Jan. 17th, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
6' 1 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Dr. Lou Rush
Darth Vader (Voiced)
Maggie Simpson (Voiced)
Chief Justice Caleb Thorne
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).
- Is a member of the National Rifle Assocation of America (NRA).
- He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
- Grew up in the small town of Dublin, Michigan.
- 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).
- His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.
- He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series _"Sesame Street" (1969)_ (qv).
- Son of prizefighter-turned-actor 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), from whom it is said he was estranged long into adulthood.
- He received the 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) Centre Honour in December 2002.