Voice of Pinocchio Dead at 87

 

Disney Legend Dick Jones Dead at 87
Disney Legend Dick Jones Dead at 87

Richard Percy Jones (Dick Jones), the voice of Walt Disney’s Pinocchio, is dead at 87. He died at his home in Northridge, California of apparently natural causes.

Jones was born in Snyder, Texas in 1927. At a very young age he began riding horses and was known as “World’s Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper”. He began to perform in rodeos at age six for Hoot Gibson. It was Gibson that convinced Jones’ mother to take him to Hollywood. Once in Hollywood, Gibson arranged some roles for “Dickie Jones,” often in Westerns and often smaller roles. He appeared as a page in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and also did an impersonation of Donald Duck while playing a troubled kid in Nancy Drew… Reporter

Doing a knock off Donald Duck impression was not to be his only Disney connection however. Walt Disney hired him to voice the title character of Pinocchio.

Towards the end of World War II, Jones served in the Army in Alaska before returning to the United States to perform mainly on television. Some of the more well known shows he appeared on include The Lone Ranger, Pony Express, and Wagon Train. His final role was in 1965’s Requiem for a Gunfighter. From there he moved into real estate and eventually founded White Hat Realty in 1992. 

Richard Percy Jones was honored as a Disney Legend in 2000 and in 2009 was a part of the promotion of the Platinum Edition of Pinocchio on DVD.

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on pinterest
Pinterest

Share your thoughts and comment!

Mr. DAPs

Mr. DAPs

Hi, I'm Mr. DAPs, the Founder, and Editor in Chief of DAPS MAGIC! I can be regularly found at Disneyland with my hat and bow tie taking pictures and simply enjoying the Happiest Place on Earth. I'm also the weekly host of GEEKS CORNER and your Disney reporter for DISNEY REPORTER on DAPS MAGIC's YouTube channel. I am also now honored to announced that I'm a Brand Ambassador with Her Universe! Find me on Twitter and Instagram. as I'd love to connect with you. Make sure and say hi!

SUBSCRIBE TO DAPS MAGIC TODAY!

DAPS MAGIC YOUTUBE

MOUSEWAYS TRAVEL

GEEKS CORNER PODCAST

POPULAR POSTS

Top Posts & Pages
The History of the Candlelight Ceremony at Disneyland
Using the Key - DISNEY Reporter
Knott's Scary Farm is Back in 2021 with New Mazes, Scare Zones, and Shows!
A Look at the Metrics of the Magic Key Pass Program
George A. Kalogridis Honored With Window on Main Street, USA at Magic Kingdom
Haunts Return to Knott's Scary Farm with Lots of New Immersive Entertainment in 2021
The Disney Afternoon Live! - Thirty Years Ago at Disneyland
Magic Key Holders to Receive After Hours Access to Haunted Mansion Holiday