James Earl Jones

Actor | * 01/17/1931 (91) | Arkabutla, Mississippi (United States of America (USA))
James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor whose career spans more than seven decades. He has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors for his performances in film, theater, and television, and "one of The Greatest actors in American history". Jones has been said to possess "one of the best-known voices in show business, a stirring basso profondo that has lent gravel and gravitas" to his projects, including live-action acting, voice acting, and commercial voice-overs. Jones has a stutter which was more pronounced in his youth. In his episode of Biography, he said it was helped by poetry and acting. A pre-med major in college, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War before pursuing a career in acting. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, he has performed in several Shakespeare plays including Othello, Hamlet, Coriolanus, and King Lear. Jones made his screen debut in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove. After working steadily in the theater, Jones won his first Tony Awar... ()
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James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a multi-award-winning American actor of theater and film, well known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership. He is known for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise and the tagline for CNN. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones. At the age of five, he moved to Jackson, Michigan, to be raised by his maternal grandparents, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. When he moved to Brethren, Michigan in later years a teacher at the Brethren schools started to help him with his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. Jones attended the University of Michigan where he was a pre-med major. While there, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead he focused himself on drama, with the thought of doing something he enjoyed, before, he assumed, he would have to go off to fight in the Korean War. After four years of college, Jones left without his degree. In 1953 he found a part-time stage crew job at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan, which marked the beginning of his acting career. During the 1955–1957 seasons he was an actor and stage manager. He performed his first portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello in this theater in 1955. After his discharge from the Military, Jones moved to New York, where he attended the American Theatre Wing to further his training and worked as a janitor to earn a living. His first film role was as a young and trim Lt. Lothar Zogg, the B-52 bombardier in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964. His first big role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in the film version of the Broadway play The Great White Hope, which was based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making him the second African-American male performer (following Sidney Poitier) to receive a nomination. In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series; these shorts, combined with animated segments were the beginnings of the Sesame Street format. The next year, in the early 1970s, James appeared with Diahann Carroll in the film called Claudine. While he has appeared in many roles, he is well known as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction due to Prowse's strong West Country accent being unsuitable for the role. At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the release of the first two films (he would later be credited for the two in the 1997 re-release). His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 film Disney animated blockbuster The Lion King, and its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN", as well as "This is CNN International", and the Bell Atlantic tagline, "Bell Atlantic: The heart of communication". When Bell Atlantic became Verizon, Jones used the tagline greeting of "Welcome to Verizon" or "Verizon 411" right before a phone call would go through. The opening for NBC's coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics; "the Big PI in the Sky" (God) in the computer game Under a Killing Moon; a Claymation film about The Creation; and several guest spots on The Simpsons. In addition to his film and voice over work, Jones is an accomplished stage actor as well; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences. Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet are Shakespearean roles he has played. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Jones has been married to actress Cecilia Hart since 1982. They have one child, Flynn Earl Jones. He was previously married to American actress/singer Julienne Marie (born March 21, 1933, Toledo, Ohio); they had no children. Jones is a registered Republican.

Most frequent genres for this person: Drama | Comedies | Documentaries

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Awards & Nominations for James Earl Jones

National Medal of Arts Daytime Emmy Awards Theatre World Award 2x Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award Horatio Alger Award Kennedy Center Honors Humanitarian of The Year Paul Robeson Award Aaas Fellow Honorary Doctor of Harvard University Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Academy Honorary Award Academy Award for Best Actor 2x Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play

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Movies with James Earl Jones as Actor(162)

as King Jaffe Joffer2021 Coming 2 America
as Darth Vader (voice)2019 Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
as James Earl Jones (archive footage)2019 Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell
as Mufasa (voice)2019 The Lion King
as Pendleton2018 Warning Shot
as Darth Vader (voice)2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
as Darth Vader (voice)2015 Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
as Hoke Colburn2015 Driving Miss Daisy
as Himself (archive footage)2013 Blackfish
as himself2013 Milius
as Frank McCarthy2013 Gimme Shelter
as himself2013 Muse of Fire
as The Giant (voice)2009 Jack and the Beanstalk
as Papa Jenkins2008 Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
as Narrator2007 Earth
as himself2006 Searching for Orson
as Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)2006 Click
as Darth Vader (voice)2006 The Benchwarmers
as Narrator (uncredited)2006 Scary Movie 4
as Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)2005 Robots
as Darth Vader (voice - uncredited)2005 Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
as Mr. Mertle2005 The Sandlot 2
as Narrator2004 Nine Dog Christmas
as Darth Vader (archive footage)2004 The Story of Star Wars
as Narrator2003 The Great Year
as Avery Phillips2001 Finder's Fee
as Older Marcel2001 Feast of All Saints
as Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely2000 Summer's End
as himself1999 Santa and Pete
as Daddy King (voice)1999 Our Friend, Martin
as Himself - Host1999 Fantasia 2000
as Leo1999 On the Q.T.
as The Judge1999 Undercover Angel
as CNN Voiceover (voice)1998 Primary Colors
as Mufasa (voice)1998 The Lion King II: Simba's Pride
as Grey1997 Alone
as Jim Kalla1997 The Second Civil War
as Arthur Baylor1997 Gang Related
as Kibosh (voice)1997 Casper: A Spirited Beginning
as Archibald Thacker1997 What the Deaf Man Heard
as Himself (archive footage)1997 Afro Promo
as Himself/Interview1996 Looking for Richard
as Lawrence1996 Timepiece
as Ray Murdock1996 A Family Thing
as Narrator (uncredited)1995 Judge Dredd
as Madison Hemings1995 Jefferson in Paris
as Rev. Stephen Kumalo1995 Cry, the Beloved Country
as Vernon Johns1994 The Vernon Johns Story
as John Dolby1994 Clean Slate
as Narrator1994 Africa: The Serengeti
as Admiral James Greer1994 Clear and Present Danger
as Charles Lloyd1994 Confessions: Two Faces of Evil
as King Mufasa (voice)1994 The Lion King
as Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice1993 Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films
as Jake1993 Excessive Force
as Old Man Taylor1993 Hallelujah
as Mr. Mertle1993 The Sandlot
as Judge Barry Conrad Issacs1993 Sommersby
as Judge Isaacs1993 Sommersby
as Earnest Moses1993 The Meteor Man
as NSA Agent Bernard Abbott1992 Sneakers
as Adm. James Greer1992 Patriot Games
as Narrator (English)1992 Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
as Narrator (voice)1992 Lincoln
as himself1991 True Identity
as Bear1991 Scorchers
as Ben Johnson1991 Convicts
as Morrison1990 Grim Prairie Tales
as Looking Glass General - 'Alice'1990 By Dawn's Early Light
as Junius Johnson1990 Heat Wave
as Al Topping1990 Last Flight Out
as Dr. Winston1990 Teach 109
as James Greer1990 The Hunt for Red October
as Inspector Nkuru1990 Ivory Hunters
as Lt. Spencer1990 The Ambulance
as Frank Couzo1989 Best of the Best
as Dugan1989 Three Fugitives
as Terrence Mann1989 Field of Dreams
as King Jaffe Joffer1988 Coming to America
as Retribution (voice)1988 Terrorgram
as 'Few Clothes' Johnson1987 Matewan
as Emperor of the Night (voice)1987 Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
as Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson1987 Gardens of Stone
as Holmes1986 The Lone Star Kid
as Professor Banks1986 Soul Man
as Ike Bailey1986 My Little Girl
as Genie / Narrator1986 Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
as Jack Madrid1984 The Vegas Strip War
as Albert1984 City Limits
as Voice of Darth Vader (voice)1983 Return of the Jedi
as Thulsa Doom1982 Conan the Barbarian
as Ommadon1982 The Flight of Dragons
as Frye1982 Blood Tide
as The Prisoner1981 The Bushido Blade
as Himself - Narrator (segment "The Creation")1981 God's Trombones
as Narrator1981 The Creation
as Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited)1980 The Empire Strikes Back
as himself1980 The Me Nobody Knows
as Paul Robeson1979 Paul Robeson
as Darth Vader (voice)1978 The Star Wars Holiday Special
as Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited)1977 The Making of Star Wars
as Joshua Burke1977 A Piece of the Action
as Malcolm X1977 The Greatest
as Darth Vader (voice)1977 Star Wars
as Older Kokumo1977 Exorcist II: The Heretic
as Johnny Williams1976 The River Niger
as Nick Debrett1976 Swashbuckler
as Barney Hill1975 The UFO Incident
as Rabbit Shazam1975 Deadly Hero
as King Lear1974 King Lear
as Timothy1974 The Cay
as Rupert D. "Roop" Marshall1974 Claudine
as Douglass Dilman1972 The Man
as Biographical Narration (voice)1972 Malcolm X
as Jack Jefferson1970 The Great White Hope
as Doctor D1970 End of the Road
as Dr. Magiot1967 The Comedians
as Lt. Lothar Zogg1964 Dr. Strangelove

TV Shows/Series with James Earl Jones as Actor(44)

as Darth Vader (voice)2014 Star Wars Rebels
as Rock of Ages2013 Unbreakable Machine-Doll
as himself2007 The Big Bang Theory
as Dibala2004 House
as himself2003 Two and a Half Men
as Royal Flush Voice (voice)2001 According to Jim
as Unas (Voice)1997 Stargate SG-1
as Neb Langston1995 Under One Roof
as Norman Royster1993 Frasier
as Gabriel Bird1991 Pros and Cons
as Attorney Horace McCoy1990 Law & Order
as Gabriel Bird1990 Gabriel's Fire
as Narrator (voice)1989 The Simpsons
as Maggie Simpson (voice)1989 The Simpsons
as Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)1989 The Simpsons
as Major Walker1985 The Atlanta Child Murders
as Genie / Narrator1982 Faerie Tale Theatre
1979 Paris
as Alex Haley1979 Roots: The Next Generations
as Balthazar1977 Jesus of Nazareth
as King Lear1971 Great Performances
as Self - Guest1968 The Dick Cavett Show
1966 Tarzan
as Lieutenant Andrews1961 The Defenders
as Reverend Harris Bonham1961 The Defenders

Full Name: James Earl Jones
Born: Saturday, 01/17 1931 (January) in Arkabutla, Mississippi (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 91 years + 10 days)
Zodiac sign: Capricorn (Chinese zodiac sign: Goat)
Languages: English (EN)
Educated at: University of Michigan
Member of: American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Spouses (current/former): Cecilia Hart, Julienne Marie
Children: Flynn Earl Jones
Other names for James Earl Jones (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"James Earl Boggins Jones"
"Todd Jones"
James Earl Jones frequently works together with these people:
George Lucas (22x, Crew)
Tress MacNeille (20x, Actress)
Harrison Ford (12x, Actor)
Mark Hamill (11x, Actor)
Anthony Daniels (11x, Actor)
Chuck Lorre (11x, Crew)
Eddie Gorodetsky (10x, Crew)
Carrie Fisher (9x, Actress)
John Williams (9x, Crew)
Kenny Baker (9x, Actor)
Ben Burtt (9x, Crew)
Phil Tippett (9x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:303, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 01/15/2022