James Earl Jones

Gender: male | Birthday: 1931-01-17 | Place of Birth:

James Earl Jones (born January 17, 1931) is a multi-award-winning American actor of theater and film, well known for his distinctive bass voice and for his portrayal of characters of substance, gravitas and leadership. He is known for providing the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars franchise and the tagline for CNN. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi, the son of Ruth (née Connolly) and Robert Earl Jones. At the age of five, he moved to Jackson, Michigan, to be raised by his maternal grandparents, but the adoption was traumatic and he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. When he moved to Brethren, Michigan in later years a teacher at the Brethren schools started to help him with his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years until he reached high school. He credits his high school teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him out of his silence. Jones attended the University of Michigan where he was a pre-med major. While there, he joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and excelled. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead he focused himself on drama, with the thought of doing something he enjoyed, before, he assumed, he would have to go off to fight in the Korean War. After four years of college, Jones left without his degree. In 1953 he found a part-time stage crew job at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan, which marked the beginning of his acting career. During the 1955–1957 seasons he was an actor and stage manager. He performed his first portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello in this theater in 1955. After his discharge from the Military, Jones moved to New York, where he attended the American Theatre Wing to further his training and worked as a janitor to earn a living. His first film role was as a young and trim Lt. Lothar Zogg, the B-52 bombardier in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb in 1964. His first big role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in the film version of the Broadway play The Great White Hope, which was based on the life of boxer Jack Johnson. For his role, Jones was nominated Best Actor by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, making him the second African-American male performer (following Sidney Poitier) to receive a nomination. In 1969, Jones participated in making test films for a proposed children's television series; these shorts, combined with animated segments were the beginnings of the Sesame Street format. The next year, in the early 1970s, James appeared with Diahann Carroll in the film called Claudine. While he has appeared in many roles, he is well known as the voice of Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the original trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction due to Prowse's strong West Country accent being unsuitable for the role. At his own request, he was originally uncredited for the release of the first two films (he would later be credited for the two in the 1997 re-release).  His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 film Disney animated blockbuster The Lion King, and its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN", as well as "This is CNN International", and the Bell Atlantic tagline, "Bell Atlantic: The heart of communication". When Bell Atlantic became Verizon, Jones used the tagline greeting of "Welcome to Verizon" or "Verizon 411" right before a phone call would go through. The opening for NBC's coverage of the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics; "the Big PI in the Sky" (God) in the computer game Under a Killing Moon; a Claymation film about The Creation; and several guest spots on The Simpsons. In addition to his film and voice over work, Jones is an accomplished stage actor as well; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences. Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet are Shakespearean roles he has played. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. Jones has been married to actress Cecilia Hart since 1982. They have one child, Flynn Earl Jones. He was previously married to American actress/singer Julienne Marie (born March 21, 1933, Toledo, Ohio); they had no children. Jones is a registered Republican.

Movies of James Earl Jones

The Lion King
The Lion King

The Lion King   2019

Release Date: 2019-07-17

Rating: 0

Production Companies:

Director: Beyoncé Knowles / Beyoncé Knowles /

Stars: 
Donald Glover  /  James Earl Jones  /  Jon Favreau
Warning Shot
Warning Shot

Warning Shot   2018

Release Date: 2018-09-14

Rating: 0

Production Companies:

Director: Frank Whaley / Фрэнк Уэйли /

Stars: 
Niki Koss  /  James Earl Jones  /  Bruce Dern
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story   2016

Release Date: 2016-12-14

Rating: 7.5

Production Companies: Lucasfilm / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures /

Director: Gareth Edwards / Gareth Edwards /

Stars: 
Felicity Jones  /  Diego Luna  /  Ben Mendelsohn
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar

The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar   2015

Release Date: 2015-11-22

Rating: 5.9

Production Companies: Walt Disney Television Animation /

Director: Howy Parkins / Howy Parkins /

Stars: 
Max Charles  /  Jeff Bennett  /  Sarah Hyland
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal

Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal   2015

Release Date: 2015-04-18

Rating: 7.9

Production Companies:

Director: Brad Rau / Brad Rau /

Stars: 
Taylor Gray  /  James Earl Jones  /  Ashley Eckstein
Driving Miss Daisy
Driving Miss Daisy

Driving Miss Daisy   2014

Release Date: 2014-06-04

Rating: 5.9

Production Companies:

Director: David Esbjornson / David Esbjornson /

Stars: 
Angela Lansbury  /  James Earl Jones  /  Boyd Gaines
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn

The Angriest Man in Brooklyn   2014

Release Date: 2014-05-23

Rating: 5.6

Production Companies: Landscape Entertainment / MICA Entertainment /

Director: Rebecca Breckel / Rebecca Breckel /

Stars: 
Mila Kunis  /  Peter Dinklage  /  Robin Williams
Gimme Shelter
Gimme Shelter

Gimme Shelter   2013

Release Date: 2013-10-17

Rating: 6.6

Production Companies:

Director: Ron Krauss / Ron Krauss /

Stars: 
Vanessa Hudgens  /  Rosario Dawson  /  Brendan Fraser
Muse of Fire
Muse of Fire

Muse of Fire   2013

Release Date: 2013-09-26

Rating: 7

Production Companies: Canadian Museum of Civilization / Canadian Museum of Civilization /

Director: Alan Cumming / Alan Cumming /

Stars: 
Ian McKellen  /  Judi Dench  /  Mark Rylance
Blackfish
Blackfish

Blackfish   2013

Release Date: 2013-06-07

Rating: 7.9

Production Companies: Manny O Productions /

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite / Gabriela Cowperthwaite /

Stars: 
Kim Ashdown  /  Ken Balcomb  /  Samantha Berg
Milius
Milius

Milius   2013

Release Date: 2013-03-09

Rating: 7.3

Production Companies:

Director: George Lucas / George Lucas /

Stars: 
John Milius  /  Steven Spielberg  /  George Lucas
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey   2012

Release Date: 2012-12-02

Rating: 0.5

Production Companies:

Director: Dan St. Pierre / Dan St. Pierre /

Stars: 
Chris Pine  /  Amanda Peet  /  Samuel L. Jackson
Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk   2009

Release Date: 2009-11-06

Rating: 5.1

Production Companies:

Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe / Gary J. Tunnicliffe /

Stars: 
Chevy Chase  /  Sammi Hanratty  /  Madison Davenport
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins

Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins   2008

Release Date: 2008-02-08

Rating: 5.6

Production Companies: Universal Pictures / Spyglass Entertainment /

Director: Malcolm D. Lee / Malcolm D. Lee /

Earth
Earth

Earth   2007

Release Date: 2007-04-22

Rating: 7.5

Production Companies:

Director: Alastair Fothergill / Alastair Fothergill /

Click
Click

Click   2006

Release Date: 2006-06-22

Rating: 6

Production Companies: Original Film / Columbia Pictures Corporation /

Director: Jake Hoffman / Jake Hoffman /

The Benchwarmers
The Benchwarmers

The Benchwarmers   2006

Release Date: 2006-04-07

Rating: 5.3

Production Companies: Columbia Pictures / Revolution Studios /

Director: Dennis Dugan / Dennis Dugan /

Stars: 
Jon Heder  /  Rob Schneider  /  David Spade
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith   2005

Release Date: 2005-05-17

Rating: 7.2

Production Companies: Lucasfilm /

Director: George Lucas / George Lucas /

The Sandlot 2
The Sandlot 2

The Sandlot 2   2005

Release Date: 2005-05-03

Rating: 5.1

Production Companies: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment / David Evans Pictures /

Director: Susan Weir / Susan Weir /

Robots
Robots

Robots   2005

Release Date: 2005-03-10

Rating: 6.1

Production Companies: Blue Sky Studios / Twentieth Century Fox Animation /

Director: Mel Brooks / Mel Brooks /

Stars: 
Robin Williams  /  Ewan McGregor  /  Halle Berry
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy

Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy   2004

Release Date: 2004-09-12

Rating: 7.5

Production Companies: Lucasfilm / 20th Century Fox /

Director: George Lucas / George Lucas /

Stars: 
Robert Clotworthy  /  Kenny Baker  /  Jim Bloom
Feast of All Saints
Feast of All Saints

Feast of All Saints   2001

Release Date: 2001-11-11

Rating: 5.8

Production Companies: Spirit Dance Entertainment / John Wilder Nightwatch Productions /

Director: Sarah Willinsky / Sarah Willinsky /

Stars: 
Peter Gallagher  /  Jennifer Beals  /  Ossie Davis
Disney's American Legends
Disney's American Legends

Disney's American Legends   2001

Release Date: 2001-02-12

Rating: 6.8

Production Companies: Walt Disney Home Video / Walt Disney Television Animation /

Director: Les Clark / Les Clark /

Finder's Fee
Finder's Fee

Finder's Fee   2001

Release Date: 2001-01-01

Rating: 5.9

Production Companies:

Director: Jeff Probst / Jeff Probst /

Stars: 
Ryan Reynolds  /  Erik Palladino  /  Dash Mihok
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