his one-man play has been called a “masterpiece” by several critics. The late Alan Jay Lerner said “St. John in Exile” had “changed” his life. “One is reminded of Hal Holbrook as Mark Twain and Henry Fonda as Clarence Darrow,” echoes the Arizona Republic. Director Dan Curtis called Jones’ “St. John”, “The best performance I've ever seen.”
In 1993, Jones switched from playing good guys to playing the evil Dr. Varnick in Universal’s top-grossing hit, “Beethoven”.
In 1998 Dean was named a “Disney Legend”.
Dean and his wife — writer, Lory Basham Jones — love to travel, collect antiques, and hike in the desert. They have three children, Michael, Carol and Deanna, 8 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.