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Dick Jones Dies at 87
Los Angeles (CNN) -- The actor who gave voice to Pinocchio in Walt Disney's 1940 animation movie, died at his home Monday night, the Los Angeles County coroner's office said Tuesday. Richard Percy Jones, known in film and television as Dick Jones, was 87. The cause of death has not yet been determined, according to Fred Corral of the coroner's office. A daughter found Jones on a bathroom floor of his Northridge, California, home, Corral said.
Disney Studios named Jones a "Disney Legend" in 2000 in recognition of his work on the iconic film. "At the time, 'Pinocchio' was just a job," Jones said at the time of induction. "Who knew it would turn out to be the classic that it is today? I count my lucky stars that I had a part in it." In addition to voicing the script, Jones also
wore a puppet costume and acted out scenes to help Disney animators draw the cartoon. Born in McKinney, Texas, on February 25, 1927, his acting career started when he was just 3 years old. Cowboy film legend Hoot Gibson discovered the child while appearing in a rodeo in Jones' hometown, according to his Disney biography.
"Hoot told my mother I ought to be in pictures and sponsored our trip to Hollywood," Jones said. Jones acted in Jimmy Stewart's "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "Destry Rides Again" during the same 19 months he was working on Pinocchio, according to his bio. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, but returned to Hollywood after the second world war.
Jones acted in Errol Flynn's "Rocky Mountain" and several other movies before the start of his television acting career in 1949. He used his skills as a horseman to work as a stuntman for Gene Autry's Flying A Productions. Jones played the sidekick in "The Range Rider" television series before getting his own western series, "Buffalo Bill, Jr." in the 1950s. His 200 TV appearances include guest star roles in "Gunsmoke," "Annie Oakley" and "The Lone Ranger." When he left acting to start a career in real estate in 1959, he had appeared in nearly 100 movies, according to Disney.
LA TIMES Coverage :http://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-dick-jones-20140708-story.html
Jim Rogers, Benefactor and friend of the Beverly & Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum Dies at 75
|Courtesy Don Kelsen
Jim Rogers, philanthropist, education advocate and owner of KSNV-TV, the NBC television affiliate for Southern Nevada, died Saturday evening at his Las Vegas home Saturday night following a lengthy battle with cancer. A 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree, both from the University of Arizona. He also earned a master of law degree from the University of Southern California. In addition to KSNV, Rogers owned several other television stations in the West.
Through Rogers’ interest in Western and cowboy movie history he discovered the California town of Lone Pine, which has been used as a venue for movies since the era of Hollywood silent filmmaking. Rogers created and financed “The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum” that celebrates and preserves the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra where hundreds of films have been shot. Many of the museum displays and memorabilia were found and contributed by Rogers.
Rogers also collected more than 300 automobiles, many of which are antiques. All the cars are fully restored and most are functional. His collection celebrates American-made automobiles with a few foreign cars favored by U.S. collectors. Rogers is survived by wife Beverly and three children. You can find more details about his life at the links below.
Remembering Jim Rogers
Multiple Videos Chronicling Jim's Career
Las Vegas Sun
Las Vegas Review Journal
Jim's Celebration of life was Saturday, in Las Vegas. The tribute was broadcast live on Jim's NBC Station, KSNV and simultaneously streamed over the Internet. The program is below, you can click on it to view. Also noted below is the Boards thoughts on Jim's contributions to Lone Pine.
In the mid-1990s Jim Rogers trailed into Lone Pine, California, the small Eastern Sierra community that annually celebrates Hollywood’s long-standing love affair with the unique landscape of the Alabama Hills. Jim loved the heroes and heroines of classic Hollywood and so it was a natural thing for him to embrace the community and their efforts to celebrate Western heroes like Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry and John Wayne, to name a few.
The community leaders had a dream – a dream to build a museum that would pay tribute to many legends of the silver screen, providing for exhibits and archives that would forever tell the story of good versus bad; of white hat over black; of a creed that tells us be good, be honest and be fair because truth alone lives on forever.
Beverly and Jim Rogers provided support and resources to help the community bring these dreams to reality. He funded administrative and legal support and when the community delivered on its promise of acquiring land Jim immediately put his resources in place to build the structure. Since 2006, the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum has represented the fulfillment of the dreams of a community and stands as a testimony to Jim Rogers’ generosity. And true to Jim’s own passion, he endowed the Museum with his personal treasures and collectibles including saddles, costumes, cars, posters and memorabilia that have become the foundation of the Museum’s exhibits.
Dreams fulfilled…thanks, Jim Rogers…but your greatest tribute will remain the memories that you provide for countless visitors to the Museum. Grandfathers sharing with their sons and grandsons memories of Saturday matinee B Westerns recognize their favorite Cowboy’s poster, a watch from a cereal carton, a comic book, a bicycle, a badge or one of thousands of other collectibles marketed during their youth. It’s touching to see them reminisce. Their eyes become dreamy and old memories become clear as they tell of their long forgotten childhood.
Thanks, Jim for helping dreams come true and ensuring memories are forever. Happy Trails!
Herb Jeffries, Hollywood's first black singing cowboy, dies at 100.
Monty Alexander & Friends comes to Lone Pine
NEW BILLBOARDS TO GO UP ON 395 North & South
The Lone Pine Film History Museum Celebrates
The 75th Anniversary of the Republic Pictures’ Serial Lone Ranger
Museum features over 400 items including classic, posters, collectibles and other memorabilia
Museum Publishing Group releases new book
Who Was That Masked Man? The Story of the Lone Ranger" by David Rothel
Chronicles the creation and development of the Lone Ranger during the Depression years of the early 1930s on radio and in novels, comic strips and two movie serials.
Lone Pine Film History Museum pays homage to industry
The Coast News
By E'Louise Ondash
May 24, 2013
November 5, 2012 Edition