James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Age
84
Birthday
Jan. 17th, 1931
Born in
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Height
6' 1 1/2"

James Earl Jones' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Gabriel's Fire TV Show
Gabriel's Fire
Me and Mom TV Show
Me and Mom
Vegetable Soup TV Show
Vegetable Soup
 

Main Movie Roles

2014 - Gimme Shelter
2014 - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
2013 - Blackfish
2010 - Jack and the Beanstalk
2008 - Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
2007 - Earth
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2006 - The Benchwarmers
2005 - Robots
2005 - Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
1999 - Fantasia 2000
1999 - The Annihilation of Fish
1998 - Primary Colors
1997 - Gang Related
1995 - Judge Dredd
1994 - The Lion King
1994 - Clean Slate
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1994 - Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Sommersby
1993 - The Meteor Man
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - Patriot Games
1992 - Sneakers
1991 - Convicts
1991 - Scorchers
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1990 - Grim Prairie Tales
1989 - Best of the Best
1989 - Three Fugitives
1989 - Field of Dreams
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1987 - Matewan
1987 - Gardens of Stone
1986 - Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
1986 - Soul Man
1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1982 - The Flight of Dragons
1982 - Conan the Barbarian
1980 - Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1977 - Exorcist II: The Heretic
1977 - Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
1976 - Swashbuckler
1970 - The Great White Hope
1964 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Guest TV Roles

[none found]



BIOGRAPHY:

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).


TRIVIA:
  • On October 8, 2002 appeared along with Theo Lion from PBS's _"Between the Lions" (2000)_ (qv) before the House Education Reform Subcommittee to explain the importance of supporting literacy programs.
  • Narrated the documentary _Black Indians: An American Story (2001)_ (qv) , which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both Native American and African American heritage. Jones himself is a Black Indian.
  • Graduated from The University of Michigan.
  • Callers using Bell Atlantic pay phones often hear Jones's voice assuring them "Welcome to Bell Atlantic", just before a female voice asks for a calling card number.
  • 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).
  • Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
  • Was once an Army officer after college.
  • According to Jones, when George Lucas was trying to cast the voice of Darth Vader, his immediate idea was to cast Orson Welles. However, he felt that Welles was too well-known for the role. So instead he looked for an actor with a deep voice, "like Orson Welles" which is how he got cast.


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