James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

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.
Known For: Acting
Birthday: 1931-01-17
Place of Birth: Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Also Known As: James Earl Boggins Jones, Todd Jones

Movies List of James Earl Jones

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Africa: The Serengeti

1994 Movie
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The Reading Room

2005 Movie
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Grim Prairie Tales

1990 Movie
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Nine Dog Christmas

2004 Movie
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The Sandlot 2

2005 Movie
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Santa and Pete

1999 Movie
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The River Niger

1976 Movie
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Blood Tide

1982 Movie
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The UFO Incident

1975 Movie
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Summer's End

2000 Movie
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My Little Girl

1986 Movie
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The Great Year

2003 Movie
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The Cay

1974 Movie
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The Man

1972 Movie
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The Creation

1981 Movie
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God's Trombones

1981 Movie
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Paul Robeson

1979 Movie
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Matewan

1987 Movie
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The Lion King

1994 Movie
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Conan the Barbarian

1982 Movie
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The Flight of Dragons

1982 Movie
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Claudine

1974 Movie
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End of the Road

1970 Movie
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The Great White Hope

1970 Movie
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A Family Thing

1996 Movie
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Alone

1997 Movie
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Malcolm X

1972 Movie
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Terrorgram

1988 Movie
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King Lear

1974 Movie
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The Me Nobody Knows

1980 Movie
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Hallelujah

1993 Movie
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Earth

2007 Movie
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By Dawn's Early Light

1990 Movie
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The Sandlot

1993 Movie
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Excessive Force

1993 Movie
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Coming to America

1988 Movie
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Gardens of Stone

1987 Movie
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A Piece of the Action

1977 Movie
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Scorchers

1991 Movie
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Clean Slate

1994 Movie
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Timepiece

1996 Movie
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Convicts

1991 Movie
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Deadly Hero

1975 Movie
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The Ambulance

1990 Movie
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Best of the Best

1989 Movie
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Driving Miss Daisy

2015 Movie
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Lincoln

1992 Movie
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Last Flight Out

1990 Movie
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Afro Promo

1997 Movie
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The Lion King

2019 Movie
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On the Q.T.

1999 Movie
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Sommersby

1993 Movie
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Three Fugitives

1989 Movie
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Soul Man

1986 Movie
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Swashbuckler

1976 Movie
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True Identity

1991 Movie
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Heat Wave

1990 Movie
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Ivory Hunters

1990 Movie
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Finder's Fee

2001 Movie
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The Meteor Man

1993 Movie
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Gang Related

1997 Movie
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Fantasia 2000

1999 Movie
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Gimme Shelter

2013 Movie
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The Second Civil War

1997 Movie
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City Limits

1984 Movie
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Teach 109

1990 Movie
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Warning Shot

2018 Movie
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The Lone Star Kid

1986 Movie
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Field of Dreams

1989 Movie
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The Comedians

1967 Movie
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The Bushido Blade

1981 Movie
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Dr. Strangelove

1964 Movie
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Undercover Angel

1999 Movie
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Jefferson in Paris

1995 Movie
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Searching for Orson

2006 Movie
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Sneakers

1992 Movie
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Patriot Games

1992 Movie
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Feast of All Saints

2001 Movie
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The Vegas Strip War

1984 Movie
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Return of the Jedi

1983 Movie
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Looking for Richard

1996 Movie
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Our Friend, Martin

1999 Movie
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Star Wars

1977 Movie
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Coming 2 America

2021 Movie
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Robots

2005 Movie
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The Greatest

1977 Movie
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Milius

2013 Movie
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Muse of Fire

2013 Movie
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Sommersby

1993 Movie
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The Benchwarmers

2006 Movie
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Blackfish

2013 Movie
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Judge Dredd

1995 Movie
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Click

2006 Movie
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Primary Colors

1998 Movie
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Night of 100 Stars

1982 Movie
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Scary Movie 4

2006 Movie