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Richard Percy Jones, Original Voice of Pinocchio, Dead at 87

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Richard Percy Jones, the original voice of Pinocchio, was found dead at his home on Monday in Northridge, California. He was 87.

The cause of death is unknown at this time. His wife found him unresponsive on the bathroom floor. She called 911 but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

You may not know the name, but of course you know the voice. Jones voiced the role of the puppet who wants to be a boy when he himself was only 13 years old back in 1940. He also performed on the songs “Give a Little Whistle,” “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee” and “I’ve Got No Strings.”

Also known as Dickie or Dick Jones, he additionally had small roles in the Our Gang movies as well as Babes in Toyland (1934), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Knute Rockne All American (1940) and Heaven Can Wait (1943).

Jones retired from acting in the 1960s and pursued a career in banking and real estate.

 

 

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