James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones

Jan. 17th, 1931
Born in
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
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

2008 - Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
2007 - Earth
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2006 - The Benchwarmers
2006 - Click
2005 - Robots
2005 - Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2001 - Finder's Fee
1999 - Fantasia/2000
1998 - Primary Colors
1997 - Gang Related
1996 - Looking For Richard
1995 - Cry, The Beloved Country
1995 - Judge Dredd
1994 - Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1994 - The Lion King
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1994 - Clean Slate
1993 - The Meteor Man
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Sommersby
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - Patriot Games
1992 - Sneakers
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1989 - Field of Dreams
1989 - Three Fugitives
1989 - Best of the Best
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Matewan
1987 - Gardens of Stone
1987 - Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1986 - Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
1986 - Soul Man
1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1982 - Conan the Barbarian
1982 - The Flight of Dragons
1980 - Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
1977 - Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
1977 - Exorcist II: The Heretic
1976 - The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
1976 - Swashbuckler
1970 - The Great White Hope
1964 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Detective Capt. Woodrow 'Woody' Paris
Neb Langston
Dr. Lou Rush
Will Cleveland
Narrator (Voiced)
Lee Atkins
Darth Vader (Voiced)
[Complete List]


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).

  • Born at 6:05am.
  • Son of prizefighter-turned-actor 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), from whom it is said he was estranged long into adulthood.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Graduated from The University of Michigan.
  • 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.

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