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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Actor

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.

Born: January 17, 1931 (Age 93) in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

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James Earl Jones  Movies & TV Credits

Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
Movie
7
ActorThulsa Doom1982
Movie
6.6
ActorDarth Vader (voice)2019
Movie
8.8
ActorDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)1980
Movie
8.7
ActorDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)1977
Movie
8.4
ActorDarth Vader (voice)1983
Movie
7.9
ActorDarth Vader (voice)2016
Movie
7.4
ActorDarth Vader (voice - uncredited)2005
Movie
4.5
ActorSelf (archive footage)1997
Movie
7.6
ActorTerrence Mann1989
Movie
6.3
ActorVoice Box at Hardware Store (voice)2005
Movie
7
ActorAdmiral James Greer1994
Movie
6.3
ActorJames Earl Jones (uncredited)1994
Movie
7.3
ActorKing Jaffe Joffer1988
Movie
5.3
ActorNarrator (uncredited)2006
Movie
8.2
ActorSelf (archive footage)2013
Movie
5.4
ActorKing Jaffe Joffer2021
Movie
6.5
ActorCNN Voiceover (voice)1998
Movie
8.4
ActorMufasa (voice)1994
Movie
8.3
ActorLt. Lothar Zogg1964
Movie
4.8
ActorThe Giant (voice)2009
Movie
7
ActorAdm. James Greer1992
Movie
5.7
ActorMalcolm X1977
Movie
6.5
ActorFrank McCarthy2013
Movie
7.5
ActorRupert D. "Roop" Marshall1974
Movie
7.2
ActorSelf - Host1999
Movie
7.7
ActorAdmiral James Greer1990
Movie
7
ActorMufasa (voice)2019
Movie
7.5
ActorSelf2001
Movie
6.5
ActorNarrator of Michael's Past (voice) (uncredited)2006
Movie
5.7
ActorPapa Jenkins2008
Movie
5.5
ActorRabbit Shazam1975
Movie
8.1
ActorNarrator2003
Movie
4.7
ActorIke Bailey1986
Movie
5.1
ActorEarnest Moses1993
Movie
5.5
ActorRuben2014
Movie
5.1
ActorJake1993
Movie
6.6
ActorFrank Couzo1989
Movie
5
ActorPendleton2018
Movie
7.2
ActorSelf / Interview1996
Movie
6
ActorLt. Spencer1990
Movie
4.3
ActorUmslopogaas1986
Movie
7.5
ActorSelf2013
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf2013
Movie
6.6
ActorRev. Stephen Kumalo1995
Movie
5.2
ActorMorrison1990
Movie
5.8
ActorJohnny Williams1976
Movie
4.5
ActorFrye1982
Movie
7.5
ActorNarrator2004
Movie
6.7
ActorDouglass Dilman1972
Movie
7.8
Actor'Few Clothes' Johnson1987
Movie
7
ActorLeon1976
Movie
6.2
ActorDoctor D1970
Movie
6.7
ActorJack Jefferson1970
Movie
7
ActorRay Murdock1996
Movie
6.5
ActorFish1999
Movie
7.3
ActorBiographical Narration (voice)1972
Movie
4.8
ActorRetribution (voice)1988
Movie
8
ActorNarrator2007
Movie
7.9
ActorMr. Mertle1993
Movie
6.6
ActorSgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson1987
Movie
6.6
ActorJoshua Burke1977
Movie
5.4
ActorBear1991
Movie
5.5
ActorJohn Dolby1994
Movie
5.6
ActorBen Johnson1991
Movie
6.9
ActorHoke Colburn2015
Movie
5.6
ActorLeo1999
Movie
6.4
ActorJudge Barry Conrad Issacs1993
Movie
6.1
ActorDugan1989
Movie
5.1
ActorProfessor Banks1986
Movie
6.2
ActorNick Debrett1976
Movie
6
ActorEmperor of the Night (voice)1987
Movie
5.3
ActorHimself1991
Movie
6.1
ActorAvery Phillips2001
Movie
6.5
ActorArthur Baylor1997
Movie
2.3
ActorAlbert1986
Movie
8.6
ActorSelf1978
Movie
6.2
ActorDr. Magiot1967
Movie
5.1
ActorThe Prisoner1981
Movie
7.8
Actor2015
Movie
4.9
ActorAdmiral (voice)2012
Movie
3.6
ActorOlder Kokumo1977
Movie
6.3
ActorThe Judge1999
Movie
5.5
ActorMadison Hemings1995
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf2006
Movie
7.3
ActorMr. Bernard Abbott1992
Movie
7.9
Actorhimself, voice1981
Movie
8
ActorSelf (archive footage)1969
Movie
5.7
ActorDarth Vader (voice)2006
Movie
5.4
ActorNarrator (uncredited)1995
Movie
6.4
ActorNarrator2000
Movie
ActorNarrator2002
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf - 'Lieutenant Lothar Zogg'2000
Movie
6.9
Actor2000
Movie
6.6
ActorSelf2000
Movie
7.6
ActorKing Lear1974
Movie
7.7
ActorOmmadon (voice)1982
Movie
6.4
ActorGenie / Narrator1986
Movie
7.7
ActorOld Man Taylor1993
Movie
7.4
ActorHost1995
Movie
4.7
ActorKibosh (voice)1997
Movie
6.6
ActorMufasa (voice)1998
Movie
6.6
ActorDaddy King (voice)1999
Movie
6.4
ActorMister (voice)2001
Movie
6.9
ActorSelf2003
Movie
8
ActorDarth Vader (archive footage)2004
Movie
8.1
ActorSelf2004
Movie
5.2
ActorNarrator2004
Movie
6.3
ActorSelf2004
Movie
4.7
ActorMr. Mertle2005
Movie
6.3
ActorNarrator2005
Movie
7.1
ActorSelf2000
Movie
ActorNarrator2007
Movie
5.6
ActorSelf2012
Movie
8.6
ActorDarth Vader (voice)2015
Movie
7
ActorSelf (archive footage)2019
Movie
ActorNarrator2019
Movie
8.2
ActorSelf (archive footage)2021
Movie
7.6
ActorSelf (archive footage)2009
Movie
7.3
ActorDarth Vader (voice)2014
Movie
5.3
ActorBill Perry1993
Limited Series
6.9
ActorDarth Vader (voice)
4 Episodes
2022-2022
Movie
6.1
ActorSheikh1977
Movie
ActorSelf1994
Movie
ActorSelf2019
Movie
Actor
TV Show
6.8
ActorGabriel Bird
12 Episodes
1991-1992
TV Show
7.1
ActorGabriel Bird
22 Episodes
1990-1991
TV Show
3.4
ActorSelf - Guest
1 Episode
2006
TV Show
8.6
ActorNeb Langston
6 Episodes
1995-1995
TV Show
8
ActorArchibald Thacker
1 Episode
1951-1978
TV Show
7.6
ActorHost
35 Episodes
1989-1993
TV Show
2.3
Actor2 Episodes1985-1985
TV Show
9.5
ActorSelf - Host
13 Episodes
1973
TV Show
7.2
ActorLee Atkins
1 Episode
1986-1994
TV Show
7.5
Actor1 Episode1963-1964
TV Show
7.9
ActorReverend Harris Bonham
1 Episode
1961-1965
TV Show
5.6
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1973
TV Show
8.1
ActorSelf - Guest
2 Episodes
1968-1995
TV Show
7.5
Actor1 Episode1948-1979
TV Show
7.4
ActorSelf (archive footage)
1 Episode
2019-2021
TV Show
6.6
ActorKing Dakkar (voice)
1 Episode
1995-2000
TV Show
8.5
ActorMoving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)
1 Episode
1989
TV Show
7.7
ActorDefense Attorney Horace McCoy
1 Episode
1990
TV Show
8.8
ActorDibala
1 Episode
2004-2012
TV Show
7
ActorHimself
1 Episode
2003-2015
TV Show
8
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2007-2019
TV Show
8.5
ActorUnas (Voice)
1 Episode
1997-2007
TV Show
7.9
Actor1 Episode1969
TV Show
8.1
ActorNorman Royster
1 Episode
1993-2004
TV Show
8
ActorAnakin Skywalker (voice)
1 Episode
2014-2018
TV Show
8
ActorDarth Vader (voice)
1 Episode
2014-2018
TV Show
7.6
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1998-2006
TV Show
6.7
ActorRoyal Flush Voice (voice)
1 Episode
2001-2009
TV Show
6.9
ActorFranklin Stern
1 Episode
1993-1997
TV Show
6.8
ActorDr. Lou Rush
3 Episodes
1961-1966
TV Show
7.7
ActorWill Cleveland
3 Episodes
2002-2006
TV Show
8.5
Actor3 Episodes1993-1999
TV Show
7.7
ActorJack Jefferson (archive footage)
1 Episode
1948-1971
TV Show
7.9
ActorLieutenant Andrews
1 Episode
1961-1965
TV Show
7.7
ActorKing Lear
1 Episode
1971
TV Show
6.8
Actor2 Episodes1966-1968
TV Show
8.3
ActorChief Thad Green (voice)
1 Episode
1987-1992
TV Show
6.6
ActorDetective Robb
1 Episode
1984-1996
TV Show
8.5
ActorNarrator (voice)
1 Episode
1989
TV Show
8.3
ActorChief Thad Green
5 Episodes
1987-1992
TV Show
ActorSelf - Presenter
5 Episodes
1956
TV Show
ActorLong John Spoilsport
57 Episodes
1975-1978
TV Show
8.5
ActorMaggie Simpson (voice)
1 Episode
1989
TV Show
ActorSelf - Nominee / Performer
1 Episode
1956
TV Show
8.1
ActorGenie / Narrator (voice)
1 Episode
1982-1987
TV Show
ActorWoody Paris
13 Episodes
1979-1980
TV Show
8.2
ActorHimself - Narrator (voice)
1 Episode
1983-2006
TV Show
7.5
ActorDiamond
4 Episodes
1995-1995
TV Show
7.2
ActorNarrator (Voice)
1 Episode
1992
TV Show
ActorMufasa (voice)
1 Episode
2019
Short Film
7.4
ActorNarrator1994
Short Film
6.2
ActorNarrator (voice)1981
Short Film
6.3
ActorMufasa (voice)1995
Short Film
6.2
ActorDarth Vader (voice)1978
Short Film
7.5
ActorNarrator1984
Short Film
7.2
ActorNarrator (voice)1995
Short Film
6.5
ActorNarrator (voice)1981
Short Film
6.8
ActorNarrator1971
Movie
7
ActorWilliam2005
Movie
5
ActorCharles Lloyd1994
Movie
7.8
ActorDr. McDuffie1996
Movie
6.3
ActorBarney Hill1975
Movie
6.5
ActorLawrence1996
Movie
2.4
ActorDarth Vader (voice)1978
Movie
6.3
ActorOlder Marcel2001
Movie
7.5
ActorSelf1995
Movie
5.8
ActorMufasa (voice)2015
Movie
6
ActorJames Earl Jones1999
Movie
6.4
ActorHost1994
Movie
6.9
ActorDr. William 'Bill' Blakely1999
Movie
7.3
ActorVernon Johns1994
Movie
6.5
ActorTimothy1974
Movie
7.7
ActorPaul Robeson1979
Movie
5.5
ActorGrey1997
Movie
ActorSelf1980
Movie
7
ActorAlice1990
Movie
6.7
ActorMorris Bird, Jr.1977
Movie
7.1
ActorNarrator1991
Movie
6.8
ActorArchibald Thacker1997
Movie
4.8
ActorInspector Nkuru1990
Movie
6.6
ActorJunius Johnson1990
Movie
7
ActorHolmes1986
Movie
6.8
ActorSelf2005
Movie
5.3
ActorJack Madrid1984
Movie
7.2
ActorDarth Vader (voice) (uncredited)1977
Movie
7.3
ActorFather Divine
2 Episodes
1980
Movie
7.8
ActorSelf1994
Movie
6.3
ActorSelf - Host1979
Movie
6.2
ActorSelf1997
Movie
6.4
ActorJim Kalla1997
Movie
7.4
ActorThe Storyteller (voice)1995
Movie
5.5
ActorSelf (archive footage)1997
Movie
6.1
ActorPercy Banks1993
Movie
8
ActorNarrator1988
Movie
8.7
ActorNarrator (voice) (DVD version)1997
Limited Series
8.3
ActorBalthazar
4 Episodes
1977-1977
Limited Series
7.6
ActorAlex Haley
7 Episodes
1979-1979
TV Special
6.9
ActorSelf
1 Episode
2012
Limited Series
6.9
ActorRock of Ages
2 Episodes
1998-1998
Limited Series
6.5
ActorMajor Walker
2 Episodes
1985-1985
TV Special
6.9
ActorSelf1982
TV Special
7.2
ActorSelf1985
TV Special
7.9
Actor1 Episode1978
Movie
7.3
ActorSelf
1 Episode
1998
Title Rating Job Role(s) Year
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