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Disney's Love Bug actor Dean Jones dies at 84

BY: BBC

The US actor Dean Jones, best known for his starring role in Disney's The Love Bug, has died at the age of 84.

He died of complications related to Parkinson's disease in Los Angeles.

He performed as a TV and theatre actor, but his career was defined by Hollywood; appearing in 46 films, including 10 for Disney.

He was one of Disney's major stars of the 1960s and 1970s, appearing in That Darn Cat!, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Beethoven.

The Love Bug was his most successful film. He plays a struggling racing driver who acquires a Volkswagen named Herbie that shows human traits.

Jones was proud of the family-friendly entertainment that was his hallmark.

"I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching," he once told the Los Angeles Times.

"We're always looking for social significance but maybe people just like to be entertained."

In 1995, Jones earned a spot in