Beethoven star dies aged 84

Beethoven star Dean Jones has passed away at the age of 84


by Fiona Day |
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Those who grew up watching the Beethoven movies will be sad to learn that actor Dean Jones has passed away.

According to his publicist, he passed away in Los Angeles after suffering from complications related to Parkinson’s disease.

The 84-year-old played evil Dr. Varnick in the hit movie, who’s horrific plan to trick the Newton family into handing Beethoven over for cruel tests was dramatically foiled.

Dean in The Love Bug

He featured in 45 other film and TV projects throughout his career, including Disney’s The Love Bug.

He was inducted into the Disney Legends Hall of Game in 1995 after starring in the hit show.

He told the Los Angeles Times of his decision to choose mainly family films: “I see something in them that is pure form. Just entertainment. No preaching.”

Dean survives by his wife Lori , son Michael, daughters Mae, Caroline and Deanna as well as seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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