Jan. 17th, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
6' 1 1/2"
James Earl Jones' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles
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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.
- A Norwegian rock band has named themselves after him: James Earl Jones Barbershop Explosion!.
- Graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.
- Son of prizefighter-turned-actor 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), from whom it is said he was estranged long into adulthood.
- Born at 6:05am.
- His parents, Ruth Connolly and 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), separated just before he was born. He was raised by his maternal grandparents.
- He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1992 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C.
- Known for his humility, he declined to have his name appear on the credits of both _Star Wars (1977)_ (qv) and _Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)_ (qv), claiming that he felt his contribution wasn't significant enough to warrant a credit. He did agree to have his name appear of the credits of _Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)_ (qv).