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Dick Jones

Dickie Jones (born February 25, 1927) is an American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and television. He is best known as the voice of Pinocchio in the 1940 Walt Disney film. Jones was born in Snyder, the seat of Scurry County on the South Plains in Texas. The son of a newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the "World's Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper". At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by Western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him in Hollywood, so the boy and his mother moved there. Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy, and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget Westerns and in more substantial productions. Although often uncredited, he was usually known as Dickie Jones.

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Dick Jones, Who Gave Voice to Disney’s Pinocchio, Dies at 87
NY Times Movies, 2014-07-10 04:07:51
Mr. Jones, who as a boy actor infused the animated Pinocchio with charm, went on to many other roles in film and TV, especially westerns.

Dick Jones, the voice of Pinocchio, dies at 87
CBS Entertainment Ne, 2014-07-10 00:21:32
Jones was just 10 years old but already had appeared in nearly 40 movies when he got the part in the Walt Disney cartoon

Dick Jones, voice of Pinocchio, dies at 87
Yahoo Entertainment, 2014-07-09 14:23:07
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dick Jones, the voice of Pinocchio in the classic 1940 Walt Disney cartoon, has died. He was 87.

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