( 555-7650 or 467-7935
Office # 615
3782 Clinton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
Barnaby is a private detective. He is a
senior citizen, sports a head of white hair
and has a special laboratory at his office
where he evaluates the clues from his crime
scenes. Although Barnaby is aging, he still
has what it takes to close a case and bring
down the bad guys. He always solves his
cases because he's a "long looker and a slow
Barnaby's easy-going, folksy charm duped many a
criminal into thinking he was not up to the job,
but they soon discovered otherwise. Once a
female commented, "A man of your age, Mr. Jones?
You're a new kind of private eye." Barnaby
replied: "It's a nice way of saying I'm an old
kind of private eye. Besides to me old age has
always seemed to be 15 years older than I am."
Barnaby had retired as a private investigator to
raise horses on his ranch in Sun Valley. He gave
his private eye agency to his son, Hal Jones.
Sadly, four years later, Hal was murdered while
on a case in 1973.
Determined to find his son's killer, Barnaby
came out of retirement to solve the murder with
the help of fellow detective, Frank Cannon.
After Barnaby succeeded, he reopened the firm
and kept on his widowed daughter-in-law, Betty
Jones to help run the office as his assistant
Besides his skill as a private eye, Barnaby is
also an expert in forensic chemistry as well as
clinical psychology, forensic medicine,
toxicology and criminology. Many of Barnaby's
cases are routine claims for an insurance
company (California Meridian).
To solve a case, Barnaby doesn't let a stone go
unturned. He methodically collects clues from a
crime site and places them in small plastic bags
to be analyzed at a later time.
checking clues in his lab.
In his spare time, Barnaby enjoys fishing. His
favorite drink in milk. As Barnaby once said "I
can eat anything as long as I can wash it down
with a glass of cold milk."
In 1976 Jedediah Romano (J.R.) Jones, the
charming and witty son of Barnaby's cousin
Monroe from Chicago teamed up with Barnaby to
solve the murder of his father and then joined
Barnaby Jones Investigations. J.R. handled
special assignments in between studying for the
bar to become a lawyer.
Barnaby's police contacts were Lt. Joe Taylor
and later Lt. John Biddle of the Los Angeles
Some Classic Barnaby Quotes
At this moment I'm not looking for the needle in
I'm looking for a haystack.
Believing everything you see is nearly as
badly as having
to see everything you believe.
Betty, the answers are just as tough, but the
getting better all the time.
Dead people don't leave fingerprints.
I don't like coincidences.
In my business questions are like peanuts, you
with one or two.
That boy is as loose with his purse-strings as
a nimbus cloud
is with rain.
TRIVIA NOTE: Another detective with a love of
milk was Dan Tanna (Robert Urich) from the drama
Buddy Ebsen died from pneumonia complications on
July 6 July 2003 in Torrance, California, USA.
He celebrated his 95th birthday on April 2nd of
that year and passed away peacefully at the
Torrance Memorial Hospital in the morning on
July 6th, 2003 surrounded by his wife Dorothy,
his children and grandchildren.
Born Christian Rudolph Ebsen, Jr. on April 2,
1908 in Belleville, Illinois, Buddy started his
career as a dancer on Broadway (his father was a
dance instructor) and appeared in numerous in
musical films of the thirties.
In the early
fifties he played Rex Allen's comic relief
sidekick in five B western movies for Republic
Pictures. Then he became famous as Davy
Crockett's sidekick George Russel in Walt
Disney's DAVY CROCKETT series filmed from
1954-56. Playing a similar frontiersman, Ebsen
appeared as Sergeant Hunk Mariner, the sidekick
of Major Robert Rogers on the TV series
NORTHWEST PASSAGE/NBC/1958-59 - set during the
French and Indian Wars (1754-1759).
In the 1960s, Ebsen achieved his most memorable
success as Jed "Well Doggies!" Clampett on the
rural situation comedy THE BEVERLY
HILLBILLIES/CBS/1962-71. After the BARNABY JONES
series, Buddy appeared as Matt's Uncle Roy
Houston during the third season (1984-85) of the
detective drama MATT HOUSTON/ABC/1982-85.
In 1993, Buddy reprised the role of his popular
geriatric detective Barnaby Jones when he did a
comic cameo in the movie remake of "The Beverly
Hillbillies" starring Jim Varney as Jed.
In 1994, Buddy's autobiography "The Other Side of
Oz" was published by Donovan Publishing. In his
book, Buddy shared these words of wisdom to all
his readers and fans:
"Life's a brand-new ball game every day!
Remember that of all the elements
That comprise a human being,
The most important, the most essential,
The one that will sustain, transcend,
Overcome and vanquish all obstacles is Spirit!"
Lee Meriwether was born May 27, 1935 in
Los Angeles, California. Related to Meriwether
Lewis, the 19th century explorer, Lee laid claim
to a number of beauty pageant titles including
Miss San Francisco, Miss California and Miss
America of 1955. She also became the first
women's editor with Dave Garroway on the
original TODAY SHOW in the 1950s.
Her other TV
credits included scientist Dr. Ann McGregor on
the sci-fi adventure TIME TUNNEL/ABC/1966-67;
vampire Lily Munster on THE MUNSTERS TODAY/SYN/1988-91,
and the role of Ruth Martin II on the daytime
soap ALL MY CHILDREN in the 1990s. Lee also
holds claim to playing Catwoman in the original
1966 "Batman" movie (currently held by actress
Halle Berry in the 2004 film Catwoman).
For her role as Betty Jones on the Barnaby Jones
series, the Golden Globes nominated Lee
Meriwether as Best Actress in a Leading Role in
a Drama for 1974 and 1975. Nowadays, Lee spends
her time acting on stage and supporting
Mark Shera was born on July 10, 1949 in
Bayonne, New Jersey. His early acting career
began in the play "Godspell" in the role of
Jesus. In 1975, he starred as Officer Dominic
Lucas in the police series S.W.A.T/ABC/1975-76.
After his 1987 role as Roger in the TV movie
"Right to Die" Mark played a number of TV roles
on such shows as ALMOST HOME, BEVERLY HILLS
90210, BLACKE'S MAGIC, and MURDER SHE WROTE. In
2002, Mark played a radio caller (Bruce from
Nebraska) in the mini-series Steven Spielberg
Presents Taken (2002).
Romano (J.R.) Jones
Lt. Joe Taylor
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