In 1957, Tyler was chosen to co-star with Elvis Presley in his third motion picture, Jailhouse Rock. She was to portray the role of Peggy Van Alden, a record promoter who persuades Vince (Elvis) to make a record. On July 4th, 1957, just 3 days after Judy had finished filming Jailhouse Rock, Judy Tyler and her second husband were killed in a car . The tragedy was such a blow to Elvis that he never again watched the film.
In the 1960’s and 70’s, Dean Jones found a fresh new audience by starring in several popular Disney films. These included That Darn Cat! with Hayley Mills, The Ugly Dachshund with Suzanne Pleshette and The Love Bug with Michele Lee and Buddy Hackett.
In the 70’s Jones found a new focus in life when he became a Christian. In 1978 he portrayed another well-known Christian: convicted Watergate figure, Charles Colson. Colson had written of his life and political experiences in the best-seller,Born Again. Dean Jones turned in a sincere performance of the author in the screen version of the book.
In the 80’s Dean did the TV series Herbie, The Love Bug and a few other films. In 1992, he appeared in the canine comedy, Beethoven playing the evil Doctor Varnick. Through the 90’s, Dean could be seen in such Disney movie remakes as The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes, That Darn Cat, and The Love Bug. He also did some voices on the TV series Johnny Quest: The New Adventures and Batman & Mr. Freeze: Subzero.
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