Guest Actor Biography
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Freddie Jones

Basil, Who's Who???

by Pete Stampede

Freddie Jones is always a good choice for playing the vague, the obsessed, or the just plain loony. Despite his Welsh-sounding name, he's actually from Stoke on Trent, in the north of England. His first TV break was in The Caesars (1968), a Granada series, in which he was excellent as Claudius. Jones was then a reluctant monster, recipient of a brain transplant from Peter Cushing in Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed! (1969), bringing Karloff-like pathos to his scenes with the man's wife. On TV, he appeared in Joe's Ark (1974), The Ghosts of Motley Hall (1976), and Spine Chillers, a BBC childen's programme in which he told ghost stories while sitting in a splendid armchair. He was in fine form as a loopy bon viveur in one of John Thaw's cases as Inspector Morse, "Who Killed Harry Field?" (1991). Jones played one of his mad scientists in Firefox (1982), directed by and starring Clint Eastwood. He starred in Federico Fellini's largely Britsh-cast E La Nave Va/And the Ship Sailed On (1984), and when David Lynch made The Elephant Man (1980) in Britain, he wasted no time adding Jones to his gallery of weirdies, exporting him for Dune (1984), and a helium-voiced cameo in Wild at Heart (1990). Lately, he's been doing a one-man stage show as Charles Dickens.

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