Mickey Jones, a prolific character actor who appeared in movies such as “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and on TV shows like “Justified” and “Home Improvement,” has died. He was 76.
“Mickey Jones died at 2:17 AM today of the effects of a long illness,” his publicist Cherry Hepburn confirmed to the Daily News.
The Houston native initially made his mark on the business as a musician, drumming for acts like Bob Dylan and The First Edition, which featured lead singer Kenny Rogers. Jones joined Dylan on his 1966 European tour, during which the singer was famously heckled by the crowd in Manchester.
He also notched credits as a percussionist on hits for The Band, Johnny Rivers and Trini Lopez, according to AllMusic.
He shifted his focus to the screen in the mid-’70s after The First Edition split, and quickly established himself as a prolific character actor with more than 130 credits to his name.
Jones had notable appearances on shows like “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “CHiPs,” “M*A*S*H” and “Step by Step.”
He also scored roles on the silver screen, like the scheming mechanic in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” and as a drummer in “Sling Blade.”
Jones never fully committed to film, though, and continued in the TV world with a recurring role on “Home Improvement” as Pete Bilker in the ’90s, and a brief stint on the FX drama “Justified” as a marijuana distributor.
His final role was as Kelson Habson in a 2015 episode of the Adult Swim sitcom “Newsreaders,” according to IMDB.
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