Samuel Gerald “Sam J.” Jones is an American actor. He is best known for playing the title character in the 1980 film Flash Gordon.
Jones was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in Sacramento, California, where he graduated from Mira Loma High School. He made his first film appearance in the 1979 romantic comedy film 10. His appearance in 10 allowed him to beat Kurt Russell and Arnold Schwarzenegger for his most famous role, that of Flash Gordon in the 1980 film of the same name. He also had extended cameos (as himself, with his blond Flash Gordon hairstyle) in both the 2012 comedy film Ted and its 2015 sequel, Ted 2.
Jones has also made appearances on several TV Shows including Stargate SG-1, L.A. Heat, Conan the TV Series, Walker Texas Ranger, and Baywatch. He also voiced Blind Bowman in the Cult Classic Video Game Return to Zork.