L. Q. Jones

L. Q. Jones (born Justus Ellis McQueen Jr. on August 19, 1927) is an American actor and director best known for his work in the films of Sam Peckinpah.[1][2]

L. Q. Jones
L. Q. Jones in trailer for Hang 'Em High (1968)
Justus Ellis McQueen Jr.

(1927-08-19) August 19, 1927
OccupationActor, director
Years active1955–2006
Spouse(s)Neta S. Lewis
(1950–1973; divorced)

Early life

Jones was born in Beaumont in southeastern Texas, the son of Jessie Paralee (née Stephens) and Justus Ellis McQueen Sr., a railroad worker.[3] After serving in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946, Jones attended Lamar Junior College and then studied law at the University of Texas at Austin from 1950 to 1951.[4] He worked as a stand-up comic, briefly played professional baseball and football, and even tried ranching in Nicaragua before turning to acting after corresponding with his former college roommate, Fess Parker.[4] At the time, in 1954, Parker was already in Hollywood working in films and on television. Jones is a practising Methodist and a registered Republican.[5]


Jones made his film debut in 1955 in Battle Cry, credited under his birth name Justus E. McQueen.[6] His character's name in that film, however, was "L. Q. Jones", a name he liked and decided to adopt as his stage name for all of his future roles as an actor.[4] In 1955, he was cast as "Smitty Smith" in three episodes of Clint Walker's ABC/Warner Brothers western series, Cheyenne, the first hour-long western on network television.

Jones appeared in numerous films in the 1960s and 1970s. He became a member of Sam Peckinpah's stock company of actors, appearing in his Klondike series (1960–1961), Ride the High Country (1962), Major Dundee (1965), The Wild Bunch (1969), The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970), and Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid (1973).

Jones was frequently cast alongside his close friend Strother Martin, most memorably as the posse member and bounty hunter "T. C." in The Wild Bunch. Jones also appeared as recurring characters on such western series as Cheyenne (1955), Gunsmoke (1955), Laramie, Two Faces West (1960–1961), and as ranch hand Andy Belden in The Virginian (1962). That same year (1962) Jones appeared as Ollie Earnshaw, a rich rancher looking for a bride on Lawman in the episode titled "The Bride."

He was cast in the military drama series Men of Annapolis, on the CBS western Johnny Ringo, and on the NBC western Jefferson Drum. He made two guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of con artist and murder victim Charles B. Barnaby in the 1958 episode "The Case of the Lonely Heiress." and as Edward Lewis in the 1963 episode "The Case of the Badgered Brother.". Appeared in Hawaii Five-0, season 1, episode 15, in 1968. He also appeared in an episode of The A-Team titled "Cowboy George" and two episodes of The Fall Guy as Sheriff Dwight Leclerc. In 1971 Jones appeared as Belden in "The Men From Shiloh" (rebranded name of The Virginian in the episode titled "The Town Killer."

Other films include Men in War (1957), The Naked and the Dead (1958), Flaming Star (1960), Cimarron (1960), Hell Is for Heroes (1962), Hang 'Em High (1968), Stay Away, Joe (1968), The Brotherhood of Satan (1971), which he co-produced and wrote, Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975) Lone Wolf McQuade (1983), Casino (1995), The Edge (1997), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and A Prairie Home Companion (2006).

Jones directed, produced, and wrote the screenplay for A Boy and His Dog.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
1955Battle CryPvt. L. Q. JonesCredited as Justus McQueen
1955An Annapolis StoryWatson
1955Target ZeroPvt. Felix O'Hara
1956Toward the Unknown2nd Lt. Sweeney
1956Between Heaven and HellPvt. Kenny Co. G
1956Love Me TenderPardee FlemingUncredited
1957Men in WarSgt. Davis
1957Operation Mad BallOzark
1957Gunsight RidgeLazy Heart Ranch Hand
1958The Young LionsPvt. DonnellyUncredited
1958Buchanan Rides AlonePecos Hill
1958The Naked and the DeadWoodrow "Woody" Wilson
1958Torpedo RunHash Benson
1959WarlockFen JiggsUncredited
1959Battle of the Coral SeaYeoman Halliday
1959Hound-Dog ManDave Wilson
1960Ten Who DaredBilly "Missouri" Hawkins
1960Flaming StarTom Howard
1962Ride the High CountrySylvus Hammond
1962Hell Is for HeroesSupply Sgt. Frazer
1964Iron AngelButtons
1964The Devil's BedroomDirector (credited as Justus McQueen)
1964Apache RiflesMike Greer
1965Major DundeeArthur Hadley
1966Nevada SmithCowboyUncredited
1968Stay Away, JoeBronc Hoverty
1968The Counterfeit KillerHotel Clerk Hanging Party
1968Hang 'Em HighLoomis
1969The WitchmakerUncredited
1969The Wild BunchT. C.
1970The Ballad of Cable HogueTaggart
1970The McMastersRussel
1971The Hunting PartyHog Warren
1971The Brotherhood of SatanSheriff
197243: The Richard Petty StoryEd Koler
1972The BravosBen Lawler
1973Pat Garrett & Billy the KidBlack Harris
1975A Boy and His DogActor in Porno FilmDirector
1975White Line FeverBuck
1976Mother, Jugs & SpeedSheriff Davey
1979Fast Charlie... the Moonbeam RiderFloyd
1982The Beast WithinSheriff Bill Pool
1982Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle SwannBen Potter
1983Sacred GroundTolbert Coleman
1983Lone Wolf McQuadeDakota
1988BulletproofSgt. O'Rourke
1989River of DeathHiller
1990The Legend of Grizzly AdamsReno
1994Lightning JackSheriff Tom
1995The Friends of HarrySenator
1995CasinoCommissioner Pat Webb
1996Tornado! Ephram Thorne
1997The EdgeStyles
1998The PatriotFrank
1998The Mask of ZorroThree-Fingered Jack
2001Route 666Sheriff Bob Conaway
2006A Prairie Home CompanionChuck Akers


Year Title Role Notes
1955CheyenneSmitty3 episodes
1956Annie OakleyCal Upton and Ned Blane2 episodes
1957The Joseph Cotten Show: On TrialJedediah "Jed" BooneEpisode: "Dog vs. Biddeford"
1957The Silent ServiceJack PotterEpisode: "The Final War Patrol"
1958Flight(character unnamed)Episode: "Window in the Sky"
1958Men of AnnapolisClint ParkerEpisode: "Mister Fireball"
1958Jefferson DrumBurdetteEpisode: "The Keeney Gang"
1958Perry MasonCharles Barnaby"The Case of the Lonely Heiress"
1958–62LassieAttorney Blake3 episodes
1959Black SaddleJack ShepherdEpisode: "Client: Banks"
1959TightropeEarl BellEpisode: "The Frame"
1959Wichita TownWalterEpisode: "Drifting"
1959LaramieJohn MacLeanEpisode: "Dark Verdict"
1959Wagon TrainSquirrel CharvanaughEpisode: "The Old Man Charvanaugh Story"
1959–61Tales of Wells FargoStriker2 episodes
1960Johnny RingoBilly Boy JethroEpisode: "Four Came Quietly"
1960Lock UpTexEpisode: "Death and Taxes"
1960The Gambler, the Nun and the RadioRodeo Rider
1960Buick-Electra PlayhouseRodeo RiderEpisode: "The Gambler, the Nun and the Radio"
1960KlondikeJoe Teel3 episodes
1960The RebelOtis Rumpf2 episodes
1960Two Faces West(character unnamed)Episode: "The Last Man"
1960LaramieActorEpisode: "The Dark Trail"
1961The Detectives Starring Robert TaylorBetty MerriwetherEpisode: "Kinfolk"
1961The Life and Legend of Wyatt EarpTexEpisode: "Casey and the Clowns"
1961The AmericansYontsEpisode: "The Coward"
1961Two Faces West(character unnamed)Episode: "The Noose"
1961LaramieHomerEpisode: "Cactus Lady"
1961LaramieTrukEpisode: "Siege at Jubilee"
1961Wagon TrainLennyEpisode: "The Christopher Hale Story"
1962LawmanOllie EarnshawEpisode: "The Bride"
1962The RiflemanCharley BreenEpisode: "Day of Reckoning"
1962The Wide CountryWhickerEpisode: "Straitjacket for an Indian"
1962Ben CaseyStan GallowayEpisode: "The Fireman Who Raised Rabbits"
1962Have Gun - Will TravelLittle FontanaEpisode: "Lazarus"
1962Have Gun – Will TravelBill Renn – Drifting CowboyEpisode: "The Waiting Room"
1962LaramieJohnny DuncanEpisode: "The Replacement"
1962LaramieNeeleyEpisode: "Among the Missing"
1962LaramieFrank KeeferEpisode: "Shadow of the Past"
1963Have Gun – Will TravelHector MackenbyEpisode: "Debutante"
1963Route 66BabeEpisode: "Shall Forfeit His Dog and Ten Shillings to the King"
1963LaramieSergeantEpisode: "The Stranger"
1963EmpireL. Q.Episode: "The Convention"
1963Perry MasonLewisEpisode: "The Case of the Badgered Brother"
1963Wagon TrainEsdrasEpisode: "Charlie Wooster—Outlaw"
1963Wagon TrainIke TrumanEpisode: "The Robert Harrison Clarke Story"
1963RawhideGeorge CorneliusEpisode: "Incident at El Crucero"
1963–71The VirginianAndy Belden25 episodes
1964Wagon TrainPvt. James JonesEpisode: "The Duncan McIvor Story"
1964RawhideCpl. WayneEpisode: "Incident at Gila Flats"
1964RawhideLukeEpisode: "The Race"
1965RawhidePee Jay Peters2 episodes
1965My Favorite MartianFrank JamesEpisode: "The Time Machine Is Waking Up That Old Gang of Mine"
1966A Man Called ShenandoahBen LloydEpisode: "Rope's End"
1966Pistols 'n' Petticoats1st GunmanEpisode: "Sir Richard of Wretched"
1966ABC Stage 67DeputyEpisode: "Noon Wine"
1966Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreHotel ClerkEpisode: "The Faceless Man"
1966The Big ValleyCortEpisode: "By Force and Violence"
1967The Big ValleyCurtisEpisode: "Court Martial"
1967The Big ValleyEarl VaughanEpisode: "Showdown in Limbo"
1967The Big ValleyHutchEpisode: "Ambush"
1967Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler TheatreErnie PackerEpisode: "The Lady is My Wife"
1967The F.B.I.Wesley DavisEpisode: "The Gold Card"
1967Cimarron StripBarnesEpisode: "The Battleground"
1967Cimarron StripLummyEpisode: "The Search"
1967HondoAllieEpisode: "Hondo and the Death Drive"
1968The Big ValleyGus VandiverEpisode: "Fall of a Hero"
1969GunsmokeKittridgeEpisode: "The Good Samaritans"
1969Hawaii Five-OColonel Lew CardellEpisode: "King of the Hill"
1969LancerSlate MeekEpisode: "Blind Man's Bluff"
1970GunsmokeSumner PendletonEpisode: "The Gun"
1970GunsmokeNixEpisode: "Albert"
1971Alias Smith and JonesClint WeaverEpisode: "Stagecoach Seven"
1971The F.B.I.Al TannerEpisode: "Dynasty of Hate"
1971CannonPhil MackeyEpisode: "Fool's Gold"
1971Cade's CountyGrover CurtisEpisode: "Delegate at Large"
1972GunsmokeGecko RidleyEpisode: "Tara"
1972Alias Smith and JonesDrunkEpisode: "The Men That Corrupted Hadleyburg"
1972The Delphi BureauColeEpisode: "The Man Upstairs-The Man Downstairs Project"
1972The Bold Ones: The New DoctorsDr. DietrichEpisode: "A Purge of Madness"
1972Alias Smith and JonesPetersonEpisode: "McGuffin"
1973IronsideHarry AshtonEpisode: "The Caller"
1973Kung FuSgt. StraightEpisode: "An Eye for an Eye"
1973Assignment ViennaActorEpisode: "A Deadly Shade of Green"
1973CannonSheriff Virgil SpoontzEpisode: "Perfect Alibi"
1974The MagicianJohnson2 episodes
1974IronsideCardiffEpisode: "Riddle at 24,000"
1975Kung FuMajor Clarke BealsonEpisode: "The Last Raid"
1975Matt HelmActorEpisode: "Deadly Breed"
1976Movin' OnFlakey EdwardsEpisode: "The Big Switch"
1976Charlie's AngelsSgt. BillingsEpisode: "Bullseye"
1977McCloudKenny HingleEpisode: "The Moscow Connection"
1978CHiPsHoskinsEpisode: "Rustling"
1978Charlie's AngelsDan JarvisEpisode: "Angels in the Backfield"
1978ColumboGun DealerEpisode: "The Conspirators"
1978The Eddie Capra MysteriesDr. AmosEpisode: "Dying Declaration"
1979How the West Was WonBatlinEpisode: "Luke"
1979The RunawaysMatthew TurnerEpisode: "They'll Never Forgive Me"
1979The Incredible HulkJake WhiteEpisode: "Jake"
1979The Dukes of HazzardWarrenEpisode: "Witness for the Persecution"
1979Charlie's AngelsBurdetteEpisode: "Angel Hunt"
1980Vega$Everett MasonEpisode: "The Lido Girls"
1980Charlie's AngelsSam MasonEpisode: "An Angel's Trail"
1980The Incredible HulkDirectorEpisode: "On the Line"
1980EnosGarrettEpisode: "Blu Flu"
1981Walking TallJohn WhitterEpisode: "Hitman"
1981RikerMasseyEpisode: "Honkytonk"
1982The Dukes of HazzardMortonEpisode: "The Sound of Music – Hazzard Style"
1982The Fall GuySheriff Dwight Le Clerc2 episodes
1983Voyagers!Ground Control #1Episode: "All Fall Down"
1983–84The Yellow RoseSheriff Lew Wallace10 episodes
1984Matt HoustonSheriff LoftusEpisode: "The Monster"
1986The A-TeamChuck DanfordEpisode: "Cowboy George"
1991The New Adam-12Mr. WeaverEpisode: "Crack House"
1994Walker, Texas RangerBilly SelkirkEpisode: "Deadly Reunion"
1994–96RenegadeNathan Wayne5 episodes
1999The Jack BullHenry BallardHBO film
2004Dr. VegasHondoEpisode: "All In"


  1. "L. Q. Jones". The New York Times. Archived from the original on December 27, 2009.
  2. Rogerebert.com. Rogerebert.com. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.
  3. L. Q. Jones Biography (1927–). Filmreference.com. Retrieved on July 25, 2015.
  4. Magers, Boyd. "Characters and Heavies: L. Q. Jones", Western Clippings, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  5. Filmreference.com
  6. Battle Cry, 1955, "Full Credits" including Justus E. McQueen; Turner Classic Movies (TCM). Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  7. Camerainthesun.com

Further reading

  • Names You Never Remember, With Faces You Never Forget, by Justin Humphreys. BearManor Media, Albany, 2006. ISBN 1-59393-041-0.
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