L. Q. Jones

L. Q. Jones (born August 19, 1927) is an American character actor and film director, known for his work in the films of Sam Peckinpah. Jones was born in Beaumont in southeastern Texas, the son of Jessie Paralee (née Stephens) and Justus Ellis McQueen Sr., a railroad worker. After serving in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, Jones attended Lamar Junior College (now Lamar University) and then studied law at the University of Texas at Austin from 1950 to 1951. He worked as a stand-up comic, briefly played professional baseball and football, and even tried ranching in Nicaragua before turning to acting after corresponding with his former college roommate, Fess Parker. At the time, in 1954, Parker was already in Hollywood working in films and on television. Jones is a practicing Methodist and a registered Republican. Jones made his film debut in 1955 in Battle Cry, credited under his birth name Justus McQueen. His character's name in that film, however, was "L. Q. Jones", a name he liked and decided to adopt as his stage name for all of his future roles as an actor. In 1955, he was cast as "Smitty Smith" in three episodes of Clint Walker's ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Cheyenne, the first hour-long western on network television. Jones appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a member of Sam Peckinpah's stock company of actors, appearing in his Klondike series (1960–1961), Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild ...

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A Prairie Home Companion (2006)

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marylouise Burke  •  Woody Harrelson  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tommy Lee Jones

A look at what goes on backstage during the last broadcast of America's most celebrated radio show, where singing cowboys Dusty and Lefty, a country music siren, and a host of others hold court.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Altman
CAST:  Marylouise Burke  •  Woody Harrelson  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tommy Lee Jones

Battle Cry (1955)

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Aldo Ray  •  Mona Freeman  •  James Whitmore

The dramatic story of US marines in training, in combat and in love during World War II. The story centres on a major who guides the raw recruits from their training to combat. Based on the novel by Leon Uris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Raoul Walsh
CAST:  Van Heflin  •  Aldo Ray  •  Mona Freeman  •  James Whitmore

Casino (1995)

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In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro, his ex-hustler wife Ginger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Sharon Stone  •  Joe Pesci  •  James Woods

In early-1970s Las Vegas, low-level mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein gets tapped by his bosses to head the Tangiers Casino. At first, he's a great success in the job, but over the years, problems with his loose-cannon enforcer Nicky Santoro, his ex-hustler wife Ginger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Scorsese
CAST:  Robert De Niro  •  Sharon Stone  •  Joe Pesci  •  James Woods

Cimarron (1960)

The epic story of a family that's involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Maria Schell  •  Anne Baxter  •  Arthur O'Connell

The epic story of a family that's involved in the Oklahoma Land Rush in 1889.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Maria Schell  •  Anne Baxter  •  Arthur O'Connell

Hang 'em High (1968)

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Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with the nine men on his hit list and starts dispensing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Inger Stevens  •  Ed Begley  •  Pat Hingle

Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with the nine men on his hit list and starts dispensing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Inger Stevens  •  Ed Begley  •  Pat Hingle

Hell Is for Heroes (1962)

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Bobby Darin  •  Fess Parker  •  Harry Guardino

World War II drama where the action centers around a single maneuver by a squad of GIs in retaliation against the force of the German Siegfried line. Reese joins a group of weary GIs unexpectedly ordered back into the line when on their way to a rest area. While ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Don Siegel
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Bobby Darin  •  Fess Parker  •  Harry Guardino

Love Me Tender (1956)

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Debra Paget  •  Elvis Presley  •  Robert Middleton

At the end of the Civil War, a Confederate team is ordered to rob a Union payroll train but the war ends leaving these men with their Union loot, until the Feds come looking for it.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert D. Webb
CAST:  Richard Egan  •  Debra Paget  •  Elvis Presley  •  Robert Middleton

Major Dundee (1965)

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Richard Harris  •  Jim Hutton  •  James Coburn

During the last winter of the Civil War, cavalry officer Amos Dundee leads a contentious troop of Army regulars, Confederate prisoners and scouts on an expedition into Mexico to destroy a band of Apaches who have been raiding U.S. bases in Texas.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Charlton Heston  •  Richard Harris  •  Jim Hutton  •  James Coburn

Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973)

Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Bob Dylan  •  Richard Jaeckel

Pat Garrett is hired as a lawman on behalf of a group of wealthy New Mexico cattle barons to bring down his old friend Billy the Kid.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  James Coburn  •  Kris Kristofferson  •  Bob Dylan  •  Richard Jaeckel

Ride the High Country (1962)

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mariette Hartley  •  Ron Starr

An ex-lawman is hired to transport gold from a mining community through dangerous territory. But what he doesn't realize is that his partner and old friend is plotting to double-cross him.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Randolph Scott  •  Joel McCrea  •  Mariette Hartley  •  Ron Starr

The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Stella Stevens  •  Slim Pickens  •  David Warner

Double-crossed and left without water in the desert, Cable Hogue is saved when he finds a spring. It is in just the right spot for a much needed rest stop on the local stagecoach line, and Hogue uses this to his advantage. He builds a house and makes money off the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Jason Robards  •  Stella Stevens  •  Slim Pickens  •  David Warner

The Edge (1997)

The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle might not be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Elle Macpherson  •  Harold Perrineau

The plane carrying wealthy Charles Morse crashes down in the Alaskan wilderness. Together with the two other passengers, photographer Robert and assistant Stephen, Charles devises a plan to help them reach civilization. However, his biggest obstacle might not be ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Lee Tamahori
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Elle Macpherson  •  Harold Perrineau

The Mask of Zorro (1998)

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It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Stuart Wilson

It has been twenty years since Don Diego de la Vega fought Spanish oppression in Alta California as the legendary romantic hero, Zorro. Having escaped from prison he transforms troubled bandit Alejandro into his successor, in order to foil the plans of the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Campbell
CAST:  Antonio Banderas  •  Anthony Hopkins  •  Catherine Zeta-Jones  •  Stuart Wilson

The Patriot (1998)

A deadly virus threatens to wipe out an entire Rocky Mountain town, leaving the town doctor to find some way to escape the soldiers who enforce the town's quarantine and devise an antidote. Matters take a more deadly turn after the physician is captured by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Semler
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Gailard Sartain  •  Silas Weir Mitchell  •  Camilla Belle

A deadly virus threatens to wipe out an entire Rocky Mountain town, leaving the town doctor to find some way to escape the soldiers who enforce the town's quarantine and devise an antidote. Matters take a more deadly turn after the physician is captured by a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dean Semler
CAST:  Steven Seagal  •  Gailard Sartain  •  Silas Weir Mitchell  •  Camilla Belle

The Wild Bunch (1969)

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Aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Aging outlaw Pike Bishop prepares to retire after one final robbery. Joined by his gang, Dutch Engstrom and brothers Lyle and Tector Gorch, Bishop discovers the heist is a setup orchestrated in part by a former partner, Deke Thornton. As the remaining gang takes ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sam Peckinpah
CAST:  Ernest Borgnine  •  William Holden  •  Robert Ryan  •  Edmond O'Brien

Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (1982)

Lyle Swann is a successful off-road racer who mistakenly gets sent back in time 100 years. When a band of outlaws robs Swann of his motorcycle, he's forced to outfox the gangsters and give in to the seductions of a gorgeous local lady. With only his smarts and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  Fred Ward  •  Peter Coyote  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tracey Walter

Lyle Swann is a successful off-road racer who mistakenly gets sent back in time 100 years. When a band of outlaws robs Swann of his motorcycle, he's forced to outfox the gangsters and give in to the seductions of a gorgeous local lady. With only his smarts and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  William Dear
CAST:  Fred Ward  •  Peter Coyote  •  L. Q. Jones  •  Tracey Walter

Stay Away, Joe (1968)

Joe Lightcloud persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father, Charlie, can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Elvis Presley  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Joan Blondell  •  Katy Jurado

Joe Lightcloud persuades his Congressman to give him 20 heifers and a prize bull so he and his father, Charlie, can prove that the Navajos can successfully raise cattle on the reservation. If their experiment is successful, then the government will help all the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Tewksbury
CAST:  Elvis Presley  •  Burgess Meredith  •  Joan Blondell  •  Katy Jurado

Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

Mother, Jugs and Speed work for a ambulance company competing for a L.A. city contract.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Yates
CAST:  Bill Cosby  •  Raquel Welch  •  Harvey Keitel  •  Allen Garfield

Lone Wolf McQuade (1983)

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  David Carradine  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Leon Isaac Kennedy

The archetypical renegade Texas Ranger wages war against a drug kingpin with automatic weapons, his wits and martial arts after a gun battle leaves his partner dead. All of this inevitably culminates in a martial arts showdown between the drug lord and the ranger, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve Carver
CAST:  Chuck Norris  •  David Carradine  •  Barbara Carrera  •  Leon Isaac Kennedy

The Beast Within (1982)

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar beast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Ronny Cox  •  Bibi Besch  •  Paul Clemens  •  L. Q. Jones

A young woman gets raped by a mysterious man-creature, and years later her son begins a horrific transformation into a similar beast.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Philippe Mora
CAST:  Ronny Cox  •  Bibi Besch  •  Paul Clemens  •  L. Q. Jones
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