Justified actor Mickey Jones dies at 76

Justified actor Mickey Jones dies at 76

Mickey Jones, the American character actor and musician best known to Irish audiences for his roles in V and Home Improvement, and his drumming on Kenny Rogers' Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, has died in the USA at the age of 76.

"Mickey died at 2:17 a.m. Wednesday of the effects of a long illness", his rep confirmed to THR.

The bearded Jones would often play a biker or criminal type in movies and television shows.

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Jones, who got his start on television by appearing on variety show Rollin' on the River, was a recurring character on Home Improvement as Pete Bilker and most recently starred as Rodney "Hot Rod" Durham on the second and third seasons of Justified.

His Home Improvement role harkened back to his roots in entertainment: his character Pete was part of a company band, using an ad hoc drum set made up of empty plastic fuel cans and with screwdrivers as sticks. He also had five children and six grandchildren.

Jones was born in Houston, Texas. On the big screen, he had roles in "Tin Cup", "Sling Blade", and "National Lampoon's Vacation". He was Bob Dylan's drummer during his controversial 1966 tour, and he had also performed with country legend Kenny Rogers. Before the end of the year, the band would have a top ten record with the psychedelic tinged "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and followed with such hits as "But You Know I Love You", "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town", "Reuben James", "Something's Burning" and "Tell It All Brother".

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