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Jody McCrea

  • Original Name Joel Dee
  • Birth 6 Sep 1934 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Death 4 Apr 2009 Roswell, Chaves County, New Mexico, USA
  • Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes spread at his New Mexico Ranch
  • Memorial ID 35568463

Actor. He was the son of Frances Dee and Joel McCrea, both famous Hollywood actors. He starred with his father in the TV Western series "Wichita Town" in 1959. He also appeared in a series of Western films, including "The First Texan" (1956), "Gunsight Ridge" (1957), "Lafayette Escadrille" (1958), "The Broken Land" (1962), "Law of the Lawless" (1964) and "Cry Blood, Apache" (1970), which he also produced. McCrea is best remembered for his comedic role as the dim-witted "Deadhead" and "Bonehead" in a series of beach party movies made in the early 1960s, including "Beach Party" (1963), "Bikini Beach" (1964), "Muscle Beach Party" (1964), "Beach Blanket Bingo" (1965) and "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" (1965). Interestingly, he was the only actor in the beach movies who actually knew how to surf. McCrea retired from acting in 1970 to become a rancher in New Mexico. He died in Roswell, N.M., at the age of 74 after suffering a heart attack.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Dear Jayne
  • Added: 5 Apr 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 35568463
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jody McCrea (6 Sep 1934–4 Apr 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 35568463, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes spread at his New Mexico Ranch.