Actor Who Was Once Seen as the Next James Dean Dead at 72

Feb 3, 2014  •  Post A Comment

An actor who was once considered to be the next James Dean, and who played the lead role in the 1968 cult feature "Wild in the Streets," has died. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Jones, who also starred in television’s “The Legend of Jesse James" in the 1960s, died Friday at Los Alamitos Medical Center or complications from cancer. He was 72.

Jones, who also starred in the films “Ryan’s Daughter" and "The Looking Glass War,” quit acting at the height of his career, leaving show business after Sharon Tate’s murder, the story reports.

Jones was reportedly having an affair with Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, when she was murdered by Charles Manson’s group in 1969. Devastated, he gave up acting, Paule McKenna, who had four children with Jones, told the publication.

His next and last show business appearance was in the movie “Mad Dog Time” in 1996, the story notes. Jones was offered a role in 1994’s “Pulp Fiction,” but he refused, the piece adds.

Here’s a classic clip from "Wild in the Streets," featuring Jones delivering a speech about LSD concentration camps:

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