Jones, who also toplined the Samuel Z. Arkoff cult classic Wild in the Streets (1968) and played the title character in the ABC series The Legend of Jesse James, died Friday at Los Alamitos (Calif.) Medical Center of complications from cancer, Paule McKenna told THR. McKenna had four children with Jones.
In Ryan’s Daughter (1970), directed by famed British helmer David Lean, Jones played Randolph Doryan, a dashing but shell-shocked British officer who has an affair with a married Irish woman (Sarah Miles) during World War I. He and Miles have a memorable lovemaking scene in the woods.
In 2007, Jones told a British newspaper that he was having a real-life affair during the filming of the movie with Sharon Tate, the actress and wife of director Roman Polanski. When she was brutally murdered by members of Charles Manson’s gang in Los Angeles in August 1969, Jones was devastated and gave up acting, McKenna said.
Quentin Tarantino offered Jones the part of Zed in Pulp Fiction (1994) but he refused, and Peter Greene got the job. Jones’ next and final screen appearance would come in the comedic crime movie Mad Dog Time (1996), directed by Larry Bishop, son of comic actor Joey Bishop.
Jones came to Hollywood and landed a gig as the notorious outlaw in The Legend of Jesse James, but the Western, facing steep competition on Monday nights from The Lucy Show on CBS and Dr. Kildaire on NBC, lasted just one season, airing from September 1965 to May 1966.
Jones also starred in Three in the Attic (1968) as a man who gets his comeuppance from three girls who discover he’s been three-timing them.
He most recently had a career as an artist and sculptor; his oil painting of legendary actor Rudolph Valentino was displayed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
In addition to McKenna, survivors include his children Seagen, Calin, Tauer, Delon, Jeremy, Christopher and Jennifer.