Prolific actor also appeared opposite Elvis Presley in 1957's 'Jailhouse Rock'
Dean Jones, the actor best known for his role in Disney’s original Herbie film The Love Bug, has died at the age of 84.
During a career that spanned more than five decades, Jones appeared in nine other Disney films, including 1965’s That Darn Cat! opposite Hayley Mills and one of several Herbie sequels, 1977’s Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo.
Earlier in his career, he had won a small role as a disc jokey in the 1957 Elvis Presley vehicle Jailhouse Rock. Later on, he appeared in 1992’s Beethoven and 1997 remakes of both That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug.
He also took on numerous Broadway roles, appeared in an array of TV movies and starred in the short-lived 1982 TV series, Herbie, The Love Bug. In 1995 he was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Fame.
Director Edgar Wright is among the many to have paid tribute to the late actor, tweeting: “RIP Dean Jones. Hoping you ride Herbie into Valhalla.”
Jones’ publicist confirmed that he died on Monday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his second wife, Lory, to whom he had been married for 42 years, as well as three children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.