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James Earl Jones

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.

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Jan 17, 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, USA
Aparitii in Filme/Seriale:
Primul film:
In series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Ultimul film:
Serial Obi-Wan Kenobi 2022
Cunoscut pentru
Poster of Law & Order
Poster of Roots: The Next Generations
Filme in care a jucat
Serial Obi-Wan Kenobi Darth Vader (voice) 2022
Film Coming 2 America King Jaffe Joffer 2021-03-05
Film Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Darth Vader (voice) 2019-12-18
Film The Lion King Mufasa (voice) 2019-07-12
Film Unraveling the Mystery: A Big Bang Farewell James Earl Jones (archive footage) 2019-05-16
Film Raúl Juliá: The World’s a Stage Himself 2019-09-13
Film Warning Shot Pendleton 2018-09-14
Film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Darth Vader (voice) 2016-12-14
Film Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal Darth Vader (voice) 2015-04-18
Film August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand 2015-02-20
Film Driving Miss Daisy Hoke Colburn 2015-06-04
Film The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar Mufasa (voice) 2015-11-22
Film The Angriest Man in Brooklyn Ruben 2014-05-23
Serial Star Wars Rebels Darth Vader (voice) 2014-10-13
Film Gimme Shelter Frank McCarthy 2013-10-17
Film Muse of Fire Himself 2013-09-26
Film Blackfish Himself (archive footage) 2013-06-07
Film Milius Himself 2013-03-09
Film Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey Admiral (voice) 2012-12-02
Film Star Tours: The Adventures Continue Darth Vader 2011-05-20
Film Jack and the Beanstalk The Giant (voice) 2009-11-06
Film Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins Papa Jenkins 2008-02-08
Film John, Paul, George and Ben Narrator 2007-01-05
Serial The Big Bang Theory Himself 2007-09-24
Film Earth Narrator 2007-04-22
Film Vader Sessions Darth Vader 2006-08-25
Serial The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Film Click Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited) 2006-06-23
Film The Best of The Tony Awards: The Plays Jack Jefferson (segment "The Great White Hope") / Troy Maxson (segment "Fences") 2006-05-02
Film Scary Movie 4 Narrator (uncredited) 2006-04-12
Film The Benchwarmers Darth Vader (voice) 2006-04-07
Film By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X Narrator 2005-02-08
Film Robots Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice) 2005-03-10
Film The Sandlot 2 Mr. Mertle 2005-05-03
Film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith Darth Vader (voice - uncredited) 2005-05-17
Film The Reading Room 2005-11-04
Film Hollywood's Greatest Villains Himself 2005-12-01
Serial Deal or No Deal Unknown 2005-12-19
Serial House Dibala 2004-11-16
Film No Fighting in the War Room Or: Dr Strangelove and the Nuclear Threat Himself 2004-10-28
Film Nine Dog Christmas Narrator 2004-10-05
Film Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy Himself 2004-09-12
Film The Story of Star Wars Darth Vader (archive footage) 2004-08-18
Film Black Indians: An American Story Narrator 2004-01-01
Film Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October' Self 2003-05-06
Film The Great Year Narrator 2003-08-01
Serial Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Serial Everwood Unknown 2002-09-16
Film Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World 2001-11-19
Film Feast of All Saints Older Marcel 2001-11-11
Film Recess Christmas: Miracle On Third Street Mister (voice) 2001-11-06
Serial According to Jim Unknown 2001-10-03
Film Disney's American Legends Narrator 2001-02-12
Film Finder's Fee Avery Phillips 2001-01-01
Film Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan' Himself 2000-01-01
Film The Art of Stanley Kubrick: From Short Films to Strangelove Himself 2000-04-10
Film Summer's End Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely 2000-04-18
Film Inside: 'Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb' Himself - 'Lieutenant Lothar Zogg' 2000-05-05
Film Fantasia 2000 Himself - Host 1999-12-17
Film Santa and Pete James Earl Jones 1999-12-05
Film Undercover Angel The Judge 1999-05-16
Film On the Q.T. Leo 1999-04-01
Film Our Friend, Martin Daddy King (voice) 1999-01-12
Film The Annihilation of Fish Fish 1999-01-01
Serial Merlin Rock of Ages 1998-04-26
Film Primary Colors CNN Voiceover (voice) 1998-03-20
Film Merlin Mountain King 1998-04-26
Serial Will & Grace Unknown 1998-09-21
Film The Lion King II: Simba's Pride Mufasa (voice) 1998-10-24
Film Alone Grey 1997-12-21
Film What the Deaf Man Heard Archibald Thacker 1997-11-23
Film Gang Related Arthur Baylor 1997-10-08
Film Casper: A Spirited Beginning Kibosh (voice) 1997-09-09
Serial Stargate SG-1 Unknown 1997-07-27
Film The Second Civil War Jim Kalla 1997-03-15
Film Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi Special Edition Darth Vader (Voice) 1997-03-07
Film Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back Special Edition R2-D2 1997-02-21
Film Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault Dr. McDuffie 1996-01-01
Film Looking for Richard Himself/Interview 1996-10-11
Film A Family Thing Ray Murdock 1996-03-29
Film Timepiece Lawrence 1996-12-22
Film Cry, the Beloved Country Rev. Stephen Kumalo 1995-12-15
Film Judge Dredd Narrator (uncredited) 1995-06-30
Film The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies 1995-06-05
Film The Making of 'Jurassic Park' Host 1995-05-09
Film Jefferson in Paris Madison Hemings 1995-03-31
Serial Under One Roof Neb Langston 1995-03-14
Film Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable Mufasa (voice) 1995-01-21
Film The Vernon Johns Story Vernon Johns 1994-01-15
Film Confessions: Two Faces of Evil Charles Lloyd 1994-01-17
Film Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult James Earl Jones 1994-03-18
Film Clean Slate John Dolby 1994-05-06
Film Africa: The Serengeti Narrator 1994-03-31
Film The Lion King King Mufasa (voice) 1994-06-23
Film Clear and Present Danger Admiral James Greer 1994-08-03
Film Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics Host 1994-05-19
Film Hallelujah Old Man Taylor 1993-12-22
Film Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice 1993-09-28
Serial Frasier Unknown 1993-09-16
Serial Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
Film The Meteor Man Earnest Moses 1993-08-06
Film Excessive Force Jake 1993-05-14
Film The Sandlot Mr. Mertle 1993-04-07
Film Sommersby Judge Isaacs 1993-02-05
Serial Homicide: Life on the Street Unknown 1993-01-31
Film Patriot Games Adm. James Greer 1992-06-04
Film Lincoln Narrator (voice) 1992-12-26
Film Sneakers NSA Agent Bernard Abbott 1992-09-09
Film Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama Narrator (English) 1992-12-05
Serial Pros and Cons Gabriel Bird 1991-09-26
Film True Identity Himself 1991-07-23
Film Scorchers Bear 1991-07-07
Film Visitors from the Unknown Narrator 1991-03-25
Film Convicts Ben Johnson 1991-01-01
Film By Dawn's Early Light Looking Glass General - 'Alice' 1990-05-19
Film Teach 109 Dr. Winston 1990-01-01
Film The Hunt for Red October James Greer 1990-03-02
Film The Ambulance Lt. Spencer 1990-03-22
Film Grim Prairie Tales Morrison 1990-09-14
Film Last Flight Out Al Topping 1990-05-22
Film Ivory Hunters Inspector Nkuru 1990-08-20
Serial Gabriel's Fire Gabriel Bird 1990-09-12
Serial Law & Order Attorney Horace McCoy 1990-09-13
Film Heat Wave Junius Johnson 1990-08-13
Serial Long Ago and Far Away Host 1989-02-11
Film Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark Narrator 1989-01-01
Film Three Fugitives Dugan 1989-01-27
Film Field of Dreams Terrence Mann 1989-04-21
Film Best of the Best Frank Couzo 1989-11-10
Serial The Simpsons Unknown 1989-12-17
Film Terrorgram Retribution (voice) 1988-08-08
Film Coming to America King Jaffe Joffer 1988-06-29
Film Matewan 'Few Clothes' Johnson 1987-08-28
Film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night Emperor of the Night (voice) 1987-08-06
Film Gardens of Stone Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson 1987-05-05
Film Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp Genie / Narrator 1986-07-14
Film My Little Girl Ike Bailey 1986-08-31
Serial L.A. Law Unknown 1986-09-15
Film Soul Man Professor Banks 1986-10-24
Film Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold Umslopogaas 1986-12-17
Film The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
Serial The Atlanta Child Murders Major Walker 1985-02-10
Film The Vegas Strip War Jack Madrid 1984-11-25
Film City Limits Albert 1984-01-01
Film Return of the Jedi Voice of Darth Vader (voice) 1983-05-25
Film Blood Tide Frye 1982-09-01
Film The Flight of Dragons Ommadon 1982-08-17
Film Conan the Barbarian Thulsa Doom 1982-04-02
Film Night of 100 Stars 1982-03-08
Film There Was Always Sun Shining Someplace: Life in the Negro Baseball Leagues himself, voice 1981-04-03
Film The Bushido Blade The Prisoner 1981-06-19
Film The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story Dane Oliver 1980-05-25
Film The Empire Strikes Back Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited) 1980-05-20
Film Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980-04-15
Serial Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones Father Divine 1980-04-15
Serial Paris 1979-09-29
Serial Roots: The Next Generations Alex Haley 1979-02-18
Film The Star Wars Holiday Special Darth Vader (voice) 1978-12-01
Film Star Wars Darth Vader (voice) 1977-05-25
Serial Jesus of Nazareth Balthazar 1977-03-27
Film Jesus of Nazareth Balthasar 1977-03-27
Film The Greatest Malcolm X 1977-05-17
Film The Making of Star Wars Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited) 1977-09-16
Film The Last Remake of Beau Geste Sheikh 1977-06-15
Film Exorcist II: The Heretic Older Kokumo 1977-06-17
Film A Piece of the Action Joshua Burke 1977-10-07
Film The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened Morris Bird, Jr. 1977-10-26
Film The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings Leon Carter 1976-07-16
Film The River Niger Johnny Williams 1976-04-14
Film Swashbuckler Nick Debrett 1976-01-01
Film Deadly Hero Rabbit Shazam 1975-12-14
Film The UFO Incident Barney Hill 1975-10-20
Serial Vegetable Soup 1975-09-22
Film The Cay Timothy 1974-10-24
Film Claudine Rupert D. "Roop" Marshall 1974-04-22
Film The Man Douglass Dilman 1972-07-19
Film The Great White Hope Jack Jefferson 1970-10-11
Film End of the Road Doctor D 1970-02-10
Serial Sesame Street Unknown 1969-11-10
Film The Comedians Dr. Magiot 1967-10-31
Film Dr. Strangelove Lt. Lothar Zogg 1964-01-29
Serial Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Serial The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20