Jeffrey Duncan Jones (born September 28, 1946) is an American actor best known for his roles as Joseph II in Amadeus, Edward R. Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice. Jones's career started in Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, advanced to London and Broadway, before leading to a series of character acting roles in film and television, which often capitalized on Jones's deadpan delivery of characters in unusual situations to comic effect.
In 2002, Jones was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography and solicitation of a minor to pose for nude photographs. He pleaded no contest to a felony charge, and was ordered to register as a sex offender.
In the movie Beetlejuice, Jones played a supporting role, along with Catherine O'Hara, as co-owners of a haunted house. To highlight this couple's status as bores, director Tim Burton casts Dick Cavett and Robert Goulet to appear as their guests at a dinner party, at which the ghosts of the previous owners cause everyone to sing the Banana Boat song (Day-O). Jones went on to act in other films by director Tim Burton, including Ed Wood in the role of The Amazing Criswell, and in the film, Sleepy Hollow.
In 2002, Jones was arrested for possession of child pornography and accused of soliciting a 14-year-old boy to pose for nude photographs. Jones pleaded no contest to a felony charge. His attorney emphasized that there was no allegation of improper physical contact. His punishment was five years probation, counseling, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. In 2010, he was arrested twice for failing to update his sex offender status, both in Florida and in California.
Relationship to #Pizzagate
Connection to the film, Beetlejuice
Jones played the role of Charles Deetz in Beetlejuice.
Connection to Paul Reubens, also known as Pee Wee Herman
From the Entertainment Weekly article, Actor Jeffrey Jones is busted on child porn charges, by Gary Susman, published November 1, 2002:
Jones’ accuser, a 17-year-old boy, came forward last November and ”alleged criminal acts of a sexual nature,” police spokesman Jason Lee told the Associated Press. Lee told CNN that ”numerous items of evidence” were seized from Jones’ house. ”For several months, detectives from Juvenile Division’s Sexually Exploited Child Unit conducted an extensive investigation into the allegations made against Jeffrey Jones,” he told CNN. The same probe targeted Jones pal and fellow Tim Burton movie alumnus Paul Reubens, a.k.a. Pee-Wee Herman, the Times reports. (Jones played Winona Ryder’s dad in ”Beetlejuice” and had roles in ”Ed Wood” and ”Sleepy Hollow.”) A year ago, police armed with a search warrant searched Reubens’ home and carted off boxes of material, including computers and what Reubens’ spokesperson described as a collection of ”vintage erotica.” The spokesperson said there was no underage porn found at the house, and no charges were filed against Reubens, but days later, police searched Jones’ house, saying they were acting on leads found among Reubens’ stash.
Connection to Meryl Streep
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