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Dick Jones
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    (February 25, 1927-July 7, 2014)
    Born in Snyder, Texas
    Often billed as 'Dickie' or 'Dicky' in juvenile roles
    Appeared in several 'Our Gang' shorts
    Appeared in the feature films 'Wonder Bar' (1934), 'Little Men' (1934), 'Daniel Boone' (1936), 'Nancy Drew... Reporter' (1939), 'Mr. Smith Goes To Washington' (1939), 'Destry Rides Again' (1939), 'The Adventures of Mark Twain' (1944), 'Fort Worth' (1951), 'The Old West' (1952), 'Wagon Team' (1952) and 'Requiem for a Gunfighter' (1965)
    Provided the voice of Pinocchio in the Disney film (1940)
    Portrayed Henry Aldrich on the radio program 'The Aldrich Family' (1943-44)
    Portrayed Dick West in 'The Range Rider' (1951-53) and the title role in 'Buffalo Bill, Jr.' (1955-56)
    He began performing in the rodeo at age four, billed as 'The World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper.'
    He made his film debut in black face in an Al Jolson movie.
    He said his fellow child actors were 'Hollywood phonies.'
    He complained, 'Modern animation is so flat. It has no life in it.'
    He was discovered at the rodeo by cowboy star Hoot Gibson, who encouraged him and his family to relocate to Hollywood.
    For a sequence where Pinocchio talks while underwater, Disney's technicians essentially waterboarded him: 'They had me lie on a table and poured water in my mouth while I tried to read the dialogue. I almost drowned.'
    He put his years of experience on horses to use as a stuntman for Gene Autry's production company.
    As acting roles became scarce, he launched a successful second career as a real estate agent.
    He and Betty Jones were married for 66 years.
    When he made promotional appearances in his 80s for the Blu-Ray edition of Pinocchio, interviewers noted his 'eternally youthful' demeanor.

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