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
2010 - Jack and the Beanstalk
2008 - Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
2007 - Earth
2006 - Scary Movie 4
2006 - The Benchwarmers
2005 - Robots
2005 - Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
2004 - Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson
1999 - Fantasia 2000
1999 - The Annihilation of Fish
1998 - Primary Colors
1997 - Gang Related
1995 - Judge Dredd
1994 - The Lion King
1994 - Clean Slate
1994 - Clear and Present Danger
1994 - Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
1993 - The Sandlot
1993 - Sommersby
1993 - The Meteor Man
1993 - Excessive Force
1992 - Patriot Games
1992 - Sneakers
1991 - Convicts
1991 - Scorchers
1990 - The Hunt for Red October
1990 - Grim Prairie Tales
1989 - Best of the Best
1989 - Three Fugitives
1989 - Field of Dreams
1988 - Coming to America
1987 - Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
1987 - Matewan
1987 - Gardens of Stone
1986 - Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
1986 - Soul Man
1983 - Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
1982 - The Flight of Dragons
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 - Swashbuckler
1970 - The Great White Hope
1964 - Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Guest TV Roles

[none found]


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).

  • Narrated the documentary _Black Indians: An American Story (2001)_ (qv) , which explores issues of racial identity between the mixed-descent peoples of both Native American and African American heritage. Jones himself is a Black Indian.
  • He was the first established celebrity to appear on the series _"Sesame Street" (1969)_ (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).
  • His vocal performance of Darth Vader is ranked #84 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time.
  • 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).
  • Has appeared in two films with 'Madge Sinclair' (qv) where they play the main character's parents. In _Coming to America (1988)_ (qv), they play the mother and father of 'Eddie Murphy (I)' (qv)'s character, Hakeem. In _The Lion King (1994)_ (qv), they play the mother and father of Simba. In _Coming to America (1988)_ (qv), he appears with 'Samuel L. Jackson' (qv), who also appears with him in _Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)_ (qv), in which 'James Earl Jones' (qv) voices Darth Vader, the father of original trilogy hero Luke Skywalker. In _The Lion King (1994)_ (qv), Jones' character is named Mufasa. In _Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)_ (qv), Darth Vader is severely injured on the planet Mustafar, which necessitates the synthesized voice Jones provides.
  • Graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.
  • 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).

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