Ike Jones
First African-American to serve as a producer on a major motion picture.
Ike Jones
Ike Jones is a producer and actor who is perhaps best known as the former husband of actress Inger Stevens. He also has the distinction of being the first black graduate of UCLA Film School in June 1953 and the first black person to serve as a producer on a major motion picture.
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1995
    Age 65
    In 1995 he became the first recipient of the Oscar Micheaux Award by the Producers Guild of America.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1953
    Age 23
    After graduating from UCLA, Jones, who also played football, was drafted in the 25th round by the Green Bay Packers in the 1953 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details That same year, Jones worked as an actor in bit parts and served as an assistant director on The Joe Lewis Story. Later on in the decade, Jones worked as an assistant producer for Hill-Hecht Lancaster Company. After that production company folded, Harry Belafonte hired him as vice president of development for Harbel Productions. In the 1960s, Jones headed Nat King Cole's Kell-Cole Productions. After the singer's death, he was hired as a producer on A Man Called Adam, a film starring Sammy Davis, Jr. This was the first time that an African American was hired as a producer on a major motion picture.
    He also has the distinction of being the first black graduate of UCLA Film School in June 1953 and the first black person to serve as a producer on a major motion picture.
    More Details Hide Details Jones, a native of Santa Monica, California studied motion picture production at UCLA. While at UCLA, he was also star end for the Bruin football team.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1929
    Born
    Born on December 23, 1929.
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