‘Wild Bunch’ Actor, Peckinpah Posse Member Was 94 – The Hollywood Reporter


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LQ Jones, a racy character actor who has worked on dozens of Westerns, including the Sam Peckinpah classic. wild bunch as well as High country trip as a member of the permanent detachment of the famous director, died. He was 94 years old.

Jones died Saturday of natural causes at his home in the Hollywood Hills, his grandson Erte de Garces said. Hollywood Reporter.

Jones portrayed rancher Andy Belden in 25 episodes of NBC. Virginia for eight years was one of the bad guys who put a noose around Clint Eastwood’s neck in hang them high (1968) and played the sheriff in the primetime NBC soap 1983-84. yellow rosestarring Sam Elliott, Cybill Shepherd and Chuck Connors.

The Texas native also played Clark County Commissioner Pat Webb, a nemesis of Robert De Niro, in Martin Scorsese’s film. Casino (1995) and country singer Chuck Akers in a film by Robert Altman Prairie home companion (2006), his last credit.

In a career spanning over fifty years, Jones is perhaps best known for his role as a TC bounty hunter in wild bunch (1969). He and Strother Martin as Coffer “bring their depraved characters to life with childish energy – they take great pleasure in turning murder into a competition as they compete to claim who has the most corpses after each bloody encounter.” Here’s how the Warner Bros. website promoting the film describes their performances.

Jones first worked with Peckinpah in 1960 on a short-lived NBC Western. Klondike. He portrayed one of the four ruthless brothers who fight Joel McCree and Randolph Scott in High country trip (1962) and was a Confederate soldier (and brother of Warren Oates) in Major Dundee (1965).

He also played bad characters who met their untimely end in Peckinpah. The Ballad of Cable Hog (1970) and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973).

“Sam was a genius and I loved him, but he was a failure. He drove everyone crazy,” Jones said in an interview with Nick Thomas in 2017.

On the other side of the camera, Jones directed, co-wrote and produced. Boy and his dog (1975), a cult black comedy set in a post-apocalyptic 2024 starring Don Johnson and Jason Robards and based on a novella by science fiction legend Harlan Ellison.

He was born Judge Ellis McQueen Jr. on August 19, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas, the son of a railroad worker. When he was young, his mother Jessie died in a car accident and he was raised by relatives.

“By age 8 or 9, I had a horse and grew up around the tough people of the rodeo — my uncle was into rope — so westerns were light and fun,” he said.

He served in the US Navy and studied law at the University of Texas, where his future roommate was Daniel Boone star Fess Parker. After college, he bought a ranch in Nicaragua to make money from beans, corn, and dairy products, but things didn’t go as he had hoped.

Parker moved to Hollywood and appeared in several films when he sent a copy of a Leon Uris novel to his college buddy. Battle cry, which was to be a big-budget Warner Bros. war film. directed by Raul Walsh. Parker played a soldier in the adaptation.

“Fess encouraged me to get out and drew a map on the back of a dirty shirt padding showing how to get to the studio,” he recalled. “Within two days of arrival, I received the role [Pvt.] LQ Jones Battle cry and probably never would have gone into this business if not for Fess.

McQueen liked the character’s name so much that he decided to use it as his stage name.

Since then, the newly minted LQ Jones has been very busy appearing on shows like Cheyenne, gunpowder smoke, Laramie, wagon train, Lassie, Rawhide, Johnny Ringo, big valley as well as Perry Mason – sometimes I do two or three episodes a week – including in films Target Zero (1955) – his first of his many pairings with Martin, another Peckinpah regular – Elvis Presley Love me Tender (1956) and blazing star (1960), Don Siegel Hell for heroes (1962) and Walsh naked and dead (1958).

He said that Stanley Kubrick offered him the role of Major TJ “King” Kong, which went to Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove, or How I Stopped Worrying and Loved the Bomb (1964), but he was “tied up with another picture” and had to pass.

Making a film about Peckinpah can be challenging, he said in an extensive interview with the Camera in the Sun website.

“If you don’t stand in the same place, Sam has imagined it a thousand times a year – and he hasn’t told anyone what it is – but if you are not in that particular place, he is furious because you didn’t. “. your work is right in his assessment. The fact that he didn’t tell you anything doesn’t matter,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re Bill Holden or an extra. Those of us who worked with him – you noticed that he had a group that worked with him throughout his career – just found out where to be, thinking the way Sam would think.

In the mid-60s, he and actor Elvy Moore founded the production company LQ/JAF and made four films: The Devil’s Bedroom (1964), also directed by Jones; Witch (1969); Brotherhood of Satan (1971), which he co-wrote; as well as Boy and his dogwhich he says was the inspiration for George Miller. road warrior.

“After doing Boy and his dog, I had a whole bunch of proposals to become a director and more money than it cost to make a picture, damn it, ”he said. “But I couldn’t imagine working all this time and all the effort to make it. So I just kept saying “No” and finally just said “Fuck it all” and just stopped and kept playing. Because by that time, I was quite free to choose what I wanted to do.”

The survivors also include his children, Randy, Steve and Mindy.

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