Jan. 17th, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
6' 1 1/2"
James Earl Jones' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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).
- 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).
- Had stuttering problem as a child and said very little as a child; still struggles with the problem and says he has to think about what he says carefully before saying it (impressive, since he is known widely for his voice).
- While in college, was a member of the Pershing Rifles, Co. M-3, a collegiate fraternal organizations for members of the school's ROTC program. Other members of this organization include 'Colin Powell' (qv) and 'G. Gordon Liddy' (qv).
- First African American actor to play the President of the United States in film in _The Man (1972)_.
- 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.
- His parents, Ruth Connolly and 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), separated just before he was born. He was raised by his maternal grandparents.
- 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.
- He received the 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) Centre Honour in December 2002.