James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Known for: Acting
Birthday: 1931-01-17 (91 years old)
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Biography

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is an American actor. He has been described as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors for his performances in film, television, and theater, and "one of the greatest actors in American history". With a career spanning over six decades, Jones has achieved success in multiple fields of entertainment, and is among the few performers awarded an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT). Jones has been said to possess "one of the best-known voices in show business, a stirring basso profondo that has lent gravel and gravitas" to his projects, including live-action acting, voice acting, and commercial voice-overs.Born with a childhood stutter, Jones has said that poetry and acting helped him overcome the disability. A pre-med major in college, he served in the United States Army during the Korean War before pursuing a career in acting. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, he has performed in several Shakespeare plays including Othello, Hamlet, Coriolanus, and King Lear. Jones made his film debut in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film Dr. Strangelove. Jones worked steadily in theater winning his first Tony Award in 1968 for his role in The Great White Hope, which he reprised in the 1970 film adaptation earning him Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations. He received his second Golden Globe Award nomination for his leading role opposite Diahann Carroll in the 1974 romantic comedy-drama film Claudine. Jones gained international fame for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise, beginning with the original 1977 film. He won his second Tony Award in 1987 for his role in August Wilson's Fences. Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Jones appeared in a number of other successful films, including Conan the Barbarian (1982), Matewan (1987), Coming to America (1988), Field of Dreams (1989), The Hunt for Red October (1990), The Sandlot (1993), and The Lion King (1994). During the 21st century, Jones has continued working in the theater, starring alongside Phylicia Rashad in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof in 2008, and Angela Lansbury in Gore Vidal's The Best Man (2012) on Broadway and in an Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy (2013). He also appeared in You Can't Take it With You (2014) with Annaleigh Ashford and in The Gin Game (2015–16) alongside Cicely Tyson. Jones has reprised his roles in recent Star Wars media, The Lion King (2019) and Coming 2 America (2021). Over his career, Jones has won three Tony Awards (out of five nominations), two Primetime Emmy Awards and a Grammy Award. He was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1985. Jones was presented with the National Medal of the Arts by President George H. W. Bush in 1992. He received the Kennedy Center Honor in 2002. Jones was invited by President Barack Obama to perform Shakespeare at the White House Evening for Poetry in 2009. That same year he also received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. He received an Honorary Academy Award on November 12, 2011. Jones received an Honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Harvard University on May 25, 2017. He was honored with a Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017. In 2022, it was announced the Cort Theatre would be renamed the James Earl Jones Theatre.

Personal Life

In 1968, Jones married actress and singer Julienne Marie, whom he met while performing as Othello in 1964. They had no children and divorced in 1972. In 1982, he married actress Cecilia Hart, with whom he had one child, son Flynn (born 1982). Hart died from ovarian cancer on October 16, 2016.In April 2016, Jones spoke publicly for the first time in nearly 20 years about his long-term health challenge with type 2 diabetes. He was diagnosed in the mid-1990s after his doctor noticed he had fallen asleep while exercising at a gym.Jones is Catholic, having converted during his time in the military.

Early Life

James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, on January 17, 1931, to Ruth (née Connolly); (1911–1986), a teacher and maid, and Robert Earl Jones (1910–2006), a boxer, butler and chauffeur. His father left the family shortly after James Earl's birth and later became a stage and screen actor in New York and Hollywood. Jones and his father did not get to know each other until the 1950s, when they reconciled. He has said in interviews that his parents were both of mixed African-American, Irish and Native American ancestry.From the age of five, Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, John Henry and Maggie Connolly, on their farm in Jackson, Michigan; they had moved from Mississippi in the Great Migration. Jones found the transition to living with his grandparents in Michigan traumatic and developed a stutter so severe that he refused to speak. "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school." He credits his English teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him end his silence. Crouch urged him to challenge his reluctance to speak through reading poetry aloud to the class.Jones was educated at the Browning School for boys in his high school years and graduated as vice president of his class from Dickson Rural Agricultural School (now Brethren High School) in Brethren, Michigan. He attended the University of Michigan, where he was initially a pre-med major. He joined the Reserve Officers' Training Corps and excelled. He felt comfortable within the structure of the military environment and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard and Blade Honor Society. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead, he focused on drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance 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 graduated from the university in 1955.

Filmography

All 236

Movies 183

TV shows 53

Self 53

Voice 25

Narrator 22

Darth Vader
Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

Obi-Wan Kenobi (2022)

TV show
10
Self (archive footage)
On Broadway (2021)

On Broadway (2021)

Movie
Self (Archival Footage)
Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street (2021)

Movie
King Jaffe Joffer
Coming 2 America (2021)

Coming 2 America (2021)

Movie
5.43
Darth Vader (voice)
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Movie
6.23
Self (Archival Footage)
The Movies That Made Us (2019)

The Movies That Made Us (2019)

TV show
Himself
Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage (2019)

Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage (2019)

Movie
Mufasa (voice)
The Lion King (2019)

The Lion King (2019)

Movie
6.28
Narrator
The Space: Theatre of Survival (2019)

The Space: Theatre of Survival (2019)

Movie
James Earl Jones (archive footage)
Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell (2019)

Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell (2019)

Movie
Pendleton
Warning Shot (2018)

Warning Shot (2018)

Movie
Mufasa
The Lion Guard: Life In The Pride Lands (2017)

The Lion Guard: Life In The Pride Lands (2017)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Movie
6.22
Mufasa
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015)

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015)

Movie
5.87
Hoke
Driving Miss Daisy (2015)

Driving Miss Daisy (2015)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice)
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (2015)

Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal (2015)

Movie
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015)

August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand (2015)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice) / Anakin Skywalker (voice)
Star Wars Rebels (2014)

Star Wars Rebels (2014)

TV show
8
Ruben
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

Movie
6
Frank McCarthy
Gimme Shelter (2013)

Gimme Shelter (2013)

Movie
1
Himself
Muse of Fire (2013)

Muse of Fire (2013)

Movie
Himself (archive footage)
Blackfish (2013)

Blackfish (2013)

Movie
6
Himself
Milius (2013)

Milius (2013)

Movie
6
Admiral (voice)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2012)

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2012)

Movie
Self
An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road (2012)

An Amazing Time: A Conversation About End of the Road (2012)

Movie
Joe Papp in Five Acts (2012)

Joe Papp in Five Acts (2012)

Movie
The Giant (voice)
Jack and the Beanstalk (2009)

Jack and the Beanstalk (2009)

Movie
6
Self (archive footage)
Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

Waking Sleeping Beauty (2009)

Movie
Papa Jenkins
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins (2008)

Movie
Self
The Big Bang Theory (2007)

The Big Bang Theory (2007)

TV show
7
Narrator
Earth (2007)

Earth (2007)

Movie
Self
The States (2007)

The States (2007)

TV show
Self
Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson (2007)

Our Paul: Remembering Paul Robeson (2007)

Movie
Narrator
John, Paul, George and Ben (2007)

John, Paul, George and Ben (2007)

Movie
Himself
Searching for Orson (2006)

Searching for Orson (2006)

Movie
Self - Guest
The One Show (2006)

The One Show (2006)

TV show
Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)
Click (2006)

Click (2006)

Movie
7.29
Jack Jefferson (segment 'The Great White Hope') / Troy Maxson (segment 'Fences')
The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays (2006)

The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays (2006)

Movie
Narrator (uncredited)
Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Movie
5.95
Darth Vader (voice)
The Benchwarmers (2006)

The Benchwarmers (2006)

Movie
5.33
Self - Interviewee
Hollywood's Greatest Villains (2005)

Hollywood's Greatest Villains (2005)

Movie
William
The Reading Room (2005)

The Reading Room (2005)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice - uncredited)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

Movie
6.07
Mr. Mertle
The Sandlot 2 (2005)

The Sandlot 2 (2005)

Movie
5.14
Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
Robots (2005)

Robots (2005)

Movie
6.57
Narrator
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X (2005)

By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X (2005)

Movie
Dibala
House (2004)

House (2004)

TV show
6.97
Self
No Fighting in the War Room Or: Dr Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (2004)

No Fighting in the War Room Or: Dr Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat (2004)

Movie
Narrator
Nine Dog Christmas (2004)

Nine Dog Christmas (2004)

Movie
1
Himself
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)

Movie
Darth Vader (archive footage)
The Story of Star Wars (2004)

The Story of Star Wars (2004)

Movie
Narrator
Black Indians: An American Story (2004)

Black Indians: An American Story (2004)

Movie
Himself
Two and a Half Men (2003)

Two and a Half Men (2003)

TV show
6.23
Narrator
The Great Year (2003)

The Great Year (2003)

Movie
Self
Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' (2003)

Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' (2003)

Movie
Self
Patriot Games: Up Close (2003)

Patriot Games: Up Close (2003)

Movie
Will Cleveland
Everwood (2002)

Everwood (2002)

TV show
6.83
Darth Vader
Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars (2002)

Quentin Tarantino's Star Wars (2002)

Movie
Narrator
Fredericksburg: A Documentary Film (2002)

Fredericksburg: A Documentary Film (2002)

Movie
Actor
Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World (2001)

Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World (2001)

Movie
Older Marcel
Feast of All Saints (2001)

Feast of All Saints (2001)

Movie
Mister (voice)
Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street (2001)

Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street (2001)

Movie
4.67
Royal Flush Voice (voice)
According to Jim (2001)

According to Jim (2001)

TV show
6
Self - Host
Disney's American Legends (2001)

Disney's American Legends (2001)

Movie
Avery Phillips
Finder's Fee (2001)

Finder's Fee (2001)

Movie
6
Narrator
Antietam: A Documentary Film (2000)

Antietam: A Documentary Film (2000)

Movie
Himself - 'Lieutenant Lothar Zogg'
Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (2000)

Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' (2000)

Movie
Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely
Summer's End (2000)

Summer's End (2000)

Movie
Self
The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove (2000)

The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove (2000)

Movie
Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000)

Sidney Poitier: One Bright Light (2000)

Movie
Self
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (2000)

Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' (2000)

Movie
Self - Host
Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Fantasia 2000 (1999)

Movie
6.46
Grandpa Nicholas
Santa and Pete (1999)

Santa and Pete (1999)

Movie
The Judge
Un vrai petit Ange (1999)

Un vrai petit Ange (1999)

Movie
Leo
On the Q.T. (1999)

On the Q.T. (1999)

Movie
Daddy King (voice)
Our Friend, Martin (1999)

Our Friend, Martin (1999)

Movie
Fish
The Annihilation of Fish (1999)

The Annihilation of Fish (1999)

Movie
Mufasa (voice)
The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride (1998)

Movie
6.14
Self
Will & Grace (1998)

Will & Grace (1998)

TV show
6.33
Mountain King
Merlin (1998)

Merlin (1998)

TV show
6
CNN Voiceover (voice)
Primary Colors (1998)

Primary Colors (1998)

Movie
5.65
Grey
Alone (1997)

Alone (1997)

Movie
Archibald Thacker
What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)

Movie
Arthur Baylor
Gang Related (1997)

Gang Related (1997)

Movie
6
Kibosh (voice)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

Casper: A Spirited Beginning (1997)

Movie
4.69
Unas (Voice)
Stargate SG-1 (1997)

Stargate SG-1 (1997)

TV show
7.33
Self (archive footage)
Sports on the Silver Screen (1997)

Sports on the Silver Screen (1997)

Movie
Jim Kalla
The Second Civil War (1997)

The Second Civil War (1997)

Movie
Jim Kalla
The Second Civil War (1997)

The Second Civil War (1997)

TV show
James Bing
Good Luck (1997)

Good Luck (1997)

Movie
Self
Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery (1997)

Star Wars: The Magic & the Mystery (1997)

Movie
Himself (archive footage)
Afro Promo (1997)

Afro Promo (1997)

Movie
Lawrence
Timepiece (1996)

Timepiece (1996)

Movie
Himself/Interview
Looking for Richard (1996)

Looking for Richard (1996)

Movie
Ray Murdock
A Family Thing (1996)

A Family Thing (1996)

Movie
Dr. McDuffie
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)

Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault (1996)

Movie
Rev. Stephen Kumalo
Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Movie
Narrator
Who's in Rabbit's House? (1995)

Who's in Rabbit's House? (1995)

Movie
Narrator (uncredited)
Judge Dredd (1995)

Judge Dredd (1995)

Movie
5.99
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)

The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies (1995)

Movie
Self - Host
The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (1995)

The Making of 'Jurassic Park' (1995)

Movie
Madison Hemings
Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Jefferson in Paris (1995)

Movie
Neb Langston
Under One Roof (1995)

Under One Roof (1995)

TV show
King Dakkar (voice)
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)

Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child (1995)

TV show
Mufasa
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable (1995)

Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable (1995)

Movie
The Storyteller
People: A Musical Celebration (1995)

People: A Musical Celebration (1995)

Movie
Admiral James Greer
Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Movie
5.93
Self
The Making of the Lion King (1994)

The Making of the Lion King (1994)

Movie
Mufasa
The Lion King (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

Movie
6.48
Self - Host
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics (1994)

Movie
Self
David Copperfield - 15 Years of Magic (1994)

David Copperfield - 15 Years of Magic (1994)

Movie
John Dolby
Clean Slate (1994)

Clean Slate (1994)

Movie
Narrator
Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

Africa: The Serengeti (1994)

Movie
James Earl Jones
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

Movie
5.89
Charles Lloyd
Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (1994)

Confessions: Two Faces of Evil (1994)

Movie
Vernon Johns
The Vernon Johns Story (1994)

The Vernon Johns Story (1994)

Movie
Old Man Taylor
Hallelujah (1993)

Hallelujah (1993)

Movie
Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice
Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films (1993)

Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films (1993)

Movie
6
Norman Royster
Frasier (1993)

Frasier (1993)

TV show
5.35
Franklin Stern
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993)

TV show
6.7
Earnest Moses
The Meteor Man (1993)

The Meteor Man (1993)

Movie
Jake
Excessive Force (1993)

Excessive Force (1993)

Movie
Mr. Mertle
The Sandlot (1993)

The Sandlot (1993)

Movie
5.53
Judge Barry Conrad Issacs
Sommersby (1993)

Sommersby (1993)

Movie
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)

Homicide: Life on the Street (1993)

TV show
6
Narrator
Lincoln (1992)

Lincoln (1992)

Movie
Narrator
Lincoln (1992)

Lincoln (1992)

TV show
NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
Sneakers (1992)

Sneakers (1992)

Movie
3.33
Adm. James Greer
Patriot Games (1992)

Patriot Games (1992)

Movie
5.64
Narrator
World Of Discovery (1992)

World Of Discovery (1992)

TV show
Gabriel Bird
Pros and Cons (1991)

Pros and Cons (1991)

TV show
Himself
True Identity (1991)

True Identity (1991)

Movie
Bear
Scorchers (1991)

Scorchers (1991)

Movie
Host/Narrator
Portrait of Castro's Cuba (1991)

Portrait of Castro's Cuba (1991)

Movie
Self - Narrator
Visitors from the Unknown (1991)

Visitors from the Unknown (1991)

Movie
Ben Johnson
Convicts (1991)

Convicts (1991)

Movie
Morrison
Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

Movie
Defense Attorney Horace McCoy
Law & Order (1990)

Law & Order (1990)

TV show
5.78
Gabriel Bird
Gabriel's Fire (1990)

Gabriel's Fire (1990)

TV show
Inspector Nkuru
Ivory Hunters (1990)

Ivory Hunters (1990)

Movie
Junius Johnson
Heat Wave (1990)

Heat Wave (1990)

Movie
Al Topping
Last Flight Out (1990)

Last Flight Out (1990)

Movie
Alice
By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

By Dawn's Early Light (1990)

Movie
6
Lt. Spencer
The Ambulance (1990)

The Ambulance (1990)

Movie
Admiral James Greer
The Hunt for Red October (1990)

The Hunt for Red October (1990)

Movie
6.13
Dr. Winston
Teach 109 (1990)

Teach 109 (1990)

Movie
Narrator (voice) / Maggie Simpson (voice) / Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)
The Simpsons (1989)

The Simpsons (1989)

TV show
6.22
Frank Couzo
Best of the Best (1989)

Best of the Best (1989)

Movie
4.6
Terence Mann
Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams (1989)

Movie
6
Self - Host / Self - Narrator
Long Ago and Far Away (1989)

Long Ago and Far Away (1989)

TV show
Dugan
Three Fugitives (1989)

Three Fugitives (1989)

Movie
5
Self - Narrator
Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark (1989)

Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark (1989)

Movie
Narrator
The Hunting of the Snark (1989)

The Hunting of the Snark (1989)

Movie
Retribution
Terrorgram (1988)

Terrorgram (1988)

Movie
King Jaffe Joffer
Coming to America (1988)

Coming to America (1988)

Movie
7.1
Few Clothes
Matewan (1987)

Matewan (1987)

Movie
Emperor of the Night (voice)
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987)

Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night (1987)

Movie
'Goody' Nelson
Gardens of Stone (1987)

Gardens of Stone (1987)

Movie
A House Divided (1987)

A House Divided (1987)

Movie
Chief Thad Green / Chief Thad Green (voice)
Mathnet (1987)

Mathnet (1987)

TV show
Umslopogaas
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)

Movie
Professor Banks
Soul Man (1986)

Soul Man (1986)

Movie
6
Lee Atkins
L.A. Law (1986)

L.A. Law (1986)

TV show
6
Ike Bailey
My Little Girl (1986)

My Little Girl (1986)

Movie
Genie of the Lamp / Genie of the Ring
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986)

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1986)

Movie
Holmes
The Lone Star Kid (1986)

The Lone Star Kid (1986)

Movie
Lou Garfield
Me and Mom (1985)

Me and Mom (1985)

TV show
Major Walker
The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)

The Atlanta Child Murders (1985)

TV show
Visual Pathfinders: Robert Abel & Associates (1985)

Visual Pathfinders: Robert Abel & Associates (1985)

Movie
Jack Madrid
The Vegas Strip War (1984)

The Vegas Strip War (1984)

Movie
Albert
City Limits (1984)

City Limits (1984)

Movie
3.5
Narrator
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1984)

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1984)

Movie
Voice of Darth Vader (voice)
Return of the Jedi (1983)

Return of the Jedi (1983)

Movie
6.06
Genie / Narrator
Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)

Faerie Tale Theatre (1982)

TV show
Frye
Blood Tide (1982)

Blood Tide (1982)

Movie
Ommadon
The Flight of Dragons (1982)

The Flight of Dragons (1982)

Movie
10
Thulsa Doom
Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Conan the Barbarian (1982)

Movie
5.45
Night of 100 Stars (1982)

Night of 100 Stars (1982)

Movie
The Prisoner
The Bushido Blade (1981)

The Bushido Blade (1981)

Movie
himself, voice
There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues (1981)

There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues (1981)

Movie
Himself - Narrator (segment 'The Creation')
God's Trombones (1981)

God's Trombones (1981)

Movie
Narrator
The Creation (1981)

The Creation (1981)

Movie
Dane Oliver
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (1980)

The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story (1980)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Movie
6.02
Self
The Me Nobody Knows (1980)

The Me Nobody Knows (1980)

Movie
Detective Robb
CBS Schoolbreak Special (1980)

CBS Schoolbreak Special (1980)

TV show
Father Divine
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones (1980)

TV show
Woody Paris
Paris (1979)

Paris (1979)

TV show
Self - Host
A Walking Tour of Sesame Street (1979)

A Walking Tour of Sesame Street (1979)

Movie
Alex Haley
Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

TV show
6
Paul Robeson
Paul Robeson (1979)

Paul Robeson (1979)

Movie
Self
Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (1978)

Black Theatre: The Making of a Movement (1978)

Movie
Self
The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

The Kennedy Center Honors (1978)

TV show
Darth Vader (voice)
The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978)

Movie
Darth Vader
The Story of the Faithful Wookiee (1978)

The Story of the Faithful Wookiee (1978)

Movie
The Magic of David Copperfield (1978)

The Magic of David Copperfield (1978)

TV show
Morris Bird, Jr.
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977)

The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened (1977)

Movie
Joshua Burke
A Piece of the Action (1977)

A Piece of the Action (1977)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
The Making of Star Wars (1977)

The Making of Star Wars (1977)

Movie
Older Kokumo
Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

Movie
5.31
Sheikh
The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977)

Movie
Darth Vader (voice)
Star Wars (1977)

Star Wars (1977)

Movie
6.11
Malcolm X
The Greatest (1977)

The Greatest (1977)

Movie
Balthazar
Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

Jesus of Nazareth (1977)

TV show
Nick Debrett
Swashbuckler (1976)

Swashbuckler (1976)

Movie
Leon Carter, All-Star (C)
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)

Movie
6
Johnny Williams
The River Niger (1976)

The River Niger (1976)

Movie
Rabbit Shazam
Deadly Hero (1975)

Deadly Hero (1975)

Movie
Barney Hill
The UFO Incident (1975)

The UFO Incident (1975)

Movie
6
Timothy
The Cay (1974)

The Cay (1974)

Movie
Roop
Claudine (1974)

Claudine (1974)

Movie
King Lear
King Lear (1974)

King Lear (1974)

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Self
The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1973)

The American Film Institute Salute to ... (1973)

TV show
Self - Host
Black Omnibus (1973)

Black Omnibus (1973)

TV show
Douglass Dilman
The Man (1972)

The Man (1972)

Movie
Biographical Narration
Malcolm X (1972)

Malcolm X (1972)

Movie
King Lear
Great Performances (1971)

Great Performances (1971)

TV show
Jack Jefferson
The Great White Hope (1970)

The Great White Hope (1970)

Movie
Self
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis (1970)

Movie
Doctor D
End of the Road (1970)

End of the Road (1970)

Movie
Sesame Street (1969)

Sesame Street (1969)

TV show
5.87
Self - Guest
The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

The Dick Cavett Show (1968)

TV show
Dr. Magiot
The Comedians (1967)

The Comedians (1967)

Movie
Self
The Comedians in Africa (1967)

The Comedians in Africa (1967)

Movie
Tarzan (1966)

Tarzan (1966)

TV show
6
Lt. Lothar Zogg
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

Movie
6.31
East Side/West Side (1963)

East Side/West Side (1963)

TV show
Dr. Lou Rush
Dr. Kildare (1961)

Dr. Kildare (1961)

TV show
6
Lieutenant Andrews / Reverend Harris Bonham
The Defenders (1961)

The Defenders (1961)

TV show
Self - Nominee / Performer
Tony Awards (1956)

Tony Awards (1956)

TV show
Archibald Thacker
Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951)

TV show
8.33
Jack Jefferson (archive footage)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)

TV show
6
Self - Host
The JFK Conspiracy

The JFK Conspiracy

Movie
Lamp Unto My Feet

Lamp Unto My Feet

TV show
Self - Narrator (segment "Millions of Cats")
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories

Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories

TV show
Long John Spoilsport
Vegetable Soup

Vegetable Soup

TV show

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James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones

Information

Known for
Acting

Gender
Male

Birthday
1931-01-17 (91 years old)

Place of birth
Arkabutla, United States of America

Relationships
Julienne Marie (1968-01-01 - 1972-01-01)

Spouse
Cecilia Hart

Children
Flynn Earl Jones

Father
Robert Earl Jones

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
James Earl Boggins Jones, Todd Jones

Awards
AAAS Fellow, honorary doctorate from Harvard University, Humanitarian of the Year, Horatio Alger Award, Paul Robeson Award, National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors, Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play, Daytime Emmy Award, Theatre World Award, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, Academy Honorary Award

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