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).
- He received the 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) Centre Honour in December 2002.
- Was once an Army officer after college.
- On June 15th 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of _On Golden Pond (1981)_ (qv) due to a bout of pneumonia.
- He used to use "Darth Vader" as his handle on his CB radio but stopped when it was freaking people out.
- His father-in-law's favorite movie is _Gunga Din (1939)_ (qv).
- Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of the anti-hero, Darth Vader, in the 'Star Wars' film trilogy.
- Appears in _Robots (2005)_ (qv) with 'Stanley Tucci (I)' (qv). In a television biopic of 'Peter Sellers' (qv), 'Stanley Tucci (I)' (qv) played 'Stanley Kubrick' (qv), who directed 'Peter Sellers' (qv) in _Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)_ (qv), which was also Jones's first film.
- Took acting lessons to control his stutter.