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Birth information

17 January 1931 Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

Nickname

Todd

How tall is James Earl Jones?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Cecilia Hart
Julienne Marie

Life Story of James Earl Jones

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). For several movie fans, he is probably best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (due to his contribution for the voice of the role, as the man in the Darth Vader suit was David Prowse, whose voice was dubbed because of his British West Country accent). In his brilliant course of memorable performances, among others, he has also appeared on the animated series The Simpsons (1989) three times and played Mufasa both in The Lion King (1994) and The Lion King (2019), while he returned too as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

Significant features of James Earl Jones

Famous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa both in The Lion King (1994) and The Lion King (2019).
Unmistakeable contagious laugh

How much money has James Earl Jones earned?

Star Wars (1977) $9,000
Coming to America (1988) $900,000

What movies did James Earl Jones play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Coming 2 America (2020) Jaffe Joffer, The Lion King (2019) Mufasa, Warning Shot (2018) Pendleton, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Darth Vader, Star Wars Rebels (2016) Darth Vader, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) Mufasa, Agent X (2015) Chief Justice Caleb Thorne, Great Performances (2015) Hoke / King Lear, Driving Miss Daisy (2014) Hoke, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Ruben, The Big Bang Theory (2014) James Earl Jones, Gimme Shelter (2013) Frank McCarthy, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011) Darth Vader, Season 3 According to Jim (2011)...

Birth information

17 January 1931 Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

Nickname

Todd

How tall is James Earl Jones?

1.87 m

Who is(are) his/her spouse(s)?

Cecilia Hart
Julienne Marie

Life Story of James Earl Jones

Widely regarded as the one of greatest stage and screen actors both in his native USA and internationally, James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi. At an early age, he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). For several movie fans, he is probably best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (due to his contribution for the voice of the role, as the man in the Darth Vader suit was David Prowse, whose voice was dubbed because of his British West Country accent). In his brilliant course of memorable performances, among others, he has also appeared on the animated series The Simpsons (1989) three times and played Mufasa both in The Lion King (1994) and The Lion King (2019), while he returned too as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).

Significant features of James Earl Jones

Famous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa both in The Lion King (1994) and The Lion King (2019).
Unmistakeable contagious laugh

How much money has James Earl Jones earned?

Star Wars (1977) $9,000
Coming to America (1988) $900,000

What movies did James Earl Jones play or participate?

Actors Filmography
Coming 2 America (2020) Jaffe Joffer, The Lion King (2019) Mufasa, Warning Shot (2018) Pendleton, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) Darth Vader, Star Wars Rebels (2016) Darth Vader, The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015) Mufasa, Agent X (2015) Chief Justice Caleb Thorne, Great Performances (2015) Hoke / King Lear, Driving Miss Daisy (2014) Hoke, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014) Ruben, The Big Bang Theory (2014) James Earl Jones, Gimme Shelter (2013) Frank McCarthy, Star Tours: The Adventures Continue (2011) Darth Vader, Season 3 According to Jim (2011)...

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Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, and Amy Madigan in Feld der Träume (1989)

Born at 6:05 am.

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James Earl Jones in Feld der Träume (1989)

Took acting lessons to control his stutter.

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James Earl Jones in Feld der Träume (1989)

Son, with Cecilia Hart: Flynn Earl Jones.

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Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones in Brüder wider Willen (1996)

Had a stuttering problem as a child and spoke very little; still struggles with the problem and says he has to think about what he says carefully before saying it (impressive, since he is known widely for his voice).

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Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones in Brüder wider Willen (1996)

Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of Darth Vader, the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy.

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Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones in Brüder wider Willen (1996)

Son of prizefighter-turned-actor Robert Earl Jones, from whom he was (allegedly) estranged long into adulthood. Yet they starred together in a well-received stage revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", as Lennie Small and Crooks, respectively (Kevin Conway also starred in the play, as George Milton).

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Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones in Brüder wider Willen (1996)

He's the commanding voice that says "This is CNN".

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Robert Duvall, James Earl Jones, and Irma P. Hall in Brüder wider Willen (1996)

His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.

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James Earl Jones and Lukas Haas in Convicts (1991)

Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.

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James Earl Jones and Arye Gross in Soulman (1986)

Callers using Bell Atlantic pay phones often hear Jones's voice assuring them "Welcome to Bell Atlantic", just before a female voice asks for a calling card number.

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James Earl Jones in Soulman (1986)

Was once a United States Army officer after college.

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James Earl Jones in The Man (1972)

He received the Kennedy Center Honor in December 2002.

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James Earl Jones in Exorzist II - Der Ketzer (1977)

Narrated the documentary Black Indians: An American Story (2001) , which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both Native American and African American heritage. Jones himself is a Black Indian.

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James Earl Jones, Beau Bridges, and Robert Shaw in Der scharlachrote Pirat (1976)

Announced the forty-fifth greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine's "Fifty Greatest Movie Villains of All Time" list for his character of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

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James Earl Jones, Geneviève Bujold, Robert Shaw, etc.

Co-starred with Madge Sinclair five times.

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James Earl Jones in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

Has won two Tony Awards: in 1969, as Best Actor (Dramatic), for "The Great White Hope", a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title, The Great White Hope (1970) and in 1987, as Best Actor (Play), for August Wilson's "Fences".

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James Earl Jones in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

In the original Star Wars trilogy, he and Billy Dee Williams were the only black actors to play major roles. One of Billy Dee Williams' other roles was the title role in Scott Joplin (1977). Scott Joplin's ragtime music was used as the score for The Sting (1973), which features James's father, Robert Earl Jones.

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James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

Known for his humility, he declined to have his name appear on the credits of both Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a credit. He did agree to have his name appear of the credits of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).

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James Earl Jones and Jane Alexander in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

Has appeared in the animated comedy Robots (2005) with Stanley Tucci. In a television biopic of Peter Sellers, Stanley Tucci played Stanley Kubrick, who directed Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), which was also Jones' first film.

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James Earl Jones in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series Sesame Street (1969).

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James Earl Jones in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

On October 8, 2002, he appeared along with Theo Lion from PBS's Between the Lions (1999) before the House Education Reform Subcommittee to explain the importance of supporting literacy programs.

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James Earl Jones in Die große, weiße Hoffnung (1970)

His parents were both African-American. He is also said to have Native American (Choctaw and Cherokee) and Irish ancestry. His maternal great-great-grandmother is said to be Parthenia Connolly, a native of Ireland who worked as an indentured servant, and who married a former slave named Brice. Because Brice had no surname of his own, he took his wife's name, "Connolly".

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James Earl Jones, Eric Roberts, Daniel Chapman, and Chris Norris in Ambulance (1990)

His parents, Ruth (Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones, separated just before he was born. He was raised by his maternal grandparents, Maggie (Anderson) and John Henry Connolly.

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James Earl Jones in Ambulance (1990)

To help get over his stuttering, he would write poetry, and his schoolteachers would let him read it in front of the class.

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Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, etc.

On June 15, 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of On Golden Pond (1981) due to a bout of pneumonia.

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Mark Hamill, James Earl Jones, etc.

While in college, was a member of the Pershing Rifles, Co. M-3, a collegiate fraternal organizations for members of the school's ROTC program. Other members of this organization include Colin Powell and G. Gordon Liddy.

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James Earl Jones in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

Has appeared in two films with Madge Sinclair where they play the main character's parents. In Coming to America (1988), they play the mother and father of Eddie Murphy's character, Akeem. In The Lion King (1994), they play the mother and father of Simba. In Coming to America (1988), he appears with Samuel L. Jackson, who also appears with him in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), in which James Earl Jones voices Darth Vader, the father of original trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. In The Lion King (1994), Jones' character is named Mufasa. In Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), Darth Vader is severely injured on the planet Mustafar, which necessitates the synthesized voice Jones provides.

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James Earl Jones in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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James Earl Jones in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.

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James Earl Jones and Spencer Wilding in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

His father-in-law's favorite movie is Gunga Din (1939).

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James Earl Jones and Spencer Wilding in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

Is a member of the National Rifle Assocation of America (NRA).

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James Earl Jones, Ben Mendelsohn, and Spencer Wilding in Star Wars: Rogue One (2016)

Brother: Matthew Earl Jones.

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James Earl Jones and Diahn Williams in Eiskalt (1975)

According to Jones, when George Lucas was trying to cast the voice of Darth Vader, his immediate idea was to cast Orson Welles. However, he felt that Welles was too well-known for the role. So instead, he looked for an actor with a deep voice, "like Orson Welles", which is how he got the role.

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James Earl Jones in Spuk am Lagerfeuer (1990)

A Norwegian rock band has named themselves after him: James Earl Jones Barbershop Explosion!.

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James Earl Jones in Matewan (1987)

He used to use "Darth Vader" as his handle on his CB radio but stopped when it was frightening people.

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James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons in The UFO Incident (1975)

Although he played Dorian Harewood's son in Roots: The Next Generations (1979), he is more than 19 years his senior in real life.

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James Earl Jones in The UFO Incident (1975)

He was awarded a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars on January 7, 1996.

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James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons in The UFO Incident (1975)

Currently lives in Pawling, Dutchess County, New York. [September 2006]

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James Earl Jones in The UFO Incident (1975)

Is a Republican.

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James Earl Jones in The UFO Incident (1975)

Has never met David Prowse.

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