Mickey Jones, 'Home Improvement' Actor, Dead at 76


Mickey Jones, who began his career as a drummer, touring with Bob Dylan and recording with Kenny Rogers, before becoming a character actor in movies and on television shows like "Home Improvement" and "Justified", died on Wednesday.

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

In the 1980s sci-fi series V he played the mercenary Chris Farber opposite Michael Ironside, while in Home Improvement he played Pete Bilker.

He also appeared in Baywatch, Married with Children and Entourage. On the big screen, he had roles in "Tin Cup", "Sling Blade", and "National Lampoon's Vacation". In high school, he took up the drums.

In the late-50's, he became the drummer for Trini Lopez but left in 1959 to go to North Texas State College, getting a degree in business administration.

Jones, however, was a real-deal musician.

In 1967, he was asked to become the drummer for the new group The First Edition which included lead singer Kenny Rogers and other former members of the New Christy Minstrels. Their hit songs included "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)".

His 2007 autobiography, 'That Would Be Me: Rock & Roll Survivor To Hollywood Actor, ' drew the first part of its title from the catchphrase his character was known for on Home Improvement.