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

2014 - Gimme Shelter
2014 - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
2013 - Blackfish
2008 - Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
2007 - Earth
2006 - The Benchwarmers
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2005 - Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2005 - Robots
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
2001 - Finder's Fee
1999 - The Annihilation of Fish
1998 - Primary Colors
1997 - Gang Related
1995 - Judge Dredd
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1994 - The Lion King
1994 - Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1994 - Clean Slate
1993 - Sommersby
1993 - The Meteor Man
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - Patriot Games
1992 - Sneakers
1991 - Scorchers
1991 - Convicts
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1990 - Grim Prairie Tales
1989 - Three Fugitives
1989 - Best of the Best
1989 - Field of Dreams
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Matewan
1987 - Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1987 - Gardens of Stone
1986 - Soul Man
1986 - Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
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 - The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
1976 - Swashbuckler
1976 - The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
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
Neb Langston
Dr. Lou Rush
Darth Vader (Voiced)
Maggie Simpson (Voiced)
Will Cleveland
Chief Bella
Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
Lieutenant Andrews
[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).

  • Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of the anti-hero, Darth Vader, in the 'Star Wars' film trilogy.
  • His "death" was announced during a live broadcast of an NBA playoff game in April of 1998. The deceased was actually 'James Earl Ray' (qv), the convicted assassin of 'Martin Luther King' (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).
  • Son: Flynn Earl Jones.
  • Graduated from The University of Michigan.
  • Brother: Matthew Earl Jones.
  • His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • 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".

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