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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.

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Jan 17, 1931 In Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
Latest Project:
Pelicula El Rey León 2019-07-17
Known For
Poster of Deal or No Deal
Poster of House
Poster of Dos hombres y medio
Poster of Los Simpson
Pelicula El Rey León Mufasa (voice) 2019-07-17
Series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown 2019
Series Film Night Unknown 2017
Pelicula Rogue One: Una historia de Star Wars Darth Vader (voice) 2016-12-16
Pelicula August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand 2015-02-20
Pelicula Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Darth Vader (voice) 2015-04-18
Pelicula La guardia del león. El regreso del rugido Mufasa (voice) 2015-11-22
Pelicula El hombre más enfadado de Brooklyn Ruben 2014-05-23
Pelicula Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 2014-06-04
Series Star Wars Rebels Darth Vader 2014-10-13
Pelicula Milius Himself 2013-03-09
Pelicula Buscando un destino Frank McCarthy 2013-10-17
Pelicula Muse of Fire Himself 2013-09-26
Pelicula Blackfish Himself (archive footage) 2013-06-07
Pelicula Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (voice) 2012-12-02
Pelicula Jack y las judías mágicas The Giant (voice) 2009-11-06
Pelicula Bienvenido a casa Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins 2008-02-08
Pelicula Tierra Narrator 2007-04-22
Series The Big Bang Theory Himself 2007-09-24
Pelicula Los calientabanquillos Darth Vader (voice) 2006-04-07
Pelicula Vader Sessions Darth Vader 2006-08-25
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Pelicula Click: Perdiendo el Control Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited) 2006-06-22
Pelicula By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X Narrator 2005-02-08
Pelicula Robots Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice) 2005-03-10
Pelicula The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005-05-03
Series Deal or No Deal Unknown 2005-12-19
Pelicula The Reading Room 2005-11-04
Pelicula La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio III: La venganza de los Sith Darth Vader (voice) 2005-05-17
Pelicula Black Indians: An American Story Narrator 2004-01-01
Pelicula ¡Guau... qué Navidad! Narrator 2004-10-05
Series House Dibala 2004-11-16
Pelicula El imperio de los sueños. La historia de Star Wars Himself 2004-09-12
Pelicula Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' Himself 2003-05-06
Pelicula The Great Year Narrator 2003-08-01
Series Dos hombres y medio Unknown 2003-09-22
Series Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Pelicula Última jugada Avery Phillips 2001-01-01
Pelicula Disney's American Legends Narrator 2001-02-12
Pelicula Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001-11-11
Series According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
Pelicula Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
Pelicula Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
Pelicula Aquel verano Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely 2000-04-18
Pelicula The Annihilation of Fish Fish 1999-01-01
Pelicula Our Friend, Martin Daddy King (voice) 1999-01-12
Pelicula Santa and Pete James Earl Jones 1999-12-05
Pelicula Undercover Angel The Judge 1999-05-16
Pelicula Fantasía 2000 Himself - Host 1999-12-17
Series Merlin Rock of Ages 1998-04-26
Pelicula El rey león 2: El tesoro de Simba Mufasa (voice) 1998-10-24
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Pelicula The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997-03-15
Pelicula Alone Grey 1997-12-21
Series Stargate SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
Pelicula La sombra de los culpables Arthur Baylor 1997-10-08
Pelicula La mentira del silencio Archibald Thacker 1997-11-23
Pelicula Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996-01-01
Pelicula Un asunto de familia Ray Murdock 1996-03-29
Pelicula Timepiece Lawrence 1996-12-22
Pelicula Looking for Richard Himself/Interview 1996-10-11
Pelicula Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Mufasa (voice) 1995-01-21
Series Under One Roof Neb Langston 1995-03-14
Pelicula Jefferson en París (Los amores de un presidente) Madison Hemings 1995-03-31
Pelicula Llanto por la tierra amada Rev. Stephen Kumalo 1995-12-15
Pelicula The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Pelicula Juez Dredd Narrator (uncredited) 1995-06-30
Pelicula The Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995-05-09
Pelicula Confessions: Two Face of Evil Charles Lloyd 1994-01-17
Pelicula The Vernon Johns Story Vernon Johns 1994-01-15
Pelicula Agárralo como puedas 33 1/3: el insulto final James Earl Jones 1994-03-18
Pelicula El rey león King Mufasa (voice) 1994-06-23
Pelicula Peligro inminente Admiral James Greer 1994-08-03
Pelicula África - El Serengeti Narrator 1994-03-31
Pelicula En los límites de la realidad: Los clásicos perdidos de Rod Serling Host 1994-05-11
Pelicula Borrón y cuenta nueva John Dolby 1994-05-06
Pelicula The Sandlot: Historia de un verano Mr. Mertle 1993-04-07
Pelicula Fuerza excesiva Jake 1993-05-14
Pelicula Sommersby Judge Barry Conrad Issacs 1993-02-05
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Pelicula Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice 1993-09-28
Pelicula Meteor Man Earnest Moses 1993-08-06
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Series Lois & Clark - Las nuevas aventuras de Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
Pelicula Juego de patriotas Adm. James Greer 1992-06-04
Pelicula Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Narrator (English) 1992-12-05
Pelicula Los fisgones NSA Agent Bernard Abbott 1992-09-09
Pelicula Lincoln 1992-12-26
Pelicula Convictos Ben Johnson 1991-01-01
Series Pros and Cons 1991-09-26
Pelicula Scorchers Bear 1991-07-07
Pelicula ¿Blanco o negro? Himself 1991-07-23
Pelicula La ambulancia Lt. Spencer 1990-03-31
Pelicula La caza del Octubre Rojo Admiral James Greer 1990-03-02
Pelicula Primeras luces del Alba Looking Glass General - 'Alice' 1990-05-19
Pelicula Teach 109 Dr. Winston 1990-01-01
Pelicula Grim Prairie Tales Morrison 1990-09-14
Series Ley y orden Attorney Horace McCoy 1990-09-13
Pelicula Last Flight Out Al Topping 1990-05-22
Series Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 1990-09-12
Pelicula Ivory Hunters Inspector Nkuru 1990-08-20
Pelicula Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990-08-13
Pelicula Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark Narrator 1989-01-01
Pelicula Tres fugitivos Dugan 1989-01-27
Series Los Simpson Unknown 1989-12-17
Pelicula Campeón de campeones Frank Couzo 1989-11-10
Pelicula Campo de sueños Terrence Mann 1989-04-21
Series Long Ago and Far Away Host 1989-02-11
Pelicula Terrorgram Retribution (voice) 1988-08-08
Pelicula El príncipe de Zamunda King Jaffe Joffer 1988-06-29
Pelicula Jardines de piedra Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson 1987-05-05
Pelicula Matewan 'Few Clothes' Johnson 1987-08-28
Pelicula Pinocho y el Emperador de la Noche Emperor of the Night (voice) 1987-08-06
Pelicula My Little Girl Ike Bailey 1986-08-31
Pelicula Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Genie / Narrator 1986-07-14
Series La ley de Los Angeles Unknown 1986-09-15
Pelicula Allan Quatermain y la ciudad perdida del oro Umslopogaas 1986-12-17
Pelicula Harvard: movida americana Professor Banks 1986-10-24
Series Me and Mom 1985-04-05
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
Pelicula The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid 1984-11-25
Pelicula City Limits Albert 1984-01-01
Pelicula La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio VI: El retorno del Jedi Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1983-05-23
Pelicula Conan, el bárbaro Thulsa Doom 1982-04-02
Pelicula Blood Tide Frye 1982-09-01
Pelicula El vuelo de los dragones Omadon 1982-08-17
Pelicula La espada del samurái The Prisoner 1981-11-20
Pelicula The Creation Narrator 1981-01-01
Series Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980-04-15
Pelicula La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio V: El imperio contraataca Darth Vader (Voice) 1980-05-20
Pelicula The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Dane Oliver 1980-05-25
Series CBS Schoolbreak Special Detective Robb 1980-04-19
Series Paris 1979-09-29
Series Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley 1979-02-18
Pelicula El especial navideño de la Guerra de las Galaxias (The Star Wars Holiday Special) Darth Vader (voice) 1978-12-01
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Pelicula The Greatest Malcolm X 1977-05-17
Pelicula La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio IV: Una nueva esperanza Darth Vader (voice) 1977-05-25
Series Jesús de Nazaret Balthazar 1977-01-06
Pelicula A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke 1977-10-07
Pelicula Mi bello legionario Sheikh 1977-06-15
Pelicula The Making of 'Star Wars' Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited) 1977-09-16
Pelicula El exorcista II: El hereje Older Kokumo 1977-06-17
Pelicula El corsario escarlata Nick Debrett 1976-01-01
Pelicula The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976-04-14
Pelicula The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter 1976-07-16
Series Vegetable Soup 1975-09-22
Pelicula Deadly Hero Rabbit Shazam 1975-12-14
Pelicula El caso OVNI Barney Hill 1975-10-20
Pelicula The Cay Timothy 1974-10-24
Pelicula Claudine Rupert D. "Roop" Marshall 1974-04-22
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Pelicula Malcolm X Biographical Narration (voice) 1972-05-24
Pelicula The Man Douglass Dilman 1972-07-19
Pelicula End of the Road Doctor D 1970-02-10
Pelicula King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970-03-24
Pelicula La gran esperanza blanca Jack Jefferson 1970-10-11
Series Barrio Sésamo Unknown 1969-11-10
Pelicula Los comediantes Dr. Magiot 1967-10-31
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Pelicula ¿Teléfono rojo? Volamos hacia Moscú Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964-01-29
Series East Side/West Side Unknown 1963-09-23
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Los defensores Unknown 1961-09-16
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20