CHRISTOPHER JONES REALLY WAS WILD IN THE STREETS

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We’ll never forget our last glimpse of Christopher Jones. After the release of “Wild in the Streets” the James Dean lookalike became wildly popular. The rebellious teen movie connected with the mods and hippies of the late 60’s. He was a legend until, as they say, he “succumbed to the drug culture of Sunset Strip.” We had a shop on Sunset in the early 70’s and customers frequently reported seeing a dazed Jones lurking around the neighborhood in dirty clothes reportedly sleeping on porches or stairwells. One day we saw him drugged up in filthy jeans, barefoot, with a bottle of baby oil in his back pocket. We feared he’d have a short life. Imagine our surprise when his death at age 72 was reported this weekend. At least he managed to pull himself out of that episode and have a life. Hopefully, it was a good one. (Above, a German poster of “Wild in the Streets”)

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Posted by Janet on February 3, 2014

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  1. By Dee Cee
    On February 3, 2014 at

    Later life

    Jones was offered the part of Zed in Pulp Fiction (1994), but he turned it down and the role was given to Peter Greene. He made a final screen appearance in crime comedy Mad Dog Time (1996). In his later years he had a career as an artist and sculptor. His works included an oil painting of Rudolph Valentino that was displayed at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

  2. By mister baja
    On February 3, 2014 at

    well, masturbating in a car can be rough sometimes.

  3. By Noblecascade
    On February 7, 2014 at

    the way he told it in interviews I read that he just woke up one morning and decided he was done with movie making. He wanted to do something else and just skipped away.

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