Home Improvement and Justified actor, Mickey Jones recently passed away at the age of 76. According to TMZ, he dies due to his long-term illness. The outlet noted that he had been in and out of the hospital for many months.
People would know him from his time on Home Improvement. He had played the supporting character, Pete Bilker, a friend of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor.
Others would know him from FX’s Justified where he played the role of Rodney “Hot Rod” Dunham.
The actor started his career in the late 1970s. Jones had roles in more than 35 movies, and a few are Total Recall, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Sling Blade and Tin Cup.
He had appeared in 25 TV series and this included M*A*S*H , It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Boy Meets World.
Jones had spoken about what it felt like to work with Arnold Schwarzenegger:
“I love Arnold. A few weeks after I got home from Mexico City, where we shot Total Recall, I got a large envelope in the mail with the return address reading, SCHWARZENEGGER. I guess the post office knows where he lives. Inside were several photos of Arnold and me doing scenes together. He signed them and sent them to me. He did this jest completely unsolicited… A CLASS ACT,” Jones had said.
The actor did not get the show-business start in movies and in the 1950s he had taken up drumming and made a career out of this. In the mid-1960s, he played in Johnny Rivers’ band. This band is known for “Memphis”, “Mountain of Love” and “Secret Agent Man”.
He then joined Bob Dylan’s band after Levon Helm quit. Before he took his break into acting, he played the drums in The First Edition which was a band led by Kenny Rogers.
With this, Jones made songs like “Just Dropped In” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”.