Dickie Jones is an American actor who achieved some success as a child and as a young adult, especially in B-Westerns and television. He is best known as the voice of Pinocchio in the 1940 Walt Disney film.
Jones was born in Snyder, the seat of Scurry County on the South Plains in Texas. The son of a newspaper editor, Jones was a prodigious horseman from infancy, billed at the age of four as the “World’s Youngest Trick Rider and Trick Roper”.
At the age of six, he was hired to perform riding and lariat tricks in the rodeo owned by Western star Hoot Gibson. Gibson convinced young Jones and his parents that there was a place for him in Hollywood, so the boy and his mother moved there.
Gibson arranged for some small parts for the boy, whose good looks, energy and pleasant voice quickly landed him more and bigger parts, both in low-budget Westerns and in more substantial productions. Although often uncredited, he was usually known as Dickie Jones. A well known early film role is the film A Man to Remember. Jones also appeared as a bit player in several of Hal Roach’s Our Gang shorts. In 1939, Dickie Jones appeared as a troublesome kid named ‘Killer Parkins’ in the film, Nancy Drew-Reporter. In the film he did a good imitation of Donald Duck.