Richard Percy Jones, who voiced the title character in Disney’s 1940 animated film Pinocchio, died at his home in Northridge, Calif. He was 87. The 87-year-old man was found dead Monday by his wife on the bathroom floor of their Northridge home, L.A. County Coroner’s Office confirmed on Tuesday.
Mrs. Jones reportedly called 911, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death has not yet been determined.
Jones voiced the role of the puppet who wants to be a boy — and whose nose grows each time he tells a lie — in the classic Disney film as a child actor. He also performed on the songs “Give a Little Whistle,” “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee” and “I’ve Got No Strings.” Also known as Dickie or Dick Jones, he also had small roles in the Our Gang movies as well as Babes in Toyland (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Knute Rockne All American (1940) and Heaven Can Wait (1943).
Jones was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Snyder, Texas, according to his IMDb page, and was the son of a newspaper editor.
Jones pursued a career in real estate and banking after he retired from acting in the 1960s. –
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