continuation of Actor/director L.Q. Jones
After graduation, Jones worked in a variety of jobs, then bought a ranch in Nicaragua. His friend Fess Parker who he had roomed with for a time
in college, sent Jones a copy of author Leon Uris' Battle Cry. Jones decided he wanted the part of L.Q. Jones in the film. He flew to Hollywood and successfully
auditioned for the role. Adopting the name of his character, Jones quickly garnered a personal contract with Raoul Walsh.
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Jones was later cast in Cheyenne for the show's first season and later starred in several military films and westerns, mostly as comic relief. Jones' first Emmy nomination came for
his role in "The Rebel,” his first dramatic role as a "heavy". Jones gained recognition playing villains in Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his work in Cimarron Strip in 1967. He is best known for playing the Nevada cowboy,
who was a powerful behind-the-scenes player in Martin Scorsese's Casino. He appeared in more than 70 motion pictures, 25-plus television movies, and more than
400 different television series. Somehow, he has also found time to direct, produce, and write.
The achievement for which he is most proud is the film he scripted, directed, and financed in 1974. A Boy and His Dog is a critically acclaimed science-fiction cult classic.
Jones won a Hugo award for his adaptation of the novella-the science-fiction community's highest honor. The novella, written by Harlan Ellison, is only the inspiration for
Jones’ film. After the first ten minutes, L.Q. Jones’ penned and directed a visually stunning continuation of Ellison’s story. Using what he had learned as one of Sam Peckinpah’s
favorite actors, he creates a future which is dirty, gritty, and dystopian. George Miller has credited A Boy and His Dog as the inspiration for his Mad Max films. Science fiction
films, series, and games, such as Star Wars, and The Mandalorian, often place their characters in this same sparse and remote desert. That all traces back to the original vision
of L.Q. Jones.
L.Q. was inducted into the Museum of the Gulf Coast, Notable People Hall of fame in October of 2001.