James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 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: ...

Born on January 17, 1931

Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA

Height 1.87m / 6' 2"

Biography

James Earl Jones was born on January 17, 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). He is probably best known for his role as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy (for the voice only, as the man in the Darth Vader suit was David Prowse, whose voice was dubbed because of his British West Country accent). He has appeared on the animated series The Simpsons (1989) three 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) and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016).Read More

Known For

TradeMarks

Famous for his deep authoritative voice, used most famously for impressive roles as leaders like Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy and Mufasa in The Lion King (1994)

Unmistakeable contagious laugh

Trivia

Born at 6:05am.

Attended and graduated from Kaleva-Norman-Dickson High School in Brethren.

His first time acting was at the Ramsdell Theater in Manistee, Michigan.

Attended and graduated from the University of Michigan in 1955.

He's the commanding voice that says "This is CNN".

Son of prizefighter-turned-actor Robert Earl Jones, from whom he was (allegedly) estranged long into adulthood. Yet they starred together in a well-received stage revival of John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men", as Lennie Small and Crooks, respectively (Kevin Conway also starred in the play, as George Milton).

Provided the thunderous voice (uncredited) of Darth Vader, the villain of the original Star Wars trilogy.

Had a 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).

Son, with Cecilia Hart: Flynn Earl Jones.

Took acting lessons to control his stutter.

Quotes

[from "James Earl Jones: Voices and Silences" page 360]: My voice is for hire. My endorsement is not for hire. I will do a voice-over, but I cannot endorse without making a different kind of commitment. My politics are very personal and subjective.

[on Star Wars] I am so pleased to be part of that full legend. Even as an observer. I am just an observer.

[on being the recipient of a lifetime achievement Oscar] If an actor's nightmare is being onstage buck naked and not knowing his lines, what the heck do you call this?

I have to look for film or TV work. If the great roles aren't around -- and they usually aren't -- then I try to pick projects which will at least take me to interesting locations. To the best of my abilities, I give them Academy Award caliber performances. I can't put down any jobs that help me pay my bills. The problem is most of the movies and TV shows I've been in haven't given me much to do or say.

The world is filled with violence. Because criminals carry guns, we decent law-abiding citizens should also have guns. Otherwise, they will win and the decent people will lose.

[on the terrible stutter he suffered from as a young man]: One of the hardest things in life is having words in your heart that you can't utter.

[on the Iraq war]: All people have to be prepared. If we are going to be the police, we also have to be the guardians. We can no longer play games. I was not against the war in Bosnia. I was against it taking so long. I was not against the war in Somalia. Again, it took too long, and we didn't finish the job. We should've stayed and finished the job. About this pending war, I just think we should've finished that war the first time.

When I read that part in the script where it said, "Luke, I am your father", I thought, "He's lying. I have to see how they carry this lie out.".

If you take a villain like Thulsa Doom or Darth Vader and have fun with it, that destroys the credibility of the character.

Spouses

Cecilia Hart Cecilia Hart March 15, 1982 - October 16, 2016 (her death) (1 child)
Julienne Marie Julienne Marie January 02, 1968 - present (divorced)

Salaries

Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  $ 9,000
Coming to America  Coming to America  $ 900,000

Filmography

The Ed Sullivan Show The Ed Sullivan Show JackJefferson-scenefrom'TheGreatWhiteHope'(1episode,1969)
Guiding Light Guiding Light Dr.JimFrazier#2(1966)(unknownepisodes)
Today Today Himself/...(2episodes,1989-2014)
As the World Turns As the World Turns Dr.JerryTurner(1966)(unknownepisodes)
The Defenders The Defenders LieutenantAndrews/...(2episodes,1962-1964)
Dr. Kildare Dr. Kildare Dr.LouRush(4episodes,1966)
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Himself-Guest(3episodes,1968-1991)
Channing Channing Dr.PeterCooke(1episode,1964)
East Side/West Side East Side/West Side JoeGoodwin(1episode,1963)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb  Lt.LotharZogg
Tarzan Tarzan ChiefBella/...(2episodes,1967-1968)
The Comedians in Africa  The Comedians in Africa  Himself(uncredited)
Haiti - wyspa przekleta  Haiti - wyspa przekleta  Dr.Magiot
The David Frost Show The David Frost Show Himself(2episodes,1970)
Sesame Street Sesame Street Himself(6episodes,1969-2004)
The Great White Hope  The Great White Hope  JackJefferson
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis  King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis  Himself
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis  King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis 
The Man  The Man  DouglassDilman
Black Omnibus Black Omnibus Himself-Host(5episodes,1973)
Dinah! Dinah! Himself(1episode,1976)
Good Morning America Good Morning America Himself(1episode,1978)
The UFO Incident  The UFO Incident  BarneyHill
Swashbuckler  Swashbuckler  NickDebrett
ABC Weekend Specials ABC Weekend Specials (1episode,1993)
A Piece of the Action  A Piece of the Action  JoshuaBurke
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope  DarthVader(voice)(uncredited)
Paul Robeson  Paul Robeson  PaulRobeson
Paris Paris DetectiveCapt.Woodrow'Woody'Paris(13episodes,1979-1980)
Roots: The Next Generations Roots: The Next Generations AlexHaley(1episode,1979)
The Bushido Blade  The Bushido Blade  ThePrisoner
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back  DarthVader(voice)(uncredited)
Amy & the Angel Amy & the Angel Gabriel
Conan the Barbarian  Conan the Barbarian  ThulsaDoom
The Creation  The Creation  Narrator
Bloodtide  Bloodtide  Frye
Reading Rainbow Reading Rainbow Himself(1episode,1983)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi  DarthVader(voice)
Highway to Heaven Highway to Heaven GabeWilson(1episode,1987)
The Vegas Strip War  The Vegas Strip War  JackMadrid
Me and Mom Me and Mom LouGarfield(6episodes,1985)
The Atlanta Child Murders The Atlanta Child Murders MajorWalker(2episodes,1985)
L.A. Law L.A. Law LeeAtkins(2episodes,1988-1989)
Soul Man  Soul Man  ProfessorBanks
Mathnet Mathnet ChiefThadGreen/...(5episodes,1987-1991)
Matewan  Matewan  FewClothes
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night  Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night  EmperoroftheNight(voice)
Garfield and Friends Garfield and Friends Diablo(1episode,1992)
Coming to America  Coming to America  KingJaffeJoffer
The Arsenio Hall Show The Arsenio Hall Show Himself(2episodes,1989-1990)
Live! with Kelly Live! with Kelly Himself(2episodes,1990)
The Simpsons The Simpsons Narrator/...(3episodes,1990-1998)
Best of the Best  Best of the Best  FrankCouzo
Field of Dreams  Field of Dreams  TerenceMann
Gabriel's Fire Gabriel's Fire GabrielBird(22episodes,1990-1991)
Law & Order Law & Order HoraceMcCoy(1episode,1993)
The Ambulance  The Ambulance  Lt.Spencer
By Dawn's Early Light  By Dawn's Early Light  Alice
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror  Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror  Morrison
The Hunt for Red October  The Hunt for Red October  AdmiralGreer
Last Flight Out  Last Flight Out  AlTopping
Scorchers  Scorchers  Bear
True Identity  True Identity  Himself
Picket Fences Picket Fences BryantThomas(1episode,1994)
Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Shelley Duvall's Bedtime Stories Narrator(segment"MillionsofCats")(1episode,1992)
Diamonds on the Silver Screen  Diamonds on the Silver Screen  Narrator(voice)
Excessive Force  Excessive Force  Jake
Freddie as F.R.O.7.  Freddie as F.R.O.7.  Narrator(Americanversion)(voice)
Lincoln  Lincoln  Narrator(voice)
Patriot Games  Patriot Games  AdmiralGreer
Sneakers  Sneakers  NSAAgentBernardAbbott
Frasier Frasier NormanRoyster(1episode,1997)
Homicide: Life on the Street Homicide: Life on the Street FelixWilson(3episodes,1997)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien Late Night with Conan O'Brien Himself(1episode,1995)
Late Show with David Letterman Late Show with David Letterman Himself(4episodes,1993-2003)
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman FranklinStern(1episode,1994)
Hallelujah Hallelujah OldManTaylor
The Meteor Man  The Meteor Man  EarnestMoses
Sommersby  Sommersby  JudgeIssacs
Touched by an Angel Touched by an Angel TheAngelofAngels(1episode,1997)
Africa: The Serengeti  Africa: The Serengeti  Narrator(voice)
Clear and Present Danger  Clear and Present Danger  Adm.JamesGreer
The Lion King  The Lion King  Mufasa(voice)
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult  Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult  JamesEarlJones(uncredited)
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics  Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics  Host
The Vernon Johns Story  The Vernon Johns Story  VernonJohns
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child KingDakkar(1episode,1995)
Under One Roof Under One Roof NebLangston(6episodes,1995)
Jefferson in Paris  Jefferson in Paris  MadisonHemings
Judge Dredd  Judge Dredd  Narrator(voice)(uncredited)
The Magic 7  The Magic 7  5-Toe(voice)
3rd Rock from the Sun 3rd Rock from the Sun Narrator(uncredited)(9episodes,1996)
Good Luck  Good Luck  JamesBing
Stargate SG-1 Stargate SG-1 Unas(1episode,1997)
Casper: A Spirited Beginning  Casper: A Spirited Beginning  Kibosh(voice)
Gang Related  Gang Related  ArthurBaylor
Primary Colors  Primary Colors  CNNVoiceover(voice)
The Second Civil War  The Second Civil War  JimKalla
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride  The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride  Mufasa(voice)
Fantasia 2000  Fantasia 2000  Himself-Host(segment"CarnivaloftheAnimals")
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