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Mickey Jones (1941 – 2018), rock drummer turned character actor

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Drummed for Dylan, appeared on “Justified”

Mickey Jones, rock drummer who became a popular character actor, has died at the age of 76, according to multiple news sources. 

Cherry Hepburn, his representative, confirmed the sad news to The Hollywood Reporter.

"Mickey died at 2:17 a.m. Wednesday of the effects of a long illness," Hepburn said. 

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

Jones portrayed marijuana dealer Rodney ‘Hot Rod’ Dunham on the FX series “Justified.” He had a recurring role as Pete Bilker on the sitcom “Home Improvement.” 

He also appeared on “Flo,” “Entourage,” and “Lizzie McGuire.” On the big screen, he had roles in “Tin Cup,” “Sling Blade,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.” 

Jones was born in Houston, Texas. In high school, he took up the drums. He became the drummer in Trini Lopez’s backing band. 

He then left Lopez to drum for singer Johnny Rivers. In 1966, Dylan asked Jones to join his backing band for his tour of Europe and Australia. Jones played with most of the musicians who would later become The Band. 

After Dylan, he became the drummer for the band The First Edition, with lead singer Kenny Rogers. Their hit songs included "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." 

After The First Edition broke up in 1976, Jones turned to acting full time.

In 2009, Jones published his autobiography "That Would Be Me", the title was the catchphrase often used by his character on "Home Improvement."

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