L. Q. Jones

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L. Q. Jones
BornJustice Ellis McQueen, Jr.
(1927-08-19) August 19, 1927 (age 86)
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationActor
Years active1955–2006
Spouse(s)Neta S. Lewis (1950-1973, divorced)
 
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L. Q. Jones
BornJustice Ellis McQueen, Jr.
(1927-08-19) August 19, 1927 (age 86)
Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Texas at Austin
OccupationActor
Years active1955–2006
Spouse(s)Neta S. Lewis (1950-1973, divorced)

L.Q. Jones (born August 19, 1927) is an American character actor and film director, known particularly for his work in the films of Sam Peckinpah.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Jones was born Justus Ellis McQueen in Beaumont in southeastern Texas, the son of Jessie Paralee (née Stephens) and Justice Ellis McQueen, a railroad worker.[3] He made his film debut in Battle Cry in 1955 with Van Heflin, under his birth name. His character was named L.Q. Jones, and when it was suggested to him by film producers that he change his screen name for future pictures, he decided that the name of his debut character would be a memorable one.[citation needed]

Jones appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a member of Sam Peckinpah's stock company of actors, appearing in his Klondike television series (1960–1961), Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973). He was frequently cast alongside his close friend, Strother Martin, most memorably in The Wild Bunch. Jones also appeared in television, as recurring characters on such western programs as Cheyenne (1955), Gunsmoke (1955), Laramie, Two Faces West (1960–1961), and twenty-five times on The Virginian (1962) as ranch hand Andy Belden. He was cast once in the syndicated military drama, Men of Annapolis, on the CBS western Johnny Ringo, starring Don Durant, and on the NBC western, Jefferson Drum, starring Jeff Richards. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of con artist and murder victim Charles B. Barnaby in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Lonely Heiress."

He directed, was the executive producer, and adapted the screenplay for A Boy and His Dog (1975), with Don Johnson and Jason Robards. Other films include Men in War (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Cimarron (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Hang 'Em High (1968), Stay Away, Joe (1968), The Brotherhood of Satan (1971) (which he co-produced and wrote, and cast Strother Martin again in the lead role), Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Casino (1995), The Edge (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Jones also appeared in the Season 4 episode of The A-Team entitled "Cowboy George".

Selected filmography[edit]

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
1955Battle CryPvt. L.Q. Jonesas Justus McQueen (birth name)
An Annapolis StoryWatson
Target ZeroPvt. Felix O'Hara
1956SantiagoDigger
Toward the Unknown2nd Lt. Sweeney
Between Heaven and HellPvt. Kenny Co.G
Love Me TenderPardee Fleming(uncredited)
1957Men in WarSgt. Davis
Operation Mad BallOzark
Gunsight RidgeLazy Heart Ranchhand
1958The Young LionsPvt. Donnelly(uncredited)
Buchanan Rides AlonePecos Hill 
The Naked and the DeadWoodrow 'Woody' Wilson
Torpedo Run'Hash' Benson
1959WarlockFen Jiggs (uncredited) - USA (reissue title)
Battle of the Coral SeaYeoman Halliday
Hound-Dog ManDave Wilson
1960Ten Who DaredBilly 'Missouri' Hawkins
Flaming StarTom Howard
CimarronMillis (Yountis' henchman) USA (complete title)
1962Ride the High CountrySylvus Hammond
Hell Is for HeroesSupply Sgt. Frazer
1963ShowdownForay
1964Iron AngelButtons
The Devil's Bedroomas Justus McQueen (birth name)
Apache RiflesMike Greer
1965Major DundeeArthur Hadley
1966Nevada SmithCowboy(uncredited)
1968Stay Away, JoeBronc Hoverty
The Counterfeit KillerHotel Clerk Hanging Party
Hang 'Em HighLoomis
1969The Witchmaker(uncredited) - USA (reissue title) - USA (video box title)
The Wild BunchT.C.
1970The Ballad of Cable HogueTaggart
The McMastersRussel
1971The Hunting PartyHog Warren
The Brotherhood of SatanSheriff
197243: The Richard Petty StoryEd Koler 1972 The Bravos Ben Lawler.
1973Pat Garrett & Billy the KidBlack Harris
1975A Boy and His DogActor in Porno Film
White Line FeverBuck
WinterhawkGates


1976Mother, Jugs & SpeedSheriff Davey
1979Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam Rider Floyd
1982The Beast WithinSheriff Bill Pool
MelanieBuford(uncredited)
Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle SwannBen Potter
1983Sacred GroundTolbert Coleman
Lone Wolf McQuadeDakota
1988BulletproofSgt. O'Rourke
1989River of DeathHiller
1990The Legend of Grizzly AdamsReno 
1994Lightning JackSheriff Tom
1995The Friends of HarrySenator
CasinoClark County Commissioner Pat Webb
1997The EdgeStyles
1998The PatriotFrank
The Mask of ZorroThree-Fingered Jack
2001Route 666Sheriff Bob Conaway 
2006A Prairie Home CompanionChuck Akers
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1955CheyenneSmitty3 episodes - Mountain Fortress / Julesburg / Border Showdown
1956Annie OakleyCal Upton and Ned Blane2 episodes - The Robin Hood Kid / Dilemma at Diablo
1957The Joseph Cotten Show: On TrialJedediah 'Jed' Boone1 episode - Dog vs. Biddeford
The Silent Service1 episode - The Final War Patrol
1958Flight1 episode - Window in the Sky
Men of Annapolis1 episode - Mister Fireball
Jefferson DrumBurdette1 episode - The Keeney Gang
LassieAttorney Blake1 episode - The Owl
Perry MasonCharles Barnaby1 episode - The Case of the Lonely Heiress
1959Black SaddleJack Shepherd1 episode - Client: Banks
TightropeEarl Bell1 episode - The Frame
Wichita TownWalter1 episode - Drifting
Tales of Wells FargoStriker1 episode - The Cleanup
LaramieJohn MacLean1 episode - Dark Verdict
Wagon TrainSquirrel Charvanaugh1 episode - The Old Man Charvanaugh Story
1960Johnny RingoBilly Boy Jethro1 episode -  Four Came Quietly
Lock UpTex1 episode - Death and Taxes
The Gambler, the Nun and the RadioRodeo riderTV drama
Buick-Electra PlayhouseRodeo Rider1 episode - The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio
KlondikeJoe Teel3 episodes - River of Gold / Saints and Stickups / The Unexpected Candidate
The RebelOtis Rumpf 2 episodes - The Earl of Durango / Explosion
Two Faces West1 episode - The Last Man
LaramieActor1 episode - The Dark Trail
1961The Detectives Starring Robert TaylorBetty Merriwether1 episode - Kinfolk
The Life and Legend of Wyatt EarpTex1 episode - Casey and the Clowns
The AmericansYonts1 episode - The Coward
Two Faces West1 episode - The Noose
Tales of Wells FargoStriker1 episode - Defiant at the Gate
LassieAttorney Blake1 episode - The Pigeon
LaramieHomer1 episode - Cactus Lady
LaramieTruk1 episode - Siege at Jubilee
Wagon TrainLenny1 episode - The Christopher Hale Story
1962LawmanOllie Earnshaw1 episode - The Bride
The RiflemanCharley Breen1 episode - Day of Reckoning
LassieAttorney Blake1 episode - Lassie and the Calf
The Wide CountryWhicker1 episode - Straightjacket for an Indian
Ben CaseyStan Galloway1 episode - The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits
Have Gun - Will TravelLittle Fontana1 episode - Lazarus
Have Gun - Will TravelBill Renn - Drifting Cowboy1 episode - The Waiting Room
LaramieJohnny Duncan1 episode - The Replacement
LaramieNeeley1 episode - Among the Missing
LaramieFrank Keefer1 episode - Shadow of the Past
1963Have Gun - Will TravelHector Mackenby1 episode - Debutante
Route 66Babe1 episode - Shall Forfeit His Dog and Ten Shillings to the King
LaramieSergeant1 episode - The Stranger
EmpireL.Q.1 episode - The Convention
Perry MasonLewis1 episode - The Case of the Badgered Brother
Wagon TrainEsdras1 episode - Charlie Wooster--Outlaw 
Wagon TrainIke Truman1 episode - The Robert Harrison Clarke Story
RawhideGeorge Cornelius1 episode - Incident at El Crucero
The VirginianBeldon1 episode - The Evil That Men Do
The VirginianAndy1 episode - Run Quiet
1964Wagon TrainPvt. James Jones1 episode - The Duncan McIvor Story
RawhideCpl. Wayne1 episode - Incident at Gila Flats
RawhideLuke1 episode - The Race
The VirginianBeldon7 episodes - First to Thine Own Self / The Intruders / Felicity's Spring / Big Image... Little Man / The Girl from Yesterday / Portrait of a Widow / The Payment
1965RawhidePee Jay Peters1 episode - Six Weeks to Bent Fork
RawhidePee Jay1 episode - Clash at Broken Bluff
My Favorite MartianFrank James1 episode - The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine
The VirginianBelden5 episodes - Two Men Named Laredo / You Take the High Road / Shadows of the Past / Old Cowboy / We've Lost a Train
1966A Man Called ShenandoahBen Lloyd1 episode - Rope's End
Pistols 'n' Petticoats1st Gunman1 episode - Sir Richard of Wretched
ABC Stage 67Deputy1 episode - Noon Wine
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreHotel Clerk1 episode - The Faceless Man
The Big ValleyCort1 episode - By Force and Violence
The VirginianBelden4 episodes - Morgan Starr / Legacy of Hate / Jacob Was a Plain Man / Girl on the Glass Mountain
1967The VirginianBeldon6 episodes - Vengeance Trail / Melanie / Lady of the House / The Strange Quest of Claire Bingham / The Lady from Wichita / Paid in Full
The Big ValleyCurtis1 episode - Court Martial
The Big ValleyEarl Vaughan1 episode - Showdown in Limbo
The Big ValleyHutch1 episode - Ambush
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreErnie Packer1 episode - The Lady Is My Wife
The F.B.I.Wesley Davis1 episode - The Gold Card
Cimarron StripBarnes1 episode - The Battleground
Cimarron StripLummy1 episode - The Search
HondoAllie1 episode - Hondo and the Death Drive
1968The Big ValleyGus Vandiver1 episode - Fall of a Hero
1969GunsmokeKittridge1 episode - The Good Samaritans
Hawaii Five-OColonel Lew Cardell1 episode - King of the Hill
LancerSlate Meek1 episode - Blind Man's Bluff
1970GunsmokeNix1 episode - Albert
GunsmokeSumner Pendleton1 episode - The Gun
1971The VirginianBedlem1 episode - The Town Killer
Alias Smith and JonesClint Weaver1 episode - Stagecoach Seven
The F.B.I.Al Tanner1 episode - Dynasty of Hate
CannonPhil Mackey1 episode - Fool's Gold
Cade's CountyGrover Curtis1 episode - Delegate at Large
1972GunsmokeGecko Ridley1 episode - Tara
Alias Smith and JonesDrunk1 episode - The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg (uncredited)
The Delphi BureauCole1 episode - The Man Upstairs-The Man Downstairs Project
The Bold Ones: The New DoctorsDr. Dietrich1 episode - A Purge of Madness
Alias Smith and JonesPeterson1 episode - McGuffin
1973IronsideHarry Ashton1 episode - The Caller
Kung FuSgt. Straight1 episode - An Eye for an Eye
Assignment ViennaActor1 episode - A Deadly Shade of Green
CannonSheriff Virgil Spoontz1 episode - Perfect Alibi
1974The MagicianJohnson2 episodes - The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit: Part 1 / The Illusion of the Curious Counterfeit: Part 2
IronsideCardiff1 episode - Riddle at 24,000
1975Kung FuMajor Clarke Bealson1 episode - The Last Raid
Matt HelmActor1 episode - Deadly Breed
1976Movin' OnFlakey Edwards1 episode - The Big Switch
Charlie's AngelsSgt. Billings1 episode - Bullseye
1977McCloudKenny Hingle1 episode - The Moscow Connection
1978CHiPsHoskins1 episode - Rustling
Charlie's AngelsDan Jarvis1 episode - Angels in the Backfield
ColumboGun Dealer1 episode - The Conspirators
The Eddie Capra MysteriesActor1 episode - Dying Declaration
1979How the West Was WonBatlin1 episode - Luke
The RunawaysMatthew Turner1 episode - They'll Never Forgive Me
The Incredible HulkJake White1 episode - Jake
The Dukes of HazzardWarren1 episode - Witness for the Persecution
Charlie's AngelsBurdette1 episode - Angel Hunt
1980Vega$Everett Mason1 episode - The Lido Girls
Charlie's AngelsSam Mason1 episode - An Angel's Trail
The Incredible HulkDirector1 episode - On the Line
EnosGarrett1 episode - Blu Flu
1981Walking TallJohn Whitter1 episode - Hitman
RikerMassey1 episode - Honkytonk
1982The Dukes of HazzardMorton1 episode - The Sound of Music - Hazzard Style
The Fall GuySheriff Wyatt Le Clerc2 episodes - Colt Breaks Out / Colt's Outlaws
1983Voyagers!Ground Control #11 episode - All Fall Down
The Yellow RoseSheriff Lew Wallace3 episodes - Divided We Fall / A Question of Love / Only the Proud
1984Matt HoustonSheriff Loftus1 episode - The Monster
The Yellow RoseSheriff Lew Wallace7 episodes - Divide and Conquer / Hell Hath No Fury / Deadline / Land of the Free / Sacred Ground / Debt of Honor / The Far Side of Fear
1986The A-TeamChuck Danford1 episode - Cowboy George
1991Adam 12Mr. Weaver1 episode - Crack House
1994RenegadeNathan Wayne2 episodes - Murderer's Row: Part 1 / Murderer's Row: Part 2
Walker, Texas RangerBilly Selkirk1 episode - Deadly Reunion
1995RenegadeNathan Wayne1 episode - Living Legend
1996RenegadeNathan Wayne2 episodes - Rio Reno / The Dollhouse
2004Dr. VegasHondo1 episode - All In

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