'Home Improvement' actor Mickey Jones dies at 76

Jones established himself as a professional drummer before leaving high school.

Mickey Jones, best known for his recurring roles in Justified and Home Improvement, died early Wednesday morning at the age of 76.

Jones was born in Houston, Texas and established himself as a professional drummer before leaving high school, soon after working with Trini Lopez and, by 1964, Johnny Rivers; at one point, he travelled with Rivers’ band and Ann Margret to perform in Vietnam. Jones’ musical career lasted more than two decades, amassing more than a dozen Gold-certified records in that time.

Jones played Pete Bilker of K&B Construction on 13 episodes of Home Improvement‘s run, and more recently starred as Rodney “Hot Rod” Durham, a player in the Harlan County crime scene, in the second and third seasons of Justified. Jones also guested on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia and Workaholics, among others, and appeared in films such as Shattered Lies, Sling Blade, Tin Cup, The Beverly Hillbillies, and the original Total Recall.

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