Dick Jones, the actor who was chosen by Walt Disney to be the voice of Pinocchio, died Monday in Los Angeles. He was 87.
Jones was 10 years old when he worked on Pinocchio, the Los Angeles Times reports, and had already been in close to 40 movies. "At the time Pinocchio was just a job," he said in an interview. "Who knew it would turn out to be a classic that it is today? I count my lucky stars that I had a part in it."
As a child, Jones had roles in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Destry Rides Again, and in 1955 starred in the Buffalo Bill, Jr. series. He became a real estate agent in the late 1950s, and appeared in just a handful of programs afterwards. In 2000, he was named a Disney Legend, and inducted into a hall of fame for people who made significant contributions to Disney films.