The actor/director L.Q. Jones was born Justus Ellis McQueen in Beaumont, Texas. He grew up in Texas, an only child, and was graduated from Port Neches-Groves High School, where he was on the cheerleading squad, in 1945. He attended the University of Texas, graduating in law, business, and journalism. Jones worked as a standup comedian while in college, doing over 800 live shows before students and servicemen. He roomed with Fess Parker, who went on to success as television's "Davy Crockett" and "Daniel Boone." After graduation, Jones worked in a variety of jobs, then bought a ranch in Nicaragua. Fess Parker sent Jones a copy of Leon Uris' Battle Cry. Parker was up for a part in the film version of the book. Jones read the book and decided he wanted the part of L.Q. Jones in the film. He flew to Hollywood and was eventually cast in the role, at the insistence of director Raoul Walsh. Adopting the name of his character, Jones was signed to a personal contract with Raoul Walsh. This contract was later sold to Warner Brothers, and Jones was cast in Cheyenne for the show's first season. After quitting Cheyenne, Jones starred in several military films and westerns in the 1950s, mostly as comic relief. He also worked in television, continuing to appear in many westerns in the 1960s, after being released from his contract with Warner Brothers. Jones' first Emmy nomination came for his role in "The Rebel" in 19??, the first time he was cast in a dramatic role as a "heavy." Jones gained recognition playing villains in nine television and film productions for Sam Peckinpah, including Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch. Jones also earned in Emmy nomination for work in Cimarron Strip in 1967. With his reputation for consistently-solid, well-crafted performances, Jones has had no trouble finding steady work, appearing 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. In 1971, he wrote a horror novel, "The Brotherhood of Satan," based on a movie of the same name in which he appeared. Jones also formed his own production company LQJAF (L.Q. Jones and Friends) turning out successful low-budget films. But the achievement of which he is most proud is the film which he scripted, directed, and financed in 1974. A Boy and His Dog was a critically acclaimed science fiction cult classic. Jones won a Hugo award for his adaptation of the Harlan Ellison novella on which the film is based. Re-released on 1982, the film continued to attract critical and popular attention. L.Q. Jones currently remains active in Hollywood, while retaining a fondness for his hometown.
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