Jan. 17th, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
6' 1 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
Dr. Lou Rush
Darth Vader (Voiced)
James Earl Jones was born in 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA. At an early age he started to take dramatic lessons to calm himself down. It appeared to work as he has since starred in many films over a 40-year period, beginning with the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). Probably best known for his role as Darth Vader (for the voice only, as the man in the Darth Vader suit was David Prowse (I), whose voice was dubbed because of his British West Country accent). Has appeared on "The Simpsons" (1989) a couple of times and played Mufasa in The Lion King (1994). James Earl Jones returned as the voice of Darth Vader in Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).
- Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
- Announced the forty-fifth greatest movie villain of all time by Maxim Magazine's "Fifty Greatest Movie Villains of all Time" list for his character of Darth Vader in _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv).
- Son: Flynn Earl Jones.
- Has won two Tony Awards: in 1969, as Best Actor (Dramatic), for "The Great White Hope", a role he recreated in an Oscar-nominated performance in the film version of the same title, _The Great White Hope (1970)_ (qv) and in 1987, as Best Actor (Play), for 'August Wilson' (qv)'s "Fences".
- Was once an Army officer after college.
- His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
- Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of the anti-hero, Darth Vader, in the 'Star Wars' film trilogy.
- Known for his humility, he declined to have his name appear on the credits of both _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and _Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a credit. He did agree to have his name appear of the credits of _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).