Jan. 17th, 1931
Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
6' 1 1/2"
Guest TV Roles
Darth Vader (Voiced)
Dr. Lou Rush
Reverend Harris Bonham
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).
- He won a Tony in 1969 for "The Great White Hope".
- 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.
- His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.
- On June 15th 2005, he was forced to leave the Broadway revival of _On Golden Pond (1981)_ (qv) due to a bout of pneumonia.
- Son of prizefighter-turned-actor 'Robert Earl Jones' (qv), from whom it is said he was estranged long into adulthood.
- On October 8, 2002 appeared along with Theo Lion from PBS's _"Between the Lions" (2000)_ (qv) before the House Education Reform Subcommittee to explain the importance of supporting literacy programs.
- While in college, was a member of the Pershing Rifles, Co. M-3, a collegiate fraternal organizations for members of the school's ROTC program. Other members of this organization include 'Colin Powell' (qv) and 'G. Gordon Liddy' (qv).
- A Norwegian rock band has named themselves after him: James Earl Jones Barbershop Explosion!.