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.
- 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.
- He received the 'John F. Kennedy' (qv) Centre Honour in December 2002.
- 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.
- 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).
- Graduated from The University of Michigan.
- Was once an Army officer after college.
- His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.