James Earl Jones

 

 

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.

James Earl Jones Highest grossing Movies

James Earl Jones Highest Rated Movies

 

Movies

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lt. Lothar Zogg
Sommersby
Judge Barry Conrad Issacs
The Hunt for Red October
Admiral James Greer
The Empire Strikes Back
Darth Vader (Voice)
Return of the Jedi
Voice of Darth Vader (voice)
Sneakers
NSA Agent Bernard Abbott
Field of Dreams
Terrence Mann
Earth
Narrator
By Dawn's Early Light
Looking Glass General - 'Alice'
Finder's Fee
Avery Phillips
The Meteor Man
Earnest Moses
The Sandlot
Mr. Mertle
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Admiral (voice)
Excessive Force
Jake
Matewan
'Few Clothes' Johnson
Three Fugitives
Dugan
Disney's American Legends
Narrator
The Lion King
King Mufasa (voice)
Soul Man
Professor Banks
Clear and Present Danger
Admiral James Greer
Conan the Barbarian
Thulsa Doom
Coming to America
King Jaffe Joffer
Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold
Umslopogaas
The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride
Mufasa (voice)
The Flight of Dragons
Omadon
Patriot Games
Adm. James Greer
Cry, the Beloved Country
Rev. Stephen Kumalo
Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
Papa Jenkins
Gardens of Stone
Sgt. Maj.'Goody' Nelson
Africa: The Serengeti
Narrator
A Piece of the Action
Joshua Burke
Gang Related
Arthur Baylor
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Giant (voice)
Swashbuckler
Nick Debrett
The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings
Leon Carter
Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics
Host
Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault
Dr. McDuffie
Undercover Angel
The Judge
Scorchers
Bear
Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Emperor of the Night (voice)
The Reading Room
No character defined
Grim Prairie Tales
Morrison
Nine Dog Christmas
Narrator
The Sandlot 2
Mr. Mertle
Clean Slate
John Dolby
Fantasia 2000
Himself - Host
Timepiece
Lawrence
Convicts
Ben Johnson
Santa and Pete
James Earl Jones
Deadly Hero
Rabbit Shazam
The Last Remake of Beau Geste
Sheikh
Ramayana: The Legend of Prince Rama
Narrator (English)
The Star Wars Holiday Special
Darth Vader (voice)
Claudine
Rupert D. "Roop" Marshall
Feast of All Saints
Older Marcel
True Identity
Himself
What the Deaf Man Heard
Archibald Thacker
The River Niger
Johnny Williams
The Comedians
Dr. Magiot
Blood Tide
Frye
The UFO Incident
Barney Hill
The Ambulance
Lt. Spencer
Summer's End
Dr. William 'Bill' Blakely
The Making of 'Jurassic Park'
Host
My Little Girl
Ike Bailey
End of the Road
Doctor D
Conan Unchained: The Making of 'Conan'
Himself
The Great Year
Narrator
The Bushido Blade
The Prisoner
Black Indians: An American Story
Narrator
The Vegas Strip War
Jack Madrid
The Vernon Johns Story
Vernon Johns
The Cay
Timothy
The Man
Douglass Dilman
Gimme Shelter
Frank McCarthy
Vader Sessions
Darth Vader
Best of the Best
Frank Couzo
The Creation
Narrator
The First 100 Years: A Celebration of American Movies
No character defined
The Great White Hope
Jack Jefferson
Looking for Richard
Himself/Interview
Exorcist II: The Heretic
Older Kokumo
Michael Jackson - Dangerous - The Short Films
Himself (Superbowl Heal The World) Voice
Blackfish
Himself (archive footage)
The Angriest Man in Brooklyn
Ruben
The Second Civil War
Jim Kalla
Driving Miss Daisy
Hoke Colburn
City Limits
Albert
Ivory Hunters
Inspector Nkuru
Heat Wave
Junius Johnson
Jefferson in Paris
Madison Hemings
By Any Means Necessary: The Making of Malcolm X
Narrator
A Family Thing
Ray Murdock
The Greatest
Malcolm X
Our Friend, Martin
Daddy King (voice)
Alone
Grey
Stories to Remember: Noah's Ark
Narrator
Milius
Himself
Lincoln
No character defined
Teach 109
Dr. Winston
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal
Darth Vader (voice)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
Himself
The Annihilation of Fish
Fish
Last Flight Out
Al Topping
The Golden Moment: An Olympic Love Story
Dane Oliver
The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar
Mufasa (voice)
Star Wars
Darth Vader (voice)
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
Himself
Circle of Life: An Environmental Fable
Mufasa (voice)
Muhammad Ali - Through The Eyes Of The World
No character defined
August Wilson: The Ground on Which I Stand
No character defined
King: A Filmed Record... Montgomery to Memphis
No character defined
Confessions: Two Face of Evil
Charles Lloyd
Malcolm X
Biographical Narration (voice)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult
James Earl Jones
Terrorgram
Retribution (voice)
Beneath the Surface: The Making of 'The Hunt for Red October'
Himself
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Darth Vader (voice)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
Darth Vader (voice)
The Story of Star Wars
Darth Vader
Afro Promo
Himself (archive footage)
Robots
Voice Box at Hardware Store (voice)
Muse of Fire
Himself
The Lion King
Mufasa (voice)
The Greatest Thing That Almost Happened
Morris Bird, Jr.
Warning Shot
Pendleton
Click
Narrator of Michael's Past (uncredited)
The Making of 'Star Wars'
Darth Vader (voice) (uncredited)
King Lear
King Lear
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Genie / Narrator
The Lion Guard: Life In The Pride Lands
Mufasa
Visitors from the Unknown
Narrator
The Lone Star Kid
Holmes
The Benchwarmers
Darth Vader (voice)

Tv

The Simpsons
Narrator (voice)
The One Show
No character defined
Everwood
No character defined
Will & Grace
No character defined
Stargate SG-1
Unas (Voice)
The Ed Sullivan Show
No character defined
Under One Roof
Neb Langston
CBS Schoolbreak Special
Detective Robb
Vegetable Soup
No character defined
Tarzan
No character defined
Roots: The Next Generations
Alex Haley
Sesame Street
No character defined
Law & Order
Attorney Horace McCoy
L.A. Law
No character defined
Gabriel's Fire
Gabriel Bird
House
Dibala
According to Jim
Royal Flush Voice (voice)
Two and a Half Men
No character defined
Frasier
Norman Royster
Homicide: Life on the Street
No character defined
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Franklin Stern
Hallmark Hall of Fame
No character defined
Long Ago and Far Away
Host
East Side/West Side
No character defined
The Defenders
No character defined
Dr. Kildare
No character defined
Paris
No character defined
Jesus of Nazareth
Balthazar
The Kennedy Center Honors
No character defined
The American Film Institute Salute to ...
No character defined
Film Night
No character defined
Me and Mom
No character defined
Pros and Cons
No character defined
Deal or No Deal
No character defined
Merlin
Rock of Ages
The Big Bang Theory
Himself
Star Wars Rebels
Darth Vader (voice)
Faerie Tale Theatre
Genie / Narrator
The Atlanta Child Murders
Major Walker
Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones
Father Divine
The Simpsons
Moving Man / Serak the Preparer / Narrator (voice)
The Simpsons
Maggie Simpson (voice, as James Earl Boggins Jones)