Veteran actor Eddie Jones, who played Jonathan 'Pa' Kent on 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman', dies aged 84
Veteran Actor Eddie Jones, who played Jonathan "Pa" Kent on ABC's 'Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman' died Saturday aged 84. Jones' career spanned across five decades and included TV, movies and theater.
Interact Theater Company in Los Angeles, where Jones was a longtime member confirmed the news of his passing away. “An actor of keen wit and sharp instinct, when Eddie was on stage, you couldn’t take your eyes off him,” they wrote on their website. “When he was off-stage, his broad, bright smile would light up the room.”
His wife, Anita Khanzadian-Jones, told THR he died Saturday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Jones' best-remembered work will probably be his recurring role as Superman/Clark Kent's father. He appeared on 87 episodes over the four seasons that ran from 1993 to 1997.
Born September 18, 1934, Jones' half-a-century career as an actor launched after he hitch-hiked to California from Washington, Pennsylvania. Getting work in a gas station, he was spotted by an agent. A veteran at theater, Interact said he had appeared in over 250 plays; special mentions include 'A League of Their Own', Samuel Riddle in 'Seabiscuit' and 'That Championship Season' on Broadway. Another notable mention of his stage career is when he co-headlined a national tour of 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf' as Nick, with Nancy Kelly as Martha.
Hi big screen credentials boast 'Bloodbrothers' (1978), 'The First Deadly Sin' (1980), 'Prince of the City' (1981), 'Trading Places' (1983), 'Year of the Dragon' (1985), 'Stanley and Iris' (1990), 'Cadillac Man' (1990), 'The Grifters' (1990), 'The Rocketeer' (1991), 'Sneakers' (1992), 'Return to Me' (2000) and 'The Terminal' (2004).
His television credits include a series regular on Sci Fi's 'The Invisible Man', 'Dark Shadows' and 'The Equalizer', as well as guest roles on 'Judging Amy', 'Matlock' and 'Cheers', according to Deadline. In recent times, he guest-starred in HBO's 'Veep' and NBC's 'Aquarius'.
Jones is survived by his wife of 43 years, his sisters Elaine and Marilyn, and nieces and nephews.