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Home Improvement actor Mickey Jones dies aged 76

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Nellie Chapman | 09 February, 2018, 05:49

The veteran character actor passed away at the age of 76 on Wednesday (February 7) after battling a long illness.

While an exact cause of death hasn't been reported for Jones, his death has been confirmed by his publicist, who, as the Los Angeles Times reports, attributed it to "a long illness".

During his tenure with the First Edition, Jones appeared on the early 1970s variety show Rollin' on the River, giving him a first taste of the TV career that would span decades.

In the 1980s sci-fi series V he played the mercenary Chris Farber opposite Michael Ironside, while in Home Improvement he played Pete Bilker. He was also well known for his stint as the charismatic drug dealer Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on FX's Justified. His many television credits included "The Dukes of Hazzard", "Charlie's Angels", "The Rockford Files", "The Incredible Hulk" and "M*A*S*H". His film credits include roles in Sling Blade, The Beverly Hillbillies, Total Recall, Tin Cup, Shattered Lies and The Last Best Sunday.

Jones published his autobiography That Would Be Me - a play on his character Pete's catchphrase in Home Improvement - in 2007.