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The Burton Gilliam Show, Episode 15 (1999)

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  •  Commercial for United Way 
  •  Host Burton Gilliam introduces guest Mickey Jones. Jones was born in Houston and raised in Dallas. He began a career as professional musician while still a teenager, eventually touring with Bob Dylan and recording with Kenny Rogers’ band, the First Edition, as a drummer. Jones left music for acting in the 1970s, appearing in films such as National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983) and Total Recall (1990) and landing recurring roles in television series like Home Improvement and Justified. Jones died in 2018 at the age of 76.  
  •  Jones comes onstage, showing off his “bodacious” belt buckle 
  •  On developing an acting career 
  •  Plug for Breath Savers 
  •  Commercial for Breath Savers featuring Jones 
  •  On attending a Bob Dylan convention. Jones was the drummer on Dylan’s 1966 word tour, the famed musician’s first with an electric band 
  •  Recent credits 
  •  “How many people have you killed on camera?” 
  •  Message from the Texas General Land Office 
  •  Jones performs “Double Bogey Blues,” which he recorded for the film Tin Cup (1996) 
  •  Gilliam dances in the background 
  •  On songwriting 
  •  Jones talks about his next projects following the conclusion of Home Improvement 
  •  Scene from Home Improvement 
  •  Jones talks about joining the cast of Home Improvement 
  •  Gilliam and Jones share their mutual love of golf 
  •  Jones plays the show off the air 
 
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The Burton Gilliam Show was a public access television program produced at Eastfield College in Mesquite. In this 1999 episode, Gilliam talks with actor Mickey Jones. Jones talks about his acting career, including his recurring role on the television series Home Improvement and film appearances in Tin Cup (1996). He also performs “Double Bogey Blues,” which appeared on the Tin Cup soundtrack. Do you know more about the production of The Burton Gilliam Show? Email us at info@texasarchive.org.
Burton Gilliam was born on August 9, 1938, in Dallas, Texas. After serving in the US Coast Guard, he joined the Dallas Fire Department. Gilliam made his film debut in Paper Moon (1973) while still working as a firefighter. He left firefighting to pursue acting, landing a prominent role in Mel Brooks’ Blazing Saddles (1974). Gilliam’s filmography includes Thunderbolt and Lightfoot (1974), Gator (1976), Telefon (1977), Fletch (1985), Back to the Future Part III (1990), and Honeymoon in Vegas (1992). He also made numerous television appearances, including on Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard, and Evening Shade. Gilliam currently lives in Allen with his wife, Susan.