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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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Born:
Jan 17, 1931 In Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
160
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Película Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' 2018
Known For
Poster of House
Poster of Dos hombres y medio
Poster of El rey león
Poster of Los Simpson
Filmography
Película Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' Himself 2018
Series Film Night Unknown 2017
Series Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Unknown 2017
Película Rogue One: Una historia de Star Wars Darth Vader (voice) 2016-12-14
Película August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand 2015-02-20
Película Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Darth Vader 2015-06-20
Película La guardia del león. El regreso del rugido Mufasa (voice) 2015-11-22
Película El hombre más enfadado de Brooklyn Ruben 2014-05-23
Película Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 2014-06-04
Series Star Wars Rebels - La Chispa de la Rebelión Darth Vader 2014-10-13
Película Milius Himself 2013-03-09
Película Buscando un destino Frank McCarthy 2013-10-17
Película Blackfish Himself (archive footage) 2013-06-07
Película Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (voice) 2012-12-02
Película Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Darth Vader 2011-05-20
Película Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant (voice) 2010-04-20
Película Bienvenido a casa Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins 2008-02-08
Película Tierra Narrator 2007-04-22
Series The Big Bang Theory Himself 2007-09-24
Película Vader Sessions Darth Vader 2006-08-25
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Película By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X Narrator 2005-02-08
Película The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005-05-03
Película La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio III: La venganza de los Sith Darth Vader (voice) 2005-05-17
Series Deal or No Deal Unknown 2005-12-19
Película The Reading Room 2005-11-04
Película Black Indians: An American Story Narrator 2004-01-01
Película El imperio de los sueños. La historia de Star Wars Himself 2004-09-12
Series House Dibala 2004-11-16
Película ¡Guau... qué Navidad! Narrator 2004-10-05
Película The Great Year Narrator 2003-08-01
Series Dos hombres y medio Unknown 2003-09-22
Series Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Película American Legends Narrator 2001-02-12
Series According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
Película Última jugada Avery Phillips 2001-01-01
Película Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001-11-11
Película Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
Película Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
Película Aquel verano Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely 2000-04-18
Película The Annihilation of Fish Fish 1999-01-01
Película Our Friend, Martin Daddy King (voice) 1999-01-12
Película Fantasía 2000 Host 1999-12-31
Película Undercover Angel The Judge 1999-05-16
Película Santa and Pete James Earl Jones 1999-12-05
Series Merlin Rock of Ages 1998-04-26
Película El rey león 2: El tesoro de Simba Mufasa (voice) 1998-10-24
Series Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Película The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997-03-15
Película Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope Special Edition Darth Vader (voice) 1997-01-31
Series Stargate SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
Película La sombra de los culpables Arthur Baylor 1997-10-08
Película Alone Grey 1997-12-21
Película La mentira del silencio Archibald Thacker 1997-11-23
Película Un asunto de familia Ray Murdock 1996-03-29
Película Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996-01-01
Película Looking For Richard Himself/Interview 1996-10-11
Película Timepiece Lawrence 1996-12-22
Película Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Mufasa (voice) 1995-01-21
Película Jefferson en París (Los amores de un presidente) Madison Hemings 1995-03-31
Series Under One Roof Neb Langston 1995-03-14
Película Llanto por la tierra amada Rev. Stephen Kumalo 1995-12-15
Película The Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995-05-09
Película The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Película Agárralo como puedas 33 1/3: el insulto final James Earl Jones 1994-03-18
Película Confessions: Two Face of Evil Charles Lloyd 1994-01-17
Película The Vernon Johns Story 1994-01-15
Película África - El Serengeti Narrator 1994-03-31
Película El rey león King Mufasa 1994-06-23
Película Borrón y cuenta nueva John Dolby 1994-05-06
Película Peligro inminente Admiral James Greer 1994-08-03
Película En los límites de la realidad: Los clásicos perdidos de Rod Serling Host 1994-05-11
Película The Sandlot: Historia de un verano Mr. Mertle 1993-04-07
Película Fuerza excesiva Jake 1993-05-14
Película Sommersby Judge Barry Conrad Issacs 1993-02-05
Series Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Película Meteor Man Earnest Moses 1993-08-06
Película Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice 1993-09-28
Series Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
Película Los fisgones NSA Agent Bernard Abbott 1992-09-09
Película Juego de patriotas Adm. James Greer 1992-06-04
Película Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Narrator (English) 1992-12-05
Película Lincoln 1992-12-26
Película Convictos Ben Johnson 1991-01-01
Película Scorchers Bear 1991-07-07
Película ¿Blanco o negro? Himself 1991-07-23
Series Pros and Cons 1991-09-26
Película Primeras luces del Alba Looking Glass General - 'Alice' 1990-05-19
Película La ambulancia Lt. Spencer 1990-03-31
Película Teach 109 Dr. Winston 1990-01-01
Película Last Flight Out Al Topping 1990-05-22
Película La caza del Octubre Rojo Admiral James Greer 1990-03-02
Película Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990-08-13
Película Grim Prairie Tales Morrison 1990-09-14
Series Ley y orden Attorney Horace McCoy 1990-09-13
Series Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 1990-09-12
Película Ivory Hunters Inspector Nkuru 1990-08-20
Película Tres fugitivos Dugan 1989-01-27
Película Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark Narrator 1989-01-01
Series Long Ago and Far Away Host 1989-02-11
Series Los Simpson Unknown 1989-12-16
Película Campeón de campeones Frank Couzo 1989-11-10
Película Campo de sueños Terrence Mann 1989-04-21
Película El príncipe de Zamunda King Jaffe Joffer 1988-06-28
Película Jardines de piedra Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson 1987-05-05
Película Pinocho y el Emperador de la Noche Emperor of the Night (voice) 1987-08-06
Película Matewan 'Few Clothes' Johnson 1987-08-28
Película My Little Girl Ike Bailey 1986-08-31
Series L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Película Harvard: movida americana Professor Banks 1986-10-24
Película Allan Quatermain y la ciudad perdida del oro Umslopogaas 1986-12-17
Series The Atlanta Child Murders Unknown 1985-02-10
Película The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
Series Me and Mom 1985-04-05
Película City Limits Albert 1984-01-01
Película The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid 1984-11-25
Película La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio VI: El retorno del Jedi Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1983-05-23
Película Conan, el bárbaro Thulsa Doom 1982-04-02
Película El vuelo de los dragones Omadon 1982-08-17
Película Blood Tide Frye 1982-09-01
Película The Creation Narrator 1981-01-01
Película La espada del samurái The Prisoner 1981-11-20
Película La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio V: El imperio contraataca Darth Vader (Voice) 1980-01-01
Película Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980-04-15
Series CBS Schoolbreak Special Detective Robb 1980-04-19
Película The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Dane Oliver 1980-05-25
Series Roots: The Next Generations 1979-02-18
Series Paris 1979-09-29
Película El especial navideño de la Guerra de las Galaxias Darth Vader (voice) 1978-12-01
Series The Kennedy Center Honors Unknown 1978-12-28
Series Jesús de Nazaret Balthazar 1977-01-06
Película Jesús de Nazaret Balthasar 1977-01-01
Película La guerra de las galaxias. Episodio IV: Una nueva esperanza Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1977-03-20
Película Mi Bello Legionario Sheikh 1977-06-15
Película A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke 1977-10-07
Película The Greatest Malcolm X 1977-05-17
Película El hereje (Exorcista II) Older Kokumo 1977-06-17
Película El corsario escarlata Nick Debrett 1976-01-01
Película Deadly Hero Rabbit Shazam 1976-02-15
Película The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter 1976-07-16
Película The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976-04-14
Series Vegetable Soup 1975-09-22
Película The UFO Incident Barney Hill 1975-10-20
Película Claudine Roop 1974-04-22
Película The Cay Timothy 1974-10-24
Series The American Film Institute Salute to ... Unknown 1973-04-02
Película The Man Douglass Dilman 1972-07-19
Película King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 1970-03-24
Película End of the Road Doctor D 1970-02-10
Película The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson 1970-10-11
Series Barrio Sésamo Unknown 1969-11-10
Película Los comediantes Dr. Magiot 1967-10-31
Series Tarzan Unknown 1966-09-08
Película ¿Teléfono rojo?, volamos hacia Moscú Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964-01-29
Series East Side/West Side Unknown 1963-09-23
Series The Defenders Unknown 1961-09-16
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20