Born: Aug. 19, 1927 in Beaumont, Texas
Actor/director L.Q. Jones was born
Justus Ellis McQueen. He graduated
in 1945 from Port Neches-Groves High
School, where he was on the cheer-
leading squad. He attended the Uni-
versity 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.
After graduation, Jones worked in a variety of jobs, then bought a ranch in Nicaragua. His friend Fess Parker sent Jones a copy of Leon Uris' “Battle Cry”. Jones decided he wanted the part of L.Q. Jones in the film. He flew to Hollywood and was cast in the role. Adopting the name of his character, Jones was signed to a personal contract with Raoul Walsh.
Jones was later cast in Cheyenne for the show's first season and starred in several military films and westerns, mostly as comic relief. Jones' first Emmy nomination came for his role in "The Rebel", the first time he was cast in a dramatic role as a "heavy." Jones gained recognition playing villains in Ride the High Country and The Wild Bunch. Jones also earned in Emmy nomination for work in Cimarron Strip in 1967. 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 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. 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.