James Earl Jones
American actor
James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones is an American actor. Since his Broadway debut in 1957, Jones has spent more than five decades as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile actors" and has been termed "one of the greatest actors in American history. " On November 12, 2011, Jones received an Honorary Academy Award.
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James Earl Jones's personal information overview.
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Rihanna Is Harvard's Humanitarian Of The Year
Huffington Post - 4 days
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James Earl Jones, Donald Glover cast in 'Lion King' remake
ABC News - 9 days
James Earl Jones and Donald Glover are lending their voices to Disney's new computer-generated remake of 'The Lion King.' Jones is reprising the role of Mufasa, who he voiced in the original 1994 animated movie
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'Lion King' Remake Casts Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa - Hollywood Reporter
Google News - 10 days
Hollywood Reporter 'Lion King' Remake Casts Donald Glover as Simba, James Earl Jones as Mufasa Hollywood Reporter The star has been cast in Disney's remake of The Lion King as Simba, with director Jon Favreau announcing the news on Twitter. Favreau also revealed James Earl Jones will reprise his role as Mufasa, the beloved father character he voiced in the 1994 ... The Lion King Remake Has Found Its SimbaCinema Blend Donald Glover to play Simba in Disney's live-action Lion KingEW.com Donald Glover to Play Simba in Live Action 'Lion King'TheWrap CNN -RollingStone.com -MTV.com -Vulture all 98 news articles »
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The MovieFilm Podcast: <i>Rogue One: A Star Wars Story</i>!
Huffington Post - 2 months
This week's release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story means the Force is back in force! To celebrate the occasion, the boys go rogue and dispense with traditional format in favor of a full-on, Star Wars-centric discussion for the full ninety minutes! Listen in as we give our takes on the latest entry of the storied Star Wars franchise, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, and the voice of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader! We unpack the plot, dissecting the details, opining on the music, picking out the Easter eggs, and just generally giving an unvarnished, spoiler-filled take on what we loved, what we were just okay on, and where we'd like to see things going next as the universe of Star Wars spin-offs continue to expand. It's a deep dive into that very special galaxy far, far away, and you can listen to it all via the embed below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review or leave a star rating!). Like always, you ca ...
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Build Your Own Door
Huffington Post - 3 months
And sometimes you might decide to build your very own door yourself. A different Door. That's what happened to me. That's how my twenty-some years in the movie business became the books The Rebel Princess and All The Doors to Hollywood and How to Open Them. Both on their way to the screen. Before those film years, I had written and published short stories, articles, theatre reviews and a scholarly book about our adversary trial system, Injustice For All. None of which quite paid the rent. So I became a Unit Publicist in Hollywood - working, film to film, to collect and write about everything/anything that the studio might eventually use to promote its product. The film business, I discovered, paid well; its union benefits were excellent. I enjoyed the travel entailed. I was delighted to fly to foreign countries first class, thrilled to find myself in London or Madrid or Douala or Hong Kong in an excellent hotel - all on the company's dime. I enjoyed the adventures and the peopl ...
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Cecilia Hart, wife of James Earl Jones, has died
LATimes - 4 months
Actress Cecilia Hart, the wife of actor James Earl Jones, died Oct. 16 after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 68. Hart’s death was reported by Westportnow.com, a website based in Westport. Conn. where Hart played in a 2015 production of “Bedroom Farce” at the Westport County Playhouse. ...
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William P. Kinsella, Author of ‘Shoeless Joe,’ Dies at 81
NYTimes - 5 months
Mr. Kinsella’s award-winning novel was the inspiration for the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams,” starring Ray Liotta, James Earl Jones and Kevin Costner.
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Watch a ‘Rogue One’ Sizzle Reel From Star Wars Celebration
Wall Street Journal - 8 months
Director Gareth Edwards describes recording new Darth Vader dialogue with James Earl Jones.
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James Earl Jones, Neil Patrick Harris to appear at Tonys
Yahoo News - 9 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award host James Corden will be getting some starry help when he hands out the trophies next weekend — fellow Tony winners Angela Lansbury, James Earl Jones and Neil Patrick Harris have also signed up.
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Critic's Notebook: Beyond the Trump Show? Two Political Plays in Chicago Give It a Try
NYTimes - 10 months
James Earl Jones II plays a Republican lawyer in “Carlyle,” while “Hillary and Clinton” portrays a fictionalized Mrs. Clinton running for president.
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Casting announced for 'Carlyle' at Goodman Theatre
Chicago Times - about 1 year
The Goodman Theatre has announced casting for the Thomas Bradshaw world-premiere "Carlyle." To be directed by Benjamin Kamine, the production will feature James Earl Jones II in the titular role, with Patrick Clear, Maureen Gallagher, Tim Rhoze, Levenix Riddle, Tiffany Scott, Charlette Speigner...
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Mini Darth Vader From That Super Bowl Ad Doesn't Look Like This Anymore
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Some call him The Sith; others call him Darth Vader. His mom calls him Max. Like Anakin was supposed to be the chosen one in "Star Wars," Max Page was the kid chosen to play mini Darth Vader in Volkswagen's "The Force" Super Bowl commercial.  Now, about five years later, it's been called the ad that changed Super Bowl commercials, thanks to an adorable storyline and an early release on YouTube that gained millions of views days before the game. But what ever happened to its (death) star?  Well, here's Max Page today:  Page was only about 6 years old when he shot the ad. Since that time, the commercial's popularity has given him amazing opportunities, including meeting the real Darth Vader, James Earl Jones, and even giving back to the Los Angeles Children's Hospital. Page was born with a congenital heart defect and has had surgeries for it throughout his life, including one late last year. He now serves as a junior ambassador at the hospital he says saved his life. ...
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Eternally Thrilling: Estelle Parsons Directs <i>The Last Days of Judas Iscariot</i> at the Actors Studio
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's only natural that the battle for a man's soul feels dangerous, especially when that man betrayed Jesus. There has been a crackling element of menace throughout the rehearsals for Estelle Parsons' production of Stephen Adly Guirgis' The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, to the point that the Oscar winner/theatre icon tells me, "We stopped [one exercise] when it was clear that it was going to result in violence." Such things aren't uncommon at the Actors Studio, where Judas is the third play in Parsons' "Theater and Social Justice" series, which examines works that address such large cultural themes as race, poverty, and religion. But unlike the program's previous minimalist productions -- Leland Gantt's solo show Rhapsody in Black and the three-character Mud by Maria Irene Fornés -- Judas is a grand spectacle, featuring a cast of twenty-seven and a nearly three-hour running time. Thanks to the actors' intense vivacity (which includes that air of conflict) and Parsons' electrifying dir ...
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Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 17-23
Yahoo News - about 1 year
Jan. 17: Actress Betty White is 94. Actor James Earl Jones is 85. Talk-show host Maury Povich is 77. Singer William Hart of The Delfonics is 71. Former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor is 68. Singer Sheila Hutchinson of The Emotions is 63. Singer Steve Earle is 61. Singer Paul Young is 60. Actor-comedian Steve Harvey is 59. Singer Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles is 57. Actor Jim Carrey is 54. Actor Denis O'Hare ("American Horror Story") is 54. Actor Joshua Malina is 50. Singer Shabba Ranks is 50. Actor Naveen Andrews ("Lost") is 47. Musician Kid Rock is 45. Actor Freddy Rodriguez ("Six Feet Under") is 41. Actress-singer Zooey Deschanel is 36. Singer Ray J is 35. Country singer Amanda Wilkinson of The Wilkinsons is 34. DJ Calvin Harris is 32. Drummer Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers is 30. Actor Jonathan Keltz ("Reign," ''Entourage") is 28. Actress Kathrine Herzer ("Madame Secretary") is 19.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Earl Jones
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 85
    In April 2016, Jones spoke publicly for the first time in nearly 20 years about his long-term health challenge with type 2 diabetes.
    More Details Hide Details He has been dealing with diabetes since the mid 1990s; he uses Invokana to help manage it. Other awards
    Jones will reprise his role of Darth Vader for the upcoming 2016 Star Wars Anthology film Rogue One.
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  • 2013
    Age 82
    In 2013-14 he appeared alongside Malcolm McDowell in a series of commercials for Sprint in which the two recited mundane phone and text-message conversations in a dramatic way.
    More Details Hide Details Jones appeared as himself on the season 7 episode of The Big Bang Theory entitled "The Convention Conundrum". Jones was married to American actress/singer Julienne Marie; they had no children. Since 1982 he has been married to actress Cecilia Hart, with whom he has one child, son Flynn Earl Jones.
  • 2012
    Age 81
    In March 2012, Jones played the role of President Art Hockstader in Gore Vidal's The Best Man on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre.
    More Details Hide Details Earning Jones a Tony nomination for Best Performance in a Lead Role in a Play. The play also starred Angela Lansbury, John Larroquette (as candidate William Russell), Candice Bergen, Eric McCormack (as candidate Senator Joseph Cantwell), Jefferson Mays, Michael McKean and Kerry Butler, with direction by Michael Wilson. In 2013, Jones starred opposite Vanessa Redgrave in a production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Mark Rylance at The Old Vic, London. On September 23, 2015, Jones opened in a new revival of The Gin Game opposite Cicely Tyson, in the same venue where the play originally premiered (with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy): the John Golden Theater. The play will have a limited run of 16 weeks.
  • 2011
    Age 80
    In November 2011, Jones starred in Driving Miss Daisy in London's West End, and on November 12 received his honorary Oscar in front of the audience at the Wyndham's Theatre, which was presented to him by Ben Kingsley.
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  • 2009
    Age 78
    In 2009, Jones guest starred in the Fox medical drama House, M.D., in season 6, episode 4, entitled "The Tyrant", as a brutal African dictator named Dibala who has fallen ill.
    More Details Hide Details The dictator had made threats of ethnic cleansing against an ethnic minority, the Sitibi, and the team deals with ethical issues of treating a potential mass murderer.
  • 2006
    Age 75
    Jones also lent his voice for a narrative part in the Adam Sandler comedy Click, released in June 2006.
    More Details Hide Details His voice is also used to create an audio version of the King James New Testament.
  • 2000
    Age 69
    Jones was also a longtime spokesman for Bell Atlantic and later Verizon. 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 other guest spots on The Simpsons.
    More Details Hide Details Jones narrated all 27 books of the New Testament in the audiobook James Earl Jones Reads the Bible. In 2014, Jones reprised his voice role of Darth Vader for an extended prologue featured on the ABC broadcast of the first episode of Star Wars Rebels. He continued voicing Vader into season 2. In 2015, Jones reprised his voice role of Mufasa in the television pilot movie The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar.
  • 1998
    Age 67
    In 1998, Jones starred in the widely acclaimed syndicated program An American Moment (created by James R. Kirk and Ninth Wave Productions).
    More Details Hide Details Jones took over the role left by Charles Kuralt, upon Kuralt's death. He also made a cameo appearance in a penultimate episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and has guest-starred on such sitcoms as NBC's Frasier and Will & Grace, CBS's Two and a Half Men, and the WB drama Everwood.
  • 1995
    Age 64
    In both formats of that show, Jones played a former policeman wrongly convicted of murder who, upon his release from prison, became a private eye. In 1995, Jones starred in Under One Roof as Neb Langston, a widowed African-American police officer sharing his home in Seattle with his daughter, his married son with his children, and Neb's newly adopted son.
    More Details Hide Details The show was a mid-season replacement and lasted only six weeks. From 1989 to 1993, Jones served as the host of the children's TV series Long Ago and Far Away. In 1996, James guest starred in the CBS drama Touched by an Angel as the Angels of Angels in the episode "Clipped Wings".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1991
    Age 60
    Jones has the distinction of being the only actor to win two Emmys in the same year, in 1991 as Best Actor for his role in Gabriel's Fire and as Best Supporting Actor for his work in Heat Wave.
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  • 1990
    Age 59
    In 1990, Jones performed voice work for The Simpsons first "Treehouse of Horror" Halloween special, in which he was the narrator for the Simpsons' version of Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven".
    More Details Hide Details In 1992, Jones was often seen as the host on the video monitor at SeaWorld Orlando, in Florida, US. In 1996, he recited the classic baseball poem "Casey at the Bat" with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, and in 2007 before a Philadelphia Phillies home game on June 1, 2007. He also has done the CNN tagline, "This is CNN", as well as "This is CNN International", and the opening for CNN's morning show New Day.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 46
    Jones is also known as the voice of Darth Vader in the 1977 film Star Wars and its sequels The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).
    More Details Hide Details Darth Vader was portrayed in costume by David Prowse in the film trilogy, with Jones dubbing Vader's dialogue in postproduction because Prowse's strong West Country accent was deemed unsuitable for the role by George Lucas. At his own request, Jones was uncredited for the original releases of the first two Star Wars films, though he later would be credited for the first film in its 1997 "Special Edition" re-release. As he explained in a 2008 interview: Although uncredited, Jones' voice is possibly heard as Vader at the conclusion of Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith (2005). When specifically asked whether he had supplied the voice, possibly from a previous recording, Jones told Newsday: "You'd have to ask Lucas about that. I don't know." His other voice roles include Mufasa in the 1994 Walt Disney Feature Animation film The Lion King and its direct-to-video sequel, The Lion King II: Simba's Pride. Archive recordings from the film would later be used for the English version of the 2006 video game Kingdom Hearts II, since Jones himself did not reprise the role. He also voiced the Emperor of the Night in Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night and Ommadon in Flight of Dragons.
  • 1974
    Age 43
    In 1974, Jones co-starred with Diahann Carroll in the film Claudine, the story of a woman who raises her six children alone after two failed and one "almost" marriage.
    More Details Hide Details Jones also played the villain Thulsa Doom in Conan the Barbarian, "Few Clothes" Johnson in John Sayles' Matewan, the author Terence Mann in Field of Dreams, the feared neighbor Mr. Mertle in The Sandlot, King Jaffe Joffer in Coming to America, Reverend Stephen Kumalo in Cry, the Beloved Country, Raymond Lee Murdock in A Family Thing, and Vice Admiral James Greer in The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, among many other roles.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 39
    His first starring film role came with his portrayal of boxer Jack Jefferson in 1970's The Great White Hope.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1969
    Age 38
    This and other segments featuring Jones were eventually aired as part of the Sesame Street series itself when it debuted later in 1969 and Jones is often cited as the first celebrity guest on that series, although a segment with Carol Burnett was the first to actually be broadcast.
    More Details Hide Details He has played lead characters on television in three series. First, he appeared on the short-lived CBS police drama Paris, which aired during autumn 1979. That show was notable as the first program on which Steven Bochco served as executive producer. The second show aired on ABC between 1990 and 1992, the first season being titled Gabriel's Fire and the second (after a format revision) Pros and Cons.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    In 1967 Jones portrayed a surgeon and Haitian rebel leader in The Comedians.
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  • 1964
    Age 33
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1955
    Age 24
    He performed his first portrayal of Shakespeare’s Othello in this theater in 1955.
    More Details Hide Details His early career also included an appearance in the ABC radio anthology series Theatre-Five. Jones is an accomplished stage actor; he has won Tony awards in 1969 for The Great White Hope and in 1987 for Fences. He has acted in many Shakespearean roles: Othello, King Lear, Oberon in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Abhorson in Measure for Measure, and Claudius in Hamlet. Jones played Lennie on Broadway in the 1974 Brooks Atkinson Theatre production of the adaptation of Steinbeck's novella, "Of Mice and Men", with Kevin Conway as George and Pamela Blair as Curley's Wife. He received Kennedy Center Honors in 2002. On April 7, 2005, James Earl Jones and Leslie Uggams headed the cast in an African-American Broadway revival version of On Golden Pond, directed by Leonard Foglia and produced by Jeffrey Finn. In February 2008, he starred on Broadway as Big Daddy in a limited-run, all-African-American production of Tennessee Williams's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, directed by Debbie Allen and mounted at the Broadhurst Theatre.
    During the 1955–57 seasons he was an actor and stage manager.
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  • 1953
    Age 22
    Jones began his acting career at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee, Michigan. In 1953 he was a stage carpenter.
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    Jones was commissioned in mid 1953 and reported to Fort Benning to attend Infantry Officers Basic Course.
    More Details Hide Details He then attended Ranger School and received his Ranger Tab (although he stated during an interview on the BBC's The One Show, screened on November 11, 2009, that he "washed out" of Ranger training). He was initially to report to Fort Leonard Wood, but his unit was instead sent to establish a cold weather training command at the former Camp Hale near Leadville, Colorado. His battalion became a training unit in the rugged terrain of the Rocky Mountains. Jones was promoted to first lieutenant prior to his discharge. He then moved to New York, where he studied at the American Theatre Wing, working as a janitor to support himself.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1931
    Age 0
    James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi on January 17, 1931, son of Robert Earl Jones (1910–2006), an actor, boxer, butler, and chauffeur who left the family shortly after James Earl's birth, and his wife Ruth (Connolly) Jones, a teacher and maid.
    More Details Hide Details Jones and his father reconciled many years later. Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents, farmers John Henry and Maggie Connolly. His parents were both African-American, and he has said that he also has Irish and Native American ancestry. Jones has described his grandmother, Maggie, as "the most racist person I have ever known", thus forcing him to develop his own independent thinking. His grandmother was of African-American, Cherokee and Choctaw ancestry. At the age of five, Jones moved to his grandparents' farm in Jackson, Michigan. He found the transition to be traumatic, and developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak. When he moved to Brethren, Michigan, a teacher helped him overcome his stutter. He remained functionally mute for eight years, until he entered high school. He credits his English teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him end his silence. Crouch urged him to challenge his disinclination to speak. "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school."
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