In the past few years he has added acting to his already outstanding credits, having been featured in numerous guest star roles in hit TV shows such as "Northern Exposure," "Hearts Afire," "Evening Shade," "In the Heat of the Night," "Matlock, "Baywatch," and now Mickey can be seen as Peter Bilker, one of the K&B boys, on the smash ABC-TV series "Home Improvement" with Tim Allen. Some of Mickey's feature films include "Drop Zone" with Wesley Snipes, "Total Recall" with Arnold Schwarzenegger, "Tin Cup" with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo and Mickey also performs one of the hit songs in the film "Double Bogey Blues", "The Sunchaser" with Woody Harrelson, "Nadine" with Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger, "Extreme Prejudice" with Nick Nolte, John Carpenter's "Starman" and "National Lampoon's Vacation" with Chevy Chase.
It is said that actors are judged by the impression they leave on their audience. Mickey Jones leaves a lasting impression.
To not know Mickey Jones by name is understandable, but to not recognize him is surprising. Jones has played hundreds of characters with one basic premise-that you do the same things you would do in real life.
"Acting is reacting to a situation. The trick to it is, don't act. You have to ask yourself the questions; How would I act? How would I feel? I don't think acting is difficult, I think we all do it everyday, without the camera," Jones said.
The difficulty for Jones came-at least initially-in finding work. This was a very different situation for him compared to his early career as a musician. Mickey played with some of the biggest artists in the industry.The First Edition,(10)years, Trini Lopez,(8 years), Johnny Rivers,(3 years) and Bob Dylan,(2 years) and all sought out Mickey for his talent in playing the drums. Yet, Mickey can remember as a young child wanting to be an actor. He thought he would like to play the bad guy in films he saw and by coincidence many of his roles are just that.
But don't misunderstand: Mickey Jones is not a bad guy. He's a hard worker. He doesn't take getting a job lightly and he worries that each job may be his last. His hard work has paid off in roles on the highest rated television show in the country. Most of the public recognizes Mickey as Peter Bilker, one of the K&B boys on "Home Improvement" but Mickey has also guest starred on such hits as "Northern Exposure," "Evening Shade," "Heart's A'fire" and "In the Heat of the Night." Mickey also enjoys working in feature films such as "Sling Blade" with Billy Bob Thornton, "Tin Cup" with Kevin Costner, "Drop Zone," "Total Recall" and many more.
For the past several years, you have seen Mickey on TV everyday as the big biker on the most aired commercial in television for the breath mint, "Breath Savers." No one will ever forget that little old lady telling Mickey, "I agree, I've enjoyed your breath ever since 96th Street."
Mickey Jones spends much of the time participating in charity events. He feels that television has been, in many ways, misused and feels obligated to strive for a higher standard. Mickey further propels his notion by giving his time to programs such as D.A.R.E. and career planning for local high school kids. He is also a reserve police officer and participates in annual drinking and driving diversions during the holidays.
"Sometimes you have to make a stand for what you know is the right thing to do," says Mickey. Fearing kids reactions; he doesn't do beer commercials anymore.
His charity work is also a means to his favorite activity-golf. As a child, his father, Fred, who was a scratch player, introduced Mickey to the game of golf. Mickey would caddie for him on occasion. Mickey recalls telling his father, "Dad, I love you but this is the dumbest game. Now I wish I had listened to him."
To Mickey, playing golf was the waste of a day. That is until he hooked up with a man by the name of Kenny Rogers in a group called "The First Edition." Mickey recalls Kenny playing golf nearly everyday while the group was in Las Vegas. It took a lot of persuading by Kenny to get Mickey on the golf course. When Mickey finally broke down and went, he remembers that he played horrible. He did, however, have one 3-wood shot that went 230 yards and that shot hooked him on golf for the rest of his life. "I love this darn game but it hates me. It is the worst narcotic I can think of, it is very addicting," Mickey says.
When he's not playing golf or working, Mickey enjoys spending time with his family. He is the father of five and grandfather of six. Lately, he has spent a lot of time with his youngest grandson, Trace, who is 5. Trace's dad, Jim Mullen, holds six title belts in full contact kickboxing so Trace goes from room to room practicing his kickboxing moves. Jim is currently the WKA North American Heavyweight Champion and the WWDF Heavyweight Champion of the World.
Mickey attributes much of his success to his wife, Phyllis. They try to spend as much time together as possible and whenever they can fit it in, they love to go to the movies. Phyllis gives Mickey stability and has shown him that life is a learning growing thing. "She is the better half of this act, I married well above my station in life," Mickey says.
Mickey's hobbies include scuba diving, video and golf. To quote Mickey, "I'd play golf every day if it was humanly possible. My loves are my family and my work and golf."
Mickey's life is going in a good direction but not by coincidence. He credits his Christian lifestyle and a positive mental attitude. He applies that attitude to the things that he loves.
His early success in the music industry and his big success in acting have all pointed to his winning philosophy, a philosophy that has produced a solid marriage and a strong family structure.
"If you love it and you want it bad enough and you're willing to do it for free, you'll find a way to make it happen," Mickey said.
And make it happen, he has. Mickey Jones will keep making it happen, not because of some high rolling agent or outrageous stunt but by doing what he knows best, making it real.