Born December 14, 1907, in Old Forge, PA; died of lung cancer, June 27, 1992,in Manhattan, NY. Actor and singer.
Jones was perhaps best known for his roles in musicals of the 1930s, including Show Boat and The Firefly. A tenor, Jones' versatile voice was heard on stage, in films, in television appearances, on the radio as asoloist for The Fleishmann Program, and in record singles such as "Sweethearts/Someday." He appeared in many stage productions, including The New Moon in Concert, and as Sky Masterson in the original touring company of Guys and Dolls. Jones won a Straw Hat Award for best actor in the title role of Man of La Mancha in 1971, which he also directed. His filmdebut came in 1935, with the movie Reckless. Jones had roles in numerous films, such as A Day at the Races and When Johnny Comes Marching Home, but it was his appearance in the Marx Brothers' film A Night at the Opera that boosted his recognition. Jones also appeared in television specials and series, including episodes of The Tonight Show andThe Love Boat.