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 - The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
2014 - Gimme Shelter
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 - The Lion King
1994 - Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1994 - Clean Slate
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Excessive Force
1993 - Sommersby
1993 - The Meteor Man
1992 - Sneakers
1992 - Patriot Games
1991 - Scorchers
1991 - Convicts
1990 - Grim Prairie Tales
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1989 - Field of Dreams
1989 - Three Fugitives
1989 - Best of the Best
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1987 - Gardens of Stone
1987 - Matewan
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
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
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).

  • 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.
  • Was once an Army officer after college.
  • First African American actor to play the President of the United States in film in _The Man (1972)_.
  • In the original Star Wars trilogy, he and 'Billy Dee Williams' (qv) were the only black actors to play major roles. One of 'Billy Dee Williams' (qv)'s other roles was the title role in _Scott Joplin (1977)_ (qv). 'Scott Joplin' (qv)'s ragtime music was used as the score for _The Sting (1973)_ (qv), which features James's father, 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv).
  • On June 15th 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of _On Golden Pond (1981)_ (qv) due to a bout of pneumonia.
  • Is of African-American, American Indian and Irish ancestry. His paternal great-great-grandmother, Parthenia Connolly, was a native of Ireland who worked as an indentured servant. She married a former slave named Brice. Because Brice had no surname of his own, he took his wife's name Connolly. His maternal grandmother, Maggie Anderson, was part Choctaw Indian. He also has Cherokee ancestry.
  • 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.
  • He used to use "Darth Vader" as his handle on his CB radio but stopped when it was freaking people out.

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