Davy Jones (1945-2012) – Actor, Singer, Racehorse Owner & Jockey
Born in Manchester, England, Davy Jones was a child star appearing on television and stage, including a role as “The Artful Dodger” in a London production of the play Oliver. When the show came to Broadway, he earned a Tony nomination at age 16 for his performance. That success brought him to the attention of Columbia Pictures/Screen Gems Television, which created “The Monkees,” a pop group as well as a popular TV series. Jones also had a small acting role in an episode of the Brady Bunch, and the TV sitcoms Love, American Style and My Two Dads. Jones is considered to be one of the greatest teen idols of all time.
After Jones’ death, Jessica Pacheco, Jones’ third wife, discovered she was not in his Will. Jones’ Will, written in 2004, had not been updated after his wedding in 2011. As a result Pacheco filed a challenge to the Will, as if Jones’ four daughters did not have enough problems. Jones’ friend/co-writer, Chris Andrews, made a claim for “50% profit” and royalties. With these claims against his estate, it is fair to say Jones left his children and widow with financial problems.
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