Freddie Jones

Biography

The British character actor Freddie Jones came to the acting profession after 10 years of working as a laboratory assistant and acting in amateur theater on the side. To kick off his mid-life career change, Jones attended Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama in Kent, England, on a scholarship. He then worked in repertory theater, later joining up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and gaining recognition as an actor of exceptional cleverness, intelligence and perception. His theatrical film debut came in 1967 in Peter Brook's critically acclaimed, Marat/Sade (1967). Two years later, Jones made his mark on the acting world playing "Claudius" in the six-part television miniseries, The Caesars (1968). Based on this performance, he was named "The World's Best Television Actor of the Year" at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival in 1969. Also, around this time, Jones gave one of his most touching film performances, that of the "monster" in Le retour de Frankenstein (1969), in which he displayed pathos reminiscent of Boris Karloff's monster. Critical acclaim led Jones to more prominent roles in television, e.g., Les Fantômes du château (1976), Children of the Stones (1977), and Pennies from Heaven (1978), as well as in film, e.g., La seconde mort d'Harold Pelham (1970), Antoine et Cléopâtre (1972), All Creatures Great and Small (1975) and L'ultime attaque (1979). Jones achieved international recognition as a film actor after appearing in such Hollywood films as Clint Eastwood's Firefox, l'arme absolue (1982) and David Lynch's Elephant Man (1980), Dune (1984) and Sailor & Lula (1990). Arguably one of his most endearing roles was the frequently drunk reporter "Orlando" in Federico Fellini's Et vogue le navire... (1983). His theatrical acting has been especially well-suited for literary drama, e.g., Loin de la foule déchaînée (1967), Nicholas Nickleby (1977), Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe (1985), Screen One: Adam Bede (1992), David Copperfield (2000) and La vengeance de Monte Cristo (2002). Jones' eccentric, twitchy portrayals, often bordering on caricature, although sometimes criticized, have nevertheless ensured his international recognition and popularity as a character actor.

Filmography

Movie Name Vizyon Tarihi
Fil Adam — Elephant Man 8 April 1981