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Subject: famous people named Jones
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Asked by: beezee-ga
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Posted: 25 Apr 2003 08:26 PDT
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Question ID: 195304
I would like a list of famous people whose last name is or was Jones,
for example John Paul Jones or Indiana Jones.
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
Answered By: journalist-ga on 25 Apr 2003 10:13 PDT
Greetings Beezee:

What an interesting question!  I found that I knew many Jones as both
people and references and I searched for others as well:

Carolyn Jones, actor
"This sweetly sinister seductress assayed a dozen '60s roles that took
her from drama (How the West Was Won, '62) to comedy ("The Addams
Family," '64-'66) to camp (five "Batman" episodes, '66)"  In the 1950s
"she landed small roles in over a dozen prominent movies, including
Bob and Bing's Road to Bali in '52, Vincent Price's House of Wax in
'53 (she played the Joan of Arc wax figure), Frank Sinatra's The
Tender Trap and Marilyn Monroe's The Seven Year Itch, both in '55, and
Alfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much in '56." 

Dean Jones, actor
"Jones was groomed by the studio to be the next James Dean — the angry
young man of Hollywood. MGM cast him in a series of dramas: 1957's
Jailhouse Rock, with Elvis, Until They Sail (1957), Torpedo Run
(1958), Night of the Quarter Moon (1959), and Under the Yum Yum Tree
(1963). Jones' career took a new turn when he was signed by the great
Walt Disney himself. Disney saw Jones in an episode of the television
series Ensign O'Toole and wanted him for the Disney production, That
Darn Cat (1965)."

Catherine Zeta-Jones, actor
Star of America's Sweethearts, Chicago and wife of Michael Douglas

George Jones, county music singer and songwriter
"As a young man he made his way performing in various East Texas
roughhouses, eventually hooking up with husband-and-wife singing team
Eddie & Pearl. He married the first of his four wives in 1950 -- the
third and most notorious marriage would be to the late, and great,
country singer Tammy Wynette..."

Davy Jones, singer
"It was on the strength of David's success and popularity on the
American stage that he was offered a contract with Columbia
Pictures/Screen Gems Television. Having signed him to their "stable"
of talent, they had the idea of creating a new television series
around this "young British kid" with a proposed story line about four
young musicians who were trying to make it in the pop world. The rest
is history. The Monkees was a phenomenal success, rating millions of
viewers throughout the world and selling millions of records. Even as
recently as 1986, The Monkees had ten albums in the Billboard charts."

"Davy Jones locker" popular phrase
"The bottom of the sea; the resting place of drowned seamen."
Also see

"Keeping up with the Jones'" popular phrase
"In 1852, she [Elizabeth Jones] built a twenty-four-room turreted
villa, the most expensive house ever before built in Rhinecliff, New
York. Such display of wealth, it was said, gave rise to the expression
'keeping up with the Joneses' (26). "

Bridget Jones, film character
Main character in the film "Bridget Jones Diary" 

John Paul Jones, historical figure
"Jones always described himself as a loyal champion of American
liberty, though he had a fondness for aristocratic ways. While he
often took enemy merchant ships as prizes, he was technically not a
privateer, though he was often described as one. "

Shirley Jones, actor
Academy award winner for "" and Mother Partridge on the popular TV
show "The Partridge Family"

Indiana Jones, film character
"The character of Indiana Jones, an archaeologist-turned-action hero,
was first introduced in the 1981 film Raiders of the Lost Ark,
produced by George Lucas and directed by Steven Spielberg, and
reappeared in two successful sequels."

The Jones Diamond
"The "Jones Diamond" is a product of West Virginia having been found
in the town of Peterstown and county of Monroe. It has been described
by many expects as one of the finest blue-white diamonds ever
discovered and has been estimated by some experts as having a value of
more than $100,000.00 although it has never actually been
appraised...An alluvial diamond weighing 34.48 carats, largest to date
found in North American was discovered here in April 1928, by William
P. "Punch" Jones and his father Grover C. Jones, Sr., while pitching
horseshoes in the home yard of Mrs. and Mrs. Grover C. Jones."

Tommy Lee Jones, actor
"After graduating cum laude from Harvard, he worked regularly on the
New York stage in the early and mid-70s, most notably in his Broadway
debut, "A Patriot for Me", and in Sal Mineo's controversial
Off-Broadway production of the prison drama "Fortune and Men's Eyes."

James Earl Jones, actor
"As a boy, James Earl Jones had such a severe stutter that, for eight
years, he refused to talk and was functionally mute. A high school
teacher who discovered Jones had a gift for writing poetry, and who
thought forced public speaking would help him out of his silence,
insisted that he recite a poem to the class each day. Jones claims
that he still stutters sometimes (it doesn’t bother him anymore) but
was mostly cured by being forced to speak to an audience."

Tom Jones, singer
"Tom Jones (born June 7,1900) is a Welsh pop singer with a large and
powerful voice. His real name is Thomas Jones Woodward. He rose to
fame in the mid-1960s  with an exuberant live act which involved
wearing tight breeches and billowing shirts, in the style of the
fictional hero Tom Jones (from the popular film of Henry Fielding's
novel  Tom Jones."

Tom Jones, literary figure
"The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling" by Henry Fielding

Dow Jones Index [Edward Jones]
"The efforts of Charles Dow and Edward Jones brought about the
creation of The Wall Street Journal. This paper describes some of the
biographical information and the actions of Charles Dow."
and from
"Dow Jones & Company was founded in 1882 by three young reporters:
Charles Dow, Edward Jones and Charles Bergstresser.
In their basement office near the New York Stock Exchange, they
produced handwritten newsletters called "flimsies" that were delivered
by messenger to subscribers in the Wall Street area."

"Me and Mrs. Jones" popular song
Made popular by singer Billy Paul
For lyrics, visit

Norah Jones, singer
Currently on a fast rise to stardom, Norah Jones sings jazz and blues
in a most appealing manner.  "Her Blue Note debut album, Come Away
With Me, offers a musicalityand depth of feeling that would be
uncommon in any era. In the present day, in a performer just 22 years
of age, these qualities are truly remarkable...The Brooklyn-based
artist has sung and played piano professionally since her teens..."

"pull a Jones" phrase
"Pull a Jones: To constantly take food or something from friends
instead of buying it yourself. A girl who Joneses a lot is called Mrs.
Jones, a guy that Joneses is a Mr. Jones."
Also see
"Im from Pennsylvania (Specter's state), and around here, when someone
says "Pull a Smith" or "Pull a Jones", it usually is a jab as Smith or
Jones for doing something idiotic, while discouraging whoever you are
talking to from doing the same stupid thing."

IMDB (Internet Movie Database) shows:

802 Jones - male actors

613 Jones - female actors

Their Jones search results are located at __ and read:

3854 'name' matches were found among these occupations:
Actors (1020 names) [I counted 802]
Actresses (596 names) [I counted 613]
Cinematographers (48 names) 
Composers (95 names) 
Directors (114 names) 
Writers (194 names) 
Production Designers (35 names) 
Costume Designers (38 names) 
Editors (41 names) 
Producers (213 names) 
Other Crew (814 names) 
Art Directors (22 names) 
Second Unit Directors or Assistant Directors (76 names) 
Casting Directors (17 names) 
Makeup Department (59 names) 
Production Managers (41 names) 
Set Decorators (9 names) 
Sound Department (107 names) 
Special Effects (34 names) 
Stunts (59 names) 
Art Department (177 names) 
Visual Effects (45 names) 

There are live links on the page to each of the categories for Jones. 
Please visit and in the left column towards the
top, type in Jones in the search utility.  The URL for the results was
general and wouldn't link to the results page I found.

A great question!  Should you require any clarification of the links
or information I have provided, please request it and I will be happy
to respond.


carolyn jones
dean jones
catherine zeta-jones
george jones
john paul jones
indiana jones
shirley jones
celebrity jones 
famous jones
IMDB [Internet movie database]
"davy jones"
"davy jones" locker
"Bridget Jones Diary"
"keeping up with the Jones" origin
"pull a Jones"
tommy lee jones
james earl jones
Jones singer
"tom jones"
"tom jones" henry fielding
me and mrs. jones
dow jones index
"edward jones" dow jones index
norah jones

Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 25 Apr 2003 10:18 PDT
Spike Jones!  How could I forget him??

Spike Jones a.k.a. The Man Who Murdered Music
"Spike Jones was quite an interesting figure, a musical comedian
working in the vein of the Big Band sound in the 30s and 40s.
Assembling a group of top notch musicians who were never averse to
wearing wigs, playing toilet seats, or tuning gunshots to C-sharp,
Spike Jones and his band mixed the high and the lowbrow, the serious
and the comic, instrumental virtuosity and sonic hijinks into a blend
that startled and delighted audiences in a much more innocent time."

Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 25 Apr 2003 10:30 PDT
Thank you CheshireBoo for the comment!

Casey Jones
"While Casey was rolling south, the stage was being set for his tragic
wreck...Engine 382 crashed through the caboose and several cars and
came to rest on the right side pointing back north. Casey was fatally
wounded in the throat. He was carried one-half mile to the depot were
he died lying on a baggage wagon.  The railroad's formal investigation
concluded that "Engineer Jones was solely responsible for the accident
as consequence of not having properly responded to flag signals."

Clarification of Answer by journalist-ga on 25 Apr 2003 10:31 PDT
SEARCH STRATEGY for last two clarifications:
casey jones
spike jones
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: cheshireboo-ga on 25 Apr 2003 10:26 PDT
Casey Jones :)
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: voila-ga on 25 Apr 2003 11:00 PDT
Intransitive verb "to jones":

JONES – 1. A strong, overwhelming desire for anything you indulge in
or acquire and never get enough of – money, sex, chocolate, gambling,
clothes, etc. Originally referred to addiction to heroin or cocaine.
2. Penis. From "Black Talk: Words and Phrases from the Hood to the
Amen Corner" by Geneva Smitherman (Houghton Mifflin Co., New York,
N.Y., 1994)

jones – noun. From family name; semantic development unknown.
Originally Black English. 1. narc. a. drug addiction, especially to
heroin. 1962 Maurer & Vogel, Narc. Add., (ed. 2) 308: Jones: A drug
habit… From “Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang,
Volume 1, H-O” by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: answerfinder-ga on 25 Apr 2003 11:41 PDT
From a UK perspective I would nominate Inigo Jones (1573-1652).
Architect responsible for many famous buildings including the Queen's
House at Greenwich,the Banqueting House, the portico of Old St Paul's
Cathedral and the design of Covent Garden.
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: uriel-ga on 28 Apr 2003 04:33 PDT
Here are a few more:

Bob Jones - founder of the fundumentalist (and racist?) Bob Jones
Brian Jones - member of the Rolling Stones; found dead in a swimming
Bustopher Jones - from T.S.Eliot's "Old Possum's Book of Practical
Carmen Jones - reworking of Bizet's Carmen by Oscar Hammerstein
Chuck Jones - lead animator for many of the classic Warner Bros
David Jones - apparently the most common British name; David Bowie's
birth name
Elvin Jones - influential jazz drummer; John Coltrane Quartet 1960-65
Grace Jones - model/actress/singer from the 1980s ["A View to a Kill"]
Jimbo Jones - character from the Simpsons; wears black t-shirt with a
Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones - American baseball star for the Atlanta
Marion Jones - American track athlete, and a star of the 2000 Olympics
Mary Harris "Mother" Jones - influential left wing reformer and
Miss Jones - have you met?
Norah Jones - successful jazz-fusion singer and pianist
Quincy Jones - American producer, musician and songwriter
Paula Jones - unsuccessfully sued Bill Clinton for sexual harassment
Roy Jones Jr - light-heavyweight world boxing champion
Terry Jones - British comic actor, writer; was part of Monty Python
Vinnie Jones - British soccer player and actor ["Lock Stock",

The best searching points are online encyclopedias like,, and As Jones is such a common name,
there are likely to be countless others.
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: uriel-ga on 28 Apr 2003 04:43 PDT
Apologies for the spacing! As a bonus, you can also have Sophie
Rhys-Jones - now Countess of Wessex, and the wife of Prince Edward.
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 Jul 2003 08:46 PDT
Some more:

Buck Jones, cowboy star of the early movies;

Jennifer Jones, star of the fifties movies;

Little Johnny Jones, the American jockey who was immortalised in
'Yankee Doodle Dandy' ... Remember James Cagney singing .... 'I'm a
Yankee Doodle Dandy'?
Subject: Re: famous people named Jones
From: probonopublico-ga on 28 Jul 2003 12:28 PDT
Here are some more ...

Jack Jones, singer 

And his dad, Allan Jones, also a singer.

And Aled Jones, another singer.

Also, Jack Jones, a British Union leader.

And Peter Jones, a British actor.

And Simon Jones, the cricketer.

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